One of the reasons why mammals, including humans, care for their young ones during formative years is due to what scientists call the ‘cuteness’ factor. If you notice, an elephant, a lion or a gorilla baby looks cute and fuzzy and very different from the adult but the same can’t be said, for instance, of reptiles- their babies, while small in size, look similar to the adult. It’s this ‘cuteness’ factor in mammals that makes us melt in front of pups, cubs, calves and all things small and furry. However, it’s crucial that we give these young ones space in the wild to grow into happy and healthy adults to ensure the sustainable continuation of the species.
Globally, some of the greatest concentrations of wildlife can be found in the savannahs of Tanzania & Kenya, the rainforests of Uganda & Rwanda, the jungles of South Africa, Botswana, Zambia & Zimbabwe besides the national parks of India & Sri Lanka and those of Indonesia, Australia & New Zealand, western US & Alaska, north-western Canada, Costa Rica, Amazonian Brazil and the Kamchatka Peninsula in Russia’s far east.
Now, like never before, we have the need to preserve the last wild places and animal habitats left on Earth for these creatures and need to ensure that their current generation makes it through. Here are some images of animal babies around the world that are irresistible and if such images can lead to a collective consciousness in us to save them, then the world would be a better place for it.
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It must also be mentioned that the key to being close to these adorable animal babies is to see and photograph them in the wild such as in national parks, sanctuaries, reserves etc and not engage in physical contact with them or view them in a way which is unnatural. So keep it natural and admire these cute babies, but do it responsibly in the wild spaces where they are meant to live free.