16 Animals Who Are Happy to Be Babies

rabbits smooching

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One thing’s for certain: Adulthood isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. Between jobs, busy schedules and seemingly never-ending to-do lists, it can be tough to take a breather—or even snag a solid night of sleep.

While we can’t undo your adultness or help check items off the dreaded to-do list—sorry!—we can make your Monday (or Tuesday, Wednesday or any other day of the week) a little bit brighter. How, you ask? Two words: Baby. Animals.

Take a break from whatever adult thing you’re doing right now and check out these super happy, baby animals. Then, revel in the memories of freedom, getting enough sleep and basically doing whatever you want, whenever you wanted. Sigh.

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    They Don't Worry About Body Hair

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    Why does this fuzzy little piglet look so glee? She’s literally never even considered having her body hair removed, and probably never will.

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    They Don't Feel the Need to Exercise

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    Medical professionals say taking 10,000 steps per day can help with weight loss, reduce stress and improve cognitive function. Plus, it’s a fun, easy way to get a daily workout. You know what else is fun and easy? Being carried everywhere like this guy.

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    They Don't Prep Meals

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    Meal prep is a necessary evil if you want to save time and money. But if every single meal was made by someone else—and hand-fed to you, no less—you’d probably be just as happy as this baby giraffe.

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    They Don't Skip Vacations

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    Remember Spring Break 2000? When you basked in the sun on a beautiful, faraway beach, free from all responsibilities and a super slow metabolism? Us, too.

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    They Don't Have a Care in the World

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    Sloths truly live the dream. Why? First of all, they’re ridiculously cute. Secondly, they sleep 15 to 20 hours per day and basically spend the rest of their time eating and hanging out with their lazy friends.

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    They Don't Have Actual Jobs

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    Sit back from your computer and imagine if it was your job to look cute, play with toys, eat meals prepared by someone else, take naps and get belly rubs. Just imagine.

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    They Don't Get Sick of Bad Jokes

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    Clearly, the humor of crossing-the-road jokes is not (yet) lost on this baby elephant.

    So, why did the baby elephant cross the road? Because the chicken had the day off.

    We’ll see ourselves out now.

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    They Don't Have Much Responsibility

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    Standing on top of cows. Scaring unsuspecting people by screaming like human kids. Chilling in a pile of hay all day long. Eating some hay. What doesn’t this baby goat have to be psyched about?

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    They Don't Do Anything But Nap

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    Can you think of anything better than dozing the day away in a sunny spot in a planter? A comfortable couch might be an improvement, but we’ll literally take any nap, anytime, anywhere.

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    They Don't Hate Healthy Eating... Yet

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    Who knew it was possible to look so sincerely joyful while eating your daily dose of greens? Maybe if it’s topped with melted cheese, but otherwise …

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    They Don't Have to Stop Smooching at Some Point

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    There’s nothing better than cuddling and smooching with your partner. Unlike we humans, these bunnies can spend all day doing it—without getting interrupted by annoying things… like daily responsibilities.

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    They Don't Need So Much Sleep

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    Remember the tremendous joy you felt when your parents would let you stay up past your bedtime? That’s exactly how this baby owl feels. One day, she’ll understand the pricelessness of a solid eight hours of zzz’s.

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    They Don't Know Anything Bad Happens

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    There’s one moment in cinematic history that has transformed countless children into jaded adults: When Bambi’s mom dies. Fortunately, this fawn has never seen Bambi, so she doesn’t know how cruel the world can truly be.

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    They Don't Have 9-to-5s

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    Dolphins are super smart, both intellectually and emotionally, because their brains are massive; compared to their bodies, their brain size is second only to human beings. But this should come as no surprise, as they clearly have it figured out—all they do is swim in the ocean, play with friends and eat seafood all day.

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    They Don't Know They're Not Invincible

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    Remember the days of reckless, teenage abandon? Like any overly confident pre-teen or teenager, being at the top of the food chain doesn’t just make this baby lion happy—it makes him incredibly smug, too.

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    They Don't Lack Affection

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    This little lamb is smiling because her mom said, “I love ewe” as she put her down for a nap. Some research suggests saying “I love you” or being told you’re loved can boost your mood… and we all know the benefits of a nap. So, can you blame her?

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    They Don't Worry About Wrinkles

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    While turtles often live from 10 to 25 years, some can defy time, space and logic by living for up to 150 years. That means this dude doesn’t have to worry about wrinkles or retirement for at least 144.5 more years.