You’ve probably seen hundreds of cats and dogs doing funny, clever and adorable stuff on the internet. But there are plenty of other animals who also deserve your LOLs, OMGs and awwws.
To prove it, we’ve rounded up some of the best animal GIFs from around the web. From peckish sloth babies to hippos swallowing entire watermelons, explore the animal kingdom’s delightful diversity via the medium of moving pixels. Then get out and explore nature for real!
A long shift on guard duty has taken its toll on this sleepy meerkat.
Parenting polar bear cubs looks even more exhausting…
…And bringing up a baby tiger is no easy task.
With no trees around, this koala has had to improvise.
Bamboo leaves? No thanks. Human food is much tastier.
Next time you feel like dating is too much effort, remember that male giraffes use their necks as weapons when fighting for females. Their necks.
Bromance is important too—these lions know the value of male bonding.
Otters hold hands to avoid losing their friends. Isn’t nature great?
Here’s the exact moment this baby elephant realised how great having a trunk can be.
What’s cuter than a panda on a slide?
Baby sloths eating things. That’s what’s cuter.
Surprise chameleon attacks are the worst. Especially if you’re a praying mantis.
Crabs are famous for their sick sense of rhythm, don’t ya know.
When this happens on your first day at penguin school, you know it’s going to be a bumpy ride.
Caution: do not try playing sleeping lions with actual sleeping lions.
If you challenge an owl to a staring contest, you will almost definitely lose.
Cockatoos always win in a dance-off…
…and hippos will destroy you when it comes to competitive eating.
Kangaroos are good at lots of things, but basketball isn’t one of them.
Alright, that’s enough animal GIFs for now. See you next time!