Nothing picks your mood up like gazing upon adorable animal friends, and these squee-inducing creatures are sure to boost your spirits. Even if you’re not sure what they are. Because cute is a universal language. Enjoy!
The quokka is a small marsupial, about the size of a house cat, found on islands off the coast of Western Australia, Rottnest Island near Perth, and Bald Island near Albany. Look at that face!
The wombat is another marsupial native to Australia. It likes to dig extensive burrows using its powerful claws and – fun fact: its pouch is backwards so dirt won’t get on their babies when mama is digging.
The Sugar Glider
Sugar gliders are small, omnivorous possoms. They are increasingly popular as pets, although there is some debate about whether these exotic creatures are meant to live in small spaces. They’re also fairly high maintenance and can be quite noisy, so maybe just enjoy the vids.
The Senegal Galago (a.k.a. Bushbaby)
Galago are also known in Afrikaans as a nagapies or “little night monkeys” which is exactly what they are. These small, nocturnal monkeys are from Africa and are noted for their large eyes and bat-like ears.
The Pygmy Marmoset
The pygmy marmoset is the world’s tiniest true monkey and it is native to the rainforests in the Amazon Basin. They weigh in at just 3.5 ounces. They are what are known as gummivores or creatures whose diet consists primarily of tree saps and gums.
The Slow Loris
Slow Lorises are nocturnal primates from Southeast Asia. Due to their big, beautiful eyes, they are becoming more popular as pets, but as with any exotic animal, think twice. (And DON’T tickle them like in some of those videos out there – it stresses them out.) Also, they have a toxic bite, which is rare in mammals.