You’d think, by now, we’d have discovered everything on the planet we’ve inhabited for, oh, 10,000 years or so. You’d be wrong. To this day, we’re still uncovering new finds on the regular—and nowhere is that more apparent than in the animal kingdom.
For proof, just meet these adorable, fascinating, utterly enchanting creatures, all of whom were discovered in just this calendar year. It’s hard evidence that our planet is still home to myriad secrets—and (bonus!) that Mother Nature indeed has a soft side.