23 of the Cutest State Animals

White-tailed deer
(Photo: Warren Price Photography/Shutterstock)

State animals are living symbols designated by state governments to honor regional natural history and highlight the plight of endangered animals in that particular area.

One of the animals most frequently honored as state animal is the white-tailed deer (above), which has been named a state animal in Arkansas, Illinois, Michigan, Mississippi, Nebraska, New Hampshire, Ohio, Pennsylvania and South Carolina.

Here are just a few adorable baby animals to enjoy.

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Baby raccoons
(Photo: Kevin Schraer/Flickr)

Raccoons: Tennessee

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Grizzly bear cub and mother
(Photo: David Rasmus/Shutterstock)

Grizzly bears: California, Montana

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Orcas
(Photo: Valery Hache/AFP/Getty Images)

Orcas: Washington

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Grey squirrel
(Photo: Audrey/Flickr)

Gray squirrels: Kentucky, North Carolina

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Boston terrier
(Photo: Ron Rowan Photography/Shutterstock)

Boston Terriers: Massachusetts

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Thoroughbred horse foal
(Photo: Michelle Foley/Shutterstock)

Thoroughbred horses: Maine

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Beaver baby
(Photo: Lassi Kurkijarvi/Flickr)

Beavers: New York, Oregon

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Baby gopher tortoise
(Photo: Steve Berger/Wiki Commons)

Gopher turtles: Georgia

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American Bison
(Photo: Nate Eagleson/Flickr)

American bison: Kansas, Wyoming

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Catahoula puppy
(Photo: Cherie Damron/Flickr)

Catahoula leopard dogs: Louisiana

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Maine Coon kitten
(Photo: Barbara Muller-Walter/Flickr)

Maine coon cats: Maine

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Manatee calf and mother
(Photo: Liquid Productions, LLC/Shutterstock)

Manatees: Florida

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Big horn sheep
(Photo: Tom Reichner/Shutterstock)

Rocky Mountain bighorn sheep: Colorado

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Grey fox
(Photo: Scenic Shutterbug/Shutterstock)

Grey foxes: Delaware

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Baby moose
(Photo: zlenzlla/Shutterstock)

Moose: Alaska, Maine

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Black bear cub
(Photo: Critterbiz/Shutterstock)

Black bears: Alabama, New Mexico, West Virginia

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Baby badger
(Photo: belizar/Shutterstock)

Badgers: Wisconsin

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Appaloose horse foal
(Photo: normanack/Flickr)

Appaloosa horses: Idaho

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Texas Longhorn calf
(Photo: Becky Sheridan/Shutterstock)

Texas Longhorns: Texas

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Baby monk seal
(Photo: HarmonyonPlanetEarth/Flickr)

Monk seals: Hawaii

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Coyote pup
(Photo: Vibe Images/Shutterstock)

Coyote: South Dakota

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Baby bottlenosed dolphin
(Photo: Mike Aguilera/SeaWorld San Diego via Getty Images)

Bottlenosed dolphins: Mississippi, South Carolina

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