How many times have you scrolled through breathtaking pics of wildlife and told yourself “challenge accepted”? Well, it turns out it’s not so easy to take that pitch-perfect shot.

Animals⁠, they move. A camera⁠, it wobbles. A hand⁠, it shakes. And weather⁠, it’s always a mystery. This is the combination you need to get a spectacularly terrible wildlife pic. In fact, some of the entries are so bad they've made their way into the Crap Wildlife Photography group on Facebook. Here are some of the best failed shots that may make you think twice about pressing that capture button any time soon.

#1

I Took This Picture Of A Carpenter Bee Last Summer

I Took This Picture Of A Carpenter Bee Last Summer

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Aski Markup
Community Member
1 year ago

Angry bird

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#2

I Was In The Middle Of A Zoom When I Noticed This Bastard

I Was In The Middle Of A Zoom When I Noticed This Bastard

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Janine B.
Community Member
1 year ago

That's how the government spiders on us.

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#3

Timed My Shot Perfectly. *sigh*

Timed My Shot Perfectly. *sigh*

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Light
Community Member
1 year ago

synchronized mooning.

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Bored Panda contacted Marina Cano, an award-winning wildlife photographer and Canon ambassador who told us what it takes to capture wildlife like a pro. Marina’s work has been on the covers of National Geographic, and in 2015 she was a finalist of the BBC Wildlife Photographer of the Year contest.

With so many unsuccessful wildlife and animal pictures surfing around the internet, one cannot help but wonder what makes it so difficult to capture that golden shot. “It lies in how unpredictable the animals can be,” explained Marina, “but that’s also the most exciting thing about capturing these images.”

#4

Didn’t Know I Was Playing The Sims

Didn’t Know I Was Playing The Sims

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Ruth Mayfly
Community Member
1 year ago

Or a role-playing game. I think the deer has a quest for you.

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#5

I Went Out To The Balcony To Photograph The Birds, But Instead Photographed A Fish...

I Went Out To The Balcony To Photograph The Birds, But Instead Photographed A Fish...

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Janine B.
Community Member
1 year ago

Clearly a flying fish.

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#6

Tried To Get A Spread Wings Shot...

Tried To Get A Spread Wings Shot...

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Ruth Mayfly
Community Member
1 year ago

PROOF that birds aren't real! They're government issue spy drones!

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According to Marina, the most important thing to know before taking a camera is that “whatever happens in the day you will come back home happy to be in the wild.” On top of that, you need to be passionate, because in this case “you won’t blame anything and just enjoy it.” And how many times have we blamed the wobbly camera, crappy weather, and bad light?

A day in the life of a wildlife photography professional looks “more or less like a normal job,” except when you shoot in the bush. “The days in the bush make this job the most enjoyable profession on Earth.” Marina said she wakes up at around 4:00 and she’s happy to know “I have the rest of the daylight to spend in nature, to be witness, and to expect, if lucky, to capture the most extraordinary action out there.”

#7

Realizing I’d Made A Mistake

Realizing I’d Made A Mistake

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Colin L
Community Member
1 year ago

A great photo to bring to the ER so they can give you the correct anti-venom, and laugh at yet another utterly avoidable accident.

Peter Bear
Community Member
1 year ago

I don't think this is a danger noodle, just a angery boi. Granted, it's out of focus but I don't see any fangs. Gonna get a monch, but no hurt juice.

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Lauren Darnell
Community Member
1 year ago

A misnake*

Spikey Bunny
Community Member
1 year ago

Ba dum dum tsssss! : D

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Draco Malfoy
Community Member
1 year ago

Nevertheless, that's a really pretty snake

Flare
Community Member
1 year ago

I hope the cameraman is OK.

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European other
Community Member
1 year ago

Whoops ! Some mistake !!!

glowworm2
Community Member
1 year ago

This was the last photo they ever took.

Kanga9ine
Community Member
1 year ago

And lived to tell about it. How's your face?

💥 Bakugou, Katsuki 💥
Community Member
1 year ago

I think you mean “missnake” 🐍

Becca Gizmo the Squirrel
Community Member
1 year ago

This is a situation for a third hand.

Ben Smith
Community Member
1 year ago

Might be nearly the last thing you ever see

Angel Schilder
Community Member
1 year ago

I need to see the second season of this!

Jennifer Marshall
Community Member
12 months ago

Rat snake. Not poisonous, but, still scary! Lol

J. Kasilo
Community Member
12 months ago

https://bit.ly/2V5tOPI

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Kim Bush
Community Member
1 year ago

Lesson learned

Summer C
Community Member
1 year ago

Realizing too late

Faith Nicole
Community Member
12 months ago

Oh dam...I'm hoping you were able to put snake down and run before getting bit. And why? Why would you pick up a random snake

Brandy Grote
Community Member
12 months ago

Angry corn snake. You'll be fine once you change your pants

J. Kasilo
Community Member
12 months ago

Definitely not a Corn snake!

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Loretta
Community Member
1 year ago

I assume it was a non-venomous snake and the photographer new that?? I hope??

Loretta
Community Member
12 months ago

*knew

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Pryjmaty
Community Member
1 year ago

HOLY CANNOLI!

desert29rat
Community Member
1 year ago

I guess some snakes are camera shy.

Molly Block
Community Member
1 year ago

What kind of snek is this?

Aragorn II Elessar
Community Member
1 year ago

Ah, yes, the majestic snek in it’s natural habitat

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Kat Rogers
Community Member
11 months ago

😲😫AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA 🐍AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA 🤷🤵AHHH HAAAA HAAAAA HAAAAA

Amazon QT
Community Member
12 months ago

Me: I’m gonna take a pic of this cool snake! Snake: THE HELL YOU ARE! *stricks*

XxInstantKarmaxX
Community Member
12 months ago

DANGER NOODLE

Heidi Grass
Community Member
12 months ago

Wouldn't that be a misnake?

The Emerald Triangle
Community Member
12 months ago

Looks like an out come on that show Ridiculous

Constance Schulte
Community Member
12 months ago

omg

Chris DiFonso
Community Member
12 months ago

Holy smokes! I need to change my underwear just from seeing this photo! I'm going to have nightmares tonight...

Thomas Ewing
Community Member
12 months ago

It's bad enough it was constricting my hand to death, yet I had the presence of mind to photograph it just as I was receiving a lethal bite. (memorial photo).

Ana M
Community Member
12 months ago

And you will see why you can't take a snake.

BRYLEE CORN
Community Member
12 months ago

OMG

J. Kasilo
Community Member
12 months ago

Don't see any rattles so I would say it is a southern water snake. If you could see its eyes - if the pupils are "slits" it is poisonous; if round pupils it is just a mean-as-hell water snake. https://bit.ly/2V5tOPI

Hlide Mantaldia
Community Member
12 months ago

Body shape, coloration and pattern dosent match a water snake. It's a fox snake, however it is still non venomous.

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Timothy Gasper
Community Member
12 months ago

The original one-eyed snake

JJM
Community Member
12 months ago

No! no, no, no!

Sharon Vaughn
Community Member
12 months ago

Yikes!

Ivanna Robertson
Community Member
12 months ago

This is probably just their pet, It looks like some kind of ball python morph.

CatsPaw
Community Member
12 months ago

It’s not a ball python. Not the right body shape. Bullsnake, maybe?

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Aileen Cann
Community Member
12 months ago

Did your phone survive the chomp?

MidnightFury
Community Member
12 months ago

And, in episode 2 of "Pictures Taken Moments Before Disaster", we have:

Ginny Weasley
Community Member
12 months ago

OMG Y DID U TAKE THE PHOTO??? I WOULD HAVE DROPPED THE SNAKE!

Piper McHann
Community Member
1 year ago

ATTACK!!!!

Mindy Stauch Newman
Community Member
1 year ago

wow

The Emerald Triangle
Community Member
1 year ago

Looks like every human trying to get tp with Safeway last week!

Israel Martinez
Community Member
1 year ago

It was at this point, he knew ... he fucked up ...

CR Harvey
Community Member
1 year ago

SCREAM!!

Pamela E Brueckner
Community Member
1 year ago

If I wasn't afraid of snakes...I AM NOW

William Teach
Community Member
1 year ago

The mistake was picking up the snake

kitcats
Community Member
1 year ago

as soon as I saw the blur, the laughs could not be contained

XxInstantKarmaxX
Community Member
1 year ago

dinner is served idiot on a platter

N G
Community Member
1 year ago

Snake bite anyone?

Khloe Ness
Community Member
11 months ago

what.

Susan Mercurio
Community Member
11 months ago

Drop it! Drop it now!

Lacie Duffek-Flores
Community Member
11 months ago

he is dead oooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooffffffffff said the snake

Tori Duffek Flores
Community Member
11 months ago

what kind of snake is dat? does anyone know?

Liz Sahlin Johansson
Community Member
11 months ago

“This was found on a amateurs camera when the corner went surcharging the corpse for suspicious poison murder. Case closed”

Felicia Dale
Community Member
12 months ago

Holy crap! I hope you're okay??? I mean, you must be because the photo got posted here but still, even a non-poisonous snake bite is nothing to take lightly.

Duncan
Community Member
12 months ago

It is a least a good teaching moment

Mildred Thompson
Community Member
12 months ago

OMG!!!

Pastelliox
Community Member
12 months ago

When You realize you made the biggest mistake of ur life just for instaa

Pastelliox
Community Member
12 months ago

Hi

Tiffany McBride
Community Member
12 months ago (edited)

XD Oh snake people. We get it, you're different.

Ryleigh
Community Member
12 months ago

Oh my!

Harry Potter
Community Member
1 year ago

FFS NAGINI

Rithva Menon
Community Member
1 year ago

This makes me anxious in ways I don't understand

Gilda
Community Member
1 year ago

That is a baby rattlesnake same markings correct shaped head and babies dont have rattles yet yikes

Denise Kirschner
Community Member
1 year ago

That's a ratsnake. Non venomous and not a baby. Rattlenakes hach with their rattles.

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Naomi Cline
Community Member
12 months ago

Looks to be a boa and probably a pet that the photographer passed off by trying to make it dance like a circus animal for a photo

Hlide Mantaldia
Community Member
12 months ago

It's a fox snake. They're surprisingly fast buggers so they probbly picked it up to get a clear photo of it. Fox snakes reaction was as seen above.

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Elle
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1 year ago

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Posting the picture is very very disturbing to many people. I don't understand why so many social platforms have not realized this. Mscheeeeewwwww. So annoying. I delete anyone that posts snakes on my Facebook platform. Why do people have to be so disgusting?

Loretta
Community Member
1 year ago

Dude, what the heck.

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#8

Owl

Owl

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Rowlie
Community Member
1 year ago

Might as well say Yeti

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#9

When You Have An Encounter With A Rare Predator But Get Photobombed By A Magpie

When You Have An Encounter With A Rare Predator But Get Photobombed By A Magpie

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Analyn Lahr
Community Member
1 year ago

Cougar looks pissed at the interruption.

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In wildlife photography, nature dictates everything. That means that in order to get that picture, you need practice. But some things should be inherent to an animal and wildlife photographer. You need to be able to keep silent, stay still for long periods of time. Remember that nature is their home, and you’re the guest.

You should also learn to keep your eyes open for every little thing. Animals living in the wild have adapted to their environments extremely well. Taking a nice shot usually takes days of hard work and dedication, so you need to be patient.

We previously wrote about the photographer who took a perfect shot of a kingfisher after 4,200 hours and 720,000 attempts. This award-winning shot of an eagle also took Norwegian photographer Audun Rikardsen 3 years of wait. So, yeah, we are talking years of wait in the pro game.

#10

Courtesy Of My Dad And His Ancient Phone... Little Owl Eating Lunch

Courtesy Of My Dad And His Ancient Phone... Little Owl Eating Lunch

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Ruth Mayfly
Community Member
1 year ago

The poor thing looks so tired and muddy. I want to take it home and give it a bath and blow dry it into a perfect fluffy ball (I do know it wouldn't appreciate any of that, don't worry)

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#11

A Most Majestic Tree

A Most Majestic Tree

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SpillTheTea
Community Member
1 year ago

Is that slenderman behind the tree?!!!?

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#12

I Give You Pizza Squirrel.

I Give You Pizza Squirrel.

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N G
Community Member
1 year ago

Teenage mutant ninja squirrels

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#13

When Poles Fly

When Poles Fly

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yudistira
Community Member
1 year ago

That will be hurt

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#14

Took A Photo Of A Drill

Took A Photo Of A Drill

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Lana Belysheva
Community Member
1 year ago

Awww adorable foxy! Great shot, lil' floof is shaking off water!

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#15

Grasshopper

Grasshopper

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Molly Block
Community Member
1 year ago

Playtime for kitty. This is a great shot. Look at his face! He's having so much fun!

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#16

This Handfeeding The Birds Was Going Great Until He Looked Right At Me And I Realized His Face Was Actually Kinda Scary And He Looked Pretty Pissed Off!

This Handfeeding The Birds Was Going Great Until He Looked Right At Me And I Realized His Face Was Actually Kinda Scary And He Looked Pretty Pissed Off!

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Janine B.
Community Member
1 year ago

What a cutie. 😍

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#17

I Got Distracted By The Frog In The Back And Lost Focus But To Be Entirely Honest I Think National Geographic Should Use This Picture As Their Cover.

I Got Distracted By The Frog In The Back And Lost Focus But To Be Entirely Honest I Think National Geographic Should Use This Picture As Their Cover.

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Lara Smith
Community Member
1 year ago

What kind of setting are they in? It makes the frogs look as big as cats!

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#18

Hmmm

Hmmm

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Nawal Wali
Community Member
1 year ago

hmmm indeed

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#19

Not Amused

Not Amused

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yudistira
Community Member
1 year ago

Mehh face

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#20

The Pinnacle Of My Wildlife Photography Career

The Pinnacle Of My Wildlife Photography Career

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Janine B.
Community Member
1 year ago

Voyeur. Meh.

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#21

I Found A God Of All Pidgeons On A Walk With My Dog

I Found A God Of All Pidgeons On A Walk With My Dog

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Janine B.
Community Member
1 year ago

Reincarnation of Karl Lagerfeld. That's fashion, can't you see?

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#22

I'm Not Sure Why I Ever Thought It Was A Good Idea To Take A Picture Of The Sheep In The Dark, But It Ended Up Being The Stuff That Nightmares Are Made Of.

I'm Not Sure Why I Ever Thought It Was A Good Idea To Take A Picture Of The Sheep In The Dark, But It Ended Up Being The Stuff That Nightmares Are Made Of.

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Kaisu
Community Member
1 year ago

They've come to take your soul

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#23

Behold, The Majestic Bald Eagle

Behold, The Majestic Bald Eagle

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Ruth Mayfly
Community Member
1 year ago

Truly breathtaking.

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#24

Doe In Background Was Taking A Crap, Just To Top It Off

Doe In Background Was Taking A Crap, Just To Top It Off

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Rabbit Carrot
Community Member
1 year ago

The hole in the tree lines up with the deer eye.

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#25

Didn’t Know How Funny This Was Until I Sent It To My Daughter...

Didn’t Know How Funny This Was Until I Sent It To My Daughter...

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Nawal Wali
Community Member
1 year ago

Error wings unavailable

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#26

This Freaky Flying Ghost Child Is Actually A Blurred Great Blue Heron

This Freaky Flying Ghost Child Is Actually A Blurred Great Blue Heron

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Michaela Cole
Community Member
1 year ago

Indeed a flying ghost child...just keep them all guessing!

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#27

A Magnificent Swan

A Magnificent Swan

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Rowlie
Community Member
1 year ago

the whole composition is not very attractive anyway

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#28

Gotta Be Quicker Than That!

Gotta Be Quicker Than That!

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Chuckie
Community Member
1 year ago

I'm out!

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#29

Brontosaurus Are Faaaaast

Brontosaurus Are Faaaaast

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Janine B.
Community Member
1 year ago

It's Nessie!!!

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#30

'you Spin Me Right Round, Baby, Right Round.' Low Light + The Wrong Camera Setting = Guess The Animal. Nb No Animals Were Hurt In The Taking Of This Shot.. It Landed Safely On My Patio

'you Spin Me Right Round, Baby, Right Round.' Low Light + The Wrong Camera Setting = Guess The Animal. Nb No Animals Were Hurt In The Taking Of This Shot.. It Landed Safely On My Patio

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Nawal Wali
Community Member
1 year ago

Taz from Looney Toons?

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#31

Blurry And Screaming - A Mood

Blurry And Screaming - A Mood

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Kaisu
Community Member
1 year ago

Me emerging from my apartment after quarantine is over

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#32

How Flippin Weird Do Pigeons Look When They Look Down?

How Flippin Weird Do Pigeons Look When They Look Down?

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Rabbit Carrot
Community Member
1 year ago

It’s judging you.

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#33

Out Of Focus Mantis Looks Like Cracked Out Mantis

Out Of Focus Mantis Looks Like Cracked Out Mantis

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Hseed
Community Member
1 year ago

Duuuude....

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#34

:(

:(

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Chuckie
Community Member
1 year ago

I call this piece "the one that got away"

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#35

Found This Amongst Some Beauties

Found This Amongst Some Beauties

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glowworm2
Community Member
1 year ago

Hah! Looks like the bird is just hanging out!

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#36

Raccoon/Fergus Falls, Minnesota

Raccoon/Fergus Falls, Minnesota

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Rowlie
Community Member
1 year ago

Raccooooooooooooooon

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#37

I Present The Mighty, Yet Gentle, Caribbean Manatee.

I Present The Mighty, Yet Gentle, Caribbean Manatee.

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Janine B.
Community Member
1 year ago

Master of disguise. 😎

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#38

This Cougar Was So Close I Was Able To Get A Picture Of It!!!

This Cougar Was So Close I Was Able To Get A Picture Of It!!!

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Janine B.
Community Member
1 year ago

Cougar? That's clearly the owl from above. Who do you think you can fool, eh?

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