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America’s zoos are doing a ‘cute animal tweetoff,’ and it’s amazing

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A lion family rests at the Tbilisi Zoo in Tbilisi, Georgia, Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2017. (AP/Shakh Aivazov)

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.

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:

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:

The Atlanta Zoo opted for a baby panda:

The Riverbanks Zoo in Columbia, S.C. offered an extremely relaxed bear:

Tampa’s Lowry Park Zoo featured an extremely cute baby white rhino:

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:

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.

For the most part, though, the Internet is reveling in the awesomeness of cute animals, and even animal shelters are getting into the game.

 

 

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