Trees grow tall and mighty, and they don't care what stands in their way. Neither signs, sculptures, nor other things that we attach to them can match their strength.

We at Bored Panda put together a list of pictures that show "hungry" trees devouring everyday objects just because they can.

So continue scrolling to remind yourself that nature is a force to be reckoned with. And if, for whatever reason, you need more proof after you're done, fire up our earlier publication about the times Mother Earth made people go "well, that sucks."

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Tree Grew Around This Sign, Only Leaving The Word “Help” Visible

Tree Grew Around This Sign, Only Leaving The Word “Help” Visible

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Ms.M.
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2 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

The bark looks like teeth, which adds to the level of creepiness...

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But as much as we admire them, trees are in a lot of trouble. A recent first-of-its-kind study assessing every kind of tree native to the United States found that 11% to 16% of them are threatened with extinction.

The research was carried out across the lower 48 United States over the past five years. It was a collaboration of multiple different organizations throughout the country and even a few global contributors. The result provided a better understanding of the current condition of the local plants and a starting point to work on to protect them.

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This Tree Grew Around A Stone Sculpture Of A Face, Making It Appear As If There Is A Green Man Trapped Inside

This Tree Grew Around A Stone Sculpture Of A Face, Making It Appear As If There Is A Green Man Trapped Inside

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#4

Nom Nom Nom

Nom Nom Nom

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Weirdest Bi You’ll Ever Meet
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2 months ago (edited) Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

The tree munched on the fence and spotted you looking at him. “Wanna have some?”

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#5

This Sculpture Of Jesus At Abandoned Cemetery In Poland Gets Slowly Absorbed By A Tree

This Sculpture Of Jesus At Abandoned Cemetery In Poland Gets Slowly Absorbed By A Tree

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"We can't protect what we don't know about," said Susan Pell, Executive Director of the United States Botanic Garden. "And so we really have to have a baseline of understanding of what things are at risk."

The scientists looked at the extinction risk, patterns of geographic and taxonomic diversity, and leading threats facing the species. The most common threat turned out to be invasive and problematic pests and diseases.

#6

How?

How?

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JoJo Anisko
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2 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Freaky. Remind me never to take a nap leaned up against a tree.

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#8

I Am A Mailman, I Deliver To This Box Every Day

I Am A Mailman, I Deliver To This Box Every Day

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Robert T
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2 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Well a the tree gotta get its copy of Playtree somehow!

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#9

Old John Deere Parked For The Last Time

Old John Deere Parked For The Last Time

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"As we have warmer climates, in our northern parts of our country, we see some of these invasive insects being able to go further north to attack more trees," Pell explained.

For instance, take the Emerald Ash Borer first found in Michigan.

"The early projections when it was first discovered were that it wouldn't make it to Canada. And now with climate change, projections are going to become more widespread in Canada and certainly in the United States," Pell said.

#10

Arms In The Air And Smiling

Arms In The Air And Smiling

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#11

During An Engagement Shoot, We Came Across This Truck In A Tree

During An Engagement Shoot, We Came Across This Truck In A Tree

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#12

The 'Hungry Tree', Slowing Devouring A Park Bench In Dublin, Ireland

The 'Hungry Tree', Slowing Devouring A Park Bench In Dublin, Ireland

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#13

After 10 Months This Tree Has Almost Swallowed A Key

After 10 Months This Tree Has Almost Swallowed A Key

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UncleRussian
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2 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Man tress can't afford a home but I can't afford a 2 bedroom apartment

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Additional climate change threats include worsening drought conditions in parts of the country, widespread wildfires, and more intense storms with heavy rain. Other stressors for trees come from development and agriculture.

"What we’ve identified are the species that are most at risk," Pell said. "And we're also looking at some habitats that are most impressive on some of these areas and coastal environments, for example, that are under threat for development, and thinking about ways that we can conserve plants, both from a land perspective but also looking at what can we do for individual species that are really at risk."

#14

Massive Strangler Fig

Massive Strangler Fig

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Katie Lutesinger
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2 months ago (edited) Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Those things like to snack on entire mysterious lost temples in the jungle - a fence is small potatoes by comparison.

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#15

Tree Astride A Wall

Tree Astride A Wall

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#16

You Would Squint Too, If You Had To Gobble Up A Traffic Sign

You Would Squint Too, If You Had To Gobble Up A Traffic Sign

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#17

This Tree Devouring The Buddha Statue

This Tree Devouring The Buddha Statue

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One thing they can do is protect their habitat. Specialists are also working to put at-risk trees in living collections — places like botanic gardens and arboretums.

Through the study, researchers found that there are currently 17 species of trees not found in living collections that need a new home.

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Trees Sucking On A Swing In New Jersey

Trees Sucking On A Swing In New Jersey

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Asteríx Viking
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2 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

This kind of make it look safe, like "here I got you" the trees says.

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#19

The Way This Tree Is Stripping The Paint Off This Sign Only To Cover Itself In Paint

The Way This Tree Is Stripping The Paint Off This Sign Only To Cover Itself In Paint

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#20

This Forgotten Bike That Grew Into A Tree

This Forgotten Bike That Grew Into A Tree

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🫠Nobody pathetically🫡
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2 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

“Hey oak, check out my new bike, it’s fire.” “Dats so cool, palm, I’m getting a sign for my bday.”

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#21

I Lost These Glasses 10 Years Ago. Apparently, This Young Hackberry Has Taken Over Them

I Lost These Glasses 10 Years Ago. Apparently, This Young Hackberry Has Taken Over Them

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One of them is the Franklin Tree, also known as the Franklinia, which is native to the state of Georgia.

It was collected in the 1800s and never seen in the wild again. Now, however, it's found in over 100 living collections. An encouraging success story when you consider what is at risk if we lose threatened trees.

#22

This Tree Swallowing A Trespassing Sign

This Tree Swallowing A Trespassing Sign

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#23

This Magic 8 Ball Has Been Here For A Magical 8 Years

This Magic 8 Ball Has Been Here For A Magical 8 Years

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#24

This Tree That Has Absorbed It’s Bench Over The Years

This Tree That Has Absorbed It’s Bench Over The Years

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#25

I Don’t Know Why They Had To Replace A Perfectly Good Sign

I Don’t Know Why They Had To Replace A Perfectly Good Sign

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"Our livelihood is the environment," Pell said. "Trees are one of the most important organisms when it comes to the health of our natural environments here in the United States."

As we can see from the pictures, they really want to live. All we need to do is to help them more than we threaten them.

#26

Trees Get Hangry Too

Trees Get Hangry Too

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Deborah Harris
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2 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

It looks like the tree grew a butt just to sit on it 😄

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#27

This Tree Grew Around A Fire Hydrant

This Tree Grew Around A Fire Hydrant

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#28

A Tree In Front Of My Parent's House Grew Around An Old Hand Grenade

A Tree In Front Of My Parent's House Grew Around An Old Hand Grenade

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#29

Was Told This Belongs Here. An Oak Tree Growing Around An Electrical Box

Was Told This Belongs Here. An Oak Tree Growing Around An Electrical Box

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#30

A Victorian-Era Post Box Being Slowly Swallowed By A Tree

A Victorian-Era Post Box Being Slowly Swallowed By A Tree

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Potty pagan panda
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2 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Well it would of been a big job to move the tree

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#31

Tree Grew Into This Rock And Made A Natural Pickaxe

Tree Grew Into This Rock And Made A Natural Pickaxe

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#32

This Tree Grew Over A Grave Stone And Took The Cross With It

This Tree Grew Over A Grave Stone And Took The Cross With It

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#33

My Basketball Hoop From The 90s

My Basketball Hoop From The 90s

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#34

It Knows No Limits. Tree Consumes Metal Sign On The Hiking Trail

It Knows No Limits. Tree Consumes Metal Sign On The Hiking Trail

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#35

Saw This On My Lunch Break Yesterday

Saw This On My Lunch Break Yesterday

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Potty pagan panda
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2 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Feel sorry for the tree really, nothing would like a pole in its side

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#36

Found A Trail With A Bunch Of These

Found A Trail With A Bunch Of These

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InvincibleRodent
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2 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

That brown bear is probably glued/nailed to the bark. The tree would have taken years to grow around it, and the fabric looks pretty much new...

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#37

Motorcycle In Pine. Laconia, NH

Motorcycle In Pine. Laconia, NH

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JoJo Anisko
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2 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I have doubts about this one...the cycle seems unusually long?

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#38

Found At The Abandoned Detroit Packard Plant, A Tree Consuming A Fire Hydrant

Found At The Abandoned Detroit Packard Plant, A Tree Consuming A Fire Hydrant

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#39

Sycamore Tree In France Looks A Bit Menacing After Devouring This No Parking Sign

Sycamore Tree In France Looks A Bit Menacing After Devouring This No Parking Sign

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#40

Tree Sucking On The Silhouette Of A Hiker

Tree Sucking On The Silhouette Of A Hiker

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