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From cuddling babies to misbehaving monkeys, photos
of adorable animals never cease to melt hearts.

Ever heard someone say they don’t like animals? It’s
a rare occurrence, and typically met with confused looks and protestations.
That’s because animals steal the show, drawing gasps and smiles from giddy
onlookers, who scramble for their phones to snap photo after photo of each
endearing or goofy expression.

So it’s no surprise that when it comes to images
uploaded to travelandleisure.com by our camera-happy readers, animals dominate
the scene. We went through dozens of the latest uploads to select the best of
the best—the adorable animal photos that really made us say, “Aww!”

Capturing one such shot requires great skill but
also a dose of good timing and lots of luck. Animals are often unpredictable and can
move in and out of sight lines abruptly, meaning that you’ve got only one
chance to get your photo just right. Even on a safari, it’s unpredictable how
close you’ll get to the animal action or how much you’ll see.

Some of the most picture-perfect moments are when
you luck out at catching an animal off guard. (Let’s hope it’s a friendly one,
just in case!) One reader snapped an ostrich poking its head up from behind a
plant box, staring directly at the camera, looking as if it’d been busted in
the middle of some kind of mischief.

Other sweet photos reveal animals doing just what
comes naturally to them. One of our favorite reader photos is of a mother polar
bear resting with her eyes closed while her baby cub nuzzles up closely,
probably as much for protective comfort as for warmth against the chilly air of
Manitoba, Canada.

So check out our collection of animal photos and
share your own by signing
up or logging in to our community
. Upload away! We may
feature your photos in an upcoming slideshow.

World's Most Adorable Animals

From cuddling babies to misbehaving monkeys, photos
of adorable animals never cease to melt hearts.

Ever heard someone say they don’t like animals? It’s
a rare occurrence, and typically met with confused looks and protestations.
That’s because animals steal the show, drawing gasps and smiles from giddy
onlookers, who scramble for their phones to snap photo after photo of each
endearing or goofy expression.

So it’s no surprise that when it comes to images
uploaded to travelandleisure.com by our camera-happy readers, animals dominate
the scene. We went through dozens of the latest uploads to select the best of
the best—the adorable animal photos that really made us say, “Aww!”

Capturing one such shot requires great skill but
also a dose of good timing and lots of luck. Animals are often unpredictable and can
move in and out of sight lines abruptly, meaning that you’ve got only one
chance to get your photo just right. Even on a safari, it’s unpredictable how
close you’ll get to the animal action or how much you’ll see.

Some of the most picture-perfect moments are when
you luck out at catching an animal off guard. (Let’s hope it’s a friendly one,
just in case!) One reader snapped an ostrich poking its head up from behind a
plant box, staring directly at the camera, looking as if it’d been busted in
the middle of some kind of mischief.

Other sweet photos reveal animals doing just what
comes naturally to them. One of our favorite reader photos is of a mother polar
bear resting with her eyes closed while her baby cub nuzzles up closely,
probably as much for protective comfort as for warmth against the chilly air of
Manitoba, Canada.

So check out our collection of animal photos and
share your own by signing
up or logging in to our community
. Upload away! We may
feature your photos in an upcoming slideshow.

World's Most Adorable Animals

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