Is it a human instinct to pet cute animals?

Have you ever noticed when a child sees a cute puppy, it automatically goes to pet it?
I dont think the media or anyone actually teaches children that they should pet cute animals, we just do it.
Is it a human instinct?

I have heard that it is instinct. Something about cute animals psychologically reminds us of babies, so we want to take care of them.

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2 Responses to Is it a human instinct to pet cute animals?

  1. says:

    I have heard that it is instinct. Something about cute animals psychologically reminds us of babies, so we want to take care of them.
    References :
    Heard it on animal planet or something

  2. Elektra Nephele says:

    I think it’s the way society views certain animals. We adore puppies. However, children know not to pet "cute chipmunks" or "cute mice". (And mice CAN be very cute; I have a pet mouse and he is absolutely adorable.)
    References :

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