Cute Baby Animals
Cuteness is characterized by infant-like physical and personality traits such as innocence, affectionate behavior, and small body size with a disproportionately large head, large eyes, and round and softer body features.
All living beings want to preserve life, and it is a natural instinct to care for something that cannot care for itself. Since baby animals cannot care for themselves, we, consciously or subconsciously, care for them. We not only save it by giving it the basics of food and shelter, but we want to share love with the animal. We cuddle and play with it, and make it feel loved.
We are fearless toward the baby animals as we are stronger than them. We feel like we can control them, which is not the case with the adult animals. Therefore, we approach easily to the baby animals.
Here, we discuss about some cute baby animals:
Clouded Leopard: Two male clouded leopard cubs were born in March 2009 at the Smithsonian's National Zoo in Washington, DC. They were named Sa Ming, meaning "brave warrior", and Ta Moon, meaning "mischievous child". Clouded Leopards are found in Southeast Asia, and are listed as vulnerable. Deforestation and hunting are the main reasons for their endangerment.
Masai Giraffe: Giraffes are the tallest living terrestrial creatures on earth. A baby Masai Giraffe named Miles was born in January 2009 at the Houston Zoo.
Polar Bear: They are fierce animals, but their young ones are cuddly creatures. Climate change has rapidly diminished the Arctic ice, which is the home to the polar bears. Habitat loss has endangered this animal.
Gentoo Penguin: A Gentoo Penguin chick was hatched in May 2010 at Scotland's Edinburgh Zoo. Both the mother and father penguins take care of their young ones until they are of three months. A baby Gentoo Penguin is softer than their adults. They are native species of Antarctica, and are the fastest known underwater swimming bird.
Prehensile-tailed Porcupine: Porcupines are creatures having poking hairs on the top of their body. But, baby porcupines are relatively softer. A baby girl porcupine of this species was born in April 2005 at Smithsonian's National Zoo in Washington, DC. They are mainly found in Central and South America.
Giant Panda: A baby Giant Panda, named Tai Shan, was born in July 2005 at the Smithsonian's National Zoo in Washington, DC. It is nicknamed "butterstick" because a zoo worker described it as about the size of a stick of butter, shortly after birth. In February 2010, it was transported to its natural habitat in the Bifengxia Panda Base in Sichuan, China.
Batagur Baska Turtle: They are critically endangered, and only twenty individuals of them are alive in the wild and in captivity. Six individual species of them, including a baby turtle, live in captivity at Schoenbrunn Zoo in Vienna, Austria. In their natural habitat in the rivers of Myanmar, Thailand, Bangladesh, India, Cambodia, Indonesia, and Vietnam, they were widely hunted for their meat and eggs. Their meat and eggs are considered to be a delicacy.
Therefore, the cute baby animals are endangered due to habitat loss, although they are initially loved by the humans.