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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Foxxy (The Original)
Community Member
1 year ago

Looks like it’s got googly eyes.

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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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Demi Zwaan
Community Member
1 year ago

Aaaand it's time to buy a new keyboard.

GenXandEarnedItAll
Community Member
1 year ago

Nope! Run...and then Molotov cocktail through the front door.

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MikeyG
Community Member
1 year ago

Don’t worry, the spider is under Control

MikeyG
Community Member
1 year ago

When I posted this comment the ‘under control’ caption wasn’t there. Did the OP steal my joke?! :)

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Draco Malfoy
Community Member
1 year ago

So...... When are you getting your new keyboard?

Ann Parent
Community Member
1 year ago

Hum...I dont think this is a spider, spiders have 8 legs, this looks like a tick or some sort of parasitic arthropod......

Carole Reid
Community Member
1 year ago

I feel so bad for spiders. Mostly they are more afraid of you than you are of them. Just carefully transport them out the door. Of course you should know your spiders and use precautions.

Cécile Voltolin
Community Member
1 year ago

Good soul Carol

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Coleen
Community Member
1 year ago

Extra points for the caption.

Donna Reynolds
Community Member
1 year ago

Web devolper.

Janine B.
Community Member
1 year ago

That's how the government spiders on us.

Wottermehlon Doge
Community Member
1 year ago

here's what you do. Step 1: smash the Ctrl button as hard as you can. Step 2. you're done

leslie m.
Community Member
1 year ago

hahahahaha great

Eva Munyan
Community Member
1 year ago

Spiders are actually very beneficial, mostly. They catch and kill lost of other invasive pests, so as to keep your house free of them!

temmie
Community Member
1 year ago

he´s underCONTROL of your whole keyboard. get it no ..ok

Mauro Carrajola
Community Member
1 year ago

You can "control" it!

Mama Panda
Community Member
1 year ago

I really hate the smell of melted plastic!

Tori Duffek Flores
Community Member
1 year ago

YAS

Kat Rogers
Community Member
1 year ago

I THINK Their 🕸 Can Also CATCH CRUMBS! 🍞

Adit Danhorn
Community Member
1 year ago

litterally UNDER control

Amazon QT
Community Member
1 year ago

Yeah NICE DAD JOKE!! LOL 😂

Cathy
Community Member
1 year ago

I laughed way too much at this

Cécile Voltolin
Community Member
1 year ago

Spider are useful in a house, they eat bugs,then have eggs. Happy breafast!

Ana M
Community Member
1 year ago

Or a louse.

Anja Schmidt
Community Member
1 year ago

so you are trump and you named her corona?

Id row
Community Member
1 year ago

It's the only way to be sure. Flame-thro...c3b6e6.jpg Flame-thrower-5e93855c3b6e6.jpg

Tracy Handy
Community Member
1 year ago

I would have died!

khyati desai
Community Member
1 year ago

I'd use the air duster lmao. F thatttt

Judith Wilson
Community Member
1 year ago

she looks very comfortable - they make great friends. I had a white spider that would come visit me every day, and just hang out for awhile.

Sharon Vaughn
Community Member
1 year ago

LOL

Max L.
Community Member
1 year ago

May the keyboard rest in peace, she was a good keyboard, never a click. Amen, bro.

Connie Martin
Community Member
1 year ago

Best pun of the lot!

MidnightFury
Community Member
1 year ago

OH MY GOD BURN IT

KT Trondsen
Community Member
1 year ago

omg i would have ran out screaming

Piper McHann
Community Member
1 year ago

Bad joke lol

Kenny Kulbiski
Community Member
1 year ago

This is why every home should have a flamethrower.

Iapetos
Community Member
1 year ago

Luckily, you've got another CTRL on your keyboard.

Muhammad Bilal
Community Member
1 year ago

wow from exeltemplates.com

Ashley Fernandes
Community Member
1 year ago

Oh shit

Alessandra Trabalho
Community Member
1 year ago

Best caption ever!!! Hahahaha

Debbie Palmer
Community Member
1 year ago

Ha Ha, that's funny

Triscelion
Community Member
1 year ago

Now imagine, that spider laid eggs and you are watching some scarry horror movie alone on your couch and then dozens of small spiders are crawling out of your keyboard...

Autumn Quigley
Community Member
1 year ago

toss it out the window into a deep whole with ire at the bottom

Jen Smith
Community Member
1 year ago

All y'all are killing me with these puns. have MERCY!

XxInstantKarmaxX
Community Member
1 year ago

Lol XD

Rabbit Carrot
Community Member
1 year ago

Kill it with fire.

Chuckie
Community Member
1 year ago

Looks more like a scorpio though.

Draco Malfoy
Community Member
1 year ago

Scorpion?

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Cheryl Carter
Community Member
12 hours ago

That looks like the scorpions that we get at my house. They glow in blue light!

Jackson Floof
Community Member
3 months ago

Smush it.. smush it!

starhunter64
Community Member
11 months ago

that looks like a scorpion, time to get a new desk mate

Anonymus
Community Member
1 year ago

You need pest ctrl

Khloe Ness
Community Member
1 year ago

thought a tangled peice of fallen-out hair was a spider

Dawn Davies
Community Member
1 year ago

Bash that control button

Id row
Community Member
1 year ago

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Lacie Duffek-Flores
Community Member
1 year ago

spider:"here i will fix your control." person:"😖😱😖😱😷

Robert Robi Z
Community Member
1 year ago

Never... use... that... keyboard... again...

lorfalconswan
Community Member
1 year ago

Sorry, but that looks more like a tick. Or a bedbug.

Iskileto1
Community Member
1 year ago

The web developer of insects.

Liz Sahlin Johansson
Community Member
1 year ago

😂😂😂👍

Pansy Parkinson
Community Member
1 year ago

I think it wants to control you

Sue Dantche
Community Member
1 year ago

Like this?

Felicia Dale
Community Member
1 year ago

Yikes...

Fran OBrien
Community Member
1 year ago

Haahahaha

Nayeli Ortiz
Community Member
1 year ago

BY THE POWER OF CHRIST I SENT YEE BACK TO HELL

MissyTheUniverse
Community Member
1 year ago

Hold up let me just go check something.....

Leyna Dale
Community Member
1 year ago

Love that...its under ctrl now! Clever, lol

Sandra Doty
Community Member
1 year ago

That looks more like a scorpion.

Diane Lloyd
Community Member
1 year ago

Great pic AND a pun??!! Score!!

Doug Burnett
Community Member
1 year ago

That looks like a tic, not spider.

Red Panda
Community Member
1 year ago

Under Control.....

Su Wheatley
Community Member
1 year ago

Looks more like a tiny scorpion

Ayasophya Alturas
Community Member
1 year ago

poor spider! how is he going to eat mosquitos now?

Fran Morasco
Community Member
1 year ago

When do the eggs hatch

Oscar Jeong
Community Member
1 year ago

The situation is under control...

Craig Locke
Community Member
1 year ago

Next Steps; Alt, Delete

Andrea Hall
Community Member
1 year ago

Haha love the explanation.

Laurie Handforth
Community Member
1 year ago

the next shot in my house would be a picture of the keyboard on fire!

Johanne Trudeau
Community Member
1 year ago

Time to bang the hell out of the control button!!!!

Falcon
Community Member
1 year ago

The spider isn't under control, it has the control. 🤔

The_Lion_Queen
Community Member
1 year ago

It's under control! Literally!

Max Han
Community Member
1 year ago

What did you do after you carpet-bombed the house?

Tahani
Community Member
1 year ago

Looks like it’s dead because it’s upside down (ends of legs point upward instead of down)

Rubeus Hagrid
Community Member
1 year ago

hans get ze flammenwerfer...

SpillTheTea
Community Member
1 year ago

Well actually, this one is kind of punny.

Koushalya Mahagedara
Community Member
1 year ago

that's not a spider! That's a scorpion!

Keisha Washington
Community Member
1 year ago

a spider warrants burning the house down

Lara Verne
Community Member
1 year ago

Burn you keyboard, quickly!

Mireia Dos
Community Member
1 year ago

That's not a spider. Yikes.

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#3

Timed My Shot Perfectly. *sigh*

Timed My Shot Perfectly. *sigh*

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Lara Smith
Community Member
1 year ago

This accurately describes a lot of board meetings.

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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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Foxxy (The Original)
Community Member
1 year ago

Omg I am an idiot. I was thinking how the hell did a fish get up in the air and then I realised it is the bird but the wings are out of view.

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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.

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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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Molly Block
Community Member
1 year ago

The real question though is, is that predator sighting you or that magpie? I'd be worried....

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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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Draco Malfoy
Community Member
1 year ago (edited)

And here we have a majestic eagle...... wow look at this fine 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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EA
Community Member
1 year ago

George George, George of the jungle. Watch out for that tree!

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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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Ryan Hall
Community Member
1 year ago

HAHAHAHAHA

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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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Foxxy (The Original)
Community Member
1 year ago

Looks like it has eaten a bee and it’s cheeks have swelled up.

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#20

The Pinnacle Of My Wildlife Photography Career

The Pinnacle Of My Wildlife Photography Career

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Kanga9ine
Community Member
1 year ago

Look for that silver lining! Be glad it wasn't a skunk.

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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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Angela Blackburn
Community Member
1 year ago

He's in bred

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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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Draco Malfoy
Community Member
1 year ago

wow there buddy

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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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Rubeus Hagrid
Community Member
1 year ago

Lorikeet?

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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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