If you love animals (and come on, who doesn’t?), prepare to say ‘Awww’ over and over again.

Zoos and aquariums across the US yesterday participated in a very important #CuteAnimalTweetOff. The loveliest part is everyone’s a winner.

It began when Smithsonian's National Zoo released a press release announcing the birth of the most adorable baby grey seal in the world.


After this, a twitter user named Sarah Hill teased Virginia Aquarium to step up to the challenge, and the aquarium gladly obliged:



The two then began a Twitter ‘war’:




And so other zoos and aquariums followed suit, the results of which are truly stunning:














Via Twitter