If you want cute, go see a Desert Tortoise. The feds call them endangered and have shut down much of the Mojave Desert ‘supposedly’ because of them. But they are ABSOLUTELY ADORABLE. Their shell is about 1 foot in diameter, so you can pick them up and have fun with them.
I’m still a right-wing extremist...but like a feminist, seeing the baby’s heartbeat makes me pause for a moment.