baby ferrets cuddling

Week-old black-footed ferret kits snuggle at the National Black-Footed Ferret Conservation Center in Wyoming. (Photo: U.S. Fish and Wildlife/flickr)

Animals cuddle for many of the same reasons we do — for warmth, comfort, safety and companionship — and sometimes snuggling close and huddling together is a matter of survival.

However, other times their cuddling simply seems like an adorable photo op. We've rounded up 15 such pictures in honor of Valentine's Day, so read on to get your fill of koala cuddles, hippo hugs and puppy piles.

apes cuddling

Photo: Barney Moss/flickr

otters hugging

Photo: scooperdigital/iStockphoto

cats cuddling

Photo: CJ/flickr

hippos cuddling

Photo: Tambako The Jaguar/flickr

monkeys cuddling

Photo: Tambako The Jaguar/flickr

koalas cuddling

Photo: Veni/iStockphoto

capybaras cuddling

Photo: Tambako The Jaguar/flickr

macaws cuddling

Photo: Tambako The Jaguar/flickr

fennec foxes cuddling

Photo: Tambako The Jaguar/flickr

meerkats cuddling

Photo: Graham Dean/flickr

puppies snuggling

Photo: Wayne Silver/flickr

raccoons cuddling

Photo: Tambako The Jaguar/flickr

baby monkey being cuddled

Photo: Michael Bentley/flickr

lions cuddling

Photo: Tambako The Jaguar/flickr

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