July 27, 2011 at 2:15 PM ET
The rise of kitty videos, baby pictures and other cuteness on the Internet is now explained by our hardwired instinct to share when we care, Science recently claimed.
In its first foray into video advertising, travel search engine Hipmunk experimented with that assertion by substituting humans for animals in some of the Internet's most famous viral videos. Animals paid homage include Dramatic Chipmunk, Maru Loves Boxes, Keyboard Cat, Surprised Kitty, Cat Mom Hugs Baby Kitten, and Sneezing Baby Panda. (If you've missed those viral videos, just click their names.)
"Everything's Better with Cute Animals (Including Travel Search!)" is Hipmunk's conclusion (as well as the title of the video), but we're not so sure. While this video couldn't exist without the adorable animals that came before — obviously — it's pretty super awesome on its own.
You be the judge.
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