Wednesday, April 20, 2016

6 Of The Cutest Tiny Animals On Earth

Animals are cute, but tiny animals are even cuter… Whether you are an animal lover or not, you have to agree that these tiny version animals are awesome, and extremely cute.

There are many creatures great and small in our huge universe, some more common than others, and some way more cute than others. Check out these 6 very tiny rare animals from around the globe.

1. Baby Rhinocerous 

Rhinoceroses have very thick skin, very small brains and are part of a species of odd-toed ungulates. They also are easily identifiable by the large horn that grows out the front of their head. African species of rhinoceros lack teeth at the front of their mouths, relying instead on their lips to pluck food The whole package doesn’t sound too hot right!? But Look how cute this baby rhino is!

2. Fennec Fox 

The fennec fox is a small and very cute looking nocturnal fox found in the Sahara of North Africa. The fennec’s characteristic ears are the largest among all foxes relative to body size. They are sensitive enough to hear prey that may be underground. The soles of its feet are protected from the hot desert sand by thick fur. The coat is often a cream color and fluffy, which deflects heat during the day and keeps the fox warm at night.

3. Mouse Deer 

Also known as ‘The Chevrotain’, the French word for “little goat, the Mouse Deer actually looks just like a mouse and a deer all rolled into one! In other respects, however, they have some primitive features, closely related to pigs. They all have elongated canine teeth, especially the males, where they project out on either side of the lower jaw, and are used in fights. Their legs are short and thin, which leave them lacking in agility, but helps them to run fast.

4. Clouded Leopard 

The clouded leopard is considered to form an evolutionary link between the big cat and the small cats. It represents the smallest of the big cats. The clouded leopard is found in the Himalayan foothills through mainland Southeast Asia into China, and has been classified as ‘vulnerable’. However cute this baby clouded leopard may look now, when it reaches adulthood, its canine teeth will be as long as 4cm. Hence why they are known as the modern saber tooth.

5. Otter Babies 

Otter is a common name for a carnivorous mammal. An otter’s den is called a holt or couch. Male otters are called dogs, females are called bitches, and their offspring are called pups. Baby otters are looked after by the whole family, including the older siblings. Otters have long, slim bodies and relatively short limbs with webbed paws. Most have sharp claws on their feet and all except the sea otter have long, muscular tails.

6. Rare Sand Kitten

Sand cats are extremely endangered. Indigenous to Israel and Jordan, they are extinct in the region. Only 200 remain in the world, all in Europe’s zoos. They are high on the list of animals that zoos around the world are cooperating to try to preserve. The hope is to be able to restore them to nature one day. These adorable looking large-eared cats are sand-colored and thrive in extreme desert conditions.

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