Animal photos that are awwww-inspiring

All together, now: AWWWW!

If you have a pet, you know this: Sometimes there’s no better way to lift your mood or make you smile than looking at animals. They are so expressive that we watch them and think we know what they are thinking or feeling. (That’s something called anthropomorphism, pronounced

  • ( JON NAZCA / REUTERS ) - A piglet plays with its mother's tail at a farm near Malaga, Spain.
  • ( Dave Einsel / AP ) - A chimp checks out a snowman at the Houston Zoo, where the local power company provided tons of snow to cool off zoogoers and animals.
  • ( PETR JOSEK / REUTERS ) - A six-week-old hippopotamus rests beside its mother at the Prague Zoo in the Czech Republic
  • ( BRIAN SNYDER / REUTERS ) - A giant anteater gets hosed down at Boston’s Franklin Park Zoo so he can cool off during the summer heat wave.

( JON NAZCA / REUTERS ) - A piglet plays with its mother's tail at a farm near Malaga, Spain.

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So here are some of our favorite recent animal pictures, including a chimpanzee getting up close and personal with a snowman and a piglet playing with its mom’s tail. And even when they’re not adorable (although we’re certain that the shoebill’s mother thinks it’s the cutest bird ever), these animals do showcase the endless variety of life.

 
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