What Are The Cutest Animals? There Are So Many!

As a sloth lover, as well as an animal lover in general, I decided to write this article in an attempt to answer the question, “What are the cutest animals?” Spoiler alert…..sloths will definitely be on my list!

In addition to sloths, though, I will come up with a list of what I believe are the cutest animals. Within this list; I will provide a reason (or reasons) why each particular animal made my “cute list”, I will give a little bit of info about each of these cuties, and I will also discuss the importance of May 21, 2021. So, let the cuteness begin!


Info Before The Cute List

While researching and coming up with my list, I would like to preface by stating the following:

  • With so many animals on the planet, how could I possibly research each one? Well, I didn’t, so I’m sure to have missed many cuties that I would like to have on my list.
  • This list is my own personal list, with my own opinions and my own biases all included. Your own list is likely to be different from mine (which I would love to see, by the way).


The Cute List

In no particular order (other than alphabetical), this is the list that I have come up with for the cutest animals:

  • Deer / Fawn
  • Dolphin
  • Golden Retriever
  • Kinkajou
  • Koala
  • Quokka
  • Red Panda
  • Sloth
  • Slow Loris


Deer / Fawn

I see these animals on a regular basis in the city that I live in, and whenever I see a fawn prancing around, it brings a smile to my face. With their big brown eyes, the beautiful white spots on their coat, and their curious, adventurous nature, these animals have made it onto my list.

Found in both North and South America, this gentle animal is a herbivore (which causes frustration for many homeowners that see deer snacking on their backyard flora and on food in their gardens). They are still cute, though…..especially the babies, which are called fawns. The females are called does and the males are called bucks.



With their smooth skin, graceful moves, and smiling face, the dolphin has made its way onto my list. I love watching them swim and jump in the water – what a beautiful sight!

These very smart (and very cute) animals are not considered to be fish, but rather mammals. For a more detailed discussion of mammals, check out my article titled “Are Sloths Mammals? Let’s Find Out…..


Golden Retriever

Having a Golden Retriever as a family dog in my younger years, I can speak from experience about how wonderful they are, and I have no problem putting this animal onto my list. Like all Golden Retrievers, our family pet “Spencer” always seemed to have a smile on his face and had such a gentle nature. Furthermore, he lived up to the retriever breed image and name as he loved to bring something to everyone that he met – whether it was a toy, a slipper, a stick, a shoe…..as long as he could put it into his mouth, Spencer would have probably tried to retrieve it.

The very smart, very loyal, and very cute Golden Retriever is also a very popular (and very wonderful) pet to have. They have so much love to give.



Before doing my research for this article, I had never heard of this animal before. They are a relative of the raccoon and have made my cute list because of the way they look at you with their brown eyes and perked up ears.

Similar to sloths, kinkajous live in the rainforests of Central and South America and spend most of their time high in those trees (if an animal is similar to a sloth, there is a good chance that I will love it).

Check out this video of a kinkajou, which was posted on April 13, 2017 by Noah’s Ark Animal Sanctuary:



The combination of the koala’s hair, eyes, and ears give it more than enough cuteness to make it onto my list. Oftentimes referred to as “koala bears”, this is actually incorrect as koalas are not bears. They are so cute, though.



With their cute smiles and adorable eyes, the quokka has found its way onto my cute list. As part of the Macropodidae family, quokkas are related to the kangaroo (although they are much smaller than kangaroos).


Red Panda

This is another animal that I had never heard of before doing my research for this article. With their big, bushy tail and adorable face, the red panda is included on my list of the cutest animals. According to the World Wildlife Fund, “Almost 50% of the red panda’s habitat is in the Eastern Himalayas”. Sadly, this beautiful animal is listed as endangered by International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources (IUCN).



Brown-throated slothAs the owner of allaboutsloths.com, there is no way that I could write this article without including this gentle, adorable, lovable creature on my list. Sloths are so wonderful in so many ways (not to mention the fact that they are so cute, too).

There are six species of sloths (all species face threats and according to International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources (IUCN), one sloth species is listed as vulnerable and another is listed as critically endangered). A common misconception about sloths is that they are lazy, when this is actually not true. Their slow movements are made for various reasons, done strategically, purposefully, and intentionally. If you’d like to learn more about these incredible creatures, feel free to check out other articles that I have written about them on this site.


Slow Loris

Just look at the eyes of a slow loris and tell me that they are not cute – I bet you can’t! They actually need and use those beautiful eyes to go searching for food, as well as to find their way around in the darkness. Slow lorises live in various parts of Asia and despite all of their cuteness, they are venomous. But still so cute, nonetheless.


May 21, 2021 – What Is This Date All About?

Every year in May (on the third Friday) is a day that has been established as Endangered Species Day. In 2021, this day falls on May 21. This special day is all about awareness and education of endangered animals. So, why not learn about endangered animals and do something to help protect them? Why not learn about the importance of all animals (whether endangered or not) and do something to help protect them, too? Just like humans, animals are on this planet for a reason and deserve to be treated with kindness and respect.


So Much Cuteness In One Place

So, what are the cutest animals? In this article, I have provided a list of what I believe to be the cutest animals, as well as reasons why they were included on my “cute list”. I also provided a little bit of information about each of these animals, in addition to discussing Endangered Species Day.

You’ve seen my list and I am curious to see yours. Do you agree with any of my selections? Which animals would you have on your “cute list”? Feel free to leave any comments below – I’d love to read them!

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  • Sloths are my number one favourite followed by the koala and then red panda!

    Thank you so much for researching for the cutest animals for this post and sharing it with us. Seems like you have a special interest in cute animals too. May I ask if you own any cute pet?


    • Hi, Habib:

      Good choice in making sloth your number one favourite. And you are correct in that I have a special interest in cute animals (in all animals, actually).

      The Golden Retriever pictured in my article was a family pet many years ago (and was so cute). As far as cute wild animals go, they do not make good pets (for so many reasons) and therefore should not be kept as pets. More information about this can be found in my article titled “Can Sloths Be Pets? They Are So Cute But…..“.

      Thank you so much for reading and commenting on my article.

      Michael 😊

  • These are definitely some cute animals, and I think most animals in their infant form are adorable. It’s a pity that cute doesn’t always amount to cuddly, especially with wild animals. I hadn’t heard of the Kinkajou before this article either. I do like the Marmoset, though maybe that’s due to its small stature.

    • I, too, think that most animals in their infant form are adorable. And you are indeed correct in that cute doesn’t always amount to cuddly, especially with wild animals. For more information regarding this, check out my article titled “Can Sloths Be Pets? They Are So Cute But…..“.

      I was not at all familiar with the marmoset until you mentioned it in your comments, so I looked it up……and I agree, the marmoset is quite the cutie!

      Thank you for reading and commenting on my article.

      Michael 🙂

  • What are the cutest animals is an interesting article for all animal lovers to read, I also am an animal lover and I agree there are too many of them to be able to narrow them down to just a few.

    I am the most partial to any baby animals, I even see baby skunks as being cute from a distance of course. So any baby animal would be on my cute animal list for sure, how can anyone not see the cuteness in a baby animal of any kind.


    • Hi, Jeff.

      Thank you for your comments (I’m also glad to hear that you are also an animal lover).

      I totally agree with you that all baby animals are cute and can’t imagine anyone thinking otherwise.


  • I personally think the cutest animal is a bunny. They look so innocent! I had a pet bunny years ago and it was one of my favorites.

    Thanks for the post.

    • Yes, I agree that bunnies are so cute! Where I live, there are a number of wild ones roaming around and they always bring a smile to my face when I see them scurrying about.

      I’m glad to hear that your pet bunny ownership experience was so wonderful for you.

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