17 Photos of Baby Wild Animals That Will Instantly Brighten Your Day

We dare you not to smile while looking at these baby balls of fluff and feathers.

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Cottontails, ten days old

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If you thought rabbits couldn't get any cuter, this photo might just prove you wrong. Baby rabbits are also known as kits or kittens, which could get confusing if you search for "cute kittens" online. Either way, you'll end up with a photo that will make you say "Awww!"

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Red kangaroo, four months old

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Can you believe this guy was the size of a cherry when he was born? Joeys stay in their mothers' pouches for up to six months before they start gradually venturing into the outside world. After a full year, they're ready to hop out and pose for photos like this one.

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Giraffe, five weeks old

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There's nothing "little" about baby giraffes, or calves. They're born about six feet tall, often weighing up to 200 pounds!

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Harbor seal, two weeks old

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Those whiskers, those big eyes—that's definitely a face all mothers (and non-mothers) can love. Harbor seal pups form strong bonds with their moms and make a bleating noise that sounds like "maaaa" when they want their mommies.

Mallard duckling, one week old

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Nothing ugly about this duckling. Ducklings are able to walk and swim just hours after hatching, but they choose to stay close to their mothers and siblings for their first few weeks, which is why you see them parading in a line when walking and swimming.

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Pigeon, one to two weeks old

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Pigeons are everywhere in big cities, but baby pigeons, or squabs, aren't as easy to spot. That's because pigeons tend to build their nests very high up in urban structures that mimic cliffs—places like rooftops and ledges—and under bridges. They stay in the nest for up to six weeks, and by the time they emerge, they look just like their parents. Talk about family resemblance!

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Raccoon, four weeks old

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Sure, this raccoon may rummage through your garbage when she's older, but she looks pretty darn adorable right now. Since baby raccoon pups are very social, she's probably getting ready to meet up with other pups for a playdate.

Red fox, eight weeks old

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You can't tell from this picture, but just a few weeks ago, this red fox kit was born blind and deaf (all baby foxes are). Now he's ready to pounce on those precious little paws.

Red-shouldered hawk, three weeks old

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When hawks are just hatchlings, their stares can still be pretty intimidating—and they're not even independent yet. Hatchlings leave the nest at about six weeks old, but they stay with their parents and depend on them for food and protection for another couple of months.

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Screech owl, six weeks old

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We can only wonder what put this hilarious face on this baby owl. Maybe he just found out he won't grow much; even as adults, screech owls still smaller than a pint glass.

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