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Cutest. Animal. Ever. We’ve combined the scientific traits that help determine “cuteness” to create the ultimate adorable animal.

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Adorable Animal: A baby Asian elephant toddles alongside its mother. “When baby animals learn to walk, they don’t do it very well,” Dale says. “Their clumsiness is another characteristic that appeals to humans.” Cuteness Factor: Animals with wobbly

curious tiger ears

round koala body

wobbly elephant LEGS

GiANT GiRAFFE EYES

movements like young elephants come across as helpless, just like a human baby who’s still developing motor skills. This sparks a person’s desire to protect and care for the animals because we have a sense that, like human babies, the animals aren’t quite strong enough to defend themselves.

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happy DOLPHiN “SMiLE”

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WORRADIREK / SHUTTERSTOCK (ELEPHANTS); PAUL SAWER / FLPA / MINDEN PICTURES (CURIOUS TIGER EARS); RICHARD DU TOIT / GETTY IMAGES (GIANT GIRAFFE EYES); PAUL NICKLEN / NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC CREATIVE (BIG ARCTIC FOX HEAD); STEPHEN FRINK / ALAMY (HAPPY DOLPHIN SMILE); THEO ALLOFS / MINDEN PICTURES (WOBBLY ELEPHANT LEGS); ENJOYLIFE2 / GETTY IMAGES (TAMARIN); CHERYL-SAMANTHA OWEN / NPL / MINDEN PICTURES (HYRAX); BLICKWINKEL / ALAMY (DUCK); JANE BURTON / NPL / MINDEN PICTURES (AXOLOTL); CHARLES WOLLERTZ / ALAMY (KLIPSPRINGER). FIREMAN23 / GETTY IMAGES (OWL, PAGES 18-19)

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