20 Bizarre Photos Of Wild Animals Who Didn’t Realize They Were Being Snapped By Hidden Trail Cams

If you’ve ever been fascinated by what wild animals get up to when they think nobody’s watching, you may want to invest in a trail camera. Battery operated and triggered by motion, they’re perfect for secretly capturing the often-hilarious antics of Mother Nature’s best and brightest. Indeed, these images are all the evidence you need to prove that animals are just as kooky as us humans are.

Flying squirrels usually feast on things like fruit, insects and birds’ eggs. But even if you’re not on the menu, you’re probably going to run out of the way when one comes zooming towards you – just like this clearly terrified deer did. Hopefully, though, the winged demon is just after those apples on the ground.

Clearly, whoever raised this bird feeder off the ground didn’t give the raccoons enough credit. It seems, after all, as though these clever critters really know how to work together to achieve a common goal. Which, when you think about it, is more than can be said for a lot of humans.

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This coyote chorus howling at the moon seems like something out of a cartoon. In reality, though, it’s a perfectly timed shot captured by a well-positioned trail cam. But any which way, we’d like to see the shots taken immediately afterwards to find out just what that glowing pair of eyes belong to…

Not all deer are happy padding along on all fours like some kind of, well, animal. This gallant individual, for example, seems to have mastered the art of walking on two legs just like a human. Good luck actually spotting a deer doing this in the wild, though. It’s obvious that the adorable ruminants don’t want to reveal to us just how intelligent they really are.

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Even in the deer community, it’s apparently important to be fashionable – and that’s something this animal clearly knows only too well. After all, no deer just rolls out of the grass in the morning looking that perfectly groomed – and we bet that stylish ’do takes some work to maintain, too. We can’t say we don’t admire its effort, though, considering how impressive the results are.

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Did you know that there’s a rare species of deer that can levitate? Okay, maybe not, but that’s sure what this mid-hop creature looks like he’s doing. In reality, he’s probably just chasing after a potential mate – but like an awkward teenager, he’s doing it with absolutely zero subtlety. Come on, guy, just play it cool…

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While the deer are distracted by their meal, this raccoon seems to have figured out that they’re all being watched. But it’s no surprise that, of the three, the little fella would be the one to cotton on. After all, raccoons are known for being curious creatures – and they’re not called “masked bandits” for nothing.

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As if this gathering weren’t already creepy enough, it’s made even more so by the animals all staring ominously in the direction of the camera. Has this trail cam owner accidentally stumbled upon a tribe of highly intellectual deer? Probably not – but if you’re ever in need of inspiration for a horror story, here it is.

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What was that we said about raccoons working together? Well, this pic, in which one raccoon looks to be providing for the rest of its companions, is further proof if ever you needed it. Total squad goals.

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This bird looks seriously cheesed off that someone’s been brazen enough to leave their trail cam in the vicinity. In fact, we dread to think what the next few pictures were like. Presumably, the winged one was so furious that it destroyed the camera in a fit of rage. At least, that’s what those crazy eyes are saying to us.

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Thanks to trail cam images like this one, the world now knows that flying squirrels really have developed a taste for deer. (Well, maybe.) Unfortunately, though, this poor victim doesn’t seem to have yet received the memo.

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We’ve really no idea what’s happening in this image, but that doesn’t stop it from being perhaps the most hilarious deer pic of all time. You can almost hear him screaming “Don’t look at me!” as he realizes that there’s a camera watching his every embarrassing move. Sorry, friend: you’ve been immortalized on the internet now. And nothing ever leaves the internet.

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These party animals are clearly having the time of their lives underneath this broken deer feeder. And this shot also makes us wonder if raccoons understand the concept of “portion control;” after all, that’s a serious amount of feed right there. What we know for sure, though, is that we wouldn’t want to be the ones clearing up the mess they leave behind…

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There’s always one, right? That bossy individual who feels the need to order the rest of the group around. Turns out that that’s a truism which extends into the animal kingdom, too, judging from this snap. Yes, it really looks like this guy is in the middle of giving his fellow deer a vehement telling-off.

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Have you ever seen a pair of foxes do serious battle? Well, it happens more often than you might think – among cubs, anyway. In fact, there’s a social hierarchy among foxes that’s established very early on in their lives. And the showdown captured here seems to be a “trial of strength” between two individuals, both of whom may be attempting to knock the other down.

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While foxes fighting on their hind legs is definitely a thing, it’s arguably rarer to see deer giving it a go. But as these two prove, it does happen. Usually, it’s when they don’t have any antlers to butt together; instead, they have to clamber up to their feet like people and do battle with their incredibly sharp hooves. And it’s not something we’d want to be stuck in the middle of, no siree.

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As it turns out, flying squirrels aren’t the only airborne creatures that deer need to watch out for. And while this owl may be punching slightly above its weight, you can’t blame it for giving it a go. In fact, given how terrifying those talons look, we actually don’t fancy the deer’s chances much in this battle…

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There’s nothing like hitching a ride from a bigger kid. After all, that’s what we all did before we were old enough to drive, right? This raccoon’s just taking that ethos into the animal kingdom. Fortunately, though, the hog doesn’t seem to mind that much. And it’s undeniably lovely when nature’s creatures work together in harmony.

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This was apparently the last image that this trail cam ever captured. Clearly, the bird wasn’t happy with having its privacy invaded like that. Then again, we can’t say we blame it; how would you react to finding that a camera’s been secretly watching your every move? Think about it: nobody’s ever watched The Truman Show and thought, “I wish this was reality.”

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This coyote is presumably rethinking its all-guns-blazing attack. After all, those deer don’t seem in the slightest bit bothered by it, which may be all the more surprising considering how easily they run away from humans. Then again, the coyote is a lot smaller and isn’t carrying a weapon. We’d love to see how this one played out…

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Fear not: there are plenty more hilarious animal antics where these came from. Yep, whether they’re falling from trees, getting stuck in holes or bonking their heads, creatures can get themselves into rather sticky situations. And if you’re anything like us, you won’t even feel that bad for laughing at them.

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We’ve seen a seal on an iceberg before, but this is the first iceberg we’ve ever seen on a seal. We’re just starting to realize, though, that a film about a vegan version of Flipper would have been a very different movie indeed.

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This headfirst facepalm might be a good indicator of why pandas are struggling to survive as a species. While those little waggling legs may be decidedly cute, this guy is as defenseless as a turtle stuck on his back.

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“Oh noooo! I’m stuck in a toob. They said it would be slimming, but I didn’t sign up for this! Howmah gonna weasel my way otter this one? Someone help! I’m just an armless ferret!”

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Poor Mufasa was so exhausted from sleeping in a sun-patch all day that he couldn’t muster the strength for that final climb. Instead, there’s the slow slide down the side of the couch. Just out of the frame there’s a kitten called Simba who’s about to be Scarred for life…

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Okay, let’s start with the obvious: there’s a lizard on that cat’s nose. Right from the gecko we know that’s weird, right? It’s a David and Goliath battle, but we know who we’d bet on. Get off that cat’s nose while you still have time, lizard! We can already tell that this tail doesn’t end well…

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On his days off from saving the world, Mighty Mouse in fact likes to get oiled up and train for American Ninja Warrior. He hopes to not only be the first mouse to complete the course but to beat any feline records, too.

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“Hedgehog was here and now hedgehog is gone. All is now tube. Was hedgehog ever really real?” *sigh* “Hedgehog needs to stop eating every mushroom he finds in the woods.”

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Galah Cockatoos can fly in winding woodland. They can sing and almost perfectly reproduce the voices that they hear. They are an intelligent, majestic bird. But can they do stairs? Nope. They go rigid and start doing forward rolls.

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The funny thing about this is that garage doors go up really slowly. This lazy cat must have seen his impending doom long before it happened and still managed to get stuck. Don’t worry, though; he was fine… after he got rescued by the police.

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This round raccoon managed to get himself stuck headfirst in an army tank. Luckily, some soldiers were on hand, and they eventually managed to pull him free. Poor little guy probably thought he’d find some food in there – and not internet fame.

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Kitty, just because he bit you doesn’t mean you need to bite him back. While we might normally give points for perseverance, in this case we can only hope you give up as soon as possible. For everyone’s sake.

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Bird 1: Mmmph furmurm mmf phurmmpfh mm mmph ma mmph mmorrumph
*spit*
Bird 2: What?
Bird 1: I said – thank God you’re just a tit and not a swallow.

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Now, most music aficionados know that a standard classical guitar has six strings and 19 frets on the neck with which to manipulate them. But did you know a sharp smack on the base of the guitar unleashes a secret, angry, 20th f’ret?

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This one isn’t actually a fail. This is one comfy bird who’s jammed himself perfectly in his element. “Oh, what’s that? You are stuck. Ah, right. I guess we’ll have to lever you out then…”

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You know there’s a real shortage of food when crocs have to start turning on their own kind for sustenance. Let’s just hope that there wasn’t a man attached to that Croc, since this could have been a whole different story: “Croc eats man, saves Crocs.”

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Now, this is dumb. Question: would you try and pull this guy out by his adorable tiny feet or just pop him into the cage like a fat little cork? Either way, though, you’re going to need to buy yourself a bigger bowl-hole.

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See, some dumb cats can’t even read basic English. Indeed, her expression seems to say, “What are you laughing at?” Well, you’ll know soon, little lady. And it’s going to be a sticky day indeed for you. However, definitely don’t try to lick it off.

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This is what happens when you’re a red squirrel and you try to muscle your way into a grey squirrel’s feeding grounds. You get caught by King Squizzle the Grey, and he subsequently sentences you to a day in the stocks. We assume.

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Raccoons are taking fashion way too far nowadays. If you ask us, that is unnecessarily excessive bling – even if this critter can strike a fierce pose. In fact, we’d go as far as saying that that’s also too much eyeshadow.

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You know you’re a stupid polar bear when you mistake your buddy’s pee for a hot shower. You have literally never even heard of a hot shower, bear. What makes you think you suddenly found one now?

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