A video of a cat or a dog is enough to make all of us go ‘aww’ and like cats and dogs, there are many other cute animals in the world that are a treat to watch. Some are furry, some spiny and some feathery but there is one thing in common – they are the 12 cutest animals in the world.
1. Persian Cat
The Persian cat is a well-known name for anyone who is a cat lover, owner or breeder. The Persian is one of the beautiful cat breeds among cats and is known for its friendly nature. Be it the large eyes, the long silky fur or the playful nature, the Persian scores high in every category on the cuteness index. It is also very easy to maintain and does not require constant attention. This breed adjusts very easily with other animals and children in the house making it one of the cutest animals in the world. Cats are one of the friendliest animals in the world.
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2. Fennec Fox
The word fox may conjure images of hungry packs of animals in your mind, but the Fennec Fox is far from it. It looks more like a cross between a cat and a dog rather than a fox making it one of the cutest animals. The large ears, small body, and large inquisitive eyes further make this animal very huggable. Though it is not a commonly kept pet, it is allowed to be domesticated in some countries and is a very playful and active animal. Baby Fox is one of the cutest baby animals in the world.
Anyone who has seen a rabbit has definitely been won over by the stunning looks of this animal. It has a twitchy snout, long ears, cute front teeth and beautiful eyes making it one of the cutest animals one can have as a pet. Perhaps because of this reason, these animals are one of the most popular pets in the world. These furballs come in a large range of colors and patterns and their babies are a sight to behold.
The Pomeranian is to dogs what the Persian is to cats. Like the Persian cat, this dog breed is one of the most beautiful dog breeds among owners and is also one of the most widely bred dogs. Since they are one of the cutest animals and are very easy going dogs, they are also known as toy dogs. Their thick fur, fluffy tail and teddy bear like face make them very desirable pets. The trend among celebrities to carry around small dogs has further increased the desirability of Pomeranians.
5. Red Panda
This extremely rare animal is found only on the slopes of the Himalayas and the few who have seen this animal will testify to its cuteness. Though it is called a panda, it is not very closely related to its black and white cousin. The Red Panda has dark reddish to brown fur with white markings, a bushy tail, and short legs. Unlike the Giant Panda, this animal is very small – about the size of a dog – and is a herbivore. The population of the Red Panda is rapidly declining due to habitat destruction, poaching, and climate change. It was once very popular to wear clothes made out of Red Panda fur, though that has been banned now. It is also one of the nocturnal animals in the world.
6. Arctic Fox
Arctic Fox is an animal that is very well adapted to surviving in one of the most extreme climates on Earth but despite this is one of the cutest animals in the world. It sheds its fur twice a year and one of the color changing animals depending on the season. In winter, the fur is extremely thick and pure white in color while the summer coat is brownish and sparse. The arctic fox has large ears and a thick bushy tail that it uses to shield its body from the cold winds and this ball of fur is the cutest animal you will ever see!
One of the animals found only in Australia and is one of the few Marsupials left in the world. It looks like a teddy bear, making it one of the cutest animals, though it is not even remotely related to the bear family. The Koala spends most of its time in trees and feeds on leaves of the Eucalyptus plant. Since its diet contains enough moisture, it does not need to drink additional water to survive. In fact, the word ‘Koala’ means ‘no water’. The large nose, round ears, and innocent face have made the Koala one of the most popular attractions in Australia. It is also one of the slowest animals in the world.
8. Pygmy Owl
An owl is not something you would describe as cute, but the Pygmy Owl is sure to turn this conception on its heels. This small bird is found in Europe, North America, and Asia and is one of the smallest species of owls. Like most other owls, this owl too has large eyes and combined with the small body, beautiful patterns on the wings make it one of the cutest animals. These owls are also deadly predators and expertly hunt rabbits, rats and other small animals at night.
A penguin waddling in the ice is perhaps one of the best sights you will ever see and these flightless birds, because of their human-like gait, are one of the cutest animals in the world. Even cuter than average Penguins are little penguins as their small size somehow adds to their cuteness. These little penguins need to be looked after by their parents and will die in the absence of food. In zoos and conservation parks, they are some of the most visited species.
This small spiny mammal is one of the cutest animals in the world due to its small size, adorable face and tiny limbs. As is the case with all animals, the babies of hedgehogs are way cuter than the adults and can melt even the hardest hearts. These animals are commonly found in Europe, Asia, and North America and are nocturnal. They are omnivores and do not have many natural predators due to the spines present on their bodies, which deter any animal that dares to eat them.
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11. Clown Fish
One of the most beautiful fishes in the world, Clown Fish gains popularity after it appears in the movie animated movie “Finding Nemo”. It is mostly seen in the Indian, Pacific, Red Sea and Australian Great Barrier Reef. Clownfish is one of the most popular small fishes in the world because of its colorful variations.
It can reach up to the size of 2 and 5 inches in length. Also known as anemonefish because it likes to live in the community with sea anemones. The relationship between the two species is known as symbiosis that means they both have benefits mutually. Clownfish used to eat anemonefish leftovers like small pieces of fish and Anemone make use of clownfish in removing f dead tentacles and to increase circulation of water across the body.
The cute little creature mostly seen in the South America. The species is adapted mountains and rocky surfaces and prefers at an altitude above 12 000 feet. The nocturnal animal usually active from the dusk to the dawn. One of the cutest animals in the world, Chinchilla usually characterized by its large and round ears with a bushy tail and soft thick fur. Chinchilla are social animals and usually seen in the groups of around 100 members. Also, Chinchillas are vocal animals that produce different sounds like barking, grunting, squealing and chirping sounds while communicating with each other.
Look around you to spot more cute animals. Have you seen any that are cuter and should be on this list of the 10 cutest animals in the world?