10 Cute Facts That Will Brighten Up Your Bad Day

We all need reasons to believe that the world is a great place — especially when we’re having a not-so-great day. Liven the mood with these little tidbits and share with us your #ReasonsToBelieve.

1. Otters have slumber parties, and you’re going to want an invite.

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Sort of. Whenever it’s time for an otter to take a nap, it grabs a partner by the hand and holds on tight so it doesn’t drift away while snoozing.

2. Humans really, really love to giggle. Like, really.

We learn how to laugh before they even learn how to speak. And babies laugh between 300 - 400 times a day. How precious is that?

3. Cats rule the land! Literally.

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There’s a little Japanese island called Tashirojima that is home to more cats than humans. Locals believe their feline friends bring them good luck and prosperity.

4. Male Gentoo penguins propose with pebbles.

These little tuxedoed gentlemen will find the smoothest pebble around and place it in front of their potential mate. If the female penguin agrees to the proposal, she’ll take it and put it in her nest for safekeeping.

5. Speaking of penguins…

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There is an amusement park in Seoul, Korea where they dress penguins up in tiny, little Christmas outfits and parade them around for everyone to see. BRB dying of cuteness.

6. Did you know cows have best friends?

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They especially love hanging out and gossiping with each other. OK, maybe the last part isn’t true, but shouldn’t we be looking into making some oversized friendship bracelets for them?

7. Pigs are great at overcoming adversity.

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When Chris P. Bacon’s legs wouldn’t work, a nice veterinarian made a special wheelchair out of toy parts. He’s now all grown up and still wheeling around, as happy as can be.

8. Young animals are so much cuter in groups.

A group of porcupines is called a “prickle,” a group of wombats is called a “wisdom,” and a baby hedgehog is called a “hoglet.”

9. Baby hippos nurse on bright pink milk.

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Look at those cheeks! Delicious and nutritious, adorable lil hippos get to drink the good stuff for 12 full months.

10. And just to put things in perspective, right this second, a new person is coming into this world.

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Roughly 370,000 babies are born around the globe every day!

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