The World's Cutest Miniature Animals (Photos)

Huffington Post UK     First Posted: 17/10/11 16:18   Updated: 18/10/11 16:04

With reports that animals could start to shrink in size due to climate change, the Huffington Post UK has taken a playful look at some of the smallest 'Alice in Wonderland' style creatures.

Increasing global temperatures are impacting on food sources, changing ecosystems and making resources scarcer, say scientists.

As such, the warmer weather is resulting in smaller-sized plants and animals.

Writing in the journal Nature Climate Change, Dr David Bickford and Jennifer Sheridan argue that a shifting trend in animal and plant size could impact on human populations, especially if food sources, such as fish, are affected.

"The consequences of shrinkage are not yet fully understood, but could be far-reaching for biodiversity and humans alike,” they wrote.

Where does this end? Will we one day be carrying elephants in our pockets or blue whales in our wallets?!

The popular micro-pig hit the headlines last year, but there's also the panda mini-cow, and the pygmy goat.

Micro-pigs are cited as perfect pets because they are fourth in intelligence after “man, monkey and dolphin” while miniature horses have been used instead of guide dogs.

Huffington Post UK takes a look at the most minute marsupials, mammals and monkeys.

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This baby miniature horse is part of a breed which never reaches over 97cm in height.

It's usually seen as a pet, but there's been some controversy over whether this miniature breed can be used instead of a blind dog to help the visually impaired.
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