If we didn’t know better, we would have thought that a photographer had made it to a new planet and beamed back some shots of the indigenous wildlife! That, or the UFOs finally landed, and our new overlords revealed themselves. In reality, you’ve almost certainly heard of this creature – it’s just a moose!
Its long snout is obscured by the fact that the camera is pointed straight at it, and its odd teeth are just because it’s enjoying some leaves. The antlers don’t look the way that we usually picture them, but it’s not like we’re experts. They actually look a lot softer than we’ve been led to believe.
Enjoying the Heat
There are few members of the animal kingdom that don't enjoy a nice, relaxing dip in the hot springs every once in a while. From humans all the way down to rodents, they're universally enjoyed. These snow monkeys have found a nice place to hang on and keep warm in Japan. They look so cozy.
We wouldn't mind joining them if we thought they would be cool with it. How many other people have hung out in hot springs with monkeys? We bet that there are a bunch of people in Japan who have checked that particular item off their bucket list.
Making Van Damme Proud
Birds are very much at home in the trees, but usually, they find a place to stand that is more comfortable than this one. Why a little swamp sparrow would choose to straddle between two big tree trunks or limbs is beyond us, but it must have some kind of reasoning.
Maybe it just saw some of the classics made by the Muscles from Brussels, like “Bloodsport” or “Double Impact,” and it wanted to do its best Jean-Claude Van Damme impression. Not bad, not bad at all. Certainly a lot better than we could do, especially in such a tight spot.
Showing off the Best Parts
Wouldn't it be a little nice to be a squirrel? Think about it. You can leap from one tree to the next, enjoy all the nuts and seeds you want, and have a big, fluffy tail to enjoy as you're running around in the great outdoors. There might be some downsides, but you can ignore those kinds of things, right? You still have the tail, and that's all that matters.
This squirrel knows that the photographer doesn't need to look at its face – the tail is the real money maker. Look at those wonderful shades. Red, black, white, gray – a wonder of nature.
Always on Alert
An African buffalo stares down the photographer while the bird on its head (most likely a cattle egret but don't quote us on that) scans for interesting sights on the horizon. This is a classic example of a symbiotic relationship occurring in nature – the bird rides on the buffalo from place to place, picking bugs off the hide. The bird gets a snack, while the buffalo stays safe from parasites like tics. Yes, even buffalo have to worry about tics.
Not everything is perfect about this setup, as we can see from the dribble of waste snaking down the buffalo's face, but you have to take the good with the bad.