Sometimes, we have to stop and appreciate the little things in life. Warm cookies, hugs from that special someone, and animal parents who love their babies. To that end, here are 12 fabulous animal parents lovin' on their wee ones, just because we love you and want to lighten your day.
We love hedgies. These prickly, pointy-faced critters are becoming more and more popular as household pets. (But we knew they were cool all along — just consider us the hipsters of pets.) And while several of them have made us squeal in delight, this guy has earned a special place in our hearts.
Wild Moon Organics Farm has a special scenario on its hands. This British Columbia farm, run by Richard Quiring, was the birthplace of Sophie, the runt of a litter of Berkshire pigs. The tiny pig was too small and weak to even get to her mother's milk, so Richard's son stepped in and nursed her back to health. But it was when Duke came in that the real magic began.
There's a happy little fella in Victoria, Australia, and his name is Frostie (full name? Frostie the Snow Goat, naturally). This baby goat, afflicted with a condition called joint naval ill, had previously been unable to walk.
Simply titled, "Song My Dog Wrote", Brendan Biondi's ode to the love he shares with his dog (sung through the dog's perspective) is a heart breaker. It starts off a little corny, but about 30 seconds in, you'll feel the tears start to come. Whether you're a dog lover or not, you don't stand a chance.
Life in the wild is not easy. Animals face dangers from humans as well as other predators higher up on the food chain. But one simple act of love reminds us that not all of nature is red in tooth and claw.
Have you heard of the Lykoi? No? Where have you been? This adorable new breed of cat is taking the feline world by storm. They may look a little funky, but underneath it all, the Lykoi (Greek for 'wolf cat') is a bundle of love, ready to bring joy into your life. We have here just 12 of the many reasons you need to start loving a Lykoi immediately.
Forget owls and dogs. We've found a new winner for the title of Best Boyfriend: otters! These cuddly little sea-dwellers are too cute and ready for your love. From the tips of their noses to those funky tails, these guys are the clear winners in the race to be the best boyfriend.
Okay, so you know how puppies are just about the cutest thing on the planet? Yeah, well Budweiser picked up on that too when they crafted this amazingly sweet, touching Super Bowl ad. Simply titled, "Puppy Love", if this clip doesn't move you, nothing will.
Who wouldn't love something nicknamed the 'red cat-bear'? This tiny, waddling critter will burrow its way into your heart and never let go. Cute, fluffy and looking like a mix of a cat, bear, raccoon, ring-tailed lemur, and fox, you'll soon realize that the red panda is the best possible addition to your life.
Pitbulls get a bad rap. They've been branded vicious, wild animals, but there's actually nothing scary or aggressive about them by nature. When raised right, pitbulls are among the most loyal, loving dogs out there. Here are 12 reasons why you should take the time to raise them with love and care. You won't regret it!
One lucky visitor to the Addo Elephant National Park caught this loving moment when a baby elephant was reunited with its father.