45 animal photos you may not believe are real

These photos were caught at the perfect moment, show animals acting like humans, or capture animals doing unlikely things.

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These photos were caught at the perfect moment, show animals acting like humans, or capture animals doing unlikely things.
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  • Animals don’t generally pose for photos the way humans do.
  • So when you capture them at just the right moment doing unusual things, it can be a magnificent thing.
  • These animal photos seem unreal because they capture animals doing unlikely things, show animals acting like humans, or were caught at the perfect moment.
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For some of these unreal photos, the animals were just at the right place at the right time. This baby turtle stands out in the group.

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This poor cat’s face is a means to an end.

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This curious koala seems to be discovering the wonders of the modern lens.

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This shameless monkey seems to be digging for gold.

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In other photos, we see animals that seem to be aware that all eyes are on them …

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… like this smiling pit bull …

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or this pup, who really seems to know how to pose.

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Jump on three! 1…2…

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This kangaroo looks like it knows how to chill …

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… but clearly, this seal is too shy for the camera.

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Who could fear such a smiley creature?

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This super social seal seems to be waving on the beach …

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… and this owl looks like it’s winking at the camera.

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Some photos capture animals seemingly showing a range of emotions, like this sea lion that looks like it’s caught the giggles.

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This sloth appears to be happy as a clam.

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… unlike this goose.

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This little monkey looks like it cannot believe how big its ears are.

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… and this orangutan doesn’t seem to know what’s up.

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This scowling kitten appears to be beyond bothered by something.

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And this bear seems like it just can’t deal right now.

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Is that sea turtle giving us the stink-eye?

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This cat looks absolutely appalled.

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It looks like it’s been a long day for this polar bear.

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This baboon seems like it’s had a long day also.

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Can you believe it? It looks like this squirrel can’t.

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Some photos capture animals seemingly doing human activities like dancing. This bear seems to have found nature’s groove …

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… and these lions look like they’re waltzing.

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These baby gorillas seem to be salsa-dancing, and mom doesn’t look impressed.

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This dancing queen is reaching for the stars.

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Some animals have been caught singing, too, or at least looking like it. This trio appears to be singing in unison …

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… and these braying camels could be an a cappella group.

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Animals have been caught engaging in other human-like activities, too. This Frenchie appears to be doing yoga, and it has the bird dog pose down …

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… and this bear looks like it’s meditating.

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This cat looks like it’s playing a game of Twister …

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… and this dog is clearly a skater.

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This bison seems like it has places to be …

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… and so does this dog.

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Other animals have been caught showing affection the way humans do. These loving prairie dogs have this hugging thing down!

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Every heard of tough love? This angry lion doesn’t seem to be phasing its cub.

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This koala looks like it’s helping its friend with their look.

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This generous dog is playing mama for these baby tigers.

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In this other unlikely relationship, this majestic creature doubles as a head scratcher.

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And what’s more human-like than taking a selfie? This monkey looks like it knows what its doing …

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… and this horse looks like it has posed for a selfie before.

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Is this pug taking a selfie, too?

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