I didn’t mean to do it.
Kiss it better?
That is better.
Excited about resting.
A Wilfred Brimley look-alike.
Charlie Chubbles is no Wilfred Brimley, Aubrey D., he’s better!
This is why I love having a brother. Sooooooooooo comfortabuhls.
Martini and Rossi: Cutest. Names. EVAR, Theresa C.
Remember these two brothers, Levi the bear and London the panda? They don’t look much like brothers…
’cause they’re brothers from another mother.
Kirby M. explains Levi and London are half brothers, from the same dad but different moms. It’s a modern family thing!
Just a few more inches and we’d be in the sunbeam.
Would that require us to move, Bentley?
Yes, Bella, it would.
I wish Bella and Bentley could get comfortable, Cassandra!
And just because you asked for it, Cute Overload Extreme Tongue Close Up!
Honey the pug via PBH2
Conscious thought can be interrupted by distractions; the squirrel twittering outside, the sound of kibble hitting the bowl, the smell of sunshine.
That’s why I prefer to do my philosophical thinking while unconscious.
Super Bonus Cute Overload Extreme Toebean Closeup
“This is a pic of our little man, Davis. We love him so much, so, of course we think he is the cutest thing on earth.” We agree, Kristyn K.!
Our needy friends in order of appearance; Speedy the kitten sent in by Muffy M., sable antelope by Sean G. of Getty, Buffy and babies sent in by Wendy E. and bear by Alex T., Field Guide and Hyaena Specialist.
All the birds you see in this post were squawkin’, “Breaker 1-9 is there anybody out there, c’mon?” And Whitford Wild Bird Care Centre answered, “Hearing ya loud and clear, good birdie!”
Let’s hand it over to Susan R. now,
“Hi there, Summer has arrived in New Zealand which means it’s very busy at the Whitford Wild Bird Care Centre near Auckland! Loads of young birds there. Here are a few photos of some of the cutest – most of these are from the last few months, a few are from a couple of springs ago. I volunteer there and have helped look after most of these little guys and can confirm that they are all extremely cute, even the kind of ugly ones!” :
“Blackbirds! Although the centre focuses on wild New Zealand birds, in this case a nest full of blackbirds were cared for. Note their ‘sideburns’!”
This is an adult pukeko who decided to stay near the centre after he was released. He lives by a stream nearby and each year, has a batch of babies, and sometimes drops by to say hello (Mandy the centre manager is in this photo).”
“Morepork, New Zealand’s only surviving native owl (sadly quite a few native birds didn’t survive the arrival of European settlers but the centre is helping the ones who are left). The Maori name is Ruru, but European settlers called them ‘Morepork’ as their call sounds like this. (www.doc.govt.nz/conservation/native-animals/birds/land-bi…)”
“Yes, this is an owl in a margarine container:”
Who let the owls out, who who:
“Dotterels are an endangered species and this little guy just about didn’t make it. The adults nest on the sand at the beach and during a very high spring ‘king tide’ a few weeks ago, a conservation ranger discovered one nest had been washed away. She found three eggs floating in the waves and rushed them to the centre. Two hatched: this is the first one, which weighed 18 grams (0.63 oz); and its sibling was just 16 grams (0.56 oz). Both are doing well.”
“Green finch – One of the latest arrivals and Mandy the centre manager says it’s the smallest patient they’ve ever had! Note the bread tag (approx 1.5cm wide) for scale. Less than 100 green finches were introduced to NZ in the 1860s from Europe, but they’ve now settled in and are very common.”
“Grey warblers (Riroriro in Maori) are native to NZ and sing beautifully. They are often very difficult to see but you hear them! This website has their song: www.nzbirds.com/birds/riroriro.html This is a young one but even as adults they are very small.”
“Here is the grey warbler with a young goldfinch:”
“Paradise Shelduck are native to New Zealand. These ducklings were orphaned. They, along with other types of duckling, have a bath/swim once a day, usually in a bucket.”
“Harrier Hawk chicks or Kahu in Maori.”
“These hawks catch a wide range of prey including, er, birds, but we like to think that when they’ve been cared for at the centre they will be a little kinder to their feathered friends :-)”
“Baby Pukekoes (a Maori name, pronounced ‘poo-KE-ko’).”
“Plover: This youngster was rescued after falling twice down drains while strolling behind its parents. Now it’s strolling in much more pleasant surroundings, a comfy incubator (the photos are to help prevent imprinting)”
Fantastic cute-porting! Thank you, Susan R!
(Oh stop it.) We are such dedicated Cute Nerds, you know Teh Cute is always on our minds! Yay! (And, occasionally, if it’s not, then maybe it’s an indication that we have a life, but let’s be realistic.)
Jessica B. writes, “This is my friend’s baby dwarf bunny, and she likes to lie upside-down on her lap. Her name is Fluffay and she belongs to 6-year-old Gracie.” That’s right, it’s Fluffay, with an ‘a’!