Baby Animals That Are Obviously Cute — and Some That Are Surprisingly Adorable
If you ever need a dose of cuteness, then one surefire way to get it is by looking at pictures of baby animals. Playful puppies, curious kittens, fluffy chicks and charming bunnies are adorably heart-melting. But along with these obviously cute critters, have you seen the other, lesser-appreciated sweet animals?
From the oceans and skies to the jungles, farmyards and everywhere in between, there are baby animals to fawn over all over — pun intended! Read on and be prepared for cuteness overload.
Just look at this cute little meerkat pup! Baby meerkats are born underground in litters of up to eight siblings. They then join a wider meerkat family known as a mob. When they’re born, they weigh just a teeny-tiny 25 grams and need a bit of help getting by, as they remain deaf, blind and hairless for a few days to a couple weeks.
From meerkats to, well, actual cats. Whether they’re big ol' tigers or itty-bitty housecats, any kind of baby feline is adorable. With their sweet mewing sounds and their tiny paws, it would be hard for your heart not to melt.
We couldn't mention kittens without, of course, talking about puppies. Just take a look at this puppy's face! He gives a whole new meaning to "puppy dog eyes." How could you stay mad at that?
More cute canines? This time we have baby foxes, which are called kits. Fox litters are, on average, larger than domestic dog litters, usually numbering up to 11. Similar to cats, foxes aren’t pack animals. After the babies leave their homes, or dens, at around seven months old, they roam about alone.
Baby squirrels are also called kits. A mother squirrel usually gives birth to a maximum of eight kits, and she weans them after around three months. After this, they never usually roam more than a couple of miles away from where they were born.
We can't get enough of this cute baby penguin! Before they get their distinctive black and white "tuxedos," baby penguins, or chicks, are covered in brown, white or grey fluff to keep them warm.
Here's another daddy with big responsibilities. The seahorse father is the one that gets pregnant and gives birth to the babies, which number thousands at a time after contractions of up to 12 hours.
While adult horses are seen as strong and serious, baby horses are just seriously cute and clumsy. Foals start walking and even running with the herd within a matter of hours, but are still classed as foals until they are around a year old when their name changes to yearling.
"Hippopotamus" comes from the Greek word for "horse." The babies act very foal-like too — sweet and playful until they grow up into strong (and quite scary) adult hippos.
Hippos’ rough-skinned relatives, the rhinos, only have one baby at a time, or occasionally twins. And look how cute they are! Around 145 pounds of cuteness to be precise, which quickly starts growing — they’re the second-largest mammals on Earth.
This adorable baby llama looks like something out of a kids' cartoon. So soft and fluffy! Baby llamas are called crias, and they are born weighing about 20 pounds before they grow to over 70 inches tall. Llamas are confused with alpacas, but they are significantly taller than their cousins.
Baby giraffes are the tallest babies in the animal kingdom and manage to wobble to a standing position within an hour — and that's after falling several feet to the ground when their mothers give birth.
Isn't this baby bear adorable, just chillin' in the tree? No wonder soft toys have been modeled on bears for centuries. They’re very playful and extremely curious. It's hard to imagine they grow up to be one of the most ferocious creatures on the planet.
The ape family’s members are the closest living relatives to humans. They include chimps, gorillas and adorable orangutans like the one pictured here. Their human-like quality makes them seem so cute, and the babies act a lot like human babies.
Cute baby skunks are called kits. The mother is pregnant for around two months, and the babies are born in litters of up to 10. They’re born helpless, with their eyes sealed for about three weeks. They stop suckling from their mom after around two months. Then, after a year, they’re ready to have their own kits.
Just look at this sweet seal sunbathing! Seal moms have one baby each year. The babies are called pups, because they kind of look and act a little like dogs of the sea.
Baby goats, or kids, are adorably clumsy and curious. They take their first steps a few moments after being born. When they are still suckling from the mother goat, called a nanny or doe, she hides them under rocks or in other spots to keep them safe from predators.
Chances are you don't think much about snails, and if you do, it's probably in a negative sense when they munch your garden plants. But, these critters produce very cute-looking babies. The mother can have hundreds of eggs. Thankfully for her, only around 50 babies successfully hatch. They’re born with almost transparent, very soft shells.
Ostriches are the world's largest birds. Their eggs go into a communal nest, storing around 60 future baby ostriches. The adults, male and female, take turns sitting on the eggs until they hatch about 40 days after being laid.
Rabbits have multiple litters each year, with around nine babies, or kits, per litter. They’re born pretty helpless and stay in the nest, lined with grass and their mom's fur. The momma pretty much leaves the kits alone so as not to draw attention to the nest. She does wake the kits up at mealtimes, though.
Baby raccoons are known as kits or cubs, and the mother and baby collectively are called a nursery. A typical raccoon litter is born in the summer months and consists of around four babies.
You probably weren't expecting to see squids on this list, but you can't deny this little fella looks adorable! A mother squid releases an astonishing 100,000 eggs, and most of them hatch after a couple of weeks. The babies, or fry, are then in a larval stage before they’re classed as juveniles and then adult squids after a few weeks more.
When baby lizards hatch, they are pretty much independent, eating what an adult would eat, such as ants and other insects. Baby lizards are called hatchings, and the adorable hatchling pictured is the offspring of a horned lizard.
The female alligator lays up to 90 eggs, which she hides under a covering of vegetation while they incubate for a few months. When they emerge, baby alligators are only a couple of feet long.
Doesn’t this baby elephant look cute and fancy-free trotting along? A baby elephant is called a calf, and when it’s born it stands at an adorable 30 inches tall. Baby elephants can't see so well when they’re born, but they recognize their mothers through smell, touch and sound.
Baby turtles, or hatchlings, don't have a very smooth start in life. They’re born in nests that their mothers make on the beach. They hatch from their shells, dig their way out of the sand and must face an obstacle course of uneven sand, driftwood, rocks and other beach debris — dodging predators too — to finally reach the water.
Sticking with the sea, this cute little critter is a baby pufferfish, or pufferfish fry. Just look at its sweet smile! Pufferfish, also known as blowfish or balloon fish, release between three and seven eggs at a time, and the light eggs float on the water's surface until they hatch around a week later.
Sloths are pretty cute as adults, but the babies are even cuter — especially as they are free from the mold that adult sloths get covered in! Baby sloths don't have a different name than adults; they’re simply called "baby sloths." They’re born weighing about 10 ounces and have fur already. Their eyes are open, and they even have the ability to climb.
Young warthogs are called piglets and are born weighing a couple of pounds. The piglets live with their mother in their nest, which is called a sounder. Piglets are weaned when they reach four months old, and they officially become mature at 20 months of age.
The anteater, or ant bear, is related to the sloth. Mother anteaters only have one baby, or pup, at a time. A pup rides on its mother's back after she bends down for him to climb on. She can't pick him up herself because of her long claws!