Ranging from the lush Amazon rainforests to the deserts of Africa and Alaskan tundra, the Earth holds more than 8.5 million species of animals! I would be lying if I said that ALL of these creatures were cute and cuddly, but plenty of them are. Some of them have developed useful features, such as large ears, that make them look more naive and approachable to animals like us. Others have social, mating, and hunting habits that mirror the behaviors we find cute in toddlers and children.
Here is a list of 7 of the World’s cutest animals and what it is that makes them so irresistible.
List of Cute Animals
- Weddell Seal
- Prairie Dog
- Manta Ray
- Western Hognose Snake
- Silkworm Moth
- Paedophryne amanuensis Frog
- Mute Swan
Cute Animals and Interesting Facts About Them
Following are 7 cute animals with the facts and pictures
While these Antarctic mammals can reach nearly 1300 lbs when full-grown they never seem to lose their large, inquiring eyes. These seals have wide eyes that are specially adapted to find fish and other prey in the frigid waters. When Weddell Seal pups are born they only weigh about 50 lbs, but nearly triple their body weight in the first 7 weeks of life. Talk about little baby chunkers!
If you have ever seen a Prairie Dog town you already know that these small critters can put on quite the show, darting in and out of their dens and barking loudly to one another. These displays are definitely endearing but the cutest thing about Prairie Dogs is how they greet each other. Prairie Dogs who belong to the same family group can be seen giving kisses. How cute is that?!
These large aquatic animals are very closely related to sharks but are known to be very peaceful. When seeing them in captivity (or perhaps you are one of the lucky few who has seen them in the wild) one might notice that they have a bit of smile plastered on their small, under-side faces. While the rays will always have this smirk it is truly the appearance of the newborn Mantas that earned them a spot on this list. Baby Manta rays look like smiling little ravioli! Before they are mature baby rays have translucent fins, allowing their small “legs” (or claspers) to be seen as well!
Western Hognose Snake
Found in some of the same areas as Prairie Dogs these reptiles have developed a special scale on their nose that helps them to hunt. While Hognose snakes have been known to eat small mice and rodents their favorite food is toads. The Western Hognose lives in warm sandy areas, this soft ground allows their prey to bury, making them difficult to grab. To capture food these decorated snakes must use their adorable upturned nose (hence the name!) to flip the toads out of the sand. This practical tool is what landed this relatively docile reptile on our list of cutest animals!
The adult version of the famous silk weavers, these moths are native to China but can be found domesticated all over the world. While these fuzzy insects do have a calm-looking face and ginormous eyes it is their large antennae that truly earned them a rank in this list. Male moths have huge feather-like antennae that are used only to smell and find mates. Perched above their eyes these antennae look very much like large ears, the moth version of Dumbo I suppose!
Paedophryne amanuensis Frog
So newly discovered and hard to find, these itty bitty amphibians still lack a common name but are members of the smallest frog family. In fact, P. amanuensis is the world’s smallest known frog, measuring no more than .3 inches. Found in Papua New Guinea and frequently pictured sitting on a US dime, these minuscule hoppers are by far the cutest frogs you’ll probably never see.
Made popular by fairy tales and ballet these graceful birds can be found in various regions of North America. While it is widely known, and worth noting, that swans often mate for life this romantic notion only adds to the cuteness of these animals. Swans can be fierce and aggressive when protecting their young or territory, so it stands to reason that they would want to bring their chicks (or cygnets) everywhere they go. Both male and female swans can be seen swimming around with a group of happy babies perched between the feathers on their backs. I don’t think there is anything quite as cute as an avian ‘piggy-back’ ride.
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