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24 Adorable Photos of Baby Otters That’ll Make Your Day Better

Guaranteed to warm your heart.

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Did you know that otters hold hands when they sleep so they don’t float away from each other?

These adorable, charming animals exist around the globe, but only two species exist in the United States: the sea otter and the North American river otter. Unfortunately, these animals were formally hunted heavily to near extinction because of their soft, fluffy fur which is why they are currently under protection by various endangered species laws. In addition to hunting, otters face other threats such as pollution, global warming, and other careless actions by humans. The best conservation effort is to learn as much as possible about the species and their needs. In the meantime, take a look at the adorable photos below as a reminder of how loveable these animals are. Also, check out these wild animal species you never knew were endangered.

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Things are looking up

Whatever this baby otter wants, they can have it.

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Tiny claws

What The Beatles really meant when they sang “I Want to Hold Your Hand.”

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Soup’s on!

It’s hard not to be a little jealous of the person who gets to bottle feed these babies. Don’t miss some more baby animals that you will fall in love with instantly.

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Is it safe to come out?

Does anyone want to play hide-and-seek?

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Truly relatable creatures

When you first see yourself in the mirror after a long night.

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Who are you looking at?

A true paparazzi photo. Check out these puppy pictures that will make your heart melt.

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Double trouble

I don’t know about you, but I definitely wouldn’t mess with them.

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Mom hugs

Nothing beats cuddles from mom.

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Pure bliss

The face you make when you see your food coming in a restaurant. Make your own jaw drop like this otter and check out these photos of the rarest animals in the world.

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They’re even adorable when they’re angry.

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The fluffiest cuddles

Imagine the softness and warmth.

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No pictures, please!

I wouldn’t want to be disturbed in my happy place either.

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Excuse you!

What do you mean it’s too late to go swimming?

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Just floatin’

The water, toys, what else could you ask for?

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Squad goals

Don’t mess with my clique. Also, check out these funny pictures of farm animals for some of the most elite gangs.

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Nice to meet you!

Just saying hello from my cozy blanket pouch.

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Fun’s over

When mom tells you it’s time to go home after a fun day at the pool.

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Snack time!

Are you just going to watch me eat?

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Are you still watching?

What I look like on the couch watching another episode of Grey’s Anatomy at 2 a.m. after restarting the series again.

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Sleepy otter

Look at those tiny fingernails!

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What’s going on over there?

Who is that mom is talking to?

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Beachy whiskers

Waddling to grab a towel after a lovely swim.

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True love

The love between the otter and this human is so wholesome.

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Help us!

When you hear otters are threatened by humans as a species. Next, check out these facts about animals that you have all wrong.

Emma Taubenfeld
Emma Taubenfeld is a former assistant editor for Reader’s Digest who writes about digital lifestyle topics such as memes, social media captions, pickup lines and cute pets. When she’s not working, you can find Emma reading corny young adult novels, creating carefully curated playlists and figuring out how to spice up boxed mac and cheese.