Baby animals: Boy, they sure are cute!


Behold! A positive application of the old saying, "What is seen can never be unseen."

WARNING: The images in this gallery are dangerously, addictively cute. Once you have seen them, you will want to see more, and more. And more. And you may never finish what you were working on before you saw them. But it's probably too late for you anyway, because you've already seen the baby ocelot, so never mind.

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Here there be baby otters and baby aardvark. You've been warned.



    I don’t know if this has any creedence, but this article discusses a putative scientific explanation of cuteness:

    “Scientists who study the evolution of visual signaling have identified a wide and still expanding assortment of features and behaviors that make something look cute: bright forward-facing eyes set low on a big round face, a pair of big round ears, floppy limbs and a side-to-side, teeter-totter gait, among many others.

    “Cute cues are those that indicate extreme youth, vulnerability, harmlessness and need, scientists say, and attending to them closely makes good Darwinian sense [cringe]. As a species whose youngest members are so pathetically helpless they can’t lift their heads to suckle without adult supervision, human beings must be wired [another cringe] to respond quickly and gamely to any and all signs of infantile desire.”

  2. They’ve never gotten a baby platypus?! Seriously though, somebody make the baby platypus picture happen! I wish to say “woogle woogle” repeatedly as I make fish lips in its general direction.

    1. Who’s the cutest little venomous creature candle of causing extreme pain to humans and death to smaller mammals? You are, yes you are, little quacky!

  3. Incredibly cute.
    Sadly, the Wired insistence on multi-page galleries full of ads makes it hard to enjoy. :(

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