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The 50 Cutest Baby Animals Of America, State By State

What's your state's official aww-nimal?

What's your state's official aww-nimal?

Along with other symbols like trees, drinks and even rock songs, your home state has chosen a variety of animals to officially represent it. Regardless of whether these state mascots are mammals, reptiles, amphibians, birds or insects, their babies are usually pretty cute.

Scroll through and see how adorable your state's representative is.

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: You're never supposed to get in between a bear and her cub, which could be hard when they look like this.

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: These behemoths will grow up to be huge, but calves start out small (and slobbery).

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: These resplendent ring-tails grow up to be expert climbers. Of course, this cat has already climbed into your heart.

: About two weeks after first hatching, this comely pair will finally be ready to leave the nest.

gray whale baby

: These fine fellows are born tail first, but its cute head is the real winner.

rocky mountain bighorn lamb

: These dainty lambs are born on cliffs that are hard to access by predators.

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: These calfs can swim within a half hour of birth, lumpy skin and all.

: These foxy kits will begin to hunt around the age of three months old. They must be terrifying.

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: These pulchritudinous panthers are also sometimes called a "painters," because Florida.

rocky mountain bighorn lamb

: According to legend, these majestic mammals received their name as whalers declared them the "right" whale to hunt. Poor guys.

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: These precious pups are given swimming lessons by their mothers every day.

appaloosa horse baby

: Now we know why kids beg for ponies.

monarch butterfly baby

: Before they get their wings, these classy caterpillars eat a ton of milkweed in anticipation of metamorphosis.

baby northern cardinal

: Cardinals breed two to three times each mating season, with the female making multiple nests of these tousled chicks.

: For a period before learning to fly, these chicks are effectively just loud mouths pointed expectantly toward the sky.

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: Cute now, thunderous and huge later.

: Did you know baby squirrels are called "kittens"?

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: Want one. Now.

maine coon kitten

: This one might be small enough to fit in a brown bag, but a different Maine coon named "Stewie" was the longest cat ever recorded, end to end.

chesapeake bay retriever puppy

: Back in the day, this puppy might have had something other than a soccer ball in its mouth. The first Chesapeake Bay retrievers hunted waterfowl in the icy bay from which they get their name.

boston terrier baby

: These were the first "purebred" dogs in America.

painted turtle baby

: The sex of these young nippers is determined by how warm the nest gets, with warmer nests often resulting in more females.

loon baby

: Hatchlings leave the nest on the first day of their lives and waddle straight to our hearts.

bottlenosed dolphin baby

: These cherub-faced calves are born with the help of an "auntie" dolphin, who is initially the only other dolphin the mother allows near the recherché calf.

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: Legs for days on this dashing foal.

grizzly bear baby

: Sometimes these cubs are born during the hibernation period, meaning mothers can give birth in their sleep.

whitetailed deer baby

: Bambi! We hope this fawn has a mother somewhere out there.

: Most of these captivating lambs are born between February and April.

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: These slippery little crawlers are called "efts" when they're juveniles.

baby horse

: This foal will grow up to have some outrageously awesome 80s hair, just like the guy behind it.

baby roadrunner

: Both the female and male parents of these frizzy darlings take terms incubating the nest.

: Must. Cuddle. Now.

: You can do it, little guy!

nokota

: These hot tamales almost went extinct, but a few were accidentally trapped within the Theodore Roosevelt National Park, where the population was.

: The larvae really aren't that cute.

baby raccoon

: Raccoons are typical artful dodgers, but this one looks like it's having some trouble.

oregon swallowtail caterpillar

: Pre-juvenile dungeness crabs are called megalopes and are surprisingly adorable.

: These puppies have rapid growth spurts and can become visually larger overnight.

rhode island red chicken baby

: You can buy a baby chick for about $2, or this pair for a cool $4.

: This attempt at flight does not appear to be going very well.

: This puppy is not impressed with its mom.

bobwhite quail baby

: You can't even with this one.

, where you can buy chicks.

: These pretty little pups are born as identical quadruplets.

: Apparently calves like to hang out under trucks. Not smart.

morgan horse baby

: All of these toddler foals are descendants of a horse named "Figure."

: George Washington used to breed these adorable hounds.

killer whale baby

: Also called Orcas, when these wonderful whales grow up they can eat 500 pounds of food a day.

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: Newborn timbers have a simple button for a rattle, which is inaudible.

: Be still, my beating heart. The University of Wisconsin's mascot, Bucky Badger, must have been really adorable as a baby.

horned lizard baby

: In the most adorable move of all, if threatened, these horned lizards will squirt blood from their eyes.

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: When these babyish blossom birds grow up, their call is described by National Geographic as a "popopopo" sound.

Correction: The photo for the Wisconsin state animal, the American badger, was replaced in this story. The previous photo depicted a European badger, which was so cute we got confused.

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