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Moments when wildlife encounter civilization are always awwdorable yet mildly scary at the same time. We, as animal lovers, want nothing more than to go out there and pet these beautiful creatures. But, we know we should be respectful and not interfere, not matter how cute they might be. Amazingly, if you do that for long enough, you might even make friends with a wild animal.

Patrick Conley on YouTube knows what that feels like. They have had a beautiful bear visiting them for years - you can see the whole journey on that channel. And one day, she decided to being her itty bitty awwdorable bear cubs to visit her lifelong human friends. You can feel the excitement, not just from the humans but from the cubs as well. And we're as excited as they are. 

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One of the most tragic yet hopeful stories we have seen this year so far - 5 itty bitty adorable cheetah cubs have tragically lost their momma and were orphaned. Thankfully, after being searched for and rescued by some incredible people, the Kevin Richardson Foundation and Dinokeng Game Reserve has stepped in to give them the second chance that they deserve. They are miracle babies, and they are lucky in that they may yet return to the wild. 

They need help of course. The bond between cheetahs and their mommas is a crucial one, and without her, they will need a lot of care. You can be one of the people to help them by donating. We hope to see much more of these tiny but fierce felines as they grow up into the hunters they were always meant to be. 

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Listen, you're not even prepared for this explosion of cuteness and adorableness and- omg we're sO in love with this itty bitty fox cub. We love all foxes, don't get us wrong, all foxes are beautiful and majestic, but this tiny adorable white fox cub specifically is something else. 

She is one of the most adorable thieves, and she has stolen... some raspberries. Yeah, we know, we know, cutest thing in the world. She's the newest fox cub at SaveAFox rescue, and although she has only just started getting used to the other foxes and the location, clearly, she is more than comfortable enough to commit some crimes. No kidding, we're in love. 

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Is there anything cuter in the world than an itty bitty newborn baby fox? Yes, there is. Two adorable baby foxes meeting each other for the first time and tripping over themselves with excitement. 

Both of these foxes have been orphaned, but thankfully, they have found themselves in good hands. The people taking care of them wanted nothing more than for these foxes to find friendship within the company of other foxes. And so, they found the first rescued fox cub a friend, and the excitement of their first meeting was so overwhelming, it melted our whole hearts. 

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Get ready for some extra cuteness to make your day the best day. What you're about to see involves so much fluff, so much playfulness, so much adorableness. When the amazing SaveAFox fox sanctuary rescued the newest, fluffiest and most adorable fox cub, she was welcomed with open arms. 

The iconic Finnegan Fox and Vixie have taken on the role of adoptive fox parents and took this little cub under their wing, playing with her, showing her the ropes, and generally just making sure that she is as happy as they are. All foxes are adorable, let's be honest, but this video might just take the cake. Rescued fluffy fox cub + adoptive fox parents? Yeah, cuteness overload indeed. 

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Smiling Fox Cub Gets Adopted And Befriends Two Dogs After Its Brother Was Run Over

What started off tragic ended up leading to a heartwarming friendship between a fox and two doggos. Cliodhna O'Leary, a 29-year-old animal lover from Cork, Ireland, used to be visited by two foxes from time to time - a brother and sister. But one day, tragically, the brother got run over and died. O'Leary, having grown attached to the beautiful smiling foxes, decided to adopt the 2-week-old fox who lost her brother into her own little family, and in an incredible turn of events, she "watched in awe as the creature befriended her pug and springer spaniel puppy."

Read more about the tragic story and the amazing friendship below!

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Sometimes, even the most loving animal mommas let go of their little babies in nature, and though it makes us sad, we can only hope that these babies will find someone who will make sure that they are taken care of. Luckily, our world is full of amazing humans, and this adorable itty bitty baby bear has found itself in good hands.

Not only did these humans take care of this little baby bear, but they also introduced it to his now new best friend! There was some trepidation in their relationship at first, but it took one play session for them to fall in love with each other. And when they were finally released back into the wild, they were released together. It's a wholesome, happy ending all around, and we are so glad we get to see it. 

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An itty bitty fox cub got separated from its family and stuck in a little stream. The baby was cold and lost, but luckily, it was surrounded by good people who did everything they could to try to help it. And thankfully, one of them was successful, coming in confidently, picking up the cub, wrapping it up in a warm blanket and rescuing the fox cub

On top of all that, this incredible rescuer managed to gather enough information to find the fox cub's family, and following through with the rescue, he brought the little cub home. You can even hear the adorable foxes chattering and laughing with each other when the baby returns back to his home. It's so heartwarming, it makes our hearts fully melt, and we are so grateful for this happy ending. 

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This video may be on the older side and it may be really short but that doesn't mean we didn't fully enjoy those few moments enough to share it with all of you! It's exactly 11 seconds and all those 11 seconds are pure perfection. So much so that somehow, these 11 seconds made our day. We hope they make yours too! 

YouTuber, The Foxist, gave some background into the adorable moment they captured, "My newest batch of fox kits have arrived recently. This little guy is just too excited to see his mom. Sometimes they get so excited when they see their parents their bums wiggle so much they fall right over. We've counted six kits so far, we have five adults that live on our property so it won't be surprising if more kits move in soon."

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Meet Dash, the cutest little tiger cub at the Wildcat Sanctuary! And when we say "little," we mean it. Dash was tiny! Which, of course, just made him just the cutest thing we've ever seen! This little guy went from being a baby, with his eyes closed and ears folded down to a stunning strong tiger. 

This is Dash's transformation from that itty bittiness to him now, and the journey is just as magical. If this video doesn't make your heart scream due to its overwhelming cuteness, you may want to look into that! You can also check out the Wildcat Sanctuary on Facebook

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The claims that pandas are just toddlers in fuzzy suits just gets stronger and stronger with each passing video we see. Panda cubs are insanely adorable and hopeless, we don't know how they survive in the wild but they are national treasures and must be protected at all costs. 

Can you imagine having this be your job? Getting to take care and play with panda cubs all day? It's our ultimate dream job! Who wouldn't want to hang out with these fuzzy goofballs 24/7? Apparently, becoming a panda cub nanny isn't even that difficult to achieve! 

The adorable panda cub in the video is called Ji Xiao and as much as her nanny wants her to be interested in the fancy new rocking horse, Ji Xiao isn't that interested. Maybe if they considered making the rocking horse out of bamboo, then it would be a different story. 

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Polar Bear Cubs Leave Their Den For First Time To Play In Snow

Get ready for some of the most paw-dorable pictures you've ever seen. Brian Matthews captured these amazing, rare and beautiful pictures near Churchill, northern Canada of polar bear cubs leaving their den with their momma for the very first time to play around in the snow. The pictures clearly capture the nerves the cubs feel of leaving their den for the first time, gazing adoringly at their mom and staying close to her while exploring this beautiful new world. 

As The Irish Sun reports, Matthews said: "It was very humbling to be able to see something that very, very few people get to see. The cubs were really interested in the world in general, they were investigating and playing in the snow, smelling trees, looking around and generally getting their bearings."

He continued: "They seemed quite confident running about and playing in the snow, as long as they weren't too far from their mother. You can see in the photos of them all lying together how big these tiny cubs are going to grow up to be. It was just absolutely amazing to see the cubs playing in front of us, only about 50 metres away, and not at all fazed or spooked that we were there. It's heartening to see the positive side of polar bear conservation work."

Only after they calmed down a bit did the mother bear go and have a big ol' nap, her kiddos continuing to play around in the snow next to her. We hope we will get to see many, many more pictures of animals loving their natural habitats, and that this was the pawfect, smile-inducing start to your morning that you were hoping for. 

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Celebrating The Beary Important International Polar Bear Day

February is coming to an end, and it's time to celebrate one of our favorite days ever - international polar bear day. Why do we love it so much? Well, because we love polar bears, of course. They are so cute, so fluffy, they are a vulnerable animal species whose population is decreasing, and polar bear day is the best day to bring some awareness to the struggles facing this animal. As well as look at super adorable pics of them

If any of you love polar bears as much as we do and want to help with the conservation effort of these huge teddy bears, consider going to Polar Bears International and learning about them as well as donating to help keep them safe and happy. Have a beary happy polar bear day, everyone! 

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First Ever Captive-Born Cheetah Brothers Successfully Released Into The Wild

An amazing world-first achievement: Saba and Nairo, two captive-born cheetahs from the UK have been released into the wild in Africa. 

The two brothers, as IFLSCIENCE reports, were born at Port Lympne Hotel & Reserve in Kent, England, on July 15, 2017. Very quickly though, Saba "showed signs of illness and it was discovered that his liver wasn't functioning properly." To keep him alive, he had to be removed from the litter and hand-raised by Damian and Victoria Aspinall of The Aspinall Foundation. Under their watchful care, he made a full recovery. Of course, because of the way he grew up, he inevitably grew used to playing with humans and being fed, qualities which he would have to overcome if he were one day released into the wild.

"Saba rejoined his brother Nairo in December 2018 and despite their time apart the pair immediately formed a bond." And today, after honing their cheetah instincts for 12 months, the two of them have been released into the wild in Africa.

Read more about the story and check out pics of the adorable brothers below.

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Ferocious But Smol Tiger Cubs

I know you wanna pet them! I know, I do too, but they are too dangerous. Or... are they? They definitely don't look like it. Not when they're itty bitty teeny weeny baby cubs. They look so floofy and cute and too pet-able. Just once in our lives, please, we would like to pet one of these ferocious cats

Of course, we don't mean to offend you, you majestic little felines. Just because you are smol and awwdorable, doesn't mean that you are also not the smallest, most fiercest kittens in the animal kingdom, and we have all the respect in the world for you. We also desperately wanna cuddle you. 

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