Scientists recently discovered an amazingly cute new species of mammal.
Hidden in the forests of Ecuador and Colombia, this furry little critter -- related to raccoons it's been named the olinguito -- evaded science journals until researchers from the Smithsonian Institution identified it last week.
But while it's cute, it's not the cutest animal in the world.
In fact, after our highly unscientific office poll at CNN Travel, we don't even think it makes the top 20.
According to a New York Times report from 2006 on several studies of cuteness, "cute images stimulate the same pleasure centers of the brain aroused by sex, a good meal or psychoactive drugs like cocaine."
So why splurge on illegal drugs when you can simply click through our gallery?
We haven't included kittens playing in boxes, dopey dogs or anything else domesticated.
But we do let you know where you can see these creatures for yourself, from torrid jungles and arid deserts to mountains and oceans.
Sluggish and serene, the sloth, found in the rainforests of South America, happens to have the same name as the Catholic vice.
But sloths aren't lazy. They're just really, really slow.
So slow that algae has been known to grow on their coats.
Nevertheless, it's that relaxed, unhurried attitude that makes them so endearing.
Ancon Expeditions in Panama organizes sloth-searching day trips through Soberania National Park.
19. Pygmy hippopotamus
Like its larger cousin, the pygmy hippopotamus has stumpy legs, a blunt snout and extraordinary swimming skills.
Unlike its larger cousin, the pygmy hippopotamus isn't one of the most dangerous animals in Africa.
Without the threat of being mauled by a jaw full of teeth, it's easier to recognize that the hippopotamus -- when pygmy-sized -- can be pretty cute.
The pygmy hippopotamus is an endangered species, as listed by the International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources (IUCN).
So while you may have seen pygmy hippos paddling away happily in zoos, they're a lot harder to spot in the wild.
The best bet to see a pygmy hippo may be somewhere in Sierra Leone (the country with reputedly with the largest pygmy hippo population in the wild), such as Tiwai Island Wildlife Sanctuary.
18. Slow loris
With an unnervingly wide-eyed stare, the slow loris hails from the tropical jungles of Southeast Asia and is notable for its plush but strong limbs.
Slow lorises can hang by their feet for hours at a time -- and often do.
Despite its huggable appearance, this animal is venomous.
The venom comes from a gland in the elbow and, like a party trick invented by Dracula, is ejected through the teeth.
This venom, however, isn't enough to save the slow loris from the dangers of the pet trade; it's listed as endangered on the IUCN Red List.
There are five distinct species of slow loris, including the Bornean slow loris, which can be found on the island of Borneo and spotted with the help of Borneo Eco Tours.
Maybe bulging eyes, slightly down-turned mouth, curly, prehensile tail and extremely long tongue, the chameleon is one of the more appealing reptiles.
As remarkable as its color-changing mood swings is the peculiar way chameleons move in a rocking motion.
Not the most efficient way of transportation, but definitely attention-grabbing.
About half the world's chameleons can be found in Madagascar. Terra Incognita Ecotours runs 15-day trips for $5,599 per person.
Meerkats are a type of mongoose that live in the deserts from the Kalahari of Bostwana to the Namib of Namibia, South Africa and parts of Angola.
With meerkats it's not so much their faces, which, while far from ugly, are really no different from those of the common dwarf mongoose.
It's the way they stand, the human-like upright pose with paws gathered demurely at the front.
Self-described "safari specialists" Somak Holidays runs meerkat expeditions called Meerkat Madness that cover the Kalahari and Namib deserts.
Meerkat Adventures specializes in short treks to meerkat grounds for 550 rand ($70).