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20 Adorable Animal Facts

1. Penguins "propose" to their mate by giving them a special pebble

The male penguin will search the entire beach for that one perfect pebble. When he finds it, he'll put it at his lady's feet. If she picks up the pebble, that's her saying yes. Super adorable, right?

2. Sheep are able to recognize facial expressions and they especially like smiles

Sheep are able to recognize facial expressions and they especially like smiles

3. Infant pygmy marmosets babble like baby humans

Similar to the way that baby humans start to babble to figure out how to speak, infant pygmy marmosets will start babbling and eventually will figure out how to do adult vocalization

4. Cows have a best friend

Cows have a best friend

5. Koala bears hug trees to regulate their body temperature

Koala bears hug trees to regulate their body temperature

6. Polar bears have nose-to-nose greetings when they want to ask for food

If they use proper manners and ask politely, they are often allowed to share.

7. Squirrels will adopt any abandoned baby squirrels

If there is a baby squirrel who has been separated from it's parents, or have had a mother die, adult squirrels will take in this orphaned baby and care for it as their own.

8. Cats head-butt with you to bond with you

When a cat head-butts you, they are leaving part of their scent on you to mark you as part of the feline clan. It shows that they are comfortable with you and are wanting to bond with you.

9. Otters will hold hands while they sleep so they don't float away from each other.

Otters will hold hands while they sleep so they don't float away from each other.

10. Rats and mice are ticklish.

A study showed that rats have a ticklish spot and will "laugh" (or make really cute squeaking sounds that is the equivalent to mouse laughter) when they're touched there

11. Red pandas use their tail as a blanket

To keep warm when they're sleeping, a red panda will get wrapped up in their tail.

12. Rabbits have a happy dance

If a rabbit is feeling joyful, it will jump in the air and twist it's body. This action is called a binky

13. Baby elephants suck on their trunk for comfort

Baby elephants suck on their trunk for comfort

14. Newborn Pandas are incredibly light

They weigh about three and a half ounces - which is the approximate weight of a deck of cards. Adorable, no?

15. Japanese Macaques play with snowballs...for fun

Japanese Macaques play with snowballs...for fun

16. Dogs will sneeze to tell other dogs that they're just playing

Play-fighting can turn into a real fight if the dogs don't figure out that it's all just in good fun. In order to make sure everyone knows they're just playing around, dogs will sneeze as a sign. That way, it doesn't turn into a real fight, no one gets hurt and they can continue to play!

17. Mother otters will make a kelp baby sling for their little one when she dives in the water

Mother otters will make a kelp baby sling for their little one when she dives in the water

18. Otters have a special pouch where they like to keep food and their favorite rock

Otters have a special pouch where they like to keep food and their favorite rock

19. Unborn chicks communicate with their siblings and their mom from inside their shell

Unborn chicks communicate with their siblings and their mom from inside their shell

20. When puppies play, the boys will let the girls win

When puppies play, the boys will let the girls win