8. Bottlenose dolphin
In captivity, bottlenose dolphins are praised for their intelligence and therapeutic qualities -- swimming with dolphins is supposedly good for one's mental health.
In the wild dolphins can get aggressive and form gangs.
It doesn't really seem to matter for most people -- dolphins are still adorable.
Australia has Dolphin Wild Moreton Island Cruises, but bottlenose dolphins can be found in most warm or tropical oceans around the world.
Domesticated for thousands of years, the alpaca is valued for its gloriously fleecy hair, which is used to make sweaters.
The fleecy hair also gives them a woolly, squeezable appearance.
Alpacas are cute despite the fact that they can be quite testy.
You can mingle with alpaca at any of the numerous alpaca farms in Peru, such as Mallkini, a farm with the tagline "Alpaca Ranch and Adventure."
Machu Picchu is another great place for alpaca sightings; as a protected Incan ruin, alpacas frolic without fear of being shorn -- which decreases their cuteness considerably.
6. Bee hummingbird
The bee hummingbird from Cuba, the smallest bird in the world, isn't only tiny -- it weighs less than a U.S. penny -- it's fast, beating its wings up to 80 times a second.
No larger than a bee, it also acts like one, helping plants reproduce by transferring pollen as it flits from flower to flower sipping nectar. And it flits to a lot of flowers, eating every 10 minutes.
Authentic Cuba Tours runs a birdwatching tour starting at $1,949.
5. Sea otter
Sea otters are as clever as they are cuddly.
They use rocks as tools to crack open clams and mussels for food and sleep floating face-up on the surface of the water with tangled kelp anchoring them in place.
It's really the "rafting" that wins you over.
Sea otters are sociable and float together in groups of up to 100, frequently clasping paws so that they don't drift away from each other.
At the Sea Otter Beach Front Eco Tours Resort in Port Alice, British Columbia, visitors are taken on day tours to see area wildlife, including sea otters. Prices start at $500 per person, per night.
4. Harp seal
It's no coincidence that many animals on this list happen to be threatened, vulnerable or endangered species.
Sometimes part of what makes an animal cute -- a wealth of fluff, for example -- is what makes it appealing to commercial enterprises, such as the captive pet industry or fur industry.
Harp seal babies are covered in a downy, snowy white fur and have been traditional targets for the fur industry, valued for their fluffy white pelts.
While the import of products made from these "whitecoat" pelts was banned in Europe in 1983, and commercial whitecoat hunting was banned in Canada in 1987, hundreds of thousands of seals are killed each year regardless.
Ecotour company Natural Habitat Adventures offers harp seal expeditions to the Magdalen Islands, off the coast of Quebec, starting at $4,995.
3. Giant panda
The black and white coloring, fat butt and contemplative way they chew their bamboo: one might never stop listing the qualities that make the giant panda so charming.
The panda's inefficient dining habits -- although it has the digestive system of a carnivore it eats like a herbivore, consuming up to 38 kilos of bamboo in a single day -- make them extremely dependent on their habitat to survive.
According to the World Wide Fund for Nature (whose logo is a stylized panda) there are only about 1,600 pandas left in the wild.
Though sightings aren't guaranteed, Terra Incognita Ecotours runs a 12-day escorted panda expedition for $5,999.
2. Philippine tarsier
As the smallest primate in the world, the arboreal, nocturnal Philippine tarsier has all the basic qualities of cute: enormous eyes set in a tiny body no bigger than a human fist and tiny knobbly paws with which it grasps onto tree branches.
Tarsiers are notoriously unhappy in captivity.
According to the Philippine Tarsier Foundation, each tarsier needs at least a hectare of space, and captive tarsiers have been known to commit suicide by bashing in their own skulls.
While that isn't exactly cute, it does make it fairly obvious that the only chance you'll ethically be able to see a tarsier is in the wild.
The Philippine Tarsier Foundation runs the Philippine Tarsier and Wildlife Sanctuary in the forest of Corella, Bohol, where tarsiers roam freely.
1. Fennec fox
The fennec fox is a sandy nocturnal desert fox, immortalized in Antoine de Saint-Exupéry's "The Little Prince" as the fox who wanted to be tamed.