There’s cute. Then there’s super cute. And finally, there’s ‘Tiny Animals on Fingers’ cute! Correct us if we’re wrong, but Bored Panda believes that the smaller the animal, the cuter it tends to look. (No offense to all of you BIG animals out there—we still love you very very much! We totally think you’re cute, too, but in a different way.)
There is a wonderfully wholesome subreddit called ‘Tiny Animals on Fingers’ that celebrates the overwhelming cuteness of illegally smol critters perching on people’s fingers. The subreddit, a community of 80k members, does exactly what it says on the tin. The photos are so heartwarming, you’ll think it’s summer again. Have a look at the very best ones below and don’t forget to upvote your fave pics (remember, an upvote is like gently booping these critters, even if it is through your screen).
We’ve got a huge soft spot for frogs and hummingbirds, but we can’t wait to find out which pictures you loved the most!
Bored Panda reached out to ‘Help Wildlife,’ a British charity-run advice website dedicated to helping wildlife, to talk to them about critters in the wild and what we can do to protect them. “To avoid disturbing small animals when in nature, it’s best to stick to established pathways where possible. If you see a nest or other animal habitat then only observe from a distance, never try to touch or interfere. If you have a dog friend walking with you, make sure they’re kept under control and they’re not allowed to disturb or harm wildlife,” Sarah, from ‘Help Wildlife,’ told us.
#1 Tiny Baby Chameleons
Image credits: Minh Triều Anh
#2 Those Smol Legs
Image credits: a.sewoon
#3 This Baby Starfish
Image credits: Chuck Hilliard
Sarah from ‘Help Wildlife’ confirmed to Bored Panda that traffic has “a very big impact” on wildlife of all sizes. “As well as the obvious accidents, roads also divide and reduce their natural territories,” she said.
However, not all hope is lost. Some people take the time and energy to protect wildlife from traffic. “Some forward-thinking countries create wildlife crossings when building new roads these days which can be helpful. Otherwise, the best way to prevent the loss of life is to drive carefully, especially in areas with lots of wildlife or where there is undergrowth at the side of the road which animals may dart out from. If an animal comes into contact with your car then always stop and check on them and try to find them help,” Sarah explained.
She noted that in the UK, you can check for wildlife rescues by following this link right here while in the US, you can use Animal Help Now.
#4 Tiny Baby Hummingbird Drinking Nectar From A Raspberry
Image credits: Heart-Bubbles
#5 This Is Actually A Flying Fox Species. A Northern Blossom Bat. Pixie Is A Subadult And 8g
Currently raised by our volunteers, she still needs a bit time before she will start to fly but getting more active now
Image credits: Wildlife Rescue Darwin
#6 One Smol Dragon
Image credits: Superpoivr
The ‘Tiny Animals on Fingers’ project has been active on Reddit since September 12, 2013. They’ll be celebrating their 8th birthday very soon, so if you enjoy their content, we suggest that you pop in with a quick, “Hello, congratulations, I love what you do, could I have some cake?”
There’s a lot of psychology behind why we find some things cute. According to Dr. Sandra Pimentel, a psychologist at the Montefiore Medical Center in New York, it all ties into evolutionary biology. “If we think about evolution, our goal as a species is to survive and pass on our genes,” she argues.
#7 Pinky Finger
Image credits: _Geiger
#8 Baby Snapping Turtles Look Just Like Little Dinosaurs
Image credits: Brick_in_the_dbol
#9 A Western (Australian) Pygmy Possum
Image credits: aussiecarnt
“By finding things cute we’re more likely to want to take care of them and protect them. They’re more likely to get the attention of the adults around them, remind them, ‘Hey, take care of me. We’re helpless here,’” Pimentel explains.
Looking at cute things releases dopamine in our brains, making us feel happy. In other words, we’re rewarded for looking at all the various expressions of cuteness to be found in life. Including looking at tiny animals sitting on people’s fingers. Go on, keep scrolling, your brain will thank you for it. Besides, you know you need a small break from school/work/saving the world.
#10 This Super Adorable Bee
Image credits: Lennart van Vliet
#11 Does This Count?
Image credits: deathcuck
#12 Caterpillar Posing
Image credits: throatfrog
What we tend to find cute boils down to a list of physical characteristics that have different proportions than those of adults. For instance, we’d find an animal or a baby cute because they have a big head relative to their body size. Furthermore, larger eyes, round cheeks, larger foreheads, smaller chins, and smaller noses also increase the level of cuteness.
As much as we might want to hold all the super cute animals that we can, we should be aware that getting involved with wildlife might not be the best option. It’s always best to admire wildlife from afar instead of getting up close and personal.
#13 The Tiniest Of Geckos
#14 Tiny Snek
Image credits: StuffyUnicorn
#15 A Little Vietnamese Mossy Frog
Image credits: K4Kerala
If you’re planning on feeding wild animals (whether teeny-tiny, large, or something in between), you ought to make sure that they don’t become dependent on human beings.
“Make sure it’s something healthy, don’t feed so much that they become dependent on people, always keeping in mind you won’t be the only ones feeding them, and don’t let them associate people with food. It’s best for their survival that they remain independent and don’t start approaching people for food,” ‘Help Wildlife’ told Bored Panda during an earlier interview.
So go on, admire all those tiny critters. But don’t be sad if not all of them want to sit on your finger immediately.
#16 Even The Kraken Was Cute Once Upon A Time
Image credits: 9999monkeys
#17 My Lil’ Starfish Buddy
Image credits: ldrodrig
#18 The Tinyness Of This Frog
Image credits: PoojiethePillowPet
#19 Tiniest Snek Excited For Boops
Image credits: Thorawr
#20 My Friend’s New Baby Turtle
Image credits: morgiibee
#21 Orphaned Baby Opossum I Am Raising
Image credits: MyBobaFetish
#22 Critically Endangered Baby Lemur Leaf Frog. Being A Wildlife Conservationist Is Tough, But This Little Face Is Why I Do What I Do
Image credits: HIsalamanda
#23 Tiny Sea Slugs
Image credits: SeriesOfAdjectives
#24 We Give Green Tree Pythons A Big Thumbs Up
Image credits: txchondros
#25 Weekend Crab
Image credits: shibaisthebestboi
#26 Look At You
Image credits: a.sewoon
#27 Look What I Found
Image credits: talldarkw0n
#28 How About A Non-Furry Little Guy? This Dude Out With Me For A While In Hawaii
Image credits: renkfasze
Image credits: emmydvshr
#30 A Very Small Cute Hamster
Image credits: VoteForFire
#31 This Very Tiny Frog
Image credits: Skifeur
#32 Two Tiny Newborn Feathertail Gliders
Image credits: ArghNoNo
#33 Baby Ashy Gecko Found In The Florida Keys
Image credits: tmansen
#34 Spotted Turtle And Spotted Frog, Clemmys Guttata And Ranitomeya Vanzolini
Image credits: indicator_species
#35 A Very Tiny Baby Harvest Mouse
Image credits: ResistibleElk
#36 Welcome To The World Little One
Image credits: indicator_species
#37 Much Tiny Boi
#38 Here Is A Baby Horned Lizzard
Image credits: manderly808
#39 Brave Lil Grabbies
Image credits: dubcgliders
#40 Little Ghost
Image credits: crazymantislady
#41 Teeny Baby Swordfish
Image credits: Juan C. Levesque
#42 Found Two Baby Bats Rolling On My Deck This Morning. I Had Never Seen A Baby Bat Before, Thought Maybe Others Hadn’t Either
Image credits: jtr2277
#43 A Tiny Ruby-Throated Hummingbird
Image credits: allywarner
#44 I’ve Never Seen A Baby Catfish In Here
Image credits: pandymonium001
#45 Say Hello To Bugmeat
Image credits: bitchinbaja
#46 Fuzzy Little Moth
Image credits: im_not_zelda
#47 Little Baby Grasshopper Hanging Out
Image credits: hollywoodbatman
#48 Tiny Baby Shrew I Found Today
Image credits: hansbanans03
#49 Please Enjoy These 3 Babies
Image credits: Book-Dragoness
#50 Baby Blue Tailed Skink I Found Under My Toolbox
Image credits: gositonaduck