It all started on Wednesday when the National Zoo in Washington, D.C., tweeted a picture of a gray seal pup that melted hearts across the Internet.
— National Zoo (@NationalZoo) January 25, 2017
In no time at all, other zoos and aquariums from around the country began tweeting pictures of their cutest animals to try to top the National Zoo’s cuteness, beginning with the Virginia Aquarium:
— Virginia Aquarium (@VAAquarium) January 25, 2017
From there, it was off to the races, as zoos across America made the trend viral using the hashtag #cuteanimaltweetoff.
The Queens Zoo had a strong entry with the “world’s smallest deer” checking in:
— Queens Zoo (@thequeenszoo) January 25, 2017
The Atlanta Zoo opted for a baby panda:
— Zoo Atlanta (@ZooATL) January 25, 2017
The Riverbanks Zoo in Columbia, S.C. offered an extremely relaxed bear:
— Riverbanks Zoo (@RiverbanksZoo) January 26, 2017
Tampa’s Lowry Park Zoo featured an extremely cute baby white rhino:
— Tampa'sLowryParkZoo (@LowryParkZoo) January 26, 2017
By Friday, dozens of zoos had joined in possibly the greatest Twitter war ever, including zoos from across the globe. For instance, the Berlin Zoo:
— Zoo Tierpark Berlin (@zooberlin) January 27, 2017
Entries are still rolling in from around the world. Of course, the Internet would not be the Internet if some people could not find a reason for controversy even in a contest about cute animals.
Most (all?) of the animals in the #cuteanimaltweetoff tweets are in zoos, where animals should not be, cute or otherwise.
— S (@TheShiftyShadow) January 27, 2017
— Awesomeness (@gazeofamuse) January 27, 2017
For the most part, though, the Internet is reveling in the awesomeness of cute animals, and even animal shelters are getting into the game.
Can animal shelters get in on this #CuteAnimalTweetOff? We've got cuteness for days! @VSAS_RAS @SenecaParkZoo #ROC… https://t.co/1hVqBWAqKq— LollypopFarm (@LollypopFarm)1485533759.0