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25 Adorable Pictures of Baby Animals You’ll Love Instantly

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

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We can’t get enough

If you’re having an off day, or just need some smiles, taking a few minutes to squeal at these adorable pictures of baby animals will instantly put you in a good mood. Keep reading for some serious cuteness. Speaking of adorable creatures, check out these adorable animals you didn’t even know existed.

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Polar bear

Baby polar bears don’t develop their fluffy, thick white fur until about two months of age. This is also the month that they start to walk and grow teeth. These animals look nothing like their baby pictures.

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Chimpanzees and humans share 95 to 98 percent of the same DNA. Don’t those eyes just make you melt?

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Golden Retriever puppies

Golden Retrievers are a very popular family dog. One of the reasons is most likely that Goldens keep their puppy personality for a very long time. They tend to mature much slower than other breeds so they are playful and silly all the way into adulthood. These adorable animals can sleep pretty much anywhere.

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A mother meerkat protects her new pups in the Namib Desert in Africa.

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Brown bears

Brown bear cubs are born during hibernation. They are typically born in pairs. When spring arrives they venture out of their den with their mother to learn survival skills. These are the tiniest animals from around the world.

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Even though this newborn lamb can’t walk very well yet, he’s still all smiles. These baby goat photos are sure to brighten your day.

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Baby penguins are born with fluffy gray plumage making them extra cute. As they get older they start to shed their fluffy feathers to reveal their black and white coat. Here are some more pictures (and facts) that prove penguins are the most adorable animal.

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At birth, baby elephants weigh an average of 250 pounds! They drink about three gallons of milk a day helping them grow into the large, magnificent creatures that they are.

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Fun fact: Female baby chickens are called pullets and male baby chicks are called cockerels. Don’t miss these scary facts about 10 of the world’s most adorable animals.

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Baby sloths cling to their mother’s back or belly as she moves through the trees for the first few months of their lives. Here are some more adorable sloth pictures that you need in your life.

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A baby rabbit is called a kit. When they get older, a female rabbit is called a doe and a male is a buck.

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Baby owls, known as owlets, are born with soft, fluffy feathers and typically cannot fly at birth. Here are some animals that you’ll never see at the zoo.

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A baby horse is called a foal and they can stand within two hours of being born. Here are other animals that can walk within minutes of being born.

Canada Goose (Branta Canadensis) Gosling Takes a Plunge Into the LakeVicki Jauron, Babylon and Beyond Photography/Getty Images


When geese are born they are covered in soft feathers called down. They leave their nest about 24 hours after they hatch and will follow their parents around. They know how to swim right away and less than two months after being born they shed their baby feathers and learn to fly.

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Corgi puppy

The word “corgi” means dwarf dog. They do grow a significant amount from when they are first born, but their legs remain short for life. These funny baby photos will make you laugh out loud.

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Moose are born with reddish fur, but it changes to brown after about two and a half months.

European otter family (Lutra lutra)Artush/Getty Images


Baby otters a called pups. They’re born blind and are cared for by their mother, father, and older siblings until they start to gain a little more freedom after 40 days when their eyes open.

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Just like otters, baby seals are also called pups. They stay on land for about a month until their waterproof fur grows in.

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These little kitties are Maine Coons. See some of the cutest cat breeds as kittens.

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Female tigers can have as many as seven tiger cubs at a time, but sadly around half of all cubs don’t live past the age of two. These are the most endangered tigers in the world.

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Baby pigs are called piglets. A sow, or the mother pig, is pregnant with her piglets for 115 days.

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Even as babies, giraffes are still very tall. These beautiful animals could disappear in your lifetime.

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Calves, or baby cows, weigh 60 to 100 pounds at birth.

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Flamingos aren’t born the beautiful pink color that they’re so well known for. They’re actually born gray and white with fluffy feathers. Take a look at these stunning photos of naturally pink animals.

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When they are born, baby pandas are pink and they only measure about 15 centimeters. For more cuteness, scroll through these adorable animal photos that will make you say, “aww.”

Morgan Cutolo
Morgan is an Associate Editor at Reader’s Digest. She graduated from the University of New Hampshire in 2016 where she received her Bachelor of Arts in Journalism. She writes for, helps lead the editorial relationship with our partners, manages our year-round interns, and keeps the hundreds of pieces of content our team produces every month organized. In her free time, she likes exploring the seacoast of Maine where she lives and works remotely full time and snuggling up on the couch with her corgi, Eggo, to watch HGTV or The Office.