Animals

15 Adorable Animals You Didn’t Even Know

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Puppies pale in comparison to these little guys.

Sand cat

Sand cat, Felis margarita, is a beautiful desert cat

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Cute as your favorite funny cat videos are, none can compare to the impossibly cartoonish, wide-faced Felis margarita. Sand cats live in the deserts of North Africa and Southwest Asia and get most of their moisture from their prey, rather than drinking water.

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Siberian flying squirrel

Siberian flying squirrel (AKA Russian flying squirrel)

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You wouldn’t think a tubby little fluff ball like this could go very far in the air, but flaps of skin by their legs help them glide between trees. You can catch a glimpse of Siberian flying squirrels in Russia, China, and other northern areas of Asia and Europe. Tourists get especially excited to see them in Hokkaido, the only island in Japan with the furballs.

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Pika

American Pika in Yellowstone National Park - Pikas are an indicator species for climate change

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American pikas are related to rabbits and hares. They might be small, adorable animals, but they’re still tough—the little critters can survive harsh weather without burying holes.

Fennec fox

Fennec Fox

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There’s a reason fennec foxes make you say “aww”: The North African animals are the world’s smallest canine species. Fennec foxes also have the largest ears relative to their body size, which helps them give off heat and hunt prey.

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Gundi

common gundi (Ctenodactylus gundi)

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If you thought guinea pigs were cute, try looking at a gundi without squealing. The Northern African rodents’ toes have tiny bristles that help them clean their fur.

Japanese raccoon dog

Raccoon dog(tanuki) sitting in the grass.

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These adorable animals—also known as tanuki—are more closely related to dogs than raccoons. They’re monogamous, and the papa and mama Japanese raccoon dogs work together to raise their pups.

Chevrotain

Lesser mouse-deer (Tragulus kanchil) walking in real nature at Kengkracharn National Park,Thailand

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These tiny creatures look straight out of a fairytale forest. It might look like a deer, but the hooved chevrotain stands at only about a foot tall at the shoulder. Instead of antlers, the male “mouse deer” have tiny fang-like tusks.

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Harris’s antelope squirrel

Harris Antelope Squirrel

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Who can say squirrels are pests when this adorable species exists? Found in hot desert climates in the Southwestern United States and Northwestern Mexico, Harris’s antelope squirrels use their tails as umbrellas to block out the sweltering sun.

Bongo

A shot of an young bongo (antelope)

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Nope, bongos aren’t just drums—the African animals are also the biggest species of forest antelope in the world. As adults, their horns can grow as long as 40 inches.

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Serval

Funny serval cat

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Just look at that face! These adorable animals that look like “giraffe cats” are found in African savannas, and their long necks aren’t their only defining feature. Servals also have bigger ears than any other cat.

Axolotl

Axolotl (Ambystoma mexicanum)

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The “Mexican walking fish” isn’t a fish at all but is actually a salamander. Unlike other amphibians, which usually lose their dorsal fins and external gills after they grow out of the tadpole phase, the water-bound axolotls keep those features through adulthood, which explains why they’re one of the most adorable animals.

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Quoll

Close up view of a Quoll

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As marsupials, these Australian mammals spend their first nine weeks of life in their mama’s pouch. Despite their sweet appearance, quolls are unapologetic predators. Larger species eat birds, possums, and rabbits, while smaller ones stick with insects, birds’ eggs, and little animals.

Tamandua

Ant eater (tamandua mexicana) couple in Chiapas Mexico.

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This small anteater is cuter than its larger relatives. Its long mouth and tongue help it eat up to 9,000 ants every day (yowza!), but the tamandua also eats termites, honey, and fruit.

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Jerboas

jerboa (Allactaga major) with a long tail and ears - a cute little animal is on the long hind legs

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Between their tufted tails, big ears, long hind legs, and tiny front limbs, jerboas look like a lab-made mish-mosh of several species. But make no mistake: The rodents are totally natural and belong to the same family as birch mice. Their long legs help them jump high and far.

Maned wolf

A male maned wolf standing in the forest

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Those long legs could even put Gisele Bündchen’s to shame. The fox-like maned wolf actually isn’t closely related to foxes or wolves and is the only member of the genus Chrysocyon. Its food choices are equally misleading—the biggest part of the South American animal’s diet is a berry called lobeira, which means “fruit of the wolf.”

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