If there’s anything we can learn from The Nature of Things, it’s there’s no shortage of adorable baby animals in the world. From downy feathers to fluffy scruff, they grab us by the heart and make us say, “Awww.” Behold, the most delightfully cute baby animals from The Nature of Things.
Red fox kits
Believe it or not, red foxes don’t start out red. As babies, or ‘kits’, their fur is a dark brown with a tiny telltale white tip on their tail. These little ones have a lot of attitude — they love to play-fight with vigour and ferocity. While they may not have the grace of their adult counterparts, these rough-and-tumble fluffballs will grow into majestic hunters with luxurious fur.
Wolverine kits are an incredibly rare sight. Wild wolverines are solitary animals that live in areas far from humans, so it’s very uncommon to spot one, let alone a baby. To capture this spot, filmmakers set up motion-activated cameras near a den in northern Alberta that we hoped would have kits inside.
As adults, they have a cantankerous reputation, and are fierce predators. Wolverine kits, by contrast, look approachable and fluffy with their light brown fur (compared to their parents’ dark brown colouring and distinct markings).
Picture the adult bald eagle: dignified, majestic, stoic. Now picture the exact opposite — that’s what a baby eagle, or ‘eaglet’, looks like. Ungainly and covered in fluffy grey down, eaglets are adorably awkward-looking. These fuzzy little chicks hatch out of their eggs using a special egg tooth, which they grow shortly before hatching.
Baby giraffes also have an endearing awkwardness to them. The calves are up and wobbling around on spindly legs within a day of birth. These vulnerable babies depend on their mothers to shelter them from danger. In fact, their mothers place them in carefully chosen hiding spots while they go off to forage for food.
What could be cuter than the name for baby puffins — pufflings! These downy fuzzballs are born completely black, with none of their parents’ vibrant colouring. Their beaks are also narrower and sharper than those of mature puffins. They live in cliffside burrows, where they’ll stay until they’re old enough to go out on their own and migrate.
Beluga whale calves
Baby beluga calves are adorably wrinkly, grey miniatures of their bright white parents. These calves have their own unique call that distinguishes them from the adults and lets their mothers identify them. Most of the time they stick by their mother's side while swimming. However, belugas are social animals — females have been known to ‘babysit’ other mothers’ young, even nursing them when needed.