03/28/2014 08:52 am ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

The 50 Cutest Baby Animals Of America, State By State

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.



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



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


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


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


gray whale baby

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

Image: Flickr user goingslo


rocky mountain bighorn lamb

Rocky Mountain bighorn sheep: These dainty lambs are born on cliffs that are hard to access by predators.



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

Image: WikiCommons


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


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


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

Image: WikiCommons


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


appaloosa horse baby

Appaloosa horse: Now we know why kids beg for ponies.


monarch butterfly baby

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

Image: Flickr user lara68


baby northern cardinal

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


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



American bison: Cute now, thunderous and huge later.


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



Louisiana Catahoula leopard dog: Want one. Now.

Image: Petfinder (sorry this one's already been adopted!)


maine coon kitten

Maine coon cat: 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

Chesapeake Bay retriever: 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

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


painted turtle baby

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

Image: Flickr user alumroot


loon baby

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


bottlenosed dolphin baby

Bottlenose dolphin: 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.



Missouri fox trotter: Legs for days on this dashing foal.

Image: River Flat Ranch, which actually sells these guys.


grizzly bear baby

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


whitetailed deer baby

White-tailed deer: Bambi! We hope this fawn has a mother somewhere out there.


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

New Hampshire


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

Image: SUNY Geneseo

New Jersey

baby horse

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

New Mexico

baby roadrunner

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

Image: Flickr user larkspurlazuli

New York

Beaver: Must. Cuddle. Now.

North Carolina

Eastern box turtle: You can do it, little guy!

North Dakota


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

Image: Full Moon Rising (which sells Nokota Horses)


Ladybug: The larvae really aren't that cute.


baby raccoon

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


oregon swallowtail caterpillar

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

Image: Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife


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

Rhode Island

rhode island red chicken baby

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

Image: Flickr user blurdom

South Carolina

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

South Dakota

Coyote: This puppy is not impressed with its mom.


bobwhite quail baby

Bobwhite quail: You can't even with this one.

Image: CackleHatchery, where you can buy chicks.


Nine-banded armadillo: These pretty little pups are born as identical quadruplets.


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

Image: Flickr user NDomer73


morgan horse baby

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

Image: Flickr user Adam Franco


American foxhound: George Washington used to breed these adorable hounds.

Image: Flickr user photobanter


killer whale baby

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

West Virginia

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


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


horned lizard baby

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

Image: Flickr user Dan Arndt

Bonus: Washington D.C.


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

Image: Cornell Lab of Ornithology


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All images Getty unless otherwise noted.

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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