10 Animals You Did Not Know You Loved Until Now That Will Leave You Saying 'Awwwwww'

10 Animals You Did Not Know You Loved Until Now That Will Leave You Saying 'Awwwwww'

With Finals and Exams going on, everyone needs a good animal compilation to unwind.

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Forewarning: There are NO reptiles on this list. If there was, the list would be so much longer.

And #5 is a dog... but you don't of it so I'm not lying.

And prepare your hearts for #1 (you really should).

12. The small and gentle Bat

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Now, some people will deny they love Bats but all you have to do is see a bat eating a grape to change your mind. Bats are the cutest and most fragile animals that I desperately want as a pet but they require a lot of attention, care and, check-ups... You see, with school, I can't but one day... yes, one day.

11. The chubby and playful Seal

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Many people are put off by the big black eyes and chubbiness of the Seal. The difference to a Sea Lion is pretty small. The Seal doesn't have front legs capable to carry them so they jump and wiggle its body on land to move around, the Sea Lion does.

10. The chunky and stubby Pig

I'm not talking about a piglet. I am talking a full grown potbelly pig. My family has owned 2 of these in the past and this is a video of my Father feeding his most beloved pig, Wilbur. I used to think these pigs were ugly but when you learn about them, you really get a surprise. They are fast (outran our dog), they love to make holes (destroyed our yard), and love to snuggle.

9. The small and headstrong Dik Dik

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This is basically a miniature dear. They look like Dear, they walk like dear, they eat like dear BUT they are not a dear, they are a small species of antelope. It is the African Antelope, to be precise.

8. The beautiful and protected Japanese Red Fox

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Image a fox.
Now brighten and fluff-ify the fur.
Ok, domesticate them now.
And finally, make them a bit smaller.
Now you have the Japanese Red Fox.



Usually, I would have just said a fox but this particular fox is amazingly cute, Japan has created a village just for the Foxes and it is a tourist attraction which keeps them protected and fed to live in order to keep them from going extinct.

7. The fluffy and intelligent Shiba Inu

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This dog is partial to Japan. I know, another animal from Japan but this is one you have most likely seen but probably haven't heard of but you will love that you know it now. This dog is unique in many ways. This is a curly tailed, playful, fluffy, and curious dog. From what I have gathered they are more intelligent than normal dogs.

6. The strange and tiny Gerboa

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This is one of the strangest creatures I have ever seen, its a mix between a Kangaroo and a mouse. I think this is a cute rodent that you should look up. It is certainly one I am going to be researching. Like, how on Earth did this happen?

5. The clumsy and slow Sloth

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Who watched Zootopia?? If you did, you know exactly what I am talking about. Who doesn't love a slow-moving mammal that looks like it doesn't give a f*** about anyone. And I have often heard of people comparing sloths to people that get High. They are slow, don't want to do anything but smile, and look completely out of it.

4. The adorable and rowdy Red Panda

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When you hear Panda, you think of the cuddly big black and white sweethearts. But Red Pandas are not exactly the same. Some think they look like foxes but I think they look more like a raccoon with their ringed tails than a panda or fox.

3. The stunned Slow Loris

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Honestly, they look fake to me. I seriously cannot think of any other mammal (other than the Seal) that has such beautiful big eyes. They are one of the most beautiful animals I have ever seen. They eat with 2 hands sometimes, they always look unsure and cute.

The Slow Loris are actually endangered because they are the victims of pet trade in many countries due to their beauty. The Loris is a nocturnal animal so being in a brightly lit room makes them uncomfortable.And the Slow Loris is actually venomous. They have venom glands in their elbow that secrete a toxin that they mix with saliva and bite their enemies with, which could lead to death in Humans. The one above is terrified and raising its arms in an attempt to defend itself.

2. The Slow Loris Reality

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They are cute, right?

You see these gifs? The Slow Loris being tickled and being fed riceballs in a bright room... well, that is actually evidence of abuse.

The Slow Loris is a nocturnal animal so being in a brightly lit room makes them uncomfortable.
And the Slow Loris is actually venomous. They have venom glands in their elbow that secrete a toxin that they mix with saliva and bite their enemies with, which could lead to death in Humans. The one on the left is terrified and raising its arms in an attempt to defend itself.

These animals are one of many victims in the illegal and cruel pet trade.

1. The defensive Slow Loris

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They are one of the most beautiful animals I have ever seen. They eat with 2 hands sometimes, they always look unsure and cute. But this Loris looks unusually defensive and sad.

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20 Of The Coolest Animal Species In The World

Animals that almost seem imaginary.
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The world is full of amazing animals. So amazing, that narrowing them down to 20 felt nearly impossible. To determine who made the cut for this list, I used very important factors such as, cuteness and how much some of them looked like Pokémon . I know, very official. So here are some of the coolest animals in the world.

1. Pink Fairy Armadillo

The pink fairy armadillo is the smallest and cutest species of armadillo. It is on the list of threatened species and is found in the sandy plains, dunes, and grasslands of Argentina. The pink fairy armadillo is a nocturnal creature that survives mostly on insects and plants.


2. Okapi

The okapi is an animal native to the Democratic Republic of Congo in Africa. Although the stripes make many people believe okapi are related to zebra, they are actually closer to giraffe. Okapi are solitary creatures and come together to breed. They are herbivores, mostly eating leaves, grass, and other plants.


3. Glaucus Atlanticus or "the Blue Dragon"

These little dragon-like creatures are often only about a few inches long and can be found in the Indian Pacific Oceans. The blue dragon floats upside down in order to blend the blue side of them with the water, and the silver side with the surface of the ocean. This tiny dragon feeds on creatures like the man o' war and can even deliver a sting similar to it.


4. The Maned Wolf

The maned wolf is often found in the grasslands of south, central-west, and southeastern parts of Brazil. It is neither related to wolves nor foxes despite its appearance and name, but is actually closer to dogs. The maned wolf hunts alone and primarily eats both meat and plants (about 50% of its diet).


5. Fossa

The fossa is a carnivorous animal located in Madagascar. Despite having many traits similar to cats, it is more closely related to the Mongoose. The fossa is only found in forest habitats and can hunt in either daytime or night. Over 50 percent of its diet happens to be lemurs.


6. Japanese Spider Crab

As the name suggestions, the Japanese spider crab inhabits the waters surrounding Japan. In many parts of Japan, this crab can be considered a delicacy but can be considerably difficult to catch. The Japanese spider crab can grow to 12 feet long from claw to claw. There is only one sea creature-- amongst similar species (aka crustaceans)-- that beats the weight of a Japanese spider crab: the American Lobster.


7. Pacu Fish

Look closely at the teeth, do they look familiar? This fish is found in the waters of South America. This fish, while related to the piranha, can actually grow much larger. They can also be found in rivers like the Amazon and is an aid to the fishing industry. Unlike the piranha, pacu mostly only eat seeds and nuts, though can still create nasty injuries to other animals if need be.


8. Slow Loris

The slow loris is a nocturnal creature found in Southeast Asia. While very adorable, the loris's teeth are actually quite venomous. The toxin on their teeth can also be applied to fur through grooming to protect its babies from predators. Often times these creatures forage and spend time alone, although can on occasion be seen with other slow lorises. Apart from their toxic teeth, the slow lorises have another defense mechanism, in which they move nearly completely silently in order to prevent discovery.


9. Angora Rabbit

These cute, fluffy rabbits are among the hairiest breeds of rabbit of both wild and domestic types. These rabbits originated in Turkey although managed to spread throughout Europe and was even brought to the United States in the 20th century. These rabbits are often bred for their soft wool which can be made into clothing, and often get rid of their own coats every 3-4 months.


10. Axolotl

The axolotl or "Mexican salamander" (who looks like a Pokémon , if you ask me) is often spotted in lakes in various places around Mexico. These little salamanders are amphibious although often spend their adult lives strictly in the water. However, the population of these cute creatures is dwindling due to non-native predators and the continued urbanization of Mexico. The axolotl eats small worms, insects, and fish in order to survive.


11. Liger

The liger, however made up it sounds, is a real (and cute) animal created by a lion and a tiger mating. Ligers only seem to exist in captivity or zoos because the lion and tiger don't share the same habitat in the wild. Unfortunately, these animals don't live very long or are sterile despite being bigger than both the lion and the tiger. While these animals are cool and unique, they are not strictly natural or sustainable.


12. Bearded Vulture

I don't know about you all, but this vulture reminds me of a phoenix which was initially why I looked into the creature. These vultures inhabit a range of places from southern Europe to the Indian subcontinent, to Tibet. This vulture, like other vultures, typically eats dead animals, although it has been documented that the bearded vulture will attack live prey more often than other vultures.


13. Goblin Shark


This unusual shark is also known as a "living fossil" because they are the last representative of sharks that lived about 125 million years ago. It is a deep sea shark that can grow between 10-13 feet if not longer. The goblin shark has been caught accidentally in every major ocean. The goblin shark is not a fast swimmer and relies on ambushing its prey.


14. Red Panda

This cute, small panda lives in the eastern Himalayas and southwestern China. The red panda is rather small, only about the same size as most domestic cats. Its eating habits range from bamboo, to eggs, to insects, and several other small mammals. The red panda is primarily sedentary during the day and at night or in the morning does whatever hunting it needs to do.


15. Blobfish

This blobfish is, in a way, so ugly that it is cute (although reminds me of a certain Pokémon ) This fish lives in the deep waters of Australia, Tasmania, and New Zealand. The blobfish has a density only sightly above that of water. The fish primarily hunts by just floating along and letting creatures wander into its mouth, rather than expending any energy.


16. Leaf Deer

The leaf deer is usually found in dense forests in the northwest region of Putao. The adult leaf deer only stands at about 20 inches high and the males and females are nearly identical except for an inch long horn on the males. It is called a leaf deer because hunters could wrap the deer in a single large leaf.


17. Tiger

While tigers are a more common animal than many others on this list, it is still one of the coolest animals in the world. Tigers are the largest of all cats and once ranged from Russia, to Turkey, to parts of Asia — almost all over the world. These animals are fierce, powerful creatures, although they are on the endangered species list.


18. Narwhals

Narwhals are a species of whale that live in the waters around Greenland, Canada, and Russia. The narwhal's diet changes depending on the time of year: in the spring the narwhal will eat cod, while in the winter the narwhal will eat flatfish. Narwhals can live up to 50 years and most frequently die of suffocation from being trapped under the ice.


19. Cheetah

Cheetahs, while more commonly heard of then some of the other animals on this list, are still incredibly cool. They often inhabit many parts of Africa and Iran. These amazing cats can reach up to 60 miles per hour in three seconds and use their tails to make quick and sudden turns. These amazing cats also have semi-retractable claws which helps with speed. The cheetah, however, doesn't have much besides speed to defend itself.


And finally....


20. Superb Bird of Paradise

This GIF demonstrates the mating dance used by male superb birds of paradise. Typically females reject about 20 mates before selecting one they want to mate with. They are often found in New Guinea although it is unsure just how many of these birds there are. As far as scientists know, the population has remained stable.

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A Walk Through The Woods That Eased My Pain

After a week of constant pain, a walk through pine flatwoods helped me feel alive and at peace.

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A week of constant pain left me exhausted. All I wanted to do was lie in bed. I didn't want to go anywhere, but my husband wanted to work from the park, so we went. After sitting on the bench for a while, uncomfortable and aching, I remembered sometimes when you're in pain it helps to walk it off, so I decided to take the trail through the woods.

The woods at this park, like most parks in Florida, are made up of various tall pines and low-lying shrubs. It is called a pine flatwood. I walked the path slowly, not in a rush to get anywhere, just there to enjoy it. The pine left a sweet odor. Slash pines and longleaf pines towered above, their long straight trunks topped with long bright green needles that stood against the blue Florida sky.

My back still ached a little but felt much better, so I kept moving. The path weaved through the woods. Partially shaded by the trees. People passed me, but I didn't mind. They were busy exercising; I was busy enjoying. I loved the dense saw palmetto that lined the forest floor. Some woods are darker or mostly brown colored, especially on the floor that is often covered in fallen wood and leaves, but not these woods, these woods are vibrant shades of green, green that makes you feel alive. It made me feel more alive than I had in days.

Typically, when I take walks in the park, I spend time watching the birds, seeing which ones I can identify. This time on the trail there weren't many birds, so my attention was drawn to the pines, palmettos, and other plants instead. Often, these plants go unnoticed, serving as a backdrop to the more exciting parts of nature. But as I turned my attention to the trees, I noticed how stunning they were.

I looked up noticing how their branches spread in front of the sky. Then I looked at the endless palmettos, extending through the woods. The trees towered above me, yet they were a comfort, a shelter, that helped take my mind off the aching. The trees are still and peaceful, helping me to be still too. To stand confidently and breathe, and to also rest, clear my head, and know that it'll all be okay.

I walked through the trees for a while, not wanting to stop. It's important we all learn from trees. In their still, patience they know things that we fast-paced humans often forget in our busy lives. Life needs to be enjoyed, slowed down and still, our minds and our bodies. And when we do, it's healing. Walk slowly, take it in, notice the trees that we often forget to notice because they are still, but that doesn't mean they aren't the wisest of us all.

My aching was not cured, but as I returned from my walk, I felt at peace, rejuvenated, alive. Like the bright green towering pines, I stood proud and breathed in the fresh air.

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