Sweetheart day is busting out all over… animal love, hugs and kisses!

Can you feel it? All that pent up energy ready to flow? Love, laughter and smiles are starting to erupt all around. People and animals alike are sharing the love.

But watch out, this is catching! You might find yourself with a smile on your face or you may experience uncontrollable laughter, and in a worst case scenario… you might even start guffawing!

The advent of this festive holiday starts that wonderful time of year when life begins to renew. Spring is just around the corner and winter will soon be tipping its hat in farewell. Trees are about to bud, flowers unfold, and new baby animals will soon be born.

All this stuff can make you very happy, but it is very contagious. Yet being an animal lover is one of the best possible epidemics! Why? Because all that love and laughter is good for your mind, body and spirit. It releases serotonin, oxytocin and endorphins. So say goodbye to pain, stress and depression.

Embrace the animal world this sweetheart day and you just might get the contagion! Share the love, have a good laugh, and enjoy better health and happier days.

So who’s your valentine?

Kissing Orangutans!

female orangutan kissing her baby
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A spouse or girlfriend/boyfriend could be that special sweetheart… and maybe hairy just adds to the appeal!

Kissing Pigs!

brown hairy pigs kissing
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Is your sweetheart really a little sister or brother? Yeah, they can be a pain at times, but really, what would life be without them!

Kissing pet horses!

equestrian girl kissing her horse
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Perhaps you simply adore a tall furry friend? The power of horse love… now that’s what a sweetheart is!

Kissing pet sheep!

farmer kissing a sheep
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Snuggly friends that are kind of like big stuffed animals are perhaps the most awesome sweethearts of all!

Kissing a pet parrot!

girl kissing a parrot
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Love is more than cheap talk when you have a classy bird, a sweetheart deal sealed with a kiss!

Kissing Giraffes!

pair of giraffe kissing
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Maybe your valentine is really, really tall… and so darn handsome that you just can’t resist a sweetheart moment!

Kissing a sweetheart Giraffe!

woman kissing a giraffe
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And maybe your valentine is really tall, and really, really friendly too… especially when visiting animals in Kenya!

Kissing a darling Camel!

woman kissing a camel in the desert
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Maybe you like a valentine that is really tall and has lots of hair… BUT stays behind a fence! Like Chester the kissing camel at the G.W. Exotic Animal Park.

Kissing a Lion!

woman kissing a lion cub
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Of course, staying behind the fence can become really, really important, when your sweetheart is a major predator, even if it has just been fed!

Kissing Gouramis!

yellow gouramis kissing
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Wet pets can’t be beat, especially if your Valentine sweetheart is a really, really good kisser!

Kissing an adorable Dolphin!

woman kissing dolphin
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A kiss from a sweetheart truly makes a splash when it’s wet… and wild!

Kissing Snails!

Couple of grape snails kissing
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Talking about wet pets, how about a sweetheart that is a little cold and has some slimy in the mix, to bring in that real sucking sounding into your valentine kiss!

Happy Valentine’s Day to you!

With love from your sweethearts at Animal-World.com!

Clarice Brough is a team member at Animal-World and has contributed many articles and write-ups.