What Smithsonian Animals Think of National Hug Day

Today is National Hug Day! If you are feeling a little hug deprived don't worry, we have scoured our collections to find you the best images of animals embracing the day.

1. You won’t give me a hug? Fine…phheee

Smokey Bear with Automated Dispensing Tree


















2. Who's in for a group hug?

Bactrian Camels at CRC, by Unknown, 1980, Smithsonian Archives - History Div, 96-1017.










3. Hug me if you dare . . .

Riau the Sumatran Tiger, by Cohen, Jessie, 1989, Smithsonian Archives - History Div, SIA2011-1028.

















4. Game winners always get a hug.

Two Baby Gorillas Moka and Nikumba












5. No you are a better hugger….No you are

Ling-Ling and Hsing-Hsing at National Zoo











6. To Hug or Not To Hug That Is the Question

Mesou, Gorilla at the NZP, by Cohen, Jessie, 1988, Smithsonian Archives - History Div, 96-1015.











7. The best medicine is a mother's hug.

NZP's Orangutans, Bonnie and Baby Kiko
















8. Hugging me is just like hugging your teddy bear.

The NZP's Kodiak Bear, by Cohen, Jessie, c. 1984, Smithsonian Archives - History Div, 96-1011.
















9. I'm too cute not to hug.

Tiger Tot Is Toast of the Town












10. It is always warmer when you have someone to hug.

Penguins in Antarctica, by Unknown, 1947-1948, Smithsonian Archives - History Div, SIA2010-0645.











11. I'm ready for my hug.

National Zoological Park's Seal Pup "Grendel"















12. I'd hug you if I had arms.

Baby Giraffe Ryma and Mother Peggy at NZP



















13. Iguana give you a hug!

Dick Hofmeister and an Iguana










14. I am sooooo over National Hug Day!

Two Cebas Monkeys at STRI










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