I apologize to the Lop-Eared Lionhead Bunny. First time I saw a picture of him, I burst out laughing.

Then I just wanted to take him home. This is one of the darn cutest animals I’ve ever seen. I had to look him up since I’d never heard of a Lop-Eared Lionhead Bunny, rather, rabbit, and it turns out Lionhead Rabbits are a relatively new breed. Understandably, given the natural draw to all things precociously cute, they’re very popular.

What is it about this little guy that just makes me want to hold him forever and ever? It was the same thing the first time I saw my cat Walter. He was the cutest ball of fluff ever to walk this earth. I wasn’t able to take him home at that time; he was my neighbors’ cat until they abandoned him. Then I couldn’t stand it anymore. Combine cute with cold and hungry and you’ve got a home.

Well, when I have one to offer.

I think it’s a redeeming quality in so many of us that we want to care for others, especially the forlorn. There are those who are drawn to homelier helpless animals because they have the added disadvantage of possible rejection for their looks. They actually look cute in their own sad way.

We don’t think of it as admirable, perhaps, because it’s natural. Turns out it’s more natural than some of us might realize: we’re what some call “hard-wired” to protect cute things, because they’re generally, by definition, young (did you know baby animals have proportionally bigger eyes?) and unable to care for themselves, and wouldn’t survive without us.

It’s understandable we’d want human babies to survive, or as a species we’d soon die out. But why would we care about bunnies?

elephant-55255_640Okay, pet owners could list dozens of reasons why, but the reality is, part of their survival depends on being…cute. Same for kittens and puppies and little bear cubs. Elephants, with their big ol’ ears and sweet soulful eyes, are endearing at any age, so we get angry when we hear they’re killed for their ivory. As we should.

I love that nature protects its own.*  Whether you believe its by design or evolution (or a complex combination of both), you have to appreciate such a vast system that cares for and perpetuates itself.

And creates new species, perhaps with a little assistance from mankind, like Lop-Eared Lionhead Bunnies.


*Of course we all need to do whatever we can to protect animals.


Photo Credit: (lop-eared lionhead bunny) © Viorel Sima — Bigstock

8 Comments on “Here’s to All Things Cute

  1. That bunny is quite a honey. My wife and I have always been “softies” when it comes to protecting wildlife and pets alike at all times. I grew up around cats, she around dogs. While we don’t have pets now we live vicariously through those that do and support humane and service animal charities. But we love ALL animals as part of God’s creation and they should all be cared for and treated with respect. And no doubt, most all of them are so very cute, especially the babies!

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    • Along the lines of what you’re saying, I have friends who respect all animals, even though they’re not “cat people.” I appreciate that they appreciate the value of cats & kitties to others and would protect ALL animals whether or not those animals personally appeal to them.

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      • Yes, after I hit “send” I realized I might have indicated we were “soft” on protection. I meant “softies.” Geez, we’d jump in front of a car to save the smallest creature from harm…wouldn’t matter if we had any connection whatsoever to them! We’re the kind of folks who value animals as much as humans.

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