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Source: Tilakraj Nagaraj / Comedy Wildlife Photo Awards 2019

20 Hilarious Photos of Animals in the Wild


Nov. 19 2019, Published 10:42 a.m. ET

The 2019 Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards have been announced, folks! And the animals are too cute. The competition for the most hilarious wildlife photo has been running since 2015. It was founded by professional photographers and conservationists Paul Joynson-Hicks and Tom Sullam to bring a smile to everyone's face as well as to highlight the importance of wildlife conservation.

Take a look at the funniest wildlife photos from 2019 and then read on to learn how you can submit photos for next year's competition!

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sarah skinner_grab life by the _
Source: © Sarah Skinner / Comedy Wildlife Photo Awards 2019

You don't think about how hard it would be to be the parent of a small, curious creature with massive, sharp claws. Let's all take a moment to be grateful that even though it's very hard to have a human baby, they don't have super sharp claws. That would make things ten times worse.

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CREATURES IN THE AIR WINNER: "Family Disagreement"

vlado pirsa_family disagreement_
Source: © Vlado Pirsa / Comedy Wildlife Photo Awards 2019

"I did not pluck a feather out your head! I did not pluck a feather out of his head. Mom! Mom! He's lying! I didn't do it!"

"Honestly, Stuart, you're just making a fool of yourself. Get it together, man."

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harry walker_oh my_
Source: © Harry Walker / Comedy Wildlife Photo Awards 2019

I think if I were an otter, I too would constantly clutch my face in disbelief. "I can't possibly be this cute, can I? Cute nose, fuzzy head, tiny little eyes? That can't be! Oh, but it is! I really am this adorable! I am! I am!" 

Make sure you head to the Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards website to see the rest of the finalists!

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"Waltz Gone Wrong"

alastair marsh_waltz gone wrong_
Source: © Alastair Marsh / Comedy Wildlife Photo Awards 2019

Have you seen those videos of the foxes diving headfirst into the snow to catch prey? It's hilarious and fascinating and I think this fox forgot that there was no snow. His friend's really trying to help him not hurt himself, but his buddy insists on being dumb. Oh, foxes!

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"Otter Tickle Fight"

andy harris_sea otter tickle fight_
Source: © Andy Harris / Comedy Wildlife Photo Awards 2019

"And then Carol was like, 'You otter come over for dinner sometime!' Get it? Get it? Man, Carol's hilarious. So I went over for dinner and she had like, this whole seafood spread. Crabs, clams, mussels...the whole shebang. Anyway, I think I'm going to marry her."

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"He's Right Behind Me, Isn't He?"

anthony n petrovich_hes right behind me isnt he_
Source: © Anthony N. Petrovich / Comedy Wildlife Photo Awards 2019

Just think about how much poise it took for this photographer to take this photo. Not only is the shark sneaking up on this poor fish, but there's a person behind that camera! Presumably, the photographer escaped unscathed, since he was able to enter this photo in the contest.

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"Indecent Proposal"

co grift_indecent proposal_
Source: © Co Grift / Comedy Wildlife Photo Awards 2019

It's clearly not just human women who have to put up with the incessant nagging conversation from dudes we have no interest in talking to. See the look on that bird's face? Staring straight out just willing him to go away? Tell me you haven't made that face. Yeah, that's what I thought.

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"Who Would Like a Peanut?"

corey seeman_who would like a peanut squirrels at the university of michigan_
Source: © Corey Seeman / Comedy Wildlife Photo Awards 2019

"O Romeo, Romeo, wherefore art thou, Romeo?" No one really knows this, but squirrels are generally huge Shakespeare fans. They saw him put up a play in Europe centuries ago and have just carried that love for his words through generations and generations of squirrels. 

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"Monday Morning Blues"

eric fisher_monday morning blues_
Source: © Eric Fisher / Comedy Wildlife Photo Awards 2019

I relate to this bear hard. Anyone who has had to get up and go to work after a long weekend knows this feeling. Sometimes you just don't want to deal with anything. Sometimes you just want to lie on the ground and cover your face with your hands and nap for a little while longer.

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eric keller_inconspicuous_
Source: © Eric Keller / Comedy Wildlife Photo Awards 2019

I love this photo so much. Because not only is it a picture of a penguin farting, but it's a picture of a penguin who is clearly trying to hide the fact that he's farting and play it off like he's doing absolutely nothing. He's just standing there twiddling his wings. He has no idea what that big bubble under his butt is.

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"Squirrel Wishes"

geert weggen_squirrel wishes_
Source: © Geert Weggen / Comedy Wildlife Photo Awards 2019

There seems to be a whole genre of "Small rodents holding flowers" photos, and I am a sucker for every single one of them. I'm pretty sure this is what comes up when you look up "cute" in the dictionary. It's just so pure

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kevin sawford_hello__
Source: © Kevin Sawford / Comedy Wildlife Photo Awards 2019

"Hi there! Welcome to my flower. So glad you could make it! It's a little cold and wet right now, but once the sun comes up we'll be in business. Help yourself to a dew drop. They're especially fresh this morning."

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"That's Hilarious, Steve"

lloyd durham_thats hilarious steve_
Source: © Lloyd Durham / Comedy Wildlife Photo Awards 2019

"And then my friend Steve, the otter, told me that Carol said to him, 'You otter come over for dinner!' Get it? Get it? Because they're otters! So it's funny. Hey, where'd you go?"

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"Caught in the Act"

peter haygarth_caught in the act_
Source: © Peter Haygarth / Comedy Wildlife Photo Awards 2019

These poor monkeys were just trying to get it on. Their kids were finally out of the tree, they had some peace and quiet, and then they were so rudely interrupted by a photographer. Although mom looks like she was kinda zoning out anyway.

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"Laid Back"

thomas mangelsen_laid back_
Source: © Thomas Mangelsen / Comedy Wildlife Photo Awards 2019

This little chimp is living the life! He's got it all figured out, and from the looks of him, he's still a tiny baby. He's just looking out at the jungle, thinking about all that milk he's going to drink later. 

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"Holly Jolly Snowy"

vicki jauron_holly jolly snowy_
Source: © Vicki Jauron / Comedy Wildlife Photo Awards 2019

I bet that when you're a Snowy Owl and it finally snows, you are just so ecstatically happy. I mean, it's right there in your name. Look at her face! It's full of such pure joy. 

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"To Be or Not to Be"

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Source: © Txema Garcia / Comedy Wildlife Photo Awards 2019

Like this little monkey, I too usually save my existential crises for bath time. There's something about the weightlessness of floating in the water that makes you question everything you know to be true about yourself and the world.

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"Snarling Snappin' in the Slow Lane"

lisa vanderhoop_snarling snappin in the slow lane_
Source: © Lisa Vanderhoop / Comedy Wildlife Photo Awards 2019

Who's calling this snapping turtle slow? He's just "taking his time." On another note, I think turtles are probably the most prehistoric-looking creatures that still exist. If you really take the time to look at them, they're so crazy. 

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marion vollborn_hide_
Source: © Marion Vollborn / Comedy Wildlife Photo Awards 2019

Imagine playing hide and seek on a block of ice as a polar bear. On one hand, there aren't too many places to hide. On another hand, you're looking for white on white, and that's not easy. 

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"Dancing, Yeah"

martina gebert_dancingyeah_
Source: © Martina Gebert / Comedy Wildlife Photo Awards 2019

I don't know if you knew this, but rodents love ABBA. Here is one getting down to "Dancing Queen." Because they're so small, they really feel the music down to their bones. Raise your hand if you would watch an all-rodent adaptation of Mamma Mia! Yeah, me too.

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