Top 20 World’s Cutest Animals
It is quite an amazing thing that we do not have to live on this big planet alone, and instead we can share it with such a vast and extraordinary variety of animals. And while some of them might actually look quite frightening, most of them are definitely adorable and cute, so we decided to do them justice by creating a top 20 of the cutest animals in the world.
Our endearing top 20 starts off with the relaxed and lovable sloth, which can be found hanging about in the rainforests of South America. Even though it might have been named after the sin of laziness, the sloth is actually not that lazy at all, but it does indeed take its time quite whenever it goes somewhere. As a matter of fact, moving slowly from A to B means that sloths do not attract much attention, which is why it is often disregarded by predators.
19. Pygmy hippopotamus
The pygmy hippopotamus is living proof that things are cuter when they are smaller, since a regular-sized one is actually pretty intimidating to say the least. By contrast, the pigmy hippopotamus is very cute and quite harmless, but it is also an endangered species unfortunately.
18. Slow loris
With its big, brown eyes, round head and small, pointy ears, the slow loris is definitely one of the cutest animals out there. This exotic animal can be found in in South and Southeast Asia, and despite its absolutely adorable looks, it is actually quite dangerous. The slow loris has a gland in its elbow that secretes a moderately potent venom, but this hasn’t stopped humans from taking it from its natural environment and selling it as an exotic pet. For this reason, the animal is currently endangered and listed as such on the IUCN Red List. Being cute isn’t always an advantage apparently.
Chameleons are widely known for their incredible ability to change color and blend with their surroundings, which is why they represent some of the most popular exotic pets. Moreover, chameleons have a very unique and endearing way of moving around in a rocking manner, which makes them even cuter in our eyes.
Even though it looks pretty much the same as its other mongoose cousins, the meerkat is famous for its human-like pose. These cute and agile little animals can be found in the deserts of South Africa and in some parts of Angola. Highly social, meerkats live in “gangs” or “clans” of about 20 members, even though some larger families may include as much as 50 members.
The Koala can be found in the wild in Queensland, New South Wales, Victoria and in some parts of South Australia. However, most of us are accustomed to seeing these cute, furry animals at zoos or in special reservations. Despite its endearing looks, the koala is actually an ill-tempered animal, but that hasn’t stopped us from including it in our top 20 of the cutest animals in the world.
Over the last decade, penguins have secured a very special place in our hearts since they were featured in numerous animated movies that emphasized their cuteness. In the real world, penguins are divided into 17 different species, but most of them boast the same black and white appearance that we are accustomed to. Highly agile, these lovely little birds are in no way capable of flight, but they are quite versed at running and swimming.
13. Red Panda
The red panda is also known as the red cat-bear, and for good reason, since this little fur ball is only slightly larger than a domestic cat. This solitary mammal is usually active only from dusk till dawn, and it spends most of the day sleeping or resting. With its bushy, ringed tail, short legs and pointy ears, the red panda is surely one of the world’s cutest animals.
12. Beluga Whale
The beluga whale is also known as the white whale, and it can be found in the cold, clear waters of the Arctic and sub-Arctic. Even though it is undoubtedly a whale, the beluga is not all that imposing in terms of size, averaging a length of just 13 feet. Highly intelligent, the white whale can be trained to blow bubbles or to chirp on command.
11. Clown Fish
About 30 species of clownfish are recognized in the wild, all flaunting distinctly bright and colorful color patterns. Clownfish are known to share a symbiotic and mutually beneficent relationship with sea anemones. The largest clownfish species is known to measure up to 7,1 inches, while the smallest can barely reach 3,9.
The small, cute and fluffy chinchilla hails from South America, and due to its extremely soft, plushy fur, it has been hunted to the brink of extinction during the 19th century. If you would like to spot one in the wild, you’re out of luck, since these particular rodents usually live at dizzyingly high altitudes. However, you can look for one at your local pet shop and keep it as a companion.
9. Roe Deer
All it takes is a relaxing walk in the forest in order to spot a lovely roe deer. You will recognize this particular species by its beautiful chestnut-brown color, but also because it is no larger than an average goat. The roe deer’s overwhelming cuteness is what allowed it to earn a special place in our top 20.
8. Bottlenose Dolphin
Dolphins are unmistakably some of the cutest and most popular marine animals, especially since they can be very friendly towards humans, at least in captivity. In their natural habitat, these agile mammals gang up and hunt in a very organized manner, but even then they still look quite harmless and cute.
Alpaca hair is mostly used to make sweaters, but it also gives these calm, domesticated animals a unique, huggable appearance. Alpacas are related to lamas, and they are divided into 2 distinct categories named Suri and Huacaya.
6. Bee Hummingbird
As the smallest bird in the world, the bee hummingbird is definitely the cutest. Hailing from Cuba, this tiny bird was named as such because it acts somewhat like a bee does, since its main activity consists of pollinating plants and helping them reproduce. The bee hummingbird is able to beat its wings at an estimated rate of 80 beats per second, which is so fast that the human eye perceives it as a blur.
5. Sea Otter
Sea otters are absolutely adorable, but also quite intelligent. This incredible marine mammal is native to the northern and eastern coasts of the Northern Pacific Ocean, and they actually represent the heaviest members of the weasel family, weighing in between 31 and 99 lb. Sea otters are social creatures, swimming in groups of up to 100 members while clasping paws so that they won’t drift away from each other.
4. Harp Seal
The harp seal is a type of earless seal that can be found in the northernmost parts of the Atlantic Ocean and in some parts of the Arctic Ocean. Its innocent black eyes contrast nicely with its silvery-gray body, but it also features a series of harp-shaped markings on its back, hence the name. Despite being one of the most lovable and innocent creatures in the world, the harp seal is still being hunted extensively for its soft, plushy pelts.
3. Giant Panda
The giant panda is an endangered species, with only about 1,600 specimens left in the wild. The reason behind this is mainly caused by deforestation, since pandas are highly dependent on bamboo trees in order to survive.
2. Philippine tarsier
Tarsiers love their freedom, perhaps too much for their own good, since they have been known to commit suicide when they are in captivity. Sad business aside, this miniature primate is well known for its large eyes and small body, which make it one of the most endearing animals in the world. However, as we mentioned before, you should only hope to see a tarsier in the wild, especially if you want to see a happy one.
1. Fennec Fox
This nocturnal little fox can be found in the Sahara Desert of North Africa. Its most loveable features are its large ears and pointy face. Its harmless, cute appearance makes it a perfect candidate for domestication, especially since it is actually smaller than an average cat. And while this may sound good for humans, this is in fact a very bad thing for the fennec foxes, since many trappers are actively capturing them in order to sell them as pets or to put them on display.
However, if you do want to see a fennec fox in its natural habitat, you can do so by taking part in various tours across Egypt or Morocco.