People generally agree on what makes an animal adorable, and there’s a good reason for that. What we consider cute is determined by our evolution, which ensures we pay attention to human babies.
This has spilled over into other animals, and for the most part, baby animals of all kinds tend to attract our attention. For an animal to be cute, they need to have the traits of a baby schema, which activates our mesocorticolimbic system, making us squeal with delight at cute critters.
Whether its due to a disproportionately large, round head, or large eyes that capture the heart, these ten animals take full advantage of a human’s need to love babies.
10 Most Baby Mammals
In general, almost all baby animals are considered cute by people, which is one of the ways they have been domesticated over the years. Taking a look at one of many species, Canis lupus familiaris, otherwise known as the domesticated dog, evolved to survive by passing down the genes that make them cute. Seriously. Dogs took full advantage of humanity’s need to love cute things by ensuring their offspring had all the traits we appreciate. They are small, their head is large relative to their body, and their eyes are large relative to their head.
Nearly every mammalian species follows this trend, but those who don’t are often considered pest species. Rodents, for example, are typically hairless and unable to open their eyes when they are born. This is true of most birds, and other species people don’t regularly squeal in delight at seeing. Interestingly, the nature of “cuteness” in terms of baby animals has been studied extensively, with some studies pointing to the fact that baby animals often score higher in terms of the baby schema than most human babies.