Charlotte Hannah
June 28, 2013

Get Ready to Squee Over 10 of the World’s Smallest Animals


There’s something about smallness that makes cute animals even cuter. I don’t know what it is about tiny animals that invokes such overwhelming levels of squee – but on second thought, does it really matter?

Don’t question it. Just give in to the adorbsitude with these 10 tiny cuties:

Boo Boo, the world’s smallest dog

Via: Guinness World Records

Via: Guinness World Records

This little cutie is Boo Boo, a long-haired female Chihuahua who holds the record for world’s smallest dog. Boo Boo is just four inches tall, and she also holds the world record for being the classiest of all the Boo Boos.

Pygmy marmoset monkey, the world’s smallest monkey

Photo credit: P. Yépez

Photo credit: P. Yépez

Pygmy marmoset monkeys, sometimes known as finger monkeys, are the world’s smallest species of monkey. They usually weigh around 119 grams and are 5.35 inches long. They’re also often kept as pets, but don’t tell that to Justin Bieber.

Fizz Girl, the world’s shortest cat

At just six inches tall, Fizz Girl is the world’s shortest cat. She may have tiny legs, but if this video is any indication, this munchkin cat still loves to run around.

Bee hummingbird, the world’s smallest bird

Via: forgottenanimals on Tumblr

Via: forgottenanimals on Tumblr

The bee hummingbird is the world’s smallest bird, with males topping out at just 2.24 inches tall and weighing about 1.6 grams. This is what the word “wee” was invented for, because these ‘lil bees are so wee!

Kitti’s hog-nosed bat (bumblebee bat), the world’s smallest bat

Via: Scitechdaily.com

Via: Scitechdaily.com

Here’s another world’s smallest thing that’s been named after a bumblebee. What about the humble bumblebee (humblebee), who isn’t the world’s smallest anything? Poor bumblebees.

Anyway, LOOK AT THIS BAT. It’s a Kitti’s hog-nosed bat, also called the bumblebee bat, and it weighs about two grams and measures 1.1 to 1.3 inches in length. You just know you want a bunch of these little dudes crawling all over your scalp, giving you a sweet bat massage.

Thumbelina, the world’s smallest horse

Via: Wikipedia

Via: Wikipedia

Thumbelina (what a perfect name!) stands just 17 inches tall and weighs 57 pounds. She’s so tiny!

Oh, and in case you weren’t squee-ing yet, Thumbelina works as a comfort horse, visiting sick and needy children and raising money for children’s charities.

This record’s a bit controversial though. A horse named Einstein, born weighing just six pounds and standing 14 inches tall, also claims to be the world’s smallest horse. However, Thumbelina holds the Guinness World Record and is the proud owner of worldssmallesthorse.com, so I’m going to give this one to her.

Here’s a video of Einstein though, just for fun:

Borneo pygmy, the world’s smallest elephant

Male Borneo pygmy elephants only grow to be between 5 feet, 6 inches and 8 feet, 6 inches tall, while the females are a little smaller – still taller than a lot of us humans, but quite small by elephant standards. Their tusks can still weigh up to 33 pounds though, so I still wouldn’t mess with one, just to be safe.

Diana, the world’s smallest cow

Here’s a video of Diana, the world’s smallest cow. Diana belongs to a rare breed of cow called the Vechur cow. She measures just 30 inches from the hoof to the withers.

BONUS FACT: “Withers” refers to the second boss mob introduced in Minecraft  the ridge between the shoulder blades of a four-legged mammal. The more you know!

Dwarf lantern shark, the world’s smallest shark

Photo credit: Javontaevious on Wikimedia

Photo credit: Javontaevious on Wikimedia

While there’s some controversy, the dwarf lantern shark is currently considered the world’s smallest shark, with males measuring about 6.3 to 6.8 inches in length. Yeah, it’s still a shark, but it’s actually kind of cute, non?

Royal antelope, the world’s smallest antelope

Photo credit: Tampa's Lowry Park Zoo

Photo credit: Tampa’s Lowry Park Zoo

The royal antelope is the world’s smallest antelope, and it’s so darn cute I had to invent a new word for it: Squishius. The royal antelope, which stands just 12 inches tall when fully grown, is so unbelievably squishius, I want to have a million arms so I can cuddle it and squish it with my love arms, forever and ever. Come back here, little royal antelope! I need to looooove youuuuuu!