35 photos of animals that were taken at the perfect time

Courtesy of Comedy Wildlife Photo Awards‘Rhinopeacock’ by Kallol Mukherjee.

If you’re having a rough day, it’s no secret that animals are the best way to turn your frown upside down. We rounded up the funniest pictures we could find of animals just being themselves, from answering when nature calls to posing for all of our wild photos.

Keep scrolling for the 35 funniest photos of animals that were taken at the perfect time.


This photo proves the phrase should be “like a squirrel in headlights.”

Courtesy of Comedy Wildlife Photo Awards‘Woah, woah, woah …’

This squirrel was definitely unprepared for whatever it just saw.


This panda plays in the snow better than most humans.

Karl Drilling / Barcroft USA / Getty ImagesYoung Panda Su Lin takes a roll in the snow at the San Diego Zoo.

This is how all snow days should be celebrated.


One way dogs and humans are alike — we react to bubbles in the same way.

Connie Fore/Mars Petcare Comedy Pet Photo AwardsBubbles!

This photo was part of last year’s Mars Petcare Comedy Pet Photo Awards, which celebrate pets and the best photos of them.


We can only wonder what their daily conversations are about.

Stasys Povilaitis/Mars Petcare Comedy Pet Photo AwardsSeems important.

In the time of the coronavirus, this seems like a pretty solid way to communicate.

This image, called “How are you, my neighbour?” was also part of 2019’s Mars Petcare Comedy Pet Photo Awards. (You can enter your own photo for this year’s competition here before August 31.)


This is an epic selfie.

George Bain/Mars Petcare Comedy Pet Photo AwardsSmile for the camera.

Just say “Cheese!”

This was another stand-out photo from 2019’s Mars Petcare Comedy Pet Photo Awards.


This seal has the ultimate disgusted face.

George Cathcart/CWPA/Barcroft ImagesThis is a look of shock and awe.

They’re shocked by some intense gossip – seals are just like us.


This ostrich is ready for his close-up.

Tony Margiocchi / Barcroft Media / Barcroft Media via Getty ImagesUnamused.

As Tyra Banks would say, this ostrich needs to learn to “smize” – smile with your eyes.


This rhino is wearing a tutu — or a peacock is conveniently right behind it.

Courtesy of Comedy Wildlife Photo AwardsTrendy.

How trendy.


This photo’s called “Chest Bump.”

© Thomas Mangelsen/Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards 2019‘Chest Bump.’

That’s a brave little penguin.


Here’s some epic side-eye courtesy of Elwood the dog.

Justin Sullivan/Getty ImagesA dog named Elwood is seen during the 18th annual World’s Ugliest Dog competition.

Elwood is seen here competing at the World’s Ugliest Dog competition.


Who among us hasn’t wanted to just grab their birthday cake and chow down?

Axel Schmidt/ReutersThe gorilla Fatou eats a birthday cake at the Berlin Zoo.

This is proof that primates and humans really aren’t that different.


When this dog stole their owners’ dentures, photography magic was born.

Twitter/@eUniFiEdSay cheese.

This dog smile is borderline terrifying …


This beluga whale is camera-ready.

Tim Clayton/Corbis via Getty ImagesA young girls reacts as she is greeted by Juno, a 15-year-old male beluga whale.

Juno knows how to work his angles.


You can see the darndest things on the streets of NYC.

TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty ImagesA dog and its owner during the 28th Annual Tompkins Square Halloween Dog Parade.

It’s not every day you see a Tyrannosaurus rex walking their dog.


This little guy is definitely unamused.

TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty ImagesCelebrating NYC Pride.

We’ve all seen that look when we wake up our parents from a nap.


This polar bear just wants to say hello.

Steven Kazlowski / Barcroft Media / Getty ImagesHi buddy.

A very polite polar bear – not like these bears that took over an entire town in Russia.


These two flamingos combine to make a heart.

FEDERICO GAMBARINI/AFP/Getty ImagesTrue love.

They complete each other.


OJ is too cool for school.

Robert Galbraith/ReutersA dog named OJ wears sunglasses as he stands on the Embarcadero with his owner in San Francisco.

Even dogs can rock the tiny sunglasses trend.


This dog knows where he’s supposed to relieve himself.

Western Mail and Echo/Mirrorpix/Getty ImagesA dog’s toilet is a good invention.

If only every dog was this well trained.


This fox has perfect aim.

Douglas Croft/CWPA/Barcroft ImagesNature calls.

When you gotta go, you gotta go.


Flynn is more excited than his owner to win the Westminster Dog Show.

TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty ImagesFlynn the Bichon Frise poses after winning Best in Show at the Westminster Kennel Club.

That is a look of pure joy.


There are two elephants in this photo — the real one, and the one hiding in the water splash.

Courtest of RailTieYardGameDo you see them both?

They’re twins.


This dog is sneaking a treat while his friend is distracted.

Bettmann/Contributor via Getty ImagesFootpath drama.

Ice cream is never safe around pups.


This pup knows how to travel in style.

Fox Photos/Getty ImagesA great hitchhiker.

The best way to get across the park …


Is it a dog or a mop?

TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty ImagesThis dog breed is a Komondor.

The mop-like coat of the Komondor requires daily grooming.


Tom Hardy wasn’t ready for this slobbery kiss.

Charles Sykes/Invision/AP ImagesTom Hardy and his co-star Rocco from ‘The Drop’ pose.

Don’t worry – Hardy is a well-documented dog lover.


This little guy is checking out his friend’s butt.

Pictures Ltd./Corbis via Getty ImagesJust making sure everything’s ok.

What are friends for?


This gives a whole new meaning to the expression “working like a dog.”

John Pratt/Getty ImagesA busy day.

This dog looks like it procrastinates with the best of us.


Squirrels, apparently, are a lot more flexible than we thought.

Courtesy of Comedy Wildlife Photo AwardsDoing the splits.

This squirrel is more coordinated than most people.


A conveniently placed bird makes it seem like this bear is about to take flight.

Adam Parsons / Barcroft ImagesThis bear is about to fly off.

He also definitely resembles our favourite flying elephant, Dumbo.


This pelican needs to work on his aim.

Nicolas de Vaulx / Barcroft ImagesSo close.

This fish clearly wasn’t ready to go just yet.


Linda the llama is getting a smooch from her new friend.

Three Lions/Getty ImagesA young boy kisses Linda the llama.

Would you kiss a llama?


Giraffes are tall, but not this tall.

Graeme Guy/CWPA/Barcroft ImagesIt’s an optical illusion.

Forced perspective is to blame here.


You can almost hear exactly what this photo must sound like.

Ingo Barth/ullstein bild via Getty ImageDonkeys are known for their braying.

This donkey is not holding back.


Owls also get grossed out by their friends’ PDA.

Melissa Usrey/CWPA/Barcroft ImagesA burrowing owlet is embarrassed by the kissing behind him in Salton Sea, California.

PDAs, or public displays of affection, are uncomfortable for all members of the animal kingdom, even owls.

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