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Praying with my pooch :)

Contributed by Amanda Slater

Cute dog's face! Source: www.missionmission.org

Contributed by Kathryn Vercillo

This is probably the most adorable argument in the world.

Contributed by Johanna L Garcia

Nothing cuter than a site that has a wide selection of adorable newborn wildlife!

Contributed by McKenzie Neu

Do you like my teddy bear??

Contributed by Amanda Slater

My nephew playing with my phone.

Contributed by Anastasia Gabrielle Cannon

What is Cute?

"Cute cues are those that indicate extreme youth, vulnerability, harmlessness and need, scientists say, and attending to them closely makes good Darwinian sense. As a species whose youngest members are so pathetically helpless they can't lift their heads to suckle without adult supervision, human beings must be wired to respond quickly and gamely to any and all signs of infantile desire. The human cuteness detector is set at such a low bar, researchers said, that it sweeps in and deems cute practically anything remotely resembling a human baby or a part thereof, and so ends up including the young of virtually every mammalian species, fuzzy-headed birds like Japanese cranes, woolly bear caterpillars, a bobbing balloon, a big round rock stacked on a smaller rock, a colon, a hyphen and a close parenthesis typed in succession. The greater the number of cute cues that an animal or object happens to possess, or the more exaggerated the signals may be, the louder and more italicized are the squeals provoked. Cuteness is distinct from beauty, researchers say, emphasizing rounded over sculptured, soft over refined, clumsy over quick. Beauty attracts admiration and demands a pedestal; cuteness attracts affection and demands a lap. Beauty is rare and brutal, despoiled by a single pimple. Cuteness is commonplace and generous, content on occasion to cosegregate with homeliness." More from this interesting NY Times article: www.nytimes.com

Contributed by Kathryn Vercillo

Cute little Yorkshire Terrier doing super cute tricks :)

Contributed by Andrea Renee Jasperson

Baby laughs hysterically at ripping paper

Contributed by Mary Joseph

8 month old death baby boy hears his mothers voice for the first time.

Contributed by Mary Joseph