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The Cutest Animals You've Never Heard Of

By Becky Ferreira Feb 7, 2014

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The Klipspringer

WUT. It's tough to judge which tiny antelope species is cuter: dik-diks or klipspringers. There is something so freaking lovely about the way the klipspringer stands on its very tiptoes (tip-hooves?), as if it's practicing to be in Swan Lake or something. The bizarre hoof design evolved out of a necessity to scale walls when predators ventured too near, and a klipspringer can balance on a ledge as thin as one inch. They also mate for life in monogamous pairs, and stand guard over their partners while they eat. So which ungulate wins Most Aww? It's a question for the ages.

Tags: animals, science, slideshows, nature, cutest

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Becky Ferreira

Becky Ferreira is a writer, performer, and raptor based in New York.

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