The 40 Best Animal Cuddlers Of All Time

We all like cuddly animals, so it’s probably for the best that someone is keeping track of these things.

1. This cat and this tortoise.

Why: This cat is a classic protective cuddler. Do you want to give that tortoise a hug too? Well, it’s not happening. That tortoise is her cuddle buddy and she’s not into sharing.

ID: 970333

2. This hen and her puppy.

Why: Ever heard the term “mother hen”? Well, hens will mother the heck out of you if they’re given half a chance. Luckily for everyone, this puppy is totally game for it.

ID: 970346

3. These squirrels.

Why: Scientifically speaking, a pile of squirrels sleeping together is exponentially cuter than a single squirrel sleeping alone.

ID: 991554

4. This mouse and this bird.

Why: Is there anything more endearing than interspecies friendship? Just look at that bird sheltering that mouse under its wing. They’re buds. Best buds. Best buds forever.

ID: 1034253

5. These owls.

Why: I tried my best to be objective about this, but OH MY GOD HIS EYES and HOLY CRAP her dreamy expression. These goddamned owls are making my heart explode.

ID: 1034292

6. This otter and this goat.

Why: Everyone knows that otters are superior cuddlers and we’ve obviously got a bashful goat here. So the otter is teaching the goat the art of cuddling. Have a pen and paper? Because you should be taking notes.

ID: 1034252

7. This dog, cat, and fox.

Why: Because three animal friends cuddling is better than two animal friends cuddling. It is a scientific fact.

ID: 1034254

8. These penguin chicks.

Why: Is there anything more adorable than the bond between young siblings? Think about the last time you had a family portrait taken. Were you nearly as cuddly? I didn’t think so.

ID: 1045172

9. This fox and this human.

Why: Because any occasion where you can legitimately claim to have a “lap full of fox” is a good one.

ID: 1044678

10. These frogs.

Why: Because they’re frogs and I bet you didn’t think frogs could cuddle, but they damn well CAN cuddle so just shut up and enjoy it.

ID: 1044969

11. These husky pups.

Why: Synchronized cuddling.

ID: 1045823

12. These koalas.

Why: You get cuddling bonus points for cuddling in a tree. Points are allotted based on height and botanical species.

ID: 1044794

13. These fawns and this dog.

Why: The sly look on the dog’s face. I mean, apart from the fact that this is an actual thing that happened.

ID: 1045859

14. This sheep and this goat.

Why: You can tell from the look on their faces that they’re really into this particular cuddle session.

ID: 1045189

15. This kitten and this dog.

Why: The kitten scored creativity points for “best use of floppy ears.”

ID: 1045604

16. These pandas.

Why: Refer back to the koalas and the previously stated rule about tree cuddling.

ID: 1045609

17. This kitten and this dog.

Why: This kitten is obviously exploiting the “big animal, little animal” rule of cuteness, but we’ll let it slide this time.

ID: 1045833

18. These sloths.

Why: Slow cuddles are the best cuddles.

ID: 1045286

19. This tortoise and this puppy.

Why: Because that tortoise is all like “well, aren’t you a nice puppy?” and… and well, I’m too choked up to go on.

ID: 1045866

20. This cat and these ducklings.

Why: The fluff to fur ratio is about even. Symmetry is ideal.

ID: 1045817

21. These otters.

Why: The middle otter. Also, I reiterate my point about otters being superior cuddlers.

ID: 1045926

22. These bunnies.

Why: Stackable cuddling requires both artistry and effort.

ID: 1045677

23. These polar bears.

Why: Momma bear’s blissful slumber paired with baby bear’s cautious curiosity makes for one damned adorable cuddle session.

ID: 1045825

24. This sea lion and this penguin.

Why: I’m pretty sure they’re reenacting that scene from Titanic.

ID: 1045165

25. This kitten and this bird.

Why: Because that bird doesn’t give a crap that the cat might grow up and think about birds as lunch. It wants to cuddle so it’s going to cuddle. Love transcends all diets.

ID: 1046013

26. These geckos.

Why: Geckos are the happiest cuddlers. Keep smiling, you guys!

ID: 1046052

27. These dogs.

Why: 1. That can’t be comfortable, but that dog is in cuddle-mode and obviously doesn’t give a fig about comfort. 2. That dog is wearing a jacket.

ID: 1045846

28. These fox kits.

Why: !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

ID: 1045616

29. This cat and this sloth.

Why: It’s a cat and a sloth. I want to say “internet over, everyone go home” but we’ve still got quite a few cuddlers to get through, so you’re going to have to suck it up and suffer through the rest of this list.

ID: 1046032

30. This orangutan and these lion cubs.

Why: Because any time any animal adopts other orphan animals and looks that happy about it you’ve got a winning combination.

ID: 1046031

31. This bunny and this capybara.

Why: Because I am pretty sure this is a Tove Jansson illustration come to life.

ID: 1045841

32. This hamster and this duckling.

Why: Tiny animals cuddling together always works well. Also, that sparkle in their lovely eyes.

ID: 1047575

33. This piglet and this bunny.

Why: Role reversal. Normally we’d expect the pig to be bigger than the rabbit so the pig’s diminutive size is what prompts the “SQUEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!”

ID: 1045879

34. These baby raccoons.

Why: There is something inherently adorable about notorious troublemakers appearing so innocent.

ID: 1047651

35. This monkey and this bird.

Why: It’s all in how the monkey is gently caressing the bird’s back.

ID: 1046036

36. These cats.

Why: The mother cat is forgiving the kitten. This a classic example of a redemption cuddle.

ID: 1046040

37. This kangaroo and this wombat.

Why: These orphan animals created their own cuddly family with each other.

ID: 1047234

38. This dog and this pony.

Why: Puppies grow up to be dogs and puppy love and then blossoms into something like this.

ID: 1045850

39. This kitten and this potato.

Why: Look, love is love. I don’t ask questions. I don’t judge. All I care about is their mutual happiness.

ID: 1047612

40. This duck and this owl.

Why: The duck’s pleasure paired with the owl’s skepticism. Don’t worry, duck. You’ll win him over eventually.

ID: 1045889

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