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Wellness and Mindfulness

Cute Animals You Might Not Know About

Quokka

The Australian Quokka

Photo Source: Imgur

Western Australia’s world famous wallaby, the Quokka, always looks like it's pleased to see you! These critters are accustomed to humans and are even willing to sit for selfies! Learn more about Quokkas HERE

Fennec Fox

Fennec Fox

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The fennec fox is the smallest of all the world's foxes, but its large ears, measuring 6 inches, appear to be on loan from a bigger relative. Learn more about fennec foxes HERE

Sand Cats

Sand Cat

Photo Source: L.A. Times

Nope- that's not a house cat! Sand cats are a small, solitary cat native to deserts in Africa and Asia. Adapted to life in the desert, they can live without water, run on shifting sand and detect prey underground. Find out more about sand cats HERE 

Adorabilis

Adorabilis

Photo Credit: KSBW.com

Adorabilis is a tiny, newly-found species of octopus. It's so adorable that scientists actually called it adorabilis as it's possible official name. Learn more about this species HERE

Ermine

Ermine

Photo Source: National Park Service

The Ermine is a short-tailed weasel that has a brown fur in the summer and a white fur in the winter months. Learn more about Ermines HERE 

Japanese Dwarf Flying Squirrel

Japanese Dwarf Flying Squirrel

Photo Credit: Tokyo Desu

Native and endemic to japan, this rodent inhabits Honshu and Kyushu Islands of the country. The preferred habitat of the Japanese flying squirrel is boreal evergreen forest. Learn more about the Japanese Dwarf Flying Squirrel HERE

Dik-Dik

Dik-Dik

Photo Credit: BBC

The animal so cute they named it twice. Dik-Dik are a small breed of antelope. They get their name from the whistling sound they make when there is danger present. Learn more about Dik-Diks HERE

Pygmy Marmoset

Pygmy Marmoset

Photo Credit: Business Insider

This is the smallest monkey there ever was. Even as a grown animal, these guys only get to be about 100 grams. Learn more about the Pygmy Marmoset HERE

Pangolin

Pangolin

Photo Credit: Wild Planet Photo Magazine

They are the only mammals wholly-covered in scales and they use those scales to protect themselves from predators in the wild. Highly prized for their meat and scales, they're also the most trafficked animals in Africa and Asia. Learn more about pangolins HERE

PudĂș

PudĂș

Photo Credit: Zooborns.com

Pudus are the world's smallest deer and stand about 13-17" tall when fully grown. Learn more about them HERE

Margay

Margay

Photo Credit: Shutterstock

 Margays are the only cats who can turn their hind legs 180° and run down trees much like a squirrel would. Learn more about the Margay HERE

The Science Behind Looking At Cute Animals

It's totally true! Looking at cute animals has been scientifically proven to aid with lifting your mood. Look at these articles found in GALILEO to learn more!

Live Cute Animal Cams

Kitten Rescue Sanctuary

This live cam overlooks a special private room at Kitten Rescue Sanctuary in Los Angeles, California. This room is home to playful kittens awaiting their new homes. Watch all their antics, from afternoon cat-naps to spirited wrestling and more.

Guide Dogs of America Nursery Cam

Welcome to the pups of Guide Dogs of America! These german shepard pups were born on March 6th. There are five girls and one boy. 
The pups are in training to become guide dogs for people who are visually impaired. Their first eight weeks are so crucial in their training. From the day they are born they entered into an early socialization program that will introduce them to different sights, sounds, and feels in the world. The hope is that when they grow up they will help someone who is blind live with more confidence, independence, and mobility.Don't see puppies? Don't worry, the puppies are just live on another camera. Because puppies have such fragile immune systems, we swap them between kennel runs every day to allow for a 24-hour disinfection to take place. For this reason we have two camera's installed, the "Nursery cam," and the "Mobility Cam." 

Puffin Burrow 

Located 21 miles off the coast of Maine on Seal Island, this live puffin cam gives an intimate glimpse inside a puffin burrow, where puffins nest and breed during the spring and summer months. The video stream is occasionally affected by factors such as changes in tide, reflection off the sea surface and dense fog. If the stream is interrupted, stay tuned--the signal will be restored quickly!

Ouwehand Park Polar Bear Cubs

Welcome to the Ouwehand Zoo's tundra exhibit in Rehen, Netherlands, where two polar bear cubs play under the watchful eye of their mother, Freedom, and grandmother, Huggies. The cubs, named Akiak (Inuit for "brave") and Sura (Inuit for "new life") were born in November 2014.

Sea Otter Cam 

From the Vancouver Aquarium. You can watch what the sea otters are up to, as they eat, swim and play. You may even catch them holding hands!