Would you just look at the baby hippo being helped out of the water by a loving parent? It’s so sweet we can feel our dentist getting rich. The difference between an adult hippo and a baby hippo is quite astonishing. While an adult hippo seems like a fearsome beast you do not want to be too close to, baby hippos look cute enough to be the perfect cuddle buddies.
They might as well be made of plush. We guess the same thing happens with humans too. While babies are adorable and everybody wants to hug them and protect them, some of the adult specimens are, umm… let’s just say they are nothing to write home about.
Hounding for Kisses
Look at this sweet picture of a basset hound family. We are told that Big Mama on the left is named Eulenspiegel and that the pup kissing her is named Allegro. We don't know the names of the other siblings in the cot but they all seem mighty comfortable and mighty appreciative of the sense of safety that they have thanks to their mom.
Anyone who has ever had a basset hound knows just how affectionate they are to their humans. Now imagine what it must be like for them to be your actual parent. Sounds like pure bliss to us.
That's One Tall Baby
This picture comes to us from the Bronx Zoo in New York circa 1980. The parent here, a female giraffe that answers to the name Cleo, is happy and proud of her daughter Donna. Obviously, Donna is pretty huge for a baby, but to her giraffe mom she's teeny tiny.
And just like with a human baby, it took some time for Donna to be ready to go out in the open and meet visitors. Until she was strong enough to handle loads of people taking pictures of her, wanting her attention, and generally being pretty loud, Cleo didn't leave her side and proudly groomed and smooched her.
A Cat Pat
Cats' ways are pretty mysterious. They could be affectionate and purring in your lap for one minute and then frantically zoom around the house knocking your favorite plants the next. We would never understand why. Their parenting ways, apparently, can be just as enigmatic. Take this photo for example.
This cat parent tapping their young's forehead could mean so many different things. It could mean "job well done," "you have a little schmutz there, let me get it for you," or even "that's enough, go to your room." To be fair, they're probably thinking the same thing about human parents.
Two Peas in the Neck Pod
This golden retriever mama gives the breed an even better reputation than we thought was possible. Not only are golden retrievers the sweetest, cuddliest breed ever, but this picture also exemplifies just how loving and caring they are as parents. Taking a nap with a sleeping baby can feel like a blissful moment.
Now imagine what it must be like to be either the parent or one of the two puppies in this picture. We imagine it would feel like being wrapped in the embrace of the most comforting teddy bear. This picture makes us want to hug someone. And maybe take a nap. Doing both simultaneously would be heaven.