10 of the Cutest Tiny Animals from Around the World

You’ll want to take these little critters home in your pocket.

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white chihuahua puppy
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These little dogs are so tiny that sometimes you don’t even notice when someone is carrying one around in their purse. The smallest Chihuahua ever is named Miracle Milly and measures only 3.8 inches tall.

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Pygmee monkey portrait
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Pygmy marmoset

This tiny creature looks and acts somewhat like a little squirrel, climbing up trees and branches in the rainforests of South America. It weighs about three to five ounces.

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A miniature horse in a snowy pasture
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Miniature horse

Miniature horses definitely aren’t the smallest animals on this list, but they’re too cute not to include. The smallest living miniature horse is named Thumbelina, and she measures just 17.5 inches tall.

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Full body of white-brown-grey domestic pygmy rabbit.
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Pygmy rabbit

Pygmy rabbits are the world’s smallest, measuring only nine to twelve inches and weighing less than a pound. The species is endangered and can only be found in Washington state.

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Cute reddish-gray mouse lemur, Microcebus griseorufus, feeding on banana
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Mouse lemur

Mouse lemurs are so tiny that they can fit in the palm of your hand. The smallest species is the Madame Berthe’s mouse lemur, which is the world’s smallest primate weighing in at as little as 30 grams.

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tiny chameleon Brookesia minima, micra (Brookesia minima), smallest known chameleon and among the smallest reptiles of the world. Nosy mangabe, madagascar wildlife and wilderness
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Brookesia micra chameleon

This chameleon is small enough to fit on the head of a match—you might miss it if you don’t look closely. It was discovered in 2012 on the island of Madagascar.

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Jerboa / Jaculus jaculus
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Dwarf three-toed jerboa

The dwarf three-toed jerboa is the world’s smallest rodent. It weighs less than an ounce and is about 1.7 inches tall. Some people compare its little body to a cotton ball.

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Little royal antelope neotragus pygmaeus in the natural wildlife. Baby deer.
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Royal antelope

The royal antelope is the world’s smallest antelope, measuring only ten inches tall and weighing less than seven pounds. This cute little creature lives in the rainforests of Ghana and Sierra Leone, but the chances of you seeing one are very slim because they’re nocturnal.

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The smallest frog. Paedophryne amauensis
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Paedophryne amauensis frog

This frog is about the size of a housefly; so tiny it can fit on a dime. Measuring only 7.7 millimetres long, it’s the smallest known animal with a backbone.

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The smallest bird in the world - a Bee Hummingbird - drinks nectar from a plant held by a person. Taken in a Hummingbird Garden near Playa Larga, Cuba
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Bee hummingbird

The bee hummingbird is the smallest bird in the world and weighs less than two ounces. Don’t let its size food you: It’s tiny but powerful, beating its wings 80 times per second.

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