These animals really didn’t want their pictures taken

These animals really didn’t want their pictures taken
Animal photographers might have the best job in the world. But as adorable as their subjects are, they are not always easy to capture on camera – or very well-behaved. Trying to explain to a cheetah he needs to sit still, or ask a shy fox to strike a pose is unfortunately impossible – so sometimes the pictures don’t exactly turn out as planned.
Clever little guy
This cheeky little meerkat figured he could make good use of this giant who had turned up at his home with some weird object in his hands.
Credit: Will Burrard Lucas
These animals are known to be curious and always alert – constantly scanning the savanna for possible threats. So what could be a better idea than climb up on this volunteer look out post to get a better view?


Thursday January 01, 1970

Had enough
This lion has just had it with all these tourists turned wannabe wildlife photographers. Think you can outsmart a lioness and take her picture without her consent? Think again.
Had enough
This annoyed lion lady was probably having a bit of a rough day, and the last thing she needed was another camera shoved in her face. So she took matters into her own paws and simply stole it (and probably chewed it up into tiny pieces). Hopefully it was insured!


Thursday January 01, 1970

Teamwork
Monkeys are some of the smartest animals on earth, and are both playful and curious. They are also known for being fearless of humans. So leaving your camera unattended near a gang of monkeys – probably not a great idea. Good luck ever getting it back!
Credit: John Greene Photography
These guys will have it figured out in no time, and soon enough they’ll be the ones taking the pictures. And we won’t even be surprised if they take good ones.


Thursday January 01, 1970

Big mistake, guys
Taking pictures of wild animals can come with some risks. But these guys kind of look like they had this unfortunate situation coming. First of all, four dudes have no way of all fitting behind a tree and second of all, they make too much noise.
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Taking pictures of wild animals requires stealth, because even the slightest sound will scare them off – or piss them off. The latter seems to be the case here, and we just hope this wild chase had a happy ending for every animal involved.

Casual lemur
This lemur looks pretty comfortable up there, but he probably doesn’t realize the girl would prefer if he jumped down to sit in front of her for a second so she could snap a great picture.
Casual lemur
Luckily for her though, another photographer was around to take this one – which is actually super adorable. Most of us won’t ever be able to say we once met a lemur who hung out on our shoulder, and have a cool picture to prove it.

Let’s cuddle instead
Sometimes, if you’re a really lucky wildlife photographer, the animals you come across are neither shy nor aggressive – but up for a cuddle instead! This woman was precisely that lucky this day.
Credit: Liba Radova
She probably didn’t except the little weasel to come up tp her, and let alone lean in this close. But who could resist this cute little guy! We definitely understand why she would give up on any attempt to take his picture, and instead focus on some cuddles.

Back off!
This guy learned the hard and painful way you don’t just take an eagle’s picture and get away with it. These creatures are fast, have amazing vision, and razor sharp claws. So they’re definitely not animals you want to mess with.
Back off!
They are also very territorial, so perhaps this photographer made the big mistake of coming too close to a nest, and the angry mother decided to quickly put him in his place. We just hope the poor guy is ok!

Heard of personal space?
Bears can sometime be terrifying and other times it’s as if they’re big teddybears come to life. Luckily for this photographer, these two belong to the latter category.
Heard of personal space?
This picture is every kid’s dream come true – going out into the woods and meeting a giant Winnie the Pooh who just wants to be your friend. Unfortunately most wild bears don’t behave this way, so if you ever meet one in the woods – it’s probably better to not walk up to it and expect cuddles.

What is this monster?!
This kitten is positively terrified of the camera, however we can’t help but think he’s being a little over dramatic. But perhaps it was the first time he ever saw such a weird thing, or maybe there is a really scary thing on the other side of the lens.
What is this monster?!
Either way, we’re happy someone was nearby and could snap this picture – because kittens grow fast, and this little one is way too cute to not be immortalized at any opportunity.

Terrifying
This picture captures every safari visitor’s worst nightmare. The whole point of going on safari is to safely admire wild animals in their natural habitat – not to end up their lunch.
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That’s exactly why trained safari rangers will accompany anyone who decides to jeep around the savanna. So we’re not sure why this startled photographer seems to be all by himself. But we do really hope some kind of miracle happened to prevent the disaster that’s about to happen in the picture.

I’ll help you
This little guy is just as adorable as he is helpful. Rather than politely posing in front of the camera, he decided to instead help the photographer adjust the white balance and shutter speed to ensure his pictures would be of best possible quality.
I’ll help you
Not only did he fix the settings for him, he also took a very close look to make sure the result was exactly as he wanted. This guy is truly lucky to get all this professional help.

Let’s play, grandpa
Who could focus on getting a perfect picture, when the cutest white tiger baby in the world is literally climbing on top of your head? This old man looks like he has given up the fight, and is enjoying having this furry baby cat messing up his hair and glasses.
Let’s play, grandpa
These beautiful animals are almost extinct, so to get to play with one like this is a truly rare experience most of us will never get yo enjoy.

I live here now
Squirrels are curious little animals, and can quite easily be taught to jump up in your hand (if you are holding peanuts or something equally delicious, that is). Since they have become used to living in close proximity to humans, even the wildest ones aren’t really all that wild.
Credit: Dalia Kvedaraite
So for an animal photographer in training, they are the perfect subject. They might even walk straight up to the camera and get a little too close and comfortable, just like this one did.

Just playing
Camera equipment does not come cheap, as any professional photographer knows. So if you’re planning to focus your career on wildlife photography, keep in mind the field comes with its pros and cons.
Just playing
Yes, on the one hand you get to hang out with beautiful wild animals all day long. But on the other, said beautiful wild animals do not care how expensive your equipment is. They don’t see a camera – they see a toy made just for them.

Is there food in there?
This photographer had not exactly expected this to happen when investing in this camera. The idea was to get the best possible pictures – not for the animals to actually be able to fit inside it.
Is there food in there?
This cute deer is clearly not intimidated, not by the camera and not by the man in his camouflage jacket. Instead, she decided the chance of maybe scoring some easy food was worth the risk of approaching a human being. Better luck next time!

I’ll show you
This fox is looking pretty fierce in this picture, and maybe it’s because he is in control of the camera for once. It’s clear he does not want to be photographed anymore, and is instead angling the lens towards something else – or perhaps someone else?
I’ll show you
It kind of looks like the owner of that camera is on the other side, hoping the fox won’t ruin his precious equipment while the fox is basically smirking and saying “gotcha.”

Who are you photographing exactly?
This man looks resigned to the fact that these lemurs just aren’t cooperating. Instead, they are much more interested in sitting on his shoulders and peak through the lens themselves. But to be honest, you can’t expect much else when working with lemurs.
Who are you photographing exactly?
They are not dogs – they don’t like to be told what to do and they have zero interest in catering to humans. And they can get pretty feisty if they don’t get their way, so hopefully this man didn’t try to shake his new pals off.

Failed plan
Succeeding in getting natural looking pictures of wild animals is all about staying incognito. The animals can’t as much as suspect your presence, or they will definitely not act natural. This photographer had a very ambitious plan on how to blend in with nature, but failed miserably.
Failed plan
He had figured no animal would even notice him in an igloo in this winter wonderland. But he underestimated how curious foxes are and ended up with a lot of dark close-ups of a fox’s snout.

Ready for my close-up
Goats are the obnoxious clowns of the animal world, which makes them hilarious to be around – but terrible to photograph. Goats are more or less obsessed with food, but are not great at distinguishing between edible and inedible objects.
Ready for my close-up
That is why they will confidently walk up to anyone and try chewing on their clothes, their hair, their camera strap – or the whole camera itself. Even if they eventually realize these things are not tasty, the objects themselves might not look the same ever again.

Stay put, please!
This is the dream scenario for any butterfly photographer. Having a pretty one like this not just sit still, but land on your hand and keep its wings open. It’s almost as if he did it on purpose just to tease, as he chose to land right above the camera lens.
Credit: Kenneth Silagy
And it’s pretty impressive the guy managed to stay still, with one hand get out a second camera (or perhaps his phone) and snap this cute picture.

Let me see
This fox might have posed for a photo shoot, but like any business savvy model he wants his say on which pics will make it to print. Luckily for him the photographer seems more than willing to show off his work, and hopefully the two could agree on at least a few.
Let me see
They both look so focused and professional it’s honestly hard to remember this is is just a curious fox who has no idea what he’s looking at.

I’m right behind you…
The scariest part in any horror movie is when the monster is actually right behind his unsuspecting next victim. Well, squirrels might not be movie monsters – but we kind of get those vibes here anyway.
I’m right behind you…
He looks a little too rabid to be just a regular squirrel, and the photographer looks very much unaware someone is hitching a ride on his backpack. Which is a shame, ’cause if he turned around and quickly flashed his camera he could get a very cool picture.

Director’s cut
This koala looks like the sweetest movie director in the wold. Like an old and somewhat confused man who never yells at the actors, takes his time and in the end creates a total masterpiece against all odds.
Meet the director
Or, it might just be a koala who stumbled across a weird object and decided to explore it. But hey, we’re grateful for whoever snapped this picture at the exact right moment to make it look like somewhere in the world there is a koala directing movies.

Just adorable
Laying in the grass, with Bambi tapping away at your back and a baby fox by your side – could life get any better? This picture alone could make anyone want to give up whatever career path they’re currently on, and instead become a wildlife photographer.
Credit: Liba Radova
But the profession should probably come with a few warnings, the most important being your work environment will be so filled with cute and fluffy distractions, you will rarely get any actual work done.

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