While we don’t often compare ourselves to animal parents, as you read through this list these exhausted creatures will make you smile thinking, “Yep, I’ve been there!” Not unlike parents of the human world, these animal parents likely dream about a full-time nanny, a bit of occasional privacy, and an 8-hour long nap! But, that’s unfortunately not how life works in the animal kingdom!
Here You Go
Children are always letting their curiosity get the best of them, but our pets are no better. So, when you have both a cat and a kitten in your home, you can expect that they’re going to be up to no goo more often than not. While this kitty may have had good intentions, perhaps reaching for a treat for both her and mom, it’s more likely that she’s just adding to the chaos.
It’s like when your kid tries to make you breakfast in bed. Their hearts are always in the right place but they tend to leave us with quite the mess to clean up. Fortunately for this kitten, her mom was around to help her reach those snacks. It’s one way parents can bond with their kids!
These Adorable Lovebirds
Look at these two lovebirds! The way they're looking at their offspring with such admiration and pride resembles every new parent as they look upon their newborn in the hospital. Likely these two lovebirds are proud of the results of their combined DNA.
When this 50 Shades of Grey ladybird and Tucan Sam male mated, they produced some truly unique birds. As the perfect combination of the two, this look of admiration won't last forever. After several sleepless nights, they'll probably start looking upon their kids with eyes of exhaustive regret.
Mama Rhino Multitasking
One of the most difficult parts of being a new parent is waking up every night to feed the baby. While humans are stuck powering through these first few months, mothers of the animal kingdom have figured out a way to multitask so that they don't even have to move when their offspring get hungry. Take this rhino for example.
While she's in a deep sleep dreaming about what life was like before she had a kid, her newborn is able to safely feed itself without disturbing mom. This gives a whole new perspective to late-night feedings! If only humans could figure out a way to feed their child without having to wake up.
Whose Baby is This?
Every mother or father has at one time or another called their child by the wrong name. It's only human nature! However, it's not often that parents forget what their children look like and take home a different kid by accident. But that's totally what this kitty mother just did!
This cat mistook this owl for one of her kittens, and it took her a while to figure out her mistake. Too long. It wasn't until she started bathing the strange feathered kitten that she even took a second look at her baby. This photo was caught after the cat paused, suddenly realizing this wasn't her child. Hilariously enough, the owl seems to be quite surprised too!
The Joys Of Parenthood
When you become a parent, a lot of things about you are going to change, especially your priorities. You begin to stop spending money on frivolous things to buy cribs, diapers, playpens, baby swings, safety gates, and baby locks. Why? Because parents want to keep their space clean and their kids out of harm's way. When we bring dogs into our homes, we tend to do the same.
We keep young dogs away from our most prized possessions as they tend to be destructive at that age. A little tinkle on a rug could lead to thousands of dollars in damage! Keeping these pups in a separate room will prevent all that, while also giving this dog a break every once in a while!
Play Time is Over
Tugging on a child's ear is a form of discipline as old as time. It causes enough discomfort to get a kid to behave without causing any actual pain, and it seems like humans aren't the only ones to use this technique. Parents of the animal kingdom will often carry their offspring by the ear when they aren't behaving.
That's exactly what this mama bear is doing as she carries her child by the ear. While there's no way of being certain if she's bringing her furry child out of their cave for some fresh air or back into the cave where it's safe, this mom definitely has their best interest in mind. It may look harsh, but it doesn't hurt and it's actually a common way polar bears carry around their young.
The Child Leash
While child leashes have caused controversy in the past, it's not uncommon for monkies to use their child's tail to keep tabs on them. Human parents use them to ensure their kids don't wander off in grocery stores or destroy another vitamin display at the pharmacy.
This monkey mom likely had different intentions when she grabbed onto her kid's tail though. Perhaps he was misbehaving, running off into the jungle without his mom's permission. If people who put their kids on leashes don't re-think their actions after seeing this, then nothing will! They'll just go on living looking as silly as this monkey.
When You Hug The Wrong Mom
Standing at just a few feet tall, it's not uncommon for toddlers to wrap their arms around the wrong calves when out in public with their parents. From their perspective, most legs look the same and it's easy to get confused. It appears that this poor kitten has made a similar mistake.
As long as she's getting fed, the kitten doesn't seem to mind where the milk comes from. This new dog mom, however, appears to be quite confused by her pup's new look. Combined with the exhaustion of taking care of her own babies and the kitty intruder, it's possible this dog will think this is all just a bad dream.
Like Mother Like Daughter
This adorable feline doesn't seem to mind the inconvenience her kitten has presented her with as long as she can drink her milk. All that matters to her at this moment is that she gets enough food in her to stomach after all the hard work. But her kitten is also determined to get fed and clearly she doesn't mind getting into this awkward position to do so.
Most parents can relate to this, especially mothers who've breastfed. Being a mom is certainly an overwhelming experience, as your life changes and you're not always sure what you should do. A newborn might demand more food than we ever thought they could possibly consume, but it's all part of their growth patterns!
If Your Child Never Took Naps
You know that exhausting feeling when your child refuses to sleep despite how hard you work to wear them out throughout the day? So, you end up on the bed beside them and hope that the combination of your presence and complete silence will eventually get them to doze off. Most likely, though, you end up bribing them with toys and snacks just to get them to stay in bed.
This hedgehog duo seems to be going through the same thing. The baby appears to be wide awake, doing a big stretch, while mommy is desperate for some shut-eye. Taken right out of the parenting playbook, she looks like she's pretending to sleep so that the child will follow suit. Like most new parents though, she's not having much luck.
This Cuddly Cinnamon Bun Of Love
Parents are often willing to give their kids the shirts off their backs in order to keep them safe and happy. In the human world, this means giving our kids food, clothes, and a warm place to sleep. In the animal kingdom, however, parenting is a bit different.
This adorable wolf-mother offers her pup a cozy place to nap, literally giving up her personal space. She selflessly offers her body heat to her child so that they can be nice and toasty during the cold winter months. This demonstrates more than just great parenting, but a truly picture-perfect moment.
I Love You But Go Away
Just like any parent, this weary-looking dog looks like she needs a break. Having children doesn't mean you want them around 24/7. Everyone deserves some time off every once in a while, even from a job as demanding as parenthood. There's no reason why she can't get some shuteye while her pups use her as a pillow though!
As a parent, you're used to sharing your space with your kids. If they're not crawling into your bed then they're following you to the bathroom or shouting for attention from across the room. No one said parenting was easy! Regardless, after some rest and perhaps a quick nap she'll likely feel better about her pups napping on top of her.
One thing that is absolutely mutual across every species is a child's complete disregard for the word "no." They all know what it means, yet they have no interest in following this particular order. It's not just toddlers who refuse to listen to this particular word though.
This tiny pup is clearly asking its mama for something. Those puppy-dog eyes aren't reserved just for human parents! They work on dog moms as well. While we will never know if this pup wants to play or go to the park, one thing we know is that the begging won't stop until they get what they want.
Once your child reaches the age where they start talking back, you just might second-guess any plans to have more kids. Parenting truly gets interesting when your toddler discovers their voice, as they quickly learn that they can say no to you. Who knew a kitten so tiny could be so loud?!
It's not just toddlers who learn to have a mind of their own though. This kitten looks like he has just figured out that his mouth makes noise and is giving his mommy a piece of his mind. Like all new parents, this momma cat is far from thrilled about this new development, and likely preferred when her offspring were quiet and peaceful.
No Corner Is A Safe
When we want some privacy, we all have our small, safe places we like to go to. For some, it's in the bathroom with the best lock, while for others it's our something more intentional like a She-Shed. We tend to think none of our kids will find us in the unusual corners of our house, but alas, they always do. When they're up against children, locked doors don't stand a chance!
In a bid to get away from her pups, this new mom seems to have just discovered the perks of a private corner. Take a look at that adorably worn-out face desperate for some serenity and perhaps some sleep. Unfortunately, she won't be getting much of that until her pups get older!
How Am I Going to Do This?
Traveling with kids is always a struggle, and the more kids you have, the harder it gets. If you have several children, you can probably relate to this opossum. With six children clinging onto her back, she's probably questioning her decision to procreate. While they may not be on her way to Disney World, these baby opossums are certainly in for a wild ride.
Walking along this narrow fence with all of her kids in tow is a skill most parents can't claim, but based on the look in this new mom's eyes, it may not be as easy as it looks. Likely they all got down safely though as opossums tend to be more nimble than most humans.
While it has been a while since Disney's The Lion King was released, there are several scenes that tend to stick in everyone's mind. One scene, in particular, shows Simba tugging at his father's ear in a bid to wake him up. Just as Mufassa wasn't having it, neither is this bulldog!
His pup seems to have stolen this move directly from the famous scene, as she tugs on her dad's ear while he snoozes. Whether the pup was looking for something to nibble on or just looking for some attention, he decided that going for his dad's ear was his best option. Either way, this pappa bulldog doesn't look happy about it.
All parents recognize the look on this dog's face. It's the look that we get when we're woken up by a crying baby in the middle of the night, knowing that our day has to start in just a few hours. Knowing that we likely won't be able to get back to sleep. While those in the animal kingdom don't have to get up for work, they still have to deal with late-night feedings.
They say, "The eyes are the windows to the soul", and in this case, this dog's soul is clearly exhausted. Staring at the human behind the camera, she just might be wondering why they have enough time to stand around taking pictures but hasn't come to rescue her yet!
Every parent is familiar with this situation. There's no break time for mommy and daddy when there's a young one running around. Despite how tired they are, they're constantly seeking our attention, and one way or another, they're going to get it!
This rhino was enjoying a siesta when it got abruptly interrupted. Her offspring concluded that he needed some of mom's attention, and let her know by sitting on her head. She can try to keep pretending to be sleep, but kids rarely give up easily once they've set their minds on something!
Staying Safe In Momma's Pouch
Many new moms will admit that they were more overprotective after their first child was born than they were with their others. This is likely because new parents are practically clueless and tend to be more nervous. It's not uncommon for newborns to be compared to a Joey or a baby kangaroo.
Immediately after a kangaroo is born it climbs into its mother's pouch. Just the size of a jellybean, the pouch is where the Joey feels safe and is able to drink their mother's milk. It's in the pouch that they're able to grow until they're large enough to take care of themselves.
We all may be guilty of booping a dog on the nose, but how many of you can say you've done that with a dog who came with their very own boop-button? Very few! Some believe this pup was born with a paw-shaped birthmark after he was trampled on by his siblings in the womb but I think it was put there for his humans to enjoy.
Completely unaware of the appeal his nose has, the pup is peacefully snoozing the day away. Unfortunately, as the pup grew so did his nose. The separate spots in his unique birthmark eventually merged together, eliminating this one-of-a-kind feature. His dog parents certainly don't love him any less though!
When They Gotta Go
Why do kids always find the need to announce their bathroom habits? It's almost like if they're not broadcasting to the world that they need to use the restroom, then they can't go. Then there are the kids who say nothing and just go right there and then. Looking at this picture, it could be said that the same goes for ponies.
While this horse is used to her pony taking care of his business wherever he pleases, she probably wasn't banking on him choosing to go at her feet. The exhausted look in her eyes is something every mother is familiar with. As a mother, you need to learn to pick your battles! At least he's urinating away from her leg.
I'm Going to Close My Eyes For a Few Minutes
Every parent has been here on more than one occasion. Whether the coffee never kicked in or sleep was simply impossible, most parents have come up with a way to keep tabs on their children while still getting in some sleep. This worn-out momma bird seems to have figured it all out.
That little guy underneath his mother's wing may be wide awake but seems to be understanding of the circumstances. An exhausted new mom came up with a way to nap while also ensuring her newborn remained safe by laying on top of them. Not only does it help her keep tabs on her chick while she rests, but this makeshift blanket keeps everyone nice and warm.
Blink Twice For Help
Snickerdoodle seems to be over the whole mommy thing and is desperately asking for help with her eyes. It's the same look all new moms have every time they leave the house. If you aren't a parent, then you may confuse her look for one that's asking for a treat or for a walk, but most likely she's desperate for a break from her pups.
Unfortunately, there's very little the human behind the camera can do to help her out. Snickerdoodle may have gotten in over her head, but her doggy anxiety will only last as long as her pups are nursing. Unlike humans, dogs start to wean her puppies in just four weeks.
Children make the perfect snuggle buddies. When they fall into our arms, as parents we tend to feel a sense of calm and comfort. That emotion seems to apply to the animal kingdom as well, as we can see in the photo. This cat momma is hugging her baby tightly, demonstrating her love and maternal instincts.
Parents tend to underestimate the importance of hugging and snuggling their children. Their development heavily depends on this contact as well as the way their caretakers treat them. By simply hugging your children, you can reduce feelings of loneliness, depression, and anxiety. Who knew!?
Giving The Kids A Swimming Lesson
One distinct feature of the South American Capybara is the way they teach their offspring essential values. Similar to human parents, they give their kids the skills they need to ensure they can survive in the wild on their own. In this picture, we can see a momma Capybara doing just that.
These youngins are learning the art of swimming with their mother in the lead. This is just another example demonstrating the importance of hands-on parenting, especially in the wild. It's essential o be able to impart life lessons to your child to help them get the best out of life!
This Is My Life Now
Kids don't care where they sleep. Whether they're humans or dogs, children can snooze just about anywhere. This includes on top of their parents. This pup seems to have found a sweet spot right on mom's neck, and by the look in her eyes, they've been in this position for quite a while.
However, as any parent knows, waking up a sleeping child is a big mistake. Despite how uncomfortable this furry mom gets, she won't budge until her pup does. At least one of them will be getting a good snooze in.
Nobody Told Me
New parents in the human world are fortunate enough to have a ton of resources to help get them through those first few months. Between all the books, videos, and blog posts available to us, there are few surprises after bringing home a newborn. However, things are quite different in the animal kingdom.
Cats can't exactly pick up a copy of What To Expect When You're Expecting leaving them at quite the disadvantage. By the look on this new mom's face, she clearly didn't know what she was getting herself into. Perhaps she didn't get the memo about having to feed her kittens numerous times a day. Either that or this is how this cat mom looks when she wakes up!
When you roll out of bed as a parent, the passion for parenthood can sometimes get lost. Especially if you wake up in a bed covered in stale cereal and sticky toys after getting a whopping two hours of rest, you may start to wonder why you ever thought to have a family was such a great idea in the first place. Lack of sleep can really do wonders for the brain!
This cat right here feels undoubtedly knows what it's like to be sleep-deprived. By the look in her eyes, her litter of kittens must have kept her awake most of the night. Lovingly nicknamed "Cathulu" by the internet, and rightfully so, she's the kind of flexible superhero that mothers often become after giving birth.
Sealing A Kiss
Just like humans, animals also show affection to their loved ones with a kiss. Take these sea lions for example. This new momma adores her newborn and shows her affection without any reservations. While to us it's simply adorable, this sea lion is demonstrating the love she has for her pup by kissing her square on the mouth.
Every parent can agree that the first time they laid eyes on their child they couldn't resist giving them a ton of hugs and kisses. This just happens to be how most animals react towards a loved one and is universal within the animal kingdom. According to Winnie the Pooh Bear, sometimes the smallest things take the most space in our hearts!
Play Time Is Over
A parent knows when all of the fun and excitement has gone too far and begins to border on dangerous. Parental instincts kick in and put an end to the shenanigans at once. It's like they say, after you become a parent you grow an eye in the back of your head.
That's exactly what happened with this mother cat sensed that playtime between her kitten and this tiny human had gone too far. So, she quickly scooped up her baby and took off, signaling that that playtime was over. It might have all been in good fun, but considering the significant difference in their sizes, it would have been only a matter of time before things went south.
He Did What?!
Despite the species, you never want to get between a mom and her child. Moms across the animal kingdom are known to be aggressive towards anyone who threatens her cubs, often risking her life to save their offspring. They don't call women momma bears for no reason!
This lioness is certainly not messing around. She's on a mission to confront whoever troubled her cub, and she likely won't be taking any prisoners alive. The adorable cub clings to her mother's side in fear, using her mother's body as a shield of protection from whatever seems to have startled him. You definitely don't want to be face to face with a lioness protecting her cub!
No More Candy Before Bed
Giving a child sugar close to bedtime is a huge no-no in the parenting world. The unwritten rule helps to avoid overly hyper children and sleepless nights. Despite this, however, youngins will still get bursts of energy from time to time. Since a leopard's diet doesn't include sugary treats, this cub is likely just in the mood to play.
However, this leopard mom certainly doesn't look like she's in the mood for playing. Well aware of the fact that her cub will pester her until she caves, it looks like she won't be getting sleep anytime soon. Ah, the joyous moments of motherhood! It's only a matter of time before this little guy has his own cubs and will finally understand his mom's pain.
A Kiss From Baby
There are only a few things that are more precious than an impromptu kiss from a child. This momma hippo knows all about that as she steals a smooch from her baby. This tiny hippo is just a few weeks old, and has a ton of charm despite being a newborn. He has character and charisma that is obvious by the way he affectionately pecks his mother.
This little hippo follows his mother everywhere she goes as it's how he will ultimately become acquainted with basic survival skills. Whenever he wanders away, however, he does so under close supervision. Momma hippo is never too far away! Who would complain about that though when your child is this adorable?
No one said being a mother is easy. Your kids not only destroy the body, but they can destroy the spirit as well. It's a new way of life that new mothers learn to accept in time, but it seems like this cat mom just isn't there yet. She may have given in this time around, but the fire isn't out of her just yet.
Rather than put up a fight, this new mamma figured it was easier to just lay back and let her kittens drink. Like the rhino mentioned earlier, she's figured out a way to relax and feed her kids simultaneously, taking multitasking to a whole new level.
What Have I done?
A large part of parenthood is learning new ways to handle the exhaustion. While as humans we can hire nannies or get a babysitter for a night, our feline friends don't have the same privilege. Since those in the animal kingdom can't just leave their kids with a sitter while they meet up with their friends for a drink, they have to resort to other ways to work through their tiredness.
Perhaps this tired mom of several kittens is focusing on what life was like before motherhood. Back when her life was carefree and naps were plentiful. Compared to what her life has become, surely she looks back at that time as the glory days. Surely the sight of her beautiful furry babies will remind her of the joys of motherhood though!
Leave Me Be
Here is yet another member of the animal kingdom that has mastered the art of motherhood! If being a parent could be summed up in a single picture, this would certainly be it. While she snoozes away, her kittens have access to eat with no effort on her part.
While most cats wouldn't dream of napping in this strange position, it's one of the few positions that allow her to multitask. When her kittens wake up hungry, she won't even have to budge for them to have access to her milk. It's genius!
While many first time parents fear their kids will get their mother's nose or their grandfather's hairline, there's also the joy of seeing a child that comes out with the features we love. They may have your partner's smile and your eyes, adding to the already prominent bond a parent has with their newborn from the moment they arrive. Parents of the animal kingdom may have similar emotions when they give birth.
This mama dog may be exhausted after delivering eight pups, but she's certainly proud of passing on her unique birthmark. Here, momma is posing with one of her newborn puppies showing off their identical heart-shaped markings. We can only hope this one-of-a-kind trait gets passed down again and again!
Parents are often proud of their children, despite their shortcomings. A baby doesn't have to grow up to be successful or even very intelligent to earn the love of their parents. Those in the animal kingdom are no different, as we can see pictured here.
As these cats look over their offspring with pride, we can see their kittens busily slurping up their food without a care in the world, they're admiring their creations.
Kids often see their babysitters as a fun-loving pal that is always up for new games. When they aren't begging to stay up past their bedtime, they're climbing all over their sitter as if they were a human jungle gym. It would seem things are no different in the animal kingdom.
This doggy-sitter is clearly worn out and in desperate need of a nap, but these rambunctious goats aren't giving up. They've decided it's play-time despite the fact that their babysitter refuses to get up. This screenshot is just a glimpse into the 5-minute video of these goats stepping all over the dog as he hopelessly tries to get some shut-eye!
My Special Place
Every cat has a special spot in the house that they've claimed as their own. For this cat, it was the bathroom sink. Or it was until her kittens caught on to how cozy and quiet her special spot was. It's every parent's worst nightmare!
We all have our private places at home, but all that goes away when our children discover it. Unfortunately, these kittens found their mom's special spot and decided to join her in it. There goes this mamma cat's peaceful mid-afternoon naps!
Some Personal Space, Please
In addition to your freedom, you lose your privacy the moment you start having children. Since they can't take care of themselves, they look to their parents for everything. From something to eat to a cozy place to nap, we can't even use the bathroom without our kids barging in on us. After all, they have the right to!
This cat knows all about the lack of privacy that comes with motherhood. With her kittens all still learning to walk, their tiny legs can't keep up. So, rather than walk at their pace, this impatient momma allows her offspring to ride on her back. She may be giving up a bit more privacy, but at least she knows they'll get where they need to be in a timely manner.
We've Definitely Made This Face
As a parent, we've all had that moment when we thought, "What was I thinking when I decided to have children?" It runs through our minds when our kids use a screwdriver to draw pictures on our new car, or when they rip off their clothes in public, or when they throw a fit in the supermarket by ripping everything off the shelves in that aisle.
Based on her expression, that's precisely what's going through this Opossum's mind. While she may be trapped in the middle of a major breakdown, look at how her babies remain calm. Unfortunately for this new mom, she can't play dead to get out of this one.
All kids go through a stage of sleeping in their parent's beds. Whether they're having nightmares or simply prefer cuddling up to mom and dad, there's a point in every parent's life when their beds get too crowded. It's not just human parents who get woken up in the middle of the night by tiny feet digging into their ribs though.
We all know dogs have no concept of personal space, but this dog mom is baring the weight of her pups. This may have been acceptable when her puppies were newborns, but now that they're all grown up it's probably time they slept in their own beds. There's no doubt that this dog mom will be feeling sore when she wakes up!
The Classic Pin
The classic cuddle and pin move is most commonly used among parents of antsy toddlers who just won't stay in bed. As a last resort, this technique involves holding the child tight enough so they can't escape your grip. Ultimately, the goal is to wear them out so that they eventually fall asleep.
Looking at this gorilla spooning her offspring, it would appear that humans aren't the only species that get frustrated with their kids around bedtime. Far from being a new parenting trick, this gorilla seems to be using it to calm her rambunctious young. Likely she's desperate to get her child to sleep just so she can get some shut-eye.
This Dog Is Traumatized
Kids don't care how tired we are as parents. They don't understand that we've had a bad day at work, or simply woke up on the wrong side of the bed. When our kids want to play, they'll do just about anything to get our attention. If nothing else, kids certainly are persistent!
This dog mom knows all about having a persistent child and has clearly been battling her pup's energy all day. Her weary yet traumatized facial expression is an obvious reaction to all of the stress her pup has put her through. The pup may think playtime is anytime they want, but they'll soon learn that mommy needs a nap every once in a while!
Like most toddlers, peacocks are lovely creatures to look at, but quickly lose their appeal when they start following you around. This particular peacock is leucistic, which is the condition described earlier that affects the pigment in animal skin, feathers, fur, and shells. That's why we can see the traditional colors on this peacock's feathers in addition to the absence of colors.
Leucistic animals are so rare in the wild as it makes them easier targets for predators. While the absence of color may sound like it would allow animals to disguise themselves more easily, the opposite is actually true. The white patches tend to make them easy prey. Fortunately, these days leucistic animals are being rescued by organizations around the world who work to protect and care for them, allowing the public to get a glimpse of these beautiful creatures more often.
This adorable kitty's name is Sam, and as you can see from his photo, he has quite a unique look. Not only do his eyebrows give him a permanently puzzled expression, but they've earned him internet fame as well. Born in 2012, Sam has more than 237,000 Instagram followers and nearly half a million fans on his Facebook page, Sam Has Eyebrows.
According to his profile, Sam loves tomatoes and hiding from his humans. While he's known for having one of the most innocent faces in the world, he tends to get into a bit of mischief from time to time. But with those eyebrows, how could his humans ever get upset? Imagine he trashes the room and then he looks at you with those eyes. You probably couldn't help but laugh!
There's nothing more adorable than a child's sun-kissed cheeks. There's something child-like and playful about freckles that most animals can't pull off. This dog, however, certainly looks like ginger if I've ever seen one! You can't look into his eyes without falling in love.
A combination of a Pitbull and an American Cattle Dog, he gets his reddish spots from the latter of the two. His freckled body downplays his toned physique, making him less intimidating than most Pitbull mixes. How could anyone look into those adorable eyes and not want to give them a scratch?
Unique birthmarks are often a part of parenting. Some kids want to show them off while others try to hide them, but there are certainly no children walking around with birthmarks resembling themselves like this kitty! This unique cat carries a little black replica on her back wherever she goes.
Even though these strange markings are a pure fluke, she sure does look fabulous. It's like having two cats for the price of one! Unlike human birthmarks, this one wasn't the result of her DNA. Neither of her parents nor her siblings has similar fur markings. She was the only one lucky enough to have a friend permanently attached to her hip. At least she'll never be lonely!
As parents, the first time our child flashes a smile is one of the most memorable moments of our lives. Who knew something as basic as a tiny grin could melt our hearts and change our lives forever? When this little guy was found on the street, he was taken to a local animal shelter where he melted the hearts of all who met him.
It's not quite clear if he was born with a beaming smile or a conveniently placed mustache, but there's no doubt that this puppy will have no trouble finding a home. How could anyone resist? Between his wagging tail, brisk stance, and puppy dog eyes, this pup takes adorable to a whole new level. There's no doubt he's charming everyone he meets to this day.
An Underwater Beauty
Parents love their kids unconditionally, despite any differences. In the animal kingdom, differences are celebrated and often cherished. Contrary to how it appears, this turtle is not an albino but leucistic.
Leucism is a condition where animals sometimes experience in which a limited amount of pigmentation is lost. It causes them to have a variety of colors and patterns in their fur, shell, and skin. Unlike those who suffer from albinism, leucism doesn't cause a lack of pigment in the eyes. Coming across an animal in the wild with this condition is rare, and often considered good luck.
Cookies And Cream
As parents, we all think our children are just perfect the way they are. While no one is perfect, this pup certainly comes close! This cookies and cream looking puppy is a "Dapple Doxie," - a nickname dog lovers use to describe spotted Dachshunds. More than just adorable, he's photogenic as well!
This dog's beautifully patterned fur may come from either his mom or dad, as at least one parent must be spotted in order for the gene to be passed on. Only a cold-hearted individual could ignore this adorable pup's longing expression and fluffy ears. He deserves all of the pets and cuddles in the world!
Kids tend to have their moments when they're angry and frustrated over seemingly nothing. Our friends in the animal kingdom are no different! While it's all in his unique facial hair, this kitty gives Grumpy Cat a run for his money. It makes you wonder how his fur parents could ever know when he's happy, or even satisfied.
With an upturned mustache that would make most human men envious, this cat comes off as displeased with just about everything. Despite the love, affection, food, and shelter he receives from his owners, there's just no pleasing him! We may think it's hilarious, but any parent knows that laughing at a grumpy child will only make things worse.
Face Framing Ears
While you've seen a cat with cat ears, have you ever seen a cat wearing cat ears? Well, now you have. Even though it's unclear why, this cat's human recently purchased a black headband adorned with a pair of cat ears from Etsy. The cat may have been born with a deformity or was injured leading to the loss of her ears, or her human could be a big Ariana Grande fan. We don't know for sure.
What we may know, however, is that in addition to having the most beautiful green eyes, this cat just made herself more lovely by wearing this hilariously appropriate headgear. We are most definitely sure that most feline lovers will want this astonishing cat as a pet!