Can You Identify These Weird-but-Cute Animals?
One of them is a "sea pig," but which one??
What is this little thing? Take our quiz and find out!
This week something magical happened on Twitter: biologists around the world started sharing photos of adorable creatures in a "cute-off" competition. It started out with one conservationist posing the question of whether bat-eared foxes were cuter than baby bears and quickly snowballed. All kinds of nature lovers were submitting contenders, adding hashtags for different teams including team mammal, team herpetology (for amphibians and reptiles), and even team fungi (aww, lil mushies).
Towards the end of the week the trend got co-opted by people just posting photos of their pets (because there's nowhere else on the internet you can find pictures of cats), but through it all we got to see tons of photos of the sweetest species on the planet.
We all know baby koala bears and tiny turtles are adorable, but there were also some lesser-known, somewhat unexpected cuties in the competition. We've collected a few here; see if you can identify the species, then hover over to reveal its name. You can click the links underneath the photos to go to the original tweet and learn a bit more about these obscure, but equally adorbs creatures:
1. This tiny, spiny friend with a tail:
2. This fuzzy little ant:
3. This squishy jelly creature:
4. This tiny bunny-like fellow:
5. This dinky desert dweller:
6. This smilin' weirdo:
7. What is this happy-looking thing:
8. I know it's wee fishy, but do you know what kind of fish:
9. How about this chill lookin' dude:
10. Last, but certainly not least, can you identify this funny fish: