50 Nonsensical Animal Pics That Raise More Questions Than They Answer (New Pics)
Many people’s social media feeds are full to the brim with polished, seemingly ‘perfect’ photos of life in the lap of luxury. Even the pet and wildlife photos that you come across look so brilliant that you might sometimes feel like your own photography skills don’t compare. Not by a longshot. And yet, there’s something to be said for pictures where timing is far more important than the technique or composition. Real life might not be as fabulous as a heavily-edited media feed, but it's just as interesting.
Funny, bizarre, and nonsensical—that’s just the tip of the adjective iceberg when we’re talking about the ‘Doggo Taxi’ Instagram account. A niche page of 57.4k followers, it shares hilarious and weird pics of animals at home, on the city streets, and in nature. The photos are brimming with emotions and they provide a fresh lens to see your favorite animals through. And yes, these pictures really do require a lot of extra context because some of them made us do a double take.
As you’re scrolling down, give the animals a gentle boop by clicking on the upvote button, and be sure to let all the Pandas know which pics you loved the most. Not to sway your opinions or anything, but we feel like the pigeon with the leaf stuck on its face is the perfect metaphor for the state of the world in 2022. Don’t you? We’d title it either ‘Resilience’ or ‘Oh Fudge, What Now?’ if we could.
Oh, and in case you want to get your paws on some more nonsensical animal pics, you should definitely take a peek at Bored Panda's previous post about 'Doggo Taxi' over here.
Bored Panda was interested in getting to grips with animal and pet photography, so we reached out to Michelle Wood, a member of the team running the Comedy Pet Photography Awards, as well as The Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards. The photo of the pigeon with the leaf on its face, entitled 'I guess summer's over,' was taken by John Speirs and won the Spectrum Photo Creatures in the Air Award in the latter competition last year.
We also got in touch with Toronto pet photographer, Karen Weiler of Posh Pets Photography. Scroll down for both of Bored Panda's interviews, dear Readers!
Bored Panda asked Michelle about the differences when photographing pets and taking pictures of animals in the wild. She said that the basics of photography apply in both cases, however, usually, "you do have more control over the animal if it is a pet (unless you’re photographing a cat maybe) rather than, say a wildebeest."
"With a pet, it might be possible to help the narrative along a little, with treats, commands, some training, and help from whoever happens to be in the house. It’s a bit trickier out in the bush when observation and patience are key. But there are so many types of amazing wildlife to photograph and some much closer to home than you think. And you always need a bit of luck in both genres," she said.
"Last year, in the competition [The Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards 2021], a common pigeon with a leaf covering its face came very close to winning the whole thing. It was a wonderfully timed and charming shot," Michelle told Bored Panda, referring to Speirs' wonderful shot that got one of the top awards. The photo has become so iconic that it's been shared and reshared all over social media and the news.
In Michelle's opinion, patience "is definitely top of the list" of qualities vital for aspiring animal photographers. "You can’t rush these things," she said, adding that knowing your subject's habits and routine inside out is also important.
"It can really help to know, for example, where to position yourself at certain times of the day, when the light is best and you know the animal—wild or domestic will be most at ease being photographed."
We were also curious to get Michelle's take on how photographers can stop beating themselves up if they weren't quick enough to capture an incredible scene.
"Photography should be fun and rewarding but sometimes it seems like you have wasted a lot of time when you haven’t got the shot you wanted. We would say, firstly keep your expectations low, see how it goes, enjoy the process not just the outcome, you’ll be learning all the time and sometimes the mistakes teach us more than the brilliant shots. And keep going!! There’s always a new shot to be had," she encouraged photographers to never give up. Perseverance is key!
The winners of the Comedy Pet Photography Awards 2022 will be announced on September 14. Meanwhile, The Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards contest is still open and you can enter your photos until September 1. You'll find the finalists from this year's Comedy Pet Photography Awards featured in our recent article here.
Meanwhile, Toronto pet photographer Karen, of Posh Pets Photography, shared with Bored Panda that while cats and dogs are her regular clients, she also has the opportunity to photograph other 'domestics' from time to time.
"Rabbits, guinea pigs, and hedgehogs are fun, but working with them is completely different. It is all about learning about their behaviors and finding the way that they communicate so that you can capture their attention in a kind and enjoyable way," she shared.
"The biggest difference between studio and outdoor sessions is the fact that you WILL need additional light in the form of strobe/flash/constant light sources for indoor, studio work. While I personally choose to blend ambient and flash ‘in the wild’ during most of my sessions, there are many photographers that use natural light only outside. It is good to be able to do both as some pets do react adversely to strobe light. It’s rare, but it happens. So, having the option to photograph using available, natural light is an asset," the photography expert said.
According to the Toronto-based pet photographer, knowing your camera well and getting good at anticipating behavior can help when taking animal photos on the fly. "It sets you up for success. Also, try to control your lighting—even if it just means altering your position to take the photo from a better angle," she said.
"But, ultimately, if you see a moment, take the photograph. It is better to have tried and have a chance of capturing the moment, than to have missed it completely," Karen, the founder of Posh Pets Photography, told Bored Panda.
The ‘Doggo Taxi’ Instagram project is very chill and full of postmodern vibes. The photos show such an unusual, incredibly emotional side of animals that it’s very hard to look away. The images are expressive, powerful, and made us giggle harder than we’d care to admit aloud.
What’s more, the photos strike a very nice balance between accidental brilliance (who here hasn’t taken a wonderful snap completely by accident?) and the photographers’ ability to adapt to strange situations on the fly. The result is a ton of entertainment… and the sudden realization that we might not be so different from the smartphone-scrolling raccoon in the car.
Recently, Bored Panda spoke about the importance of perspective with professional photographer Dominic Sberna, who is based in Ohio.
"The angle of vantage for the photographer can really change an image," he explained to us that the perspective is incredibly vital when considering the story the photographer wants to tell the audience.
"It all depends on what you're going for. It's best to play around and try different things to see what looks best and what works best depending on your subject," he said that you have to be willing to experiment a bit with different perspectives to get the type of mood you had in mind.
Meanwhile, the professional mentioned that the more focused you are on your goals, the better you’ll perform. Remember what you’re trying to achieve as you’re working with the camera.
"Make sure to not lose sight of what you're trying to achieve in your image. Have a clear goal in mind with what you're trying to convey,” Dominic told Bored Panda that clarity and focus work wonders.
"Follow the rules of composition and don't make things too small,” he added how photography enthusiasts can avoid making mistakes. “I have photos of rock climbers at a national park in Nevada, where I personally feel the overall perspective is a bit lost.”
He added. "Make sure the audience is able to understand what it is they're supposed to be seeing and comparing the perspective to the surroundings at hand.”
Now, we love all animals equally here at Bored Panda and we believe that their welfare is paramount. However, it’s our Feline Overlords who pay our bills and give us our daily rations of bamboo. So we have to prioritize talking about cats, don’t we? We thought it’d be great to remind you about a few things that cats love and loathe.
PDSA Vet Nurse Shauna Spooner told us during an earlier interview that cats are harder to read than dogs. However, one thing that they dislike is being stared at. They find it intimidating. “Often the quickest way to help them feel at ease and get them to come to you, is to avoid direct eye contact. If you see your cat slowly blinking or squinting at you—this is them showing affection and trust, and guess what? You can do it back to your cat to tell them the same thing!"
Vet Nurse Shauna revealed that cats rub up to us when we come back home because they have scent glands on their face that release pheromones: they’re welcoming us back into their social group by marking us with their scent.
"If you work from home often, you’re probably used to your furry friends roaming across your computer or sitting on your lap throughout the day. Though it might be inconvenient when you’re trying to meet a deadline, your cat is trying to get your attention, so take it as a compliment!”
Meanwhile, PDSA Vet Claire Roberts explained to Bored Panda that it’s vital for cats, dogs, and rabbits to have their yearly vaccinations and to get regular full check-ups from their veterinarians.
“Older pets or those with specific medical conditions may benefit from seeing the vet more regularly, to help pick up any problems early. And of course, all pets should be taken to see a vet if they are unwell or injured at any time,” she said.
Vet Claire revealed some information about how different animals behave around us. “Some pets, including rabbits and guinea pigs, are naturally prey species which means they will be nervous of larger animals such as us humans! They will generally not enjoy being picked up high in the air, so try sitting on the floor with them in a secure area or in their enclosure, where they can choose to come to you. As they become more comfortable with you, you can groom them, or even carefully lift them onto your lap. Children should always be supervised when with animals.”
If you happen to keep a larger pet, it’s important that they get used to being touched, groomed, and handled while they’re still young so that they’re fine with vets checking their health.
“When you go to the vet, a check-up may include the vet or nurse looking at your pet’s ears, mouth, and feeling over their body for lumps and bumps—if they are used to being touched in these areas, it will be a less stressful experience for them,” the vet said.
“All pets should have the right environment with warm and comfy spaces to rest, exercise, and play. They also need areas where they can behave naturally. For example, cats like to have some higher spaces where they climb and can look down on us, and areas to scratch. Rabbits will need a large space with room to lie down, stretch, stand on their back legs, and areas to hop around and dig. Smaller animals like hamsters and gerbils will also have their own requirements including space and materials to burrow and nest,” the PDSA explained to Bored Panda.
“Preventive care will help to keep pets healthy, including vaccinations and treatments against parasites like fleas. If a pet gets ill or becomes injured they should receive prompt veterinary care. And don’t forget about their dental health!”