Did you know that “cuteness” is a defense mechanism? There is a reason why we want to hug, squeeze, and care for all baby creatures. It’s because they are irresistibly cute. Cuteness, in fact, is an evolutionary mechanism to ensure survival. Babies need to be fed, protected and taught basic survival instinct in order to survive. Their chubby cheeks, big eyes, and round bodies contribute to ‘cuteness’ which basically hijacks our brains and “trigger our caregiving behaviors, which is vital because infants (and baby animals) need our constant attention to survive and thrive,” states Oxford University researchers.