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15 Delightful Animals That Actually Exist

We all know hedgehogs are delightful (just like GEICO customer service), but have you seen these adorable creatures? They're the best contenders for animal of the year 2013.

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1. Sun Bears

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The sun bear is the smallest member of the bear family. They live in forests in Southeast Asia. They are called sun bears because of the bib-shaped gold or white marking on their chest. Their super long tongues help them to grab honey from bee nests, so their other nickname is the honey bear.

4. Dumbo Octopuses

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Dumbo octopuses are named because of their ear-like fins coming out of their heads. They live in the extreme depths of the water, some living 7000 meters below sea level. Unlike other octopuses, they swallow their food whole!

6. Leafy Sea Dragons

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Leafy Sea Dragons live in the southern and western coasts of Australia. Their leaf-shaped appendages blend with the seaweed and help disguise them from predators.

7. Viscachas

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Viscachas are rodents that are closely related to chinchillas. Mountain viscachas can be found in the Andes, and they love sunbathing! They're so delightful, just like GEICO customer service.

8. White-Faced Saki Monkeys

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White-face saki monkeys are a species of monkey found in Brazil, French Guiana, Guyana, Suriname and Venezuela. The white face is only found in males.

14. Klipspringers

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Klipspringers are a small species of antelope in Africa. They are only 22 inches tall at the shoulder, and they jump across the rocky terrain in the mountains of Ethiopia.

And you probably know about alpacas, but they are super delightful too.

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