Top 10 cute baby animals in 2022. We’ve compiled a list of some of the cutest animals that you might see in the world. Read on to learn about these animals and whether or not you can find them in the wild. Some scientists believe that humans have an innate nurturing instinct for anything that even remotely resembles our own children.
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The margay is a small wild cat, native to Central and South America. A solitary and famously nocturnal cat, it prefers life in rainforests and deciduous forest, but can be spotted near the coffee and cocoa plantations sometimes.
Populations are declining as their forests are cleared by human development for agriculture, pasture land, and infrastructure. Margays like to live in thick forests, where there are plenty of trees for them to climb on. They do not like open spaces at all, with populations found not only in Central America but also Mexico, Northern South America and parts of the Southern US.
#2 Red Panda
Red pandas are native to the eastern Himalayas and southwestern China. They were given the name ‘panda’ first, fifty years before their black and white counterparts. These animals typically grow to be the size of a house cat.
#3 Elephant Shrew
Elephant shrews, or jumping shrews or sengis, are small mammals that feed on insects and are native to Africa.
Their name comes from their long pointed head and long, mobile nose that looks like a trunk. Short-eared elephant shrews live in southern Africa in Namibia, Botswana and South Africa. They prefer habitats where they can burrow under sandy soil, including arid semi-deserts, dry grasses and shrublands.
Meerkats are small mongooses that are found in southern Africa. They have a broad head, large eyes, a pointed snout, long legs, and a slender tail.
They favor living in groups and often groom or play with each other. They have a highly developed social structure; different individuals play different roles within the society.
Quokkas are known as the happiest animals in the world. These herbivores primarily feed at night, so they are mainly nocturnal.
They eat leaves, stems, bark, and grass; but if necessary, they can survive for long periods of time without food or water by living off their fat stored in their tails.
#6 Flapjack Octopus
These cutelooking octopuses might not seem so dangerous. But don’t be fooled! The flapjack octopus hides in waiting, then lunges at its prey with lightning speed.
Quite a few of our divers have found that being swallowed into the mouth of this cephalopod has ruined their day.
#7 Fennec Fox
Native to the Saharan Desert, the Fennec Fox is “a little mammal of utmost cuteness.” It’s also the size of a large rat. What makes this creature so special?
It has very big ears. These big ears help it thrive in its extreme desert habitat by dispersing heat.
The klipspringer is a small African antelope that can be found in the Eastern and Southern parts of the continent. Klipspringers live primarily on mountain ranges, such as those on the Eastern part of Africa.
They are agile, quick and sure footed, which has helped them dodge a variety of dangers they’ve faced over the years. You can find them most active between morning hours and late afternoon hours.
The Numbat is a small marsupial native to Australia, identifiable by its brown fur with distinctive yellow and white stripes. Numbats have long sticky tongues, which helps them get termites for their exclusive diet. Sadly, this unique animal is endangered due to various factors, mostly habitat destruction. There are fewer than 1,000 in the wild today.
#10 Japanese Weasel
If you’re not familiar with Japanese weasels, then you may want to sit down for this. These carnivorous mammals are native to Japan and come in a variety of colors, depending on where they live. For example, the color of the fur around their head tends to vary. Females tend to be smaller than males.
Summary of the top 10 cutest animals in 2022
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