Zoos and aquariums across the country decided we needed an infusion of cuteness after this long week of political news. So they started a #cuteanimaltweetoff on Twitter, with each facility posting the cutest animal photo they have. If you need a bright spot in your day, this is sure to cheer you up. Here's a newborn female gray seal pup, born on Saturday at the National Zoo and posted on the Smithsonian's twitter account. H/T The New York TimesSmithsonian/National Zoo
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