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This Adorable Animal Might Become Your New Favorite

Please, for the love of god.

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Everyone's always goin' on about cats and dogs and bunnies. They're awesome, sure, but wait 'til you see this little animal I found the other day.

IT'S CALLED A SILKY ANTEATER AND IT IS PERFECT.

Also known as pygmy anteaters, they are the smallest of the anteater family. They’re found in Central and South America, but not a lot is known extensively about these lil’ buggers. As far as current research can tell, they seem to feed exclusively on ants.
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Also known as pygmy anteaters, they are the smallest of the anteater family. They’re found in Central and South America, but not a lot is known extensively about these lil’ buggers. As far as current research can tell, they seem to feed exclusively on ants.

What was that you were saying about dogs? I couldn't hear you over the sound of THIS SPECIAL LEMON DROP SMILING DIRECTLY AT ME.

Don't mind his nether regions.
MICHAEL AND PATRICIA FOGDEN/ MINDEN PICTURES/National Geographic Creative

Don't mind his nether regions.

LIKE WHAT IN THE HECK!!! HOW DID THEY GET TO BE SO FUZZY AND ROUNDED AND SLEEPY!!!!

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They literally just live snuggly little lives clinging to tree branches, always looking like they're just now waking up from the best nap they've ever taken.

Mary Sue Rose / Flickr: msue

I WISH I WAS THAT BRANCH! Cuddle ME, you tiny, fluffy, beacon of hopes and dreams!

Sylvère Corre / Flickr: 110394983@N04

So full of light and ambition! A representation of all that is good in this world!

Flávia Miranda / Tamandua Project / Via tamandua.org

No wonder they have escaped the scrutiny of the public eye for so long. They are too soft, too pure, too wholesome.

WE MUST PROTECT THEM. In the meantime, though: Goodnight sweet summer children, you are nothing but good to us!

MICHAEL AND PATRICIA FOGDEN/ MINDEN PICTURES/National Geographic Creative

But seriously, they need protecting! You can learn more about the silky anteater and the conservation efforts to protect them, here.

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