Simple question: Why do baby animals appear cute to humans? It’s obvious why we prefer human babies, but why animal babies? Even babies that are extremely different than we are like reptiles or birds and even some insects. What purpose does it serve for us to look at a baby turtle waddling to the ocean and our brains go ‘Awwww, how adorable?’
A corollary question that is probably easier to answer, why are many baby mammals softer than their adult counterparts?
(Maybe sometime in the future we can discuss why we find deserts beautiful too. )