I find it kind of funny that human babies are so fragile and helpless and useless that natural selection went like HARD-hard on humans finding babies cute. This thing is a wailing messy resource sinkhole so please find other reason to enjoy it. And the humans that did find baby cute and invest time in them, the crazy bastards?? Lived!!
And now there’s so much spill-over from “baby cute” gene that humans see literally any “baby” creature that even slightly resembles us, like
and we’re like 😍🥰🤩🥺🥺🥺 I wanna love you so bad. I wanna make so many images of you, you are so small, just baby. I’m inventing new emotions as we speak bc I love you so much.
Like, I’m almost convinced humans didn’t even domesticate dogs bc we thought they’d be useful, we saw some puppies and it activated our Big Boi Primate Baby buttons, it wasn’t even logic time baby, it was 🥺 time.
The funniest thing about that is the fact that neuroimaging of elephant brains have proved that they think that we – humans – are cute in exactly the same way. They most likely want to squish and cuddle us the way we want to do with puppies based on the firing of their neurons.
This is so important to me.
Actually hatebros, “survival of the fittest” means you have to make as many friends as possible in one lifetime. Naruto understands Darwinism better than you.
(These images are sourced from ethical places to interact with elephants)
It has been suggested that ‘baby-cute-gene’ is super widespread. All those times of wolves raising humans worked because humans resemble babies for a very long time, you could be 9 years old and still have baby features of large head, big eyes and squeaky voice. A wolf would just see a human child, technically older than itself and go - baby
[ID 1: 5 pictures of baby animals. Two bear cubs, an elephant, a calf, a capybara with one older capybara, a cheetah. /end ID].
[ID 2: three photos of humans interacting with elephants who put their trunks around the humans or touch them with it. /end ID].
elephants tend to celebrate if someone in their group has a baby, and if they get to know a human being long enough they will also celebrate when they bring their new baby around! they see it as just as much a cause for celebration, its v cute
Fun fact! Elephants and humans have some of the longest gestation periods (length of time you are pregnant for) of any mammal. Humans, for their size, have an incredibly long gestation period of almost a year where we are cooking up our terrible little brains (don’t let babies dribbling goop and babbling fool you, that is the face of an evil genius you’ve made out of soup)
but elephants with their huge bodies and large brains– that really may never forget– equals being pregnant for almost two fucking years!! No wonder elephant society is a matriarchy, somebodies gotta make sure those bulls are up to snuff for that kind of investment.
elephants celebrating human births would make sense because they definitely Get It and have a lot of Baby Feels themselves