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Newborn Animals Aren’t Always Cute (but they get there eventually!)

He didn’t start out looking this way…

When we see baby animals we all go, “Awwwwww!” but the truth is, most newborn critters look a bit like hairless worms.


There are a few baby deer, of course, are born utterly adorable but most animals (including humans!) come out rather half-formed and slightly grisly looking without much in the way of hair, or for that matter, those big eyes we love so much. Most newborn animals have either undeveloped or unopened eyes.

It’s true!

But of course, they do all turn into beautiful babies eventually. Here are some critters in both the newborn and the cute baby state.

  • Newborn Kangaroo 1 of 19
    Newborn Kangaroo
    Not quite so cute, right? (photo credit)
  • Newborn Rabbit 2 of 19
    Newborn Rabbit
    The ears are so small they look a bit like a mouse, don't they? (photo credit)
  • Baby Bunny 3 of 19
    Baby Bunny
    But just a couple weeks later and the hairless newborn rabbit is this ADORBS BUNNY. (photo credit)
  • Newborn Squirrel 4 of 19
    Newborn Squirrel
    Okay, now I see why they call them big rats. (photo credit)
  • Baby Squirrel 5 of 19
    Baby Squirrel
    But DAMN they are cute when they are a bit older, aren't they? (photo credit)
  • Newborn Parrot 6 of 19
    Newborn Parrot
    This featherless wonder is alllllllmost cute. But no. (photo credit)
  • Baby Parrot 7 of 19
    Baby Parrot
    But when the feathers come in? Awwww. (photo credit)
  • Newborn Hedgehog 8 of 19
    Newborn Hedgehog
    Um. But baby hedgehogs are the cutest! (photo credit)
  • Hedgehog Baby 9 of 19
    Hedgehog Baby
    Ahhhhh. Yes they are. (photo credit)
  • Newborn Kitten 10 of 19
    Newborn Kitten
    Okay. Pretty damn cute. (photo credit)
  • Two week old kittens. 11 of 19
    Two week old kittens.
    OMG SQUEE. (photo credit)
  • Black-Footed Ferrets Newborn 12 of 19
    Black-Footed Ferrets Newborn
    Okay, these are adorable. (photo credit)
  • Newborn…. Panda? 13 of 19
    Newborn.... Panda?
    Yep. That's what they look like at first. (photo credit)
  • Baby Panda 14 of 19
    Baby Panda
    But, then, when their coat comes in I DIE. (photo credit)
  • Newborn Fox 15 of 19
    Newborn Fox
    From here on in, it's just all cuteness, all the time. There are a few animals, after all, that start the adorable moments after birth, like this fox cub. (photo credit)
  • Newborn Elephant 16 of 19
    Newborn Elephant
    Adorable baby elephant plays with his mother. Gah. CUTE. (photo credit)
  • Newborn Wolf 17 of 19
    Newborn Wolf
    Wolves are my favorite wild animal. Swooning. (photo credit)
  • Newborn Deer 18 of 19
    Newborn Deer
    And, of course, you can't leave out BAMBI. (photo credit)
  • Drumroll please… the ultimate in cuteness! Newborn Polar Bear. 19 of 19
    Drumroll please... the ultimate in cuteness! Newborn Polar Bear.
    Try not to faint at the adorableness. (photo credit)


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