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20 of the Cutest Tiny Animals from Around the World

You’ll want to take these little critters home in your pocket.

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Velvet-purple Coronet
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We’ve got puppy dog eyes…

…and bunny, horse, and even frog eyes too. We can’t stop squealing over these adorable tiny animals from around the world. So if you need a little pick-me-up, sit back and scroll through to add some much-needed cuteness to your day. And when you’re done with these, check out these 25 adorable pictures of baby animals you’ll love instantly.

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white chihuahua puppy


These little dogs are so tiny that sometimes you don’t even notice when someone is carrying one around in their purse. The smallest Chihuahua ever is named Miracle Milly and measures only 3.8 inches tall. These 50 adorable puppy pictures will melt your heart.

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Pygmee monkey portrait
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Pygmy marmoset

This tiny creature looks and acts somewhat like a little squirrel, climbing up trees and branches in the rainforests of South America. It weighs about three to five ounces.

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A miniature horse in a snowy pasture
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Miniature horse

Miniature horses definitely aren’t the smallest animals on this list, but they’re too cute not to include. The smallest living miniature horse is named Thumbelina, and she measures just 17.5 inches tall. Learn about these animals that changed history.

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Full body of white-brown-grey domestic pygmy rabbit.

Pygmy rabbit

Pygmy rabbits are the world’s smallest, measuring only nine to 12 inches and weighing less than a pound. The species is endangered and can only be found in Washington state. These 11 endangered baby animals are making a comeback.

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Cute reddish-gray mouse lemur, Microcebus griseorufus, feeding on banana

Mouse lemur

Mouse lemurs are so tiny that they can fit in the palm of your hand. The smallest species is the Madame Berthe’s mouse lemur, which is the world’s smallest primate weighing in at as little as 30 grams. On the other end of the spectrum, here are some of the biggest living animals in the world.

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tiny chameleon Brookesia minima, micra (Brookesia minima), smallest known chameleon and among the smallest reptiles of the world. Nosy mangabe, madagascar wildlife and wilderness

Brookesia micra chameleon    

This chameleon is small enough to fit on the head of a match—you might miss it if you don’t look closely. It was discovered in 2012 on the island of Madagascar. Learn about the oldest living animals in the entire world.

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Jerboa / Jaculus jaculus

Dwarf three-toed jerboa

The dwarf three-toed jerboa is the world’s smallest rodent. It weighs less than an ounce and is about 1.7 inches tall. Some people compare their little bodies to a cotton ball. Take a look at these animals that can change color.

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Little royal antelope neotragus pygmaeus in the natural wildlife. Baby deer.
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Royal antelope

The royal antelope is the world’s smallest antelope, measuring only ten inches tall and weighing less than seven pounds. This cute little creature lives in the rainforests of Ghana and Sierra Leone, but the chances of you seeing one are very slim because they’re nocturnal. Here are some of the rarest animals on earth.

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The smallest frog. Paedophryne amauensis

Paedophryne amauensis frog

This frog is about the size of a housefly—it’s so tiny, it can fit on a dime. Measuring only 7.7 millimeters long, it’s the smallest known animal with a backbone. Watch out for these 15 innocent-looking animals that are surprisingly dangerous.

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The smallest bird in the world - a Bee Hummingbird - drinks nectar from a plant held by a person. Taken in a Hummingbird Garden near Playa Larga, Cuba
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Bee hummingbird

The bee hummingbird is the smallest bird in the world and weighs less than two ounces. Don’t let its size fool you: It’s tiny but powerful, beating its wings 80 times per second.

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Etruscan shrew

The Etruscan shrew is the smallest known mammal by mass, but these tiny animals are stronger than they look. With their extremely quick movements and rapid metabolism, they eat approximately 1.5-2 times their own body weight per day.

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Williams’ dwarf gecko

This gecko is unfortunately critically endangered, but can still be found in a small area of Tanzania. Males are an electric blue color while females range from green to bronze. Learn the truth behind 23 animal “facts” you have all wrong.

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speckled tortoise in closeup, small turtle specie from africa, Endangered animal specie
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Speckled padloper tortoise

The speckled padloper tortoise is the world’s smallest species of tortoise. They are strictly herbivores and feed on plants such as endive, chicory, plantains, and dandelions. Find out the strangest animal found in each state.

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Hippocampus Denise

The Hippocampus Denise is a master of camouflage at only 2 centimeters long. Don’t miss these other 13 weird deep-sea creatures.

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Philippine tarsier

The Philippine tarsier is prevalent in the Philippines, particularly in the southeastern part of the islands. This tarsier is shy, nocturnal, and prefers to live a solitary life within dense vegetation.

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Fennec fox

These tiny foxes’ dwell in the Sahara and other locations in Northern Africa. In order to cope with the desert temperatures, they are nocturnal, and their large ears help them radiate body heat.

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Hermit crab

There are over 800 species of hermit crabs with notably soft abdomens, unlike the hard abdomens seen in related crustaceans. They protect their soft middle section by carrying around a seashell that they can easily retract into should a predator be nearby.

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Northern Pudú

The Northern Pudú is the world’s smallest deer. This furry cutie is native to the Andes mountains and weighs between 7 and 13 pounds. Check out these other 15 adorable animals you didn’t know existed.

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These tiny rodents have become established as popular house pets. They were not able to be bred as pets until 1939.

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Nigerian Dwarf goat

The Nigeran Dwarf goat is a miniature goat of West African origin that’s known for being gentle and lovable. For more cuteness, check out these 60 adorable animals that will make you smile.

Morgan Cutolo
Morgan Cutolo is a former senior production editor at Trusted Media Brands. She graduated from the University of New Hampshire in 2016, where she received her Bachelor of Arts in Journalism. In her free time, she likes exploring the seacoast of Maine, where she lives, and snuggling up on the couch with her corgi, Eggo, to watch HGTV or The Office.
Emma Taubenfeld
Emma Taubenfeld is a former assistant editor for Reader’s Digest who writes about digital lifestyle topics such as memes, social media captions, pickup lines and cute pets. When she’s not working, you can find Emma reading corny young adult novels, creating carefully curated playlists and figuring out how to spice up boxed mac and cheese.