120 Photos Of ‘Tiny Units’ To Melt Your Heart

Winter’s coming, and it can’t be helped that some of us are feeling a tad blue. We want nothing more than to wrap ourselves in a warm blanket with a steaming mug of hot cocoa, our beloved pets by our side, and a cozy movie marathon on the TV. Alas! We’ve got grown-up responsibilities like work, studying, and worrying about the future to do. It’s enough to make anyone feel demotivated!

Fortunately for all of us, the internet is here to poke a few holes in those dreary gray clouds and let some sunshine into our lives. There’s nothing like taking a good long break and looking at photos of cute animals to warm our hearts. That’s where the wholesome r/TinyUnits online community comes in. The niche subreddit has been making people’s day better since the spring of 2019, posting photos of ‘tiny units,’ aka smol animals. They’re the exact opposite of ‘absolute units,’ but they take up just as much space in our hearts!

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Scroll down for some of the cutest photos of these adorable tiny animals and remember to give them an upvote if you think you’d like to pet ‘em. We hope this list will chase away those pesky autumn blues and melt your hearts, Pandas. Let us know in the comments if we’ve succeeded!

Bored Panda reached out to the moderator team at r/TinyUnits and my first impressions of the community weren’t wrong: they’re as friendly as they seemed from the first glance. Redditor u/hwhouston517, the current head moderator, was kind enough to answer some of my questions about the subreddit, the cuteness factor, and how subjective things can get when considering whether or not something is, in fact, a tiny unit.

“I’ve only been here for about a year, using the ‘Reddit Request’ feature because the previous mods were inactive, transferring the ownership of the subreddit to me,” the moderator told Bored Panda how they came to head the entire tiny operation. “Throughout the years, the subreddit has remained pretty simple and of only one objective: posts animals or objects that are very tiny.” Simplicity at its best? I like to think so! The redditor stressed the fact that the subreddit is “extremely fun to mod” and being the head mod has been a “fun experience.”

#1 Confident Tiny Bird Unit

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The head moderator, u/hwhouston517, went into detail with Bored Panda about where the line lies between something that is a tiny unit and where it’s no longer one. There’s a lot of subjectivity involved, however, we really shouldn’t overthink things too much. It’s simply best to sit back, relax, and enjoy the overwhelming adorableness of the units.

“The beauty about this subreddit is that the concept of a ‘tiny unit’ is entirely subjective, meaning there are less complaints, fewer posts to moderate, and altogether more posts in general. Personally, I would define a ‘tiny unit’ not by total height, width or length, but by scale. My opinion is that an animal or object has to be at least 3 times as small as the average size of the animal or object in order to count,” the head moderator went into detail about what they personally view as animals and things worthy of the label.

“For example, a Labrador Retriever cannot be posted here, but a Chihuahua can, since it’s probably three times smaller than the average size of a dog. The scale factor works in much larger animals, too. Fully grown elephants obviously aren’t tiny units, but baby elephants, which are still much bigger than other animals, count as tiny units as well.”

#2 Baby Deer Meets Baby Human

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#3 Chonky Boi Fell Asleep On The Wheel

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The head moderator reiterated that a lot of people enjoy r/TinyUnits because of the cuteness factor. As human beings, we tend to enjoy and admire looking at tiny animals because we can comprehend them in their entirety. From our point of view, they’re less threatening, meaning we tend to see them as cute. “The more cute or attractive something is, the more dopamine our brain releases and therefore it makes us more happy,” the mod said.

Psychologists Gary Sherman and Jonathan Haidt propose that small and cute things trigger a protective impulse in us. However, that’s not all. Seeing cute things and animals also brings out a childlike response in us. We have an impulse to engage with adorable, tiny things because we find it fun.

We also feel a deep sense of satisfaction that we’re capable of taking care of vulnerable creatures who might be incapable of looking out for themselves. So it’s no wonder that tiny units win over our hearts and our souls, leaving no place for sadness.

#4 This Tiny Lil Unit Is One Hour Old

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#5 Seal Accidentally Scares Baby Polar Bear

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#6 Hippo Tiny Unit [condition: New]

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The moderators of r/TinyUnits describe the subreddit as “a chilled out place” that’s all about sharing photos and videos of teeny tiny animals, insects, and even “random objects.”

“You seen a cool tiny unit in the wild whether it be an animal or object? Then this is the place to share it!” they share.

The subreddit is pretty rules-light. You simply have to be a decent human being and the content you post has to include tiny units that you think are totally awesome. It’s as clear and focused as it gets on the internet, folks.

#7 Sad Unit

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#8 Adopt Me

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#9 Defiant Beef Unit

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According to Know Your Meme, the term ‘absolute unit’ came into existence in late 2017 when someone uploaded a photo of British hotelier David Morgan-Hewitt alongside the Queen of England on Twitter. They captioned the photo, “In awe at the size of this lad. Absolute unit,” and the meme spread from there.

Over time, people began referring to anyone and anything that seems larger than life as absolute units. Our guess is that, eventually, the r/TinyUnits team decided to go for the exact opposite while keeping the term ‘unit’ as part of the community’s name.

#10 Couple Of Tiny Birds Snuggling Next To Each Other After Rain

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#11 Baby Warthog

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#12 A Baby Goat Standing On A Capybara

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While there are plenty of tiny units to be found in our homes, odds are that you’ll come across quite a few of them outside and in nature, too. Back in September, I’d spoken about protecting critters that we find in the wild with a member of the British charity-run advice website, ‘Help Wildlife.’

According to the representative, when we’re out in nature, we have to learn to be careful so we don’t disturb any tiny creatures. “To avoid disturbing small animals when in nature, it’s best to stick to established pathways where possible. If you see a nest or other animal habitat then only observe from a distance, never try to touch or interfere. If you have a dog friend walking with you, make sure they’re kept under control and they’re not allowed to disturb or harm wildlife,” Sarah told Bored Panda.

#13 Blessed Baby Possum

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#14 One Of The Earliest Uses Of Animal Therapy. Baby Ducks Cheering Up A Little Girl Undergoing Respiratory Therapy For Polio In 1956

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#15 Nvm Lions Dis Da Real King Of The Conkgle

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What’s more, traffic on roads also has “a very big impact” on wildlife. It affects animals of all sizes, small and large. “As well as the obvious accidents, roads also divide and reduce their natural territories,” Sarah from ‘Help Wildlife’ said.

“Some forward-thinking countries create wildlife crossings when building new roads these days which can be helpful. Otherwise, the best way to prevent the loss of life is to drive carefully, especially in areas with lots of wildlife or where there is undergrowth at the side of the road which animals may dart out from. If an animal comes into contact with your car then always stop and check on them and try to find them help.”

#16 Awww

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#17 Beware Of Attack Dog

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#18 Bun

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Meanwhile, if we find ourselves overwhelmed with an animal’s cuteness out in the wild, we have to remember that we can’t let them become overly dependent on human beings for things like food, shelter, and attention.

‘Help Wildlife’ told Bored Panda that we shouldn’t overfeed animals, no matter if they’re small or large. 

“Make sure it’s something healthy, don’t feed so much that they become dependent on people, always keeping in mind you won’t be the only ones feeding them, and don’t let them associate people with food. It’s best for their survival that they remain independent and don’t start approaching people for food.”

#19 Grumpy Unit

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#20 Baby Seal Getting A Checkup

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#21 Baby Capybara

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#22 Teeny Succulents!

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#23 My Heart Goes Out To All The Animals In Australia, Like This Baby Koala

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#24 Lil Mustache!

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#25 This Tiny Lion Cub With His Dad

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#26 Guardian Tiny Unit

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#27 Awww Lawd He Struttin’

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#28 A Rescued Baby Sloth Happy To Be Safe

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#29 A Baby Tank Puppy Was Born At The Miami Zoo

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#30 Looks So Comfy!

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#31 I Need The Teenie-Tiny Police, Nao Plz

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#32 Getting Into Bed Is Not Easy

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#33 Tiny Hawk

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#34 Baby Hedgehog

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#35 5 Shades Of Buns

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#36 The Holy Kitten

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#37 Tiny Kitten Adores Its Hooman

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#38 Riggins Is A Tiny Unit

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#39 Tiny Units First Bath

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#40 Awww

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#41 Just Some Donkeys

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#42 Illegally Smol Driver

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#43 Smol

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#44 Awww

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#45 Baby Marble Fox

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#46 One Dashingly Handsome Crab

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#47 Pipsqueak On My Thumb (And I Have Pretty Small Hands)

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#48 Nature’s Softest Round Boy

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#49 Tiny Donkey

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#50 Incognito Kitten

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#51 Awww

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#52 Dad’s New Beefy Lil Unit! Little Sister Named Her “Apple Pie”

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#53 Sup ?

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#54 Illegaly Smol Frog

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#55 Tiny Fluff

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#56 Having The Time Of His Little Life. Enjoy Big Things In Short Life

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#57 My Husband Found A Tiny Scorpion

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#58 Omg She Is So Cute Tiny

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#59 Mouse Babies

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#60 Tiny Cone Doin An Important Job

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#61 Teeny Dragon

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#62 Does A Cute Sleeping Bee Count For This Community?

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#63 A Bee Hummingbird, The World’s Smallest Bird!

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#64 Le Blue Tailed Skink

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#65 He Is Making A Disturbance

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#66 Tiny Spiky Units

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#67 Saw This Shy Tiny Unit The Other Day

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#68 This Tiny Aardwolf Unit

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#69 He’s Small But Also At The Same Time Very Big

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#70 Tiny Units Surrounding Another Tiny Unit

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#71 If I Fits I Sits

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#72 Smol Cow Unit

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#73 The Baby Chinchilla

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#74 Rescued Baby Deer Is Just Six Inches Tall And, At 500 Grams, Weighed Little More Than A Bag Of Sugar

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#75 Momma Quokka Proud Of Her Baby

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#76 Absolute Chonker

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#77 My Two Favorite Dogs

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#78 A Baby Goblin Enjoying Their Human’s Warmth

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#79 Is It Just Me Or Is This Little Tiny Bag From IKEA Really Cute?

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#80 Dwarf Hamster!

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#81 A Very Polite Bee

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#82 Andy The Hamster Wearing A Poncho

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#83 This Is Penelope And Her Hobbies Include: Sleeping, Napping, And Resting

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#84 The Fluffiest Passenger Ever

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#85 This Tiny Unit Of A Dog I Found In My Camera Roll From 2016

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#86 Tiny Monching Unit

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#87 Tiny Unit Of An Axolotl

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#88 Little Kitten Walk

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#89 Not My Picture. Cute Lil Two Gram Boi

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#90 Teeny Tiny Tamandua

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#91 Help Him Travel!

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#92 Yawn

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#93 Baby Seal Really Enjoys Their Shower Time

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#94 Tiny Angry Unit

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#95 Feeling Relax

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#96 K9 Unit

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#97 Meet My Friends Turtle, Squirt

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#98 Baby Ashy Gecko Found In The Florida Keys

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#99 Tiny Sluggo Explorer Unit

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#100 This Small Pupper

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#101 All Da Puppies

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#102 A Tiny Snake Giving Finger Hugs

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#103 Sauce Froggo

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#104 Oh Lawd He Comin

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#105 Press F For This Deformed Dog

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#106 This Train Car

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#107 Baby Bowser Was In A River And Being Swept Out To Sea. Safely Relocated Him/Her To A Freshwater Pond

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#108 Paperclip For Scale

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#109 The Smallest Snek I’ve Ever Found In The Wild

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#110 Our New Couch Makes Our Smol Chihuahua Look Like A Tiny Unit

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#111 Double Headed Turtle

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#112 Happy Friday The 13th From My Tiny Menacing Turtle!

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#113 Puppy We Bought My Dad. Fairy Liquid For Reference !

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#114 Baby Spike

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#115 Tiny Unit In My Hand

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#116 Small Rat Unit Guards Mushroom

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#117 Alfie And Ricky

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#118 One Of Joys Of Living In The Tropics Is Your Yard Is Inevitably Full Of Tiny Units

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#119 S M O L Danger Noodle

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#120 Found These Wild Tiny Units Crawling On My Wall!

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