18 Cute Photos of Baby Animals to Make You Smile [LIST]

Added bonus: Looking at photos of baby animals is scientifically-proven to make you more productive.

Jan 1, 2015
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Cute photo of baby lion

Anyone else thinking about The Lion King? ©Tori Marsh courtesy of Sony World Photography Awards 2015


If there’s one thing we can all agree on, it’s that baby animals make us smile. But did you know that looking at cute photos can actually make you more productive? A 2012 Japanese study found that workers performed twice as well after seeing a picture of a baby animal.
So to that end - and for pure enjoyment, of course - feast your eyes on this collection of stunning photographs from the Sony World Photography Awards 2015. From Africa to the Arctic, talented photographers have chanced upon the the newest additions to the animal kingdom in rare, candid moments, often with their devoted mothers and protective fathers - bringing us super cute photos which are sure to brighten up your day.

1. FLUFFY KING PENGUIN CHICKS STAND TO ATTENTION

Captured in Gold Harbor, South Georgia, this cute photo shows several baby King Penguins looking out to sea.
FUN FACT: King Penguins have four layers of feathers, to help keep them warm in the cold climates where they breed.

Cute photo of king penguin chicks

©Amanda Stadther courtesy of Sony World Photography Awards 2015

2. A MOTHER POLAR BEAR AND HER CUBS

This sweet photo was snapped near Spitsbergen, the largest and only permanently populated island of the Svalbard archipelago in northern Norway. 
FUN FACTS: Polar bear cubs are usually born in November or December, and remain in the den with their mother until she breaks through the snow and ice that has covered the door at the end of the winter. 

Cute photo of a mother polar bear and her cubs

©KC Teo courtesy of Sony World Photography Awards 2015

3. A BABY CAMEL IN THE SAND

Snuggled up next to its mother in the desert sand, this baby camel looks pretty pleased to have its picture taken.
FUN FACT: Baby camels are born without humps, and only develop them once they start eating solid food.

Cute photo of baby camel

©Chuckypie courtesy of Sony World Photography Awards 2015

4. A SOUTH AMERICAN RODENT FAMILY PORTRAIT

This family photo of Southern Mountain Cavies (microcavia australis)  was shot in Punto Tombo, Argentina.
FUN FACT: The Southern Mountain Cavy is the guinea pig of South America.

Cute photo of baby cavies

©Luis Piovani courtesy of Sony World Photography Awards 2015


5. A BABY CROC KISSES HIS MOTHER

The talented photographer responsible for this shot, noted that the mother crocodile had just protected her baby from a man who got too close - and was rewarded with this sweet reptilian kiss.
FUN FACT: Crocodiles have such keen hearing that they can hear their babies calling from inside the eggs.

cute photo of baby crocodile

©southenhempisphere courtesy of Sony World Photography Awards 2015

6. A GORGEOUS THREE-DAY-OLD GIRAFFE

As far as baby animal photos go - this is one of the cutest. A three-day-old baby giraffe stands next to its mother.
FUN FACT: Baby giraffes can stand within half an hour of birth, and can actually run alongside their family after only 10 hours.

cute photo of baby giraffe

©SabineK courtesy of Sony World Photography Awards 2015


7. A MOTHER CHEETAH AND HER CUB PLAY IN THE GRASS

Shot on film, this picture shows a cheetah and her cub, mid-romp in the African landscape.
FUN FACT: The cheetah is the world’s fastest land animal, reaching speeds of up to 113km/h. What’s more, they can accelerate from 0 to 100km/h in just three seconds.

cute photo of baby cheetah

©Jacob Wells courtesy of Sony World Photography Awards 2015

8. A MOTHER ORCA SURFACES WITH HER CALF

Also known as killer whales, the orcas in this photo are coming up for air. 
FUN FACT: Orca calves nurse for 5 to 10 seconds at a time, several times an hour until the baby whale is around one year of age.

cute photo of baby whale

©Troy courtesy of Sony World Photography Awards 2015

9. A MOTHER AND BABY IMPALA WATCH THE SUNSET

In this beautiful photo from the Tsavo National Park, Kenya, a mother and baby impala watch on as the sun sets, casting a red glow over the savanna.
FUN FACT: Male impalas make a loud, guttural noise that sounds like a cross between a lion’s roar and a dog’s bark.

cute photo of baby impala

©Amanda Stadther courtesy of Sony World Photography Awards 2015

10. A BABY CRANE LEARNS TO SEARCH FOR FOOD

A talented Canadian photographer snapped this lovely photo of a Sandhill Crane teaching her baby how to search for food.
FUN FACT: Sandhills are the most common of the world’s cranes, mainly found in North America.

cute photo of baby crane

©RSK courtesy of Sony World Photography Awards 2015

11. A MOTHER DUCK AND HER DUCKLING SHARE A MOMENT

From Fleet Pond, Hampshire in the UK, this photo shows a tender moment between a mother duck and her duckling.
FUN FACT: You probably knew that a baby duck is called a duckling and an adult female is a hen or a duck - but did you know that an adult male is called a drake? And what about a group of ducks? That’s a raft, a team or a a paddling.

cute photo of ducklings

©lizatoth courtesy of Sony World Photography Awards 2015

12. A BABY OWL PEEKS OUT FROM BEHIND HER MOTHER

The photographer couldn’t believe his luck when he spied this baby Spotted Eagle owl poking out from her mother’s feathers.
FUN FACT: Owl chicks start moving out of the nest at five weeks old, and learn to fly at six weeks.

cute photo of baby owl

©Troy courtesy of Sony World Photography Awards 2015


13. A BABY SNAIL CLIMBS ON HIS MOTHER

You didn’t think snails could be cute, did you? 
FUN FACT: Snails are born with very soft shells, which harden and expand as they grow. The more spirals a snail has, the older it is.

cute photo of baby snail

©Pietro Sangalli courtesy of Sony World Photography Awards 2015

14. AN ORANGUTAN FEEDS HER BABY

This beautiful mother-child photo was captured in Mount Leuser National Park, Indonesia.
FUN FACT: The Sumatran Orangutans pictured here are an endangered species - there are only an estimated 6,000 left in the world.


cute photo of baby orangutan

©Suwandi Chandra Photography courtesy of Sony World Photography Awards 2015


15. A GRIZZLY BEAR CUB SAYS HI TO CAMPERS

This two-year-old bear cub walked himself right up next to the photographer’s campsite in Kananaskis, Alberta, Canada.
FUN FACT: Grizzly bear cubs are blind, hairless and toothless at birth - and they’re usually born in pairs.

cute photo of grizzly bear cub

©CANewman courtesy of Sony World Photography Awards 2015

16. A FATHER SPARROW FEEDS HIS CHICKS

In this baby animal action shot, the English Sparrow chick on the bottom just received a seed from his father, and the chick on top wants one, too!
FUN FACT: Unlike many other species, both the mother and the father take care of sparrow eggs and chicks.

cute photo of sparrow chicks

©Diana MacPherson courtesy of Sony World Photography Awards 2015


17. A BABY ELEPHANT ON A MISSION

From the Minneriya National Park, Sri Lanka, this photo shows a baby elephant on a mission to keep up with the adults.
FUN FACT: Elephants are super sensitive, caring animals - they have even been found to express self-awareness, compassion, altruism and play. In fact, if a baby elephant complains, the entire family will touch and caress it to make it feel better. 

cute photo of a baby lion

©inoka dias courtesy of Sony World Photography Awards 2015


18. NEWBORN MONKEY SUCKLE FROM THEIR MOTHERS

These adorable newborn monkeys were spotted in India’s Matheran ranges.
FUN FACT: Much like their human cousins, monkey babies spend a lot of their time playing - when they’re not being carried around by mom or dad.

cute photo of baby monkeys

©Parvez courtesy of Sony World Photography Awards 2015

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