Question: Are These the Cutest Baby Animals of All Time? Answer: YES!!!!!!!!

Forget the eclipse; don’t stare directly at these baby meerkats!

Y’know, there has been a whole lot of chatter about a solar eclipse lately. “It’s the most amazing thing to happen in 38 years!” “I have never been so excited about science!” “Don’t stare directly at it or you’ll go blind!”

But really, all of these sentiments are being misdirected. For truly, the most exciting scientific thing to happen in 38 years has got to be the birth of five baby meerkats at the Adelaide Zoo in Australia. Each pup weighs a mere 3.5 ounces and has the floofy features of a cartoon character—and we are pretty damn certain that if you stare directly at them for too long, you will go blind from the extreme cuteness.

The babies were born to first-time parents Miney and Swazi, who are “tending to the pups' every need and taking turns at sentry duty guarding their burrow," Adelaide Zoo meerkat keeper Jenna Hollamby told ABC News Australia. Their sexes and names will be revealed after their eight-week checkup.

In the meantime, screw the sun and check out these unbelievably cute baby meerkats instead!

Courtesy of: Adrian Mann/Zoos SA

Courtesy of: Adrian Mann/Zoos SA

Courtesy of: Adrian Mann/Zoos SA

Courtesy of: Adrian Mann/Zoos SA

Courtesy of: Adrian Mann/Zoos SA

Courtesy of: Adrian Mann/Zoos SA

Courtesy of: Adrian Mann/Zoos SA

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