50 Hilarious And Bizarre Pics Of Animals “Where They Shouldn’t Be”
Probably the last thing you’d expect to see is a tiger slinking along inside a laundromat while you’re folding your clothes. Or a duck on the subway! Clearly, something strange is going on, and your brain is playing catch-up, trying to figure out exactly what that is.
Welcome to the wonderful world of animals showing up in incredibly peculiar places. The ‘Animals Where They Shouldn’t Be’ Instagram account does exactly what it says on the tin and shares photos and memes of animals “in the wrong places.” Whether it’s a massive bear or lizard browsing for groceries at the local corner shop, a crocodile reading at the library, or a chicken trying to figure out how a skateboard works, the photos are bound to make you think about the context behind them... and wonder why cats can be found, well, pretty much everywhere.
We’ve collected some of the funniest and most peculiar pics from ‘Animals Where They Shouldn’t Be’ (and a few other places) to share with you, dear Pandas. Scroll down, upvote the ones you liked the most, and follow the page if you enjoy its creator’s humor.
We reached out to the friendly team at the PDSA, the United Kingdom's leading veterinary charity which has provided 100 million free treatments to more than 20 million pets since being founded in 1917. PDSA Vet Claire Roberts was kind enough to answer Bored Panda's questions about pets exploring their surroundings, and answered the elusive question that's been stuck in our minds for ages: why do cats love plopping down on our laptops when we've got so much work to do? Read on for the full interview.
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"If you’re on your laptop engrossed in your work, the likelihood is you’re ignoring your feline friend. Therefore, jumping on your laptop and getting in between you and the screen is the best way for your cat to get your attention," PDSA Vet Claire explained to Bored Panda.
"What many owners don’t realize is that they are unwittingly reinforcing this behavior by stroking or cuddling their pets when they do this. Therefore cats quickly learn that sitting or sleeping on a laptop gets them what they want—attention from their owners."
The vet noted that there are some logical reasons why cats sleep on laptops, even though it might seem silly to us humans because it seems like such an uncomfortable spot.
They didn't arrest the bird, a suspect had the bird with him. They put the bird in a cell to keep it safe, as they waited for animal rescue.
"Firstly, cats enjoy heat and therefore are drawn to the warmth that laptops generate, they also like the fact they can smell their owner’s scent on the keyboard. But cats are territorial, so they’ll often sleep on the computer to transfer their own scent onto it," she noted.
Meanwhile, Bored Panda wanted to learn more about how curious and adventurous animals generally are when it comes to exploring their surroundings. We were curious whether this varies from species to species and individual to individual.
"Every animal is unique and individual; you can have two Jack Russell Terriers with completely different personalities regardless of the fact they are the same breed, and this is the same with cats, rabbits, small animals such as hamsters, and even fish," the PDSA representative said.
"It’s therefore important to understand that some pets will be less keen to investigate new objects or people in the home and should be allowed to go at their own pace. Make sure your pets have a safe area to retreat to if they are feeling unsure and don’t make them do anything they don’t want to do," she said. "You may find your pet becomes less curious as they get older and this is natural, however, if you notice a drastic or rapid change in your pet’s personality it is always best to speak to your vet."
The ‘Animals Where They Shouldn't Be’ page has made quite an impact on Instagram. 194k people follow the account. Meanwhile, the memes it showcases consistently get tens of thousands of likes on the social media page.
Internet users love looking at animals. They also love good humor. Add the two together, throw in a dash of weirdness and meme formats, and you’ve got yourself the recipe for success online.
It makes a lot of sense that our pets and wildlife end up in weird places where we think they ‘shouldn’t be.’ They might be exploring their surroundings or looking for food.
They might be migrating. Or they might simply be moving around what they consider to be ‘their’ territory.
It’s only us, the people looking at these images, who might see it as bizarre that a wild animal is roaming around civilization. The animals themselves might have very different understandings of where they ‘should’ and ‘should not’ go.
They might consider things like the availability of food and other resources, as well as weigh the potential risks of going somewhere while avoiding other areas entirely.
He's a national hero in the UK, he is meant to be there.
THIS IS NOTHING CLOSE THE BOX NOTHING STRANGE IS GOING ON HERE AT ALL MOM
Meanwhile, when it comes to our pets, it becomes slightly easier to distinguish between Places Where Animals Are Allowed To Be and Places Where They Definitely Shouldn’t Be. But it really depends on each household.
For instance, some dog owners might forbid their pets from jumping on the couch or getting into bed with them. Others, however, might love to snuggle up with their pooch.
"SWEET BABY JESUS THERE IS A BEAR IN THE REFRIGERATED BEVERAGES SECTION"
So the definition of what a ‘wrong place’ might be actually changes from person to person. And that makes the entire experience of looking at these memes something deeply personal. Someone might see a cat sitting on their laptop as a daily occurrence.
Others might find it strange because their catto spends all of its time sitting in an empty cardboard box (while totally ignoring the nifty and expensive cat bed nearby).
The sad reality is that, as the human population continues to grow and urban zones expand, we automatically cut into the land where wildlife lives.
It essentially means that these animals have less of their natural habitat available to them, meaning that they’re either forced to retreat deeper in-land, or to wander into ‘civilized’ and industrialized zones.
The New York Times draws attention to how human activities like farming, logging, poaching, fishing, and mining are “altering the natural world” at a very fast pace. Meanwhile, global warming is changing local climates. It’s predicted that the rate of biodiversity loss is bound to accelerate through to 2050, especially in the tropics. That is, unless the global community changes its approach to conservation and increases its efforts.
"I've been driving a forklift for 20 years I know no passengers but I couldn't help myself Imao"
I'd let the deer in too. Don't blame you. Let him work the controls!
One report from 2018 found that in the Americas alone, nature provides around 24 trillion (yes, trillion) dollars worth of non-monetized benefits to humans.
For example, the Amazon rainforest absorbs plenty of carbon dioxide which helps slow down the pace of global warming. Meanwhile, various wetlands purify drinking water. While coral reefs might be good for fisheries and local tourism.
By industrializing new territories and expanding urban zones, people aren’t just harming the local flora and fauna: they’re also indirectly harming themselves and their. There are plenty of moral reasons to be a conservationist. There are lots of practical ones, too!
Horse: Starlight Glimmer's cutie mark couldn't be natural, regardless whatever she said!😠
Yes, there will always be wild animals who end up where they ‘shouldn’t’ be, but the question is how often that happens. Whether it’s a rare occurrence that makes us gasp in wonder if it is just part of someone else’s daily life—they don’t bat an eye when a giant lizard lumbers into the shop, they just get the broom or call the local authorities.
I think someone’s tiger-print socks just grew legs and walked away. This happens to me all the time!
Disney toys are getting a little realistic these days.
Mom wake up new currency just dropped
She's not going to understand your order if you talk with your mouth full...
Ahh, lovely. Fresh fennel with a side of cat
"would you like to talk about our lord and savior"
Note: this post originally had 100 images. It’s been shortened to the top 50 images based on user votes.
It took my a moment to notice the cute kitty curled up in the bowl.
Somewhere I have a picture of an itty-bitty-kitty curled up fast asleep in a food dish. That was 17 years ago. Now she's curled up on my pillow.
Such a cute bully!
What, no pic of flamingos in bathrooms, or elephants swimming in the ocean, or beach pigs? Smh. This completely free article about a bunch of cute animals has really disappointed me.
here ya go mate flamingo-6...2db6d.jpeg
Thank you, sir.
I feel the urge to hug my cat
I always feel the urge to hug my cats.