There are so many cute baby animals! Puppies and kittens, bunnies and fawns, foals and chickens… Which is your favorite one?
Canine and feline offspring are the all-time favourite baby animals. large eyes, round faces, and soft fur, all those are associated with the instinct to protect and care for young, vulnerable creatures. Common to many baby animals, including human baby animals. Evolution, anyone?
Bunnies are next in line. And list doesn’t stop here. Bear cubs, fawns and otter pups…it’s endles. And not only mammals. Anything could be “cute”…
But why is this? Why we like them?
There are at least 4 reasons why we find baby animals cute:
Evolution: Humans are programmed to find babies and young children cute because they are vulnerable and in need of protection. This instinct helps ensure the survival of the species. Baby animals also trigger this instinct because they share many physical features with human babies, such as large eyes, round faces, and soft skin.
Emotional response: Seeing a cute baby animal can bring joy and happiness to people. This is because cute things activate the release of pleasure hormones in the brain, such as oxytocin and dopamine.
Social connection: Baby animals often elicit feelings of nurturing and caregiving, which can help people feel more connected to others.
Aesthetic appeal: Some people simply find the physical features of baby animals aesthetically pleasing, regardless of their evolutionary or emotional significance.
Overall, the appeal of baby animals likely stems from a combination of these factors.