You Call That Cute? Here Are 10 Surprisingly Cute Critters

When it comes to cute animal pictures, National Geographic is sitting on a gold mine.

A #CuteOff hashtag trending on twitter had scientists vying this week to post the cutest critter picture online. Researchers grouped themselves into taxonomical teams, nominating champions for #TeamMammal, #TeamHerpetology, and more. Even #TeamExtinct made a showing.

Not all of these lovable creatures are as big-eyed and fuzzy as you’d expect. So we’ve picked 10 of our own surprising cuties for a gallery.