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Donald Trump’s America is a scary place.

It’s one in which Muslims feel scared to walk the streets and facts lose all semblance of importance and actual meaning.

But it’s still a place in which adorable animals reside, and where these adorable animals can still put a smile on the faces of all who gawk at them. 

We were reminded of this non-alternative fact after the Washington, D.C. zoo Tweeted a photo of a four-day-old female seal pup in order to announce the little guy’s birth.

From there, a Norfolk, Virginia woman threw the down the gauntlet, challenging the Virginia Aquarium to give us its most precious example of a resident.

And then back and forth the places went, until citizens were once again given a reason to remain hopeful about the country in which they live…