Ever looked at cute animals in the wild and wondered if they have any of the same pessimistic thoughts as us? What if all those fascinating noises they make translate into nothing more than the same mundane conversations we have? We may never know for sure, but thanks to False Knees, we can at least imagine the answers.

Canadian comic artist Josh Barkman has certainly come a long way since publishing his first comic strip through Concordia University newspaper The Link in 2013, starting the series now known as False Knees. In late 2016, the comics took a decidedly wild turn, depicting woodland creatures and their various existential crises. Barkman found his niche, and his Instagram follower count is now creeping above 11 thousand. A resident of Kitchener, Ontario, he often draws animals native to the area in his frames, including the Canada goose and the red-breasted nuthatch.

The life and times of a forest animal can indeed be bittersweet, but one could say that they're just like us that way.

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Hans 2 years ago

I believe what the birds sing is even more vulgar.

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John L 2 years ago

While they are bringing you down, they want you to be aware of their superiority. It makes your destruction so much more satisfying. :O

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John L 2 years ago

Hey, just go with the flow, and everything will work out. Remember, "No Matter Where You Go, There You Are." 😉

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John L 2 years ago

Behind every crow's beak lies a SmartAss.

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Neeraj Jha 2 years ago

Hypnotized

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Hans 2 years ago

You get the bunny out of the ghetto, but you do not get the ghetto out of the bunny.

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Luke Funnell 2 years ago

The Canadians have arrived

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John L 2 years ago

This is why cats were placed on the planet. Suddenly they appeared in the land of Egypt, and their civilization quickly came to an end. Since then they have spread out, to wreck havoc with humanity. And they are loving every minute of it. 😱

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John L 2 years ago

Yeah, don't be a thorn in our side Sam. Just watch your step from now own.

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John L 2 years ago

And this is why the cat always stalks you from the rear. :O

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Chyppa Homer 2 years ago

Pepé Le Pew !

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Rachael JC 2 years ago

HA! It's a Mourning Dove in the morning.

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John L 2 years ago

"Ah, but a bunny's reach should exceed it's grasp, Or what's a heaven for." Or something like that. :D

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Neeraj Jha 2 years ago

This Tree Ain't Big Enough for Both of Us

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John L 2 years ago

Not to worry. I'll just 'lay low' for a while, and then resume my torture routine shortly. ;D

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John L 2 years ago

SmartAss Loud Mouth!

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John L 2 years ago

Even dinosaurs produce a few philosophers. Too bad we can't understand them.

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John L 2 years ago

Just fly over there and shit on his head. At least the rest of the crowd will die laughing, and you'll be a huge hit. LOL!

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CatShatBrix 2 years ago

And inside the duck there is a duck, inside which there is another duck, inside which there is another...

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John L 2 years ago

And so is patience,.......fragile that is. ;D

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Neeraj Jha 2 years ago

Vegans, I tell you

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Ok Ha-Neul 2 years ago

and vice versa

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John L 2 years ago

This is why seagulls love to hang around humans so much. ;D

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John L 2 years ago

That's what the squirrel in my back yard keeps telling me every time I chase it away from my patio garden. :D

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John L 2 years ago

Are we studying Nietzsche now?

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just a thought ! 2 years ago

I can imagine this bird as a guy with a beard and a smile that could kill you ... But with arrogance ... You get it ?

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Errorsaurus 2 years ago

I'd do that too, if I were a bird.

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Jhoa 2 years ago

Ha ha ... ha ha... ha... D:

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Monty Is Fiennes 2 years ago

#OldSchoolBestiesForever

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John L 2 years ago

I'm convinced that cats and masochism are inseparably linked. 😜

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Neeraj Jha 2 years ago

Good birdies

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John L 2 years ago

Just fill an 'ecological niche' where there is no competition, and you're home free.

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Wanda Queen 2 years ago

Introvert bird is introverted

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Robyn Oelofse 2 years ago

This is how I feel when it's suddenly exam time. All the mommies know what their kids are supposed to be studying, and when tests are, have already completed all the revision worksheets, and have packed their kids perfect little low GI lunches... and I'm like 'wait, what, it's an exam term?!?Tests start tomorrow?!!!!'. Blasphemous inner voice tirade in the school parking lot. Fml.

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ALIYAH ALLEN 2 years ago

yeah what every girl says in my school until they end up pregnant.

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Leoninus Fate 2 years ago

the wolf is me T_T I try to make a friend but im too big and scary T_T

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John L 2 years ago

Probably about 65 million years ago, in a little place called Chicxulub. Nothing's been the same ever since. ;D

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John L 2 years ago

Is this where "Food for your thoughts" comes from? :D

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John L 2 years ago

Even in the 'trash-bin of life' there are those who's reach tends to exceed their grasp.

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John L 2 years ago

Too many 'games' for this bird brain to keep up with. :(

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lucas the spider fangirl 4 months ago

circle of liiiiiife

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Nini 2 years ago

All my mornings start like this (*゚▽゚)ノ

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Master Markus 2 years ago

FACK, it's so cute!

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Maverick rudometkin 2 years ago

i imagined the pac-man sound

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John L 2 years ago

This is why Halloween is celebrated, at the same time all of you pun-kins become ripe for the taking.

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Monty Is Fiennes 2 years ago

trash pandas......GREAT OUTDOORS....hehehehe

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Neeraj Jha 2 years ago

Masterchef!

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Lillian Chesak 2 years ago

Happy 3rd birthday

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Katie Jamberri Nails 2 years ago

Sweet.

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Bobbi Newell 2 years ago

Same universe, different worlds...

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Master Markus 2 years ago

"Ambient-anthro". That's fantastic.

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Virgil Blue 2 years ago

"Mom was right."

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Robyn Oelofse 2 years ago

Can we just take a moment to appreciate the beautiful linework of that first frame

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Lara B. 2 years ago

Make a wish :)

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Lilly griffith 2 years ago

Everybody. The answer is everybody

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Natalie Binebrink-Davis 2 years ago

Pile of drugs lol alrighty then! Whatever floats ye boat!

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Master Markus 2 years ago

Is that a very straight tail, or a long, featureless arm?

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BREAK YOUr perceptions 2 years ago

previously living with rabbits. yeah, that sass is on point.

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Yezid Puerto 2 years ago

hahahahahhahahahahah one of the best!!!!

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Monty Is Fiennes 2 years ago

If only...

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Master Markus 2 years ago

Nobody likes a whiner, Sam.

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Virgil Blue 2 years ago

"Oh Rebecca."

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Alia Gail 2 years ago

aw poor crow don't make fun of him

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Maverick rudometkin 2 years ago

when you're trying to do a group project but no one will listen

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Abigail Mejia 2 years ago

Nooooooooo

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PyroKitty 3 months ago

The American Mentality (i'm american, please don't kill me)

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Venomous Sloth 2 years ago

Me in chorus tho

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Daria Mosyagina 2 years ago

Still there!

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Nini 2 years ago

Oh! My spirit animal! (⌒_⌒)

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Maverick rudometkin 2 years ago

when an experiment goes horribly wrong and you get turned into a bird who gets drunkenly transported into the dinosaur period, who wakes up and realizes he is late to work

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Maverick rudometkin 2 years ago

Hell is always an option

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