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

an-throw-pa-more-fizm).

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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