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10. HAND-REARED GIBBON
Baby Knuppy was rejected by his mother (common among primates born in captivity), but Germany's Garden Center Vida was ready – with bottles of milk and tiny sweaters – to care for the white-handed gibbon.
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9. SQUIRREL IN A CAST
A bad fall from a tree left this squirrel bruised and without her mother, but Violet got some help from a friendly couple who took her to England's Wildlife Aid Foundation, where she received special care.
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7. CHICKS IN HATS
Not a feather out of place! Photographer Julie Persons and her 8-year-old daughter Ruby found magic when Ruby placed the smallest of accessories on her littlest birds. Julie started snapping pictures, which led to her precious portrait series, Chicks in Hats.
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6. WAVING PANDA
In an adorable show of panda diplomacy, one of the littlest residents at China's Giant Panda Research Base greeted visitors with a friendly gesture.
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5. KNUT'S SISTER
The telltale button eyes showed the link between Anori and her half-brother, the departed Knut. On her first day out of her cave, she enjoyed some bonding time with her mother, Vilma.
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4. ORPHANED ORANGUTAN
Kalabatu was discovered alone in the forests of Borneo after her mother was killed. She was then taken to the Sepilok Orangutan Sanctuary in Malaysia, where she is getting trained to live on her own in the wild.
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3. POLAR BEAR TWINS
Soft, plump bellies! Pink eyes and noses! The two cubs born at an aquarium in China seemed to have enough cute to last forever.
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2. SHOPPING CART KITTENS
They may have been brothers from different mothers, but 8-week-old Chesney took to watching out for his adopted sibling, 2-week-old Joey, pushing him around in a shopping cart after Joey lost his mother in a car accident.
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1. STRAWBERRY PIGLET
It hardly seems fair that something so tiny could be so very cute, but this micro-piggy from England's famed Pennywell Farm did it anyway, leaving the rest of the world to squeal while it enjoyed hugging a strawberry.
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