(ANIMAL PICTURES) The New Year is just around the corner—so what better way to celebrate than with cute animal pictures? Check out these up-and-coming stars of the next generation of adorable. — Global Animal

Chevrotains (Mouse Deer)
Chevrotains, or mouse deer, are the smallest hooved animals in the world. Photo Credit: simonandfinn.com

 

Clouded Leopard Cubs. Photo Credit: newsdesk.si.edu
Clouded leopard cubs can be found throughout Southeast Asia. However, the species’ total population size is suspected to be fewer than 10,000. Photo Credit: newsdesk.si.edu

 

Photo Credit: reptileapartment.com
Geckos can be so underrated. Not only can they lose their tail in defense, but they can also climb ceilings. Photo Credit: reptileapartment.com

 

Harp seals are arguably the cutest, snuggly animals out there. Often called the puppies of the sea, they are sadly the victims of the largest slaughter of marine mammals in the world. Photo Credit: FLICKR/ I I E E E
Harp seals are arguably the cutest, snuggly animals out there. Often called the puppies of the sea, they are sadly the victims of the largest slaughter of marine mammals in the world. Photo Credit: FLICKR/ I I E E E

 

Echidnas Photo Credit: Flickr, Halans
Echidnas are sometimes known as spiny ant eaters. Despite being named after a monster in ancient Greek Mythology, echidnas made their debut in the popular video game series, “Sonic the Hedghog.”  Photo Credit: Flickr, Halans

 

Ducklings. Photo Credit: ruminateatleisure.wordpress.com
From Donald to Daffy, how can you not love ducks? And “Make Way For Ducklings” is such a classic! Photo Credit: ruminateatleisure.wordpress.com

 

Sand Cats. Photo Credit: Nir Elias, Reuters
From Africa to Asia, sand cats—also known as sand dune cats—are the only fetid found primarily in the true desert. Photo Credit: Nir Elias, Reuters

 

Peacock Spiders. Photo Credit: wellitywellitywell.blogspot.com
The Peacock spider, or Gliding spider (Maratus volans), is a species of jumping spider. Given their beautiful pigmentation, zoologists claim, “it is difficult to describe adequately the great beauty of the colouring of this spider.” Photo Credit: wellitywellitywell.blogspot.com

 

Foxes. Photo Credit: animaltheory.blogspot.com
Superceding owls, foxes are home decor’s newest ‘it’ animal. Expect to see this new king of hipster home decor on everything from couch pillows to coffee mugs in the coming year. Photo Credit: animaltheory.blogspot.com

 

Walruses. Photo Credit: pixdaus.com
Walruses are easy to recognize by their prominent tusks, whiskers, and bulkiness. The large flippered marine mammals have made a recent comeback as their population recently rebounded after being widely hunted and killed for their blubber, ivory, and meat during the late 19th Century and early 20th century. Photo Credit: pixdaus.com

 

Cockatiels. Photo Credit: chinchilla-man.deviantart.com
Cockatiels are the smallest of the Cockatoo family. Also known as the Quarrion and the Weiro, these colorful birds are native to Australia. Photo Credit: chinchilla-man.deviantart.com

 

Pikas. Photo Credit: vicschendel.com
Native to colder climates, pikas typically live on rocky mountain sides. They are adorably small with rounded ears and no external tale. Pikas are also known as “whistling hares” due to their high-pitched call when burrowing. Photo Credit: vicschendel.com

 

Baby Otters. Photo Credit: Flickr, Photography By Pixie
Baby otters are so cute, it hurts. Their relatively short limbs and webbed paws just make our hearts melt. Not to mention, they sure do know how to have a good time. Photo Credit: Flickr, Photography By Pixie

 

Streaked Tenrecs
Native to Madagascar, lowland streaked tenrecs use barbed quills to defend themselves from predators. It is also the only mammal known to use stridulation for generating sound, a method more commonly associated with insects and snakes. Photo Credit: indritours.com

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