In pics: Animal babies with an overload of cuteness

A baby Llama in Peru
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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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An adorable 3-day old Hippo baby in central Africa
An adorable 3-day old Hippo baby in central Africa
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Swinging gorilla baby in the rainforests of Africa
Swinging gorilla baby in the rainforests of Africa
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Pandas of China are the epitome of cuteness
Pandas of China are the epitome of cuteness
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A baby zebra with its mother in Kenya
A baby zebra with its mother in Kenya
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A wallaby with it's joey in the sack in Australia
A wallaby with it's joey in the sack in Australia
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A newly born giraffe baby in Zambia
A newly born giraffe baby in Zambia
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Polar bears are very playful and fun to view
Polar bears are very playful and fun to view
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A protective mother elephant with her babies in Uganda
A protective mother elephant with her babies in Uganda
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A sleeping seal pup in New Zealand
A sleeping seal pup in New Zealand
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Baby camel peering into the camera in Jordan
Baby camel peering into the camera in Jordan
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A cute baby koala bear, native of Australia
A cute baby koala bear, native of Australia
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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.

AUTHOR'S BIO: Nitin Gairola is a travel & conservation writer, photographer and a poet, besides being an enthusiast of the natural world. He has endless passion for learning about environmental conservation, wildlife biodiversity along with the history & cultures of people around the world and their present socio- economic situations. He has been to many parts of the Earth, covering the continents, polar caps, mountains, rainforests, jungles, savannahs, deserts and nearly a century of countries, in his personal quest to better understand the planet and its inhabitants. More on: www.facebook.com/NitinGairolaPhotography