Animals that are not so cute deserve love too

In 1979, the evolutionary biologist Stephen Jay Gould made a case that cuteness is not an arbitrary notion, but a measurable trait that can make people feel protective and nurturing.

Scientists have since measured the trait - and even identified how dogs use special facial muscles to make themselves "cute".

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on June 26, 2019, with the headline 'Animals that are not so cute deserve love too'. Print Edition | Subscribe