The cute animals of 2018 that made our hearts burst

2018-12-11 12:00 - Gabi Zietsman
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We've finally reached the end of the year, and we've definitely not had a short supply of cute animals to help us get through the year with their adorableness.

From rhinos to hippos to pets to even lemurs, if you're in need of a little extra dose of pure goodness to remind you there's still good in the world, check out our list of the top cutest animals that stole our heart in 2018.

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When this Kruger lion trying to get into a car was both cute and terrifying

A Kruger lion got real up close and personal with a car with its windows up, as well as making the car's tyres its new chew toy.

Captured on video by Hannetjie van der Westhuizen, the video shows a young lion pawing at the car's windows.

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When baby hippos knew what their best sides were.

Well-known for the annual treks made by herds of elephants through its reception area, Mfuwe has just announced a new adorable addition for guests to enjoy - the birth of two hippos, said to be twins. The lodge, set in the remote south of Zambia’s iconic South Luangwa National Park, made the announcement on Facebook - posting photos taken by Ian Salisbury. 

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Aquila's Private Game Reserve also had a brand new hippo addition this year, but was more interested in hiding behind its mama instead of posing for photos. The reserve's anti-poaching unit and conservationists found last Saturday morning that one of the resident hippos gave birth.

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(Photo: Aquila Private Game Reserve)

The most famous baby hippo in the world's popularity didn't wane in 2018, releasing a book and becoming an educational force in the classrooms.

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Ag shem, a big elephant however didn't think three baby hippos were that cute when it gave them a big 'skrik'.

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When this camper cat and dog proved why pets are the best travel buddies 

Henry the dog and Baloo the car are big influencers in the pet-Instagram game. The two of them are always going on camping trips with their humans around the US. Their warmth and love for each other, coupled with their natural ability to serve as the perfect models for insta-worthy posts against some breathtaking backdrops in American camping spots, makes us want to pack our camping gear together without beloved furry friends for a similar adventure.

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When we met the dogs of OR Tambo Airport that kept the runways safe

OR Tambo International Airport and Airports Company South Africa (Acsa) introduced bird and wildlife specialists – consisting of teams of skilled people and trained canines – who patrol the airport’s runways to keep wildlife away from aircraft and ensure safety.

They're hardworking as well as adorable.

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When these baby rhinos give you hope for the species' future

There have been a few baby rhinos making our week a little brighter, especially when the species is so close to the brink of extinction due to human stupidity. 

This one from Inverdoorn Game Reserve stole our hearts.

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Aquila also welcomed a newborn rhino, which you can already see has a bit of an attitude, play-fighting with his mother, his birth witnessed by the reserve's 24-hour rhino surveillance team of the Anti-Poaching Unit.

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baby rhino

(Photo: Aquila Private Game Reserve)

While the world mourned the loss Sudan - the last male northern white rhino - the world was made brighter again by Loijipo wrestling with his handler in Kenya.

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When a baby chimp tried to help out while flying in a plane

There's cute, and then there's a baby chimpanzee trying to help fly a plane cute.

This adorable video was shared by anti-poaching pilot Anthony Caere, stationed in the Virunga National Park in the Democratic Republic of Congo. The chimpanzee, named Mussa, even got a grooming session from the pilot before falling asleep on Caere's lap.

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When this new adorable dwarf lemur was discovered

Named Groves' Dwarf Lemur, in honour of primate expert Dr Colin Groves who passed away in November last year, it took a year to confirm through DNA testing that it was a separate species, and studies were conducted in a partnership between the State University of New York Polytechnic Institute, the Global Wildlife Conservation, Omaha's Henry Doorly Zoo and the Madagascar Biodiversity Partnership. 

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When the gorilla population in Virunga got a baby boom

Congo's Virunga National Park announced the births of nine baby gorillas this year, and even shared an adorable photo of the baby with its mama.

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