We've put together our favourite funny animal pictures for you to enjoy! From pigs in shades to grinning dogs, check out the weird and wonderful world of the animal kingdom...
Well we have some lovely news to share…
Tian Tian the giant panda at Edingburgh zoo is pregnant and likely to give birth this month!
The 10-year-old panda underwent artificial insemination in April after her male counterpart Yang Guang (loaned to the zoo from China) stubbornly decline to mate with her.
Funny factor: Cute! We can’t wait to see the new baby panda pics!
What’s the story? Lilo is a tiger wannabe! Matt Curan from Surfers Paradise in Australia decided to get 10-month old Lilo dyed this adorable tiger pattern for his niece’s birthday party. She loved it and even said he looked like Tigger from Winnie the Pooh. We reckon everyone on the beach will have to take a second look at him, or they’ll have quite the fright!
Funny factor: Hilarious! We want one!
What’s the story? A pair of dog lovers decided to take their passion one step further and photograph their much loved Sheepdogs in as many human-like ways possible. This is by far our favourite pic of sisters Sophie and Sarah having a very civilised banquet together!
Funny factor: Brilliant! Wish we could join them for dinner.
What’s the story? A cheery-looking southern elephant seal in the Falkland Islands was only too happy to pose for the cameras.
Funny factor: Hilarious! You’ve got to love a smiley seal!
What’s the story? This lion cub may have bitten off more than it could chew when it tried to take a nibble from its mother’s back.
Funny factor: Mischievous lion cub – what’s not to love?
What’s the story? This squirrel knows how to cool down – have an ice cream. We’re not quite sure how he got the it (let’s hope he didn’t steal it from a child) but he certainly looks like he’s enjoying it!
Funny factor: We want this squirrel – and the ice cream!
What’s the story? What better way to keep cool on a hot day than a little outdoor shower?
Funny factor: Adorable – we just love how it looks like he’s smiling!
What’s the story? A rabbit takes part in a pet version of the Olympics at the London Pet Show.
Funny factor: More like athletic factor! That is one fit rabbit.
What’s the story? This is one seriously sleepy panda! The gorgeous cub is only 50 days old and she still doesn’t have a proper name yet. Keepers, who are hand-rearing her, have nicknamed her ‘Lazy Girl’ because she still hasn’t opened her eyes and spends her days eating and sleeping – cute! We can’t get over how adorable she is.
What name do you think suits this sleepy cub? Let us know in the comment box below!
Funny factor: What a cutie – can we have her?
What’s the story? Colchester Zoo has a new addition to its aardvark family – a super cute baby aardvark. The baby was born to mother Oq and the pair will stay in the birthing burrow until it’s strong enough to be mixed with the other aardvarks.
Funny factor: So sweet!
What’s the story? A mother bear teaches her cubs how to play ball at a zoo in Germany with plenty of splashing around in the water and passing the ball around before it was clawed to pieces!
Funny factor: Looks like fun
What’s the story? Two orphaned baby owls are having a hoot of a time after moving into the home of their zoo keeper, Jimmy Robinson. They were hatched in an incubator at Longleat Safari Park and are being hand reared and given 24-hour care by Jimmy.
Funny factor: Off the scale!
What’s the story? A squirrel enjoys drinking a peanut-flavoured smoothie through a straw in the park.
Funny factor: Very and we like his style
What’s the story? A baby long-tailed monkey relaxes with its mum and dad at a wildlife refuge in Indonesia.
Funny factor: Cheeky monkeys!
What’s the story? A poodle at Crufts 2012 gets a blow dry in preparation for the annual dog show.
Funny factor: Hilarious!
What’s the story? Thought keeping a dog was expensive? Well Emperor the Red Tibetan mastiff will cost its new owner a whopping £1million before it even reaches its new dog basket. The huge pooch is on sale at a trade show in China.
Funny factor: Beautiful dog but £1million? That’s bonkers!
What’s the story? This duck had a less-than-smooth-landing when it tried to land on a frozen pond in Portsmouth. After slipping and sliding around, it figured out that this funny walk would get it safely across the ice.
Funny factor: Cute and comical!
What’s the story? Another star of ITV show Super Tiny Animals (30th November 2011).
Funny factor: We can’t believe how tiny this little pig is – so cute!
What’s the story? This tiny horse features in ITV show Super Tiny Animals (30th November 2011).
Funny factor: Very cute – he barely even comes up to the man’s knees!
What’s the story? Twitter fans are going bonkers over a video on YouTube of a man chasing his pet dog Benton who has decided to herd deer in a London park!
Funny factor: Barking mad!
Watch the video of lost dog Benton chasing deer in London’s Richmond Park
What’s the story? These sea otters really know how to relax in style. They were snapped snoozzing on their backs by a wildlife photographer in California.
Funny factor: Hahaha!
What’s the story? A rare one-eyed albino baby shark was found in Mexico. Experts have confirmed it’s not a hoax.
Funny factor: More spooky than cute.
What’s the story? This may look like any other baby elephant born at London Zoo but this new calf’s mum had a whopping 2-year pregnancy. When junior finally came out, he was the smallest baby elephant ever recorded at the zoo.
Funny factor: Awww, poor mum AND baby!
What’s the story? This tiny turtle lives in a strawberry farm and shows he’s clearly a big fan of the fruit!
Funny factor: Little and loveable.
What’s the story? A dog shows off its surfing skills in the Adriatic Sea, Croatia. It was pulled along by a boat.
Funny factor: Hahaha! We love how cool it looks wearing sunglasses!
What’s the story? This kitten hid from a dog in a flower pot and covered its eye with a paw.
Funny factor: Peek-a-boo!
What’s the story? Everyone loves a classic 99 ice cream in the sunshine and it seems this poodle is no different. We reckon he’s already scoffed the Flake!
Funny factor: So funny – there’s no getting inbetween that dog and its ice cream!
What’s the story? This picture captures the affectionate nature of Prairie dogs as mum and baby share a tender kiss.
Funny factor: Aww! We love kissing animals.
What’s the story? A happy Macaque monkey poses for the camera in China.
Funny factor: They say when you smile, the whole world smiles with you and this picture makes us smile from head to toe.
What’s the story? It’s a happy ending for this pair of devoted baby Snookum Bears, who found a loving home at Axe Valley Bird and Animal Park in Devon after being abandoned by their mother.
Funny factor: They’re not just siblings, they’re best friends too.
What’s the story? This pair of baby red squirrels were caught sharing a very human-like romantic kiss.
Funny factor: We love the little hand-on-face gesture.
What’s the story? This macaque monkey takes time out from swinging around the trees in Thailand to groom a local ginger cat.
Funny factor: Sweet – the cat looks like he’s loving being pampered.
What’s the story? Judging by the shocked look on his face, this baby orangutan obviously wasn’t expecting to be captured for documentary Born To Be Wild.
Funny factor: We just love his little expression!
What’s the story? These elephants show off some nifty footwork as they play football for documentary Born To Be Wild.
Funny factor: Pretty impressive!
What’s the story? 85kg labrador Sampson is put on a tough fitness programme to lose some weight.
Funny factor: We love how unenthusiastic he looks! Good luck Sampson.
What’s the story? A squirrel at a California park has ballooned to double its size after tourists have been feeding it too many nuts.
Funny factor: Oh dear!
What’s the story? It’s not every day you see a fox hunting a dog but it seems this pair have changed roles. Or that the dog’s found something more interesting to sniff out!
Funny factor: Hilarious
What’s the story? This four-week-old kitten’s fur turned pink after living in a concrete factory.
Funny factor: Adorable
What’s the story? A labrador acts as a surrogate mum to two abandoned baby rabbits.
Funny factor: Tiny!
What’s the story? Remind you of anyone? This baby polar bear sticking his little head in a blue bucket looks like Winnie the Pooh searching for honey in his pot!
Funny factor: Hahaha!
What’s the story? There’s always one member of the family who misbehaves while someone’s trying to take a family picture and it’s clear who the culprit is out of this brood.
Funny factor: Even a mischievous duckling is a cute one!
What’s the story? A sports club in Germany has set up a show jumping course for rabbits.
Funny factor: It’s put a spring in our step!
What’s the story? An elephant in Australia tries its trunk at painting with its zoo keeper.
Funny factor: Cool
What’s the story? A rescued pony has become friends with its owner’s dog.
Funny factor: Adorable
What’s the story? Some baby robins call out for food at Devon Wildlife Hospital.
Funny factor: Very cute
What’s the story? This seagull got more than he bargained for when he tried to eat a starfish.
Funny factor: Hilarious!
What’s the story? A pair of tropical fish have become popular in China because they can’t stop kissing!
Funny factor: Love it!
What’s the story? A raccoon got stuck between two trees on its way down from the top.
Funny factor: Hope she got down safely
What’s the story? A lazy bird in Arizona, America decided to hitch a ride on a tortoises back.
Funny factor: Hilarious – it looks like it’s in a skating position!
What’s the story? A group of birds riskily follow an elephant so they can munch on the insects it disturbs with its heavy footsteps.
Funny factor: Extra points for braveness!
What’s the story? A bear has given birth to 4 cubs after its zoo keeper didn’t even know she was pregnant. Bears only usually give birth to 1 or 2 cubs so it was a real surprise when 4 came out!
Funny factor: Aww they’re so tiny
What’s the story: A squirrel monkey in London Zoo got in on the Valentine’s action when it was given some bunting by the zoo keepers.
Funny factor: Very cute
What’s the story: A lamb wanting to catch a bit of sun perches on his mother’s back.
Funny factor: Awww
What’s the story: These meerkats thought no-one was watching and sneaked a kiss
Funny factor: Romantic!
What’s the story: Riley the smiley dog found fame after being pictured smiling on his first birthday. He’s still just as happy despite being a year older as he is snapped grinning away.
Funny factor: He looks like he’s laughing!
What’s the story: Scientists in China wear special panda suits to raise panda babies so that they don’t become too used to humans.
Funny factor: We’re not sure about the big one but that little panda is adorable.
What’s the story: Zebra Zaide looks after her baby sister Kamalu after she was born at the Canberra Zoo and Aquarium in Australia.
Funny factor: So cute! We love a baby animal!
What’s the story? These really cute baby bats were rescued from the floods in Australia and wrapped in dust cloths.
Funny factor: Adorable
What’s the story? A wild turkey on a farm in America frightens off a young deer.
Funny factor: Awww poor deer
What’s the story? These unusual golden-haired monkeys hug to keep warm at the Shennongjia National Reserve in China.
Funny factor: We love friendly animals!
What’s the story? Meerkats love the snow – who knew! These little guys get covered in the snow as they play at the Axe Valley Bird and Animal Park in Devon.
Funny factor: Snow very cute!
What’s the story? A tiny two week old Red Browed Fig Parrot is shown off at the Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary in Australia.
Funny factor: We can’t imagine that this little fella will grow into a full-grown parrot!
What’s the story? Even famous dogs play with sticks! Michael Douglas’ dog Figaro has fun in the snow in Central Park, New York.
Funny factor: Nothing new but we love a cute dog pic!
What’s the story? A squirrel gets comfortable on a meerkat in South Africa and the meerkat doesn’t seem to be complaining about being a cushion to his friend.
Funny factor: Hahaha!
What’s the story? Orphaned deer Bluebell befriended dog Sam and the pair have become inseparable.
Funny factor: Super sweet!
What’s the story? Odo the gibbon and Jack the dog have become firm friends with the alsatian carrying around his new pal.
Funny factor: We love an odd pairing!
What’s the story: Keepers at a zoo in China allowed a group of chimpanzees to choose their own fruit at a nearby supermarket.
Funny factor: Very
What’s the story: This obese cat became and internet sensation when her owner uploaded pics of her.
Funny factor: We’re sure she weighs a ton!
What’s the story: A baby elephant showed off his football skills at a zoo in Australia.
Funny factor: Sporty elephant!
What’s the story? 10-day-old cheetah cub Kiburi, who is just 1.4lbs, is pictured at an animal nursery as he opens his eyes for the first time.
Funny factor: Kiburi was said to play with ‘adorable ferociousness’ – cute for now but he’s not going to be that size forever!
What’s the story? A duck in America was seen sporting Marilyn Monroe-style hair
Funny factor: One of the best attempts at copying the icon!
What’s the story? A dog in China takes to the waves on a surf board.
Funny factor: The coolest dog we’ve ever seen
What’s the story? Micro pig Manuka outgrows household pet Hector – and pins him down in a friendly fight.
Funny factor: Bless – the pair don’t seem to be fighting for real.
What’s the story? These miniature piglets were all set for Halloween and ready to scare tourists at Pennywell Farm in Devon. We’re not sure if they did a good job because we just want to pick them up!
Funny factor: They’re so tiny – we want one!
What’s the story? A rare harvest mouse enjoys life among berries after being released into the wild.
Funny factor: As tiny as a berry – that’s super cute!
What’s the story? This female deer is being groomed by a hungry jackdaw. She didn’t bat an eyelid as the bird removed a tick from her eye.
Funny factor: Kind of weird but cute
What’s the story? These squirrel monkeys enjoyed Halloween and half-term fun at Bristol Zoo.
Funny factor: Animals getting into the Halloween spirit? We love it!!!
What’s the story? A rescued slow loris shows its fear of having an injection. It was soon distracted from the pain with a grape. There are only around 1,500 slow loris left in China and this one was saved from being sold at an illegal pet market.
Funny factor: A real cutie!
What’s the story? These giant bears wandered out of the woods and made their way onto a town street in Japan. They then spent 40 minutes exploring the streets.
Funny factor: More like scary factor! Two giant grizzlies roaming the streets? We’d run for our lives.
What’s the story? This dog and mynah bird in China are inseparable friends. So much so that the bird rides on a perch on its friend’s back! Their owner says their friendship grew after staying in the room for a long time.
Funny factor: Hahaha!
What’s the story? A herd of sheep took to a London street to promote the Campaign for Wool in educating shoppers on the benefits of wearing wool.
Funny factor: Farm animals in the city? We love!
What’s the story? This 15-day baby panda is one of the first to be born at Madrid Zoo, Spain since 1982. It’s a twin and so small that it fits in the palm of your hand.
Funny factor: Super cute!
What’s the story? A squirrel falls asleep in a pair of Homer Simpson slippers. The owner of the slippers and the garden where the squirrel returns to has nicknamed it Barney from The Simpsons.
Funny factor: Awww
What’s the story? Three-week-old Sumatra tiger cub Daseep was surprisingly born by her mother Malea who was supposed to be infertile. The baby tiger made her first public appearance at a zoo in Germany.
Funny factor: So cute we want to pet her
What’s the story? A disabled pig in China walks upside down on its two front legs and has become a local celebrity. Born with just two legs, it was trained to walk by her owner who has received an offer from the circus to buy the pig but refuses as he’s grown attached.
Funny factor: Wonderfully weird! Who says pigs need four legs to get around?
What’s the story? It may look like a fierce fight between two polar bears as one swats the other with a large paw before having his ear bitten, but Nanuq and Sprinter are simply saying Funny factor: Nice to know they’re not brawling but not sure we’d like to be greeted by a polar bear!
What’s the story? This little fella is a very rare albino hedgehog – there’s only one albino born in every several hundred thousand hedgehogs! He’s being cared for at a centre in Poland which is dedicated entirely to looking after sick hedgehogs.
Funny factor: If he wasn’t so prickly, we’d want to give him a hug.
What’s the story? You may be wondering what this animal is but it’s actually a rare dreadlocked Baudet de Poitou donkey. They are believed to be one of the oldest donkey species in the world but with only 50 foals born worldwide every year, the species is now rarer than white rhinos and great pandas.
Funny factor: Very funny!
What’s the story? You’d be forgiven for thinking these two rhinos didn’t like each other but in fact they lock horns to get to know each other better. Usually black rhinos are solitary animals but Manyara has taken a liking to an older female rhino, Sita, at the Paignton Zoo in Devon.
Funny factor: This looks a bit of a dangerous way to get to know someone!
What’s the story? This tiny 10-day-old panda is one of this year’s biggest succeses at the Giant Panda Breeding and Nursing Centre in China. The youngster is being reared in an enclosed nursery because of the danger panda mothers pose to their tiny offspring. At more than 800 times the size of their young, it’s incredibly easy for them to roll onto and crush their babies.
Funny factor: We can’t believe that this little thing grows into such a big animal!
What’s the story? This pic was taken from the world’s first ice cream van for dogs. Yes, it’s true, dogs can now enjoy the K99 frozen treats when out and about in London. The treats comes in two flavours – Dog Eat Hog World (meaty gammon and chicken sorbet) or Canine Cookie Crunch (mixed dog biscuits and vanilla ice cream in a cone)
Funny factor: We’re not sure if this unusual craze will take off but the dog looks happy enough!
What’s the story? This four week old piglet actually thinks she’s a horse. Despite the size difference, Daisy the piglet likes nothing more than to eat and and go on walks with her horse friends at the Fun-e-Farm petting zoo in Australia.
Funny factor: We say, if Daisy wants to act like a horse, then why not?!
What’s the story? It’s not all pouncing about and preying on food for the kings of the jungle – even they need a rest every once in a while but this lion’s cub doesn’t seem to want to lie down and sleep.
Funny factor: We wonder how long it took before the cub gave up trying to get his dad up?
What’s the story? A fisherman was stunned when a cheeky frog jumped into his net and swallowed his catch whole. The frog lay in wait for the fisherman to catch something then dived on in to eat it.
Funny factor: How on earth can that frog fit that massive fish in its mouth?
What’s the story? This well-dressed dog was one of the stars of New York’s Pet Fashion Week. Some ‘gowns’ for pets were selling for as much as $1000! No sign of recession here, Funny factor: Pretty cute – if a little ridiculous.
What’s the story? After a child dropped a Nintendo DS computer console into her enclosure, Bawang the gorilla instantly ran over to pick it up and hold it up as if she was playing it. It wasn’t long before her baby son came over to take a peek too.
Funny factor: So funny – she’s even holding it properly!
What’s the story? Have you ever seen kids jumping off rocks at the beach? Well these monkeys are doing the same! Passers by spotted the little chaps repeatedly jumping off the edge and then running back round and doing it again!
Funny factor: They’re playing just like little kids – hilarious!
What’s the story? Two very rare golden-coloured tiger cubs have been unveiled to the public in China. The three-month-old cubs are a variation of the Bengal tiger and make up less than 30 of these incredible creatures worldwide thanks to the rarity of their gold colour genes.
Funny factor: These two definitely have the midas touch!
What’s the story? This super-cute seal just couldn’t stay awake any longer. The massive mammal decided to rest his eyes after searching for food.
Funny factor: Adorable – we want to cuddle it!
What’s the story? Even the most ferocious beasts need to take a break sometimes. This African lion clearly had enough running about in the scorching sun he decided to have a nap.
Funny factor: Ah bless – we love how he’s shielding his eyes from the sun!
What’s the story? Known for being the fastest animals on land, it’s no wonder cheetahs need a lot of sleep.
Funny factor: They look so soft and fluffy!
What’s the story? How sweet does this mother and baby pair of polar bears look sleeping in the snow? We love how the pup is cuddled into her mum to keep warm.
Funny factor: Nature as it’s cutest!
What’s the story? This grizzly just couldn’t stay awake any longer.
Funny factor: While it looks harmless asleep we definitely wouldn’t to wake it up!
What’s the story? Just days old, this newborn baby elephant is quick to make friends at Hannover Zoo in Germany. The as yet nameless baby, who weighs 95kg and is 89cm tall, is already paired up with another youngster in the elephant enclosure.
Funny factor: They look so adorable together!
What’s the story? A very smart (and hungry) squirrel tries its hardest to get at a hanging bird feeder containing its favourite food. The owner of the feeder had adapted it to try and stop squirrels getting at the seeds but this one managed to get around that.
Funny factor: More like clever factor!
What’s the story? It’s Babe all over again! This miniature pig is convinced he’s a dog. After mingling with a number of puppies at the Animal Rescue centre in Sydney, Wilbur, the mini piggie picked up a number of ‘ruff’ habits and can now perform a number of tricks usually reserved for dogs only.
Funny factor: We’d love to take Wilbur for a walk!
What’s the story? New research from German scientists show that gorillas play games of ‘tag’ just like humans. Video footage shows the playful primates hitting each other on the shoulder and then running off to hide.
Funny factor: We’re not sure we want to play tag with gorillas but they look like they’re having a lot of fun!
What’s the story? As China swelters under a heatwave, animals at Xiang Jiang Safari Park are being fed ice creams and watermelon slices in a bid to cool down. This little orangutan obviously wasn’t content with his lot and wanted a piece of what his friends had.
Funny factor: Too much to bear – look at the one on the left tucking into a Cornetto!
What’s the story? We’ve all been there when everything your parents do seems to embarrass you, well spare a thought for Kimmie the young giraffe who tried and failed to avoid a kiss from her mum. Unfortunately the three-month old wasn’t quick enough and her 14ft-tall mother planted a sloppy smacker on her cheek. According to Geoff Curtis, who took the pic, Kimmie even pulled a face as if to say ‘Awww, mum’.
Funny factor: Very funny!
What’s the story? Bless! Poor little Oscar the cat was given a new lease on life thanks to the BBC One show, The Bionic Vet, after his rear paws were amputated by a combine harvester as he lay in the sun. Oscar now comes complete with two bionic legs to get him about.
Funny factor: Adorable – we love a survivor!
What’s the story? Aww! How cute is Clive the teacup pic, who was forced to don his bright red Wellington boots after rain coated the yard at Pennywell Farm in Devon. The micro-pig who will grow to just 14 inches long managed to avoid getting muddy while looking ultra adorable at the same time.
Funny factor: Couldn’t get much more cute than this!
What’s the story? Majesty the dog was just one of the 1245 participants who took part in the Guiness World Record attempt at the most number of people in superhero constumes in one location. The number of people who appeared dressed up in Melbourne did infact beat the previous record of 1091 which happened in Britain.
Funny factor: More like super factor!
What’s the story? We love this cute pic of a mother swan with her baby. This tiny creature, who was born at Abbotsbury Swannery in Dorset, is the first cygnet to be born this year. It is believed that the arrival of the first born is sent to mean the summer has officially started.
Funny factor: Very – it looks so soft and fluffy!
What’s the story? Keepers at a zoo on the Isle of Wight are jumping for joy after the new arrival of a baby lemur. Crowds of people have flocked to catch a glimpse of the super cute youngster and his mum Hira ever since he was born last month.
Funny factor: We now want to go to the Isle of Wight!
What’s the story? Two orphaned baby longtailed tits have found a new home since being separated from their parents. These two youngsters are now living in their very own protective bubble wrap nest at the Secret World Wildlife Centre in Somerset after being discovered by a kind-hearted member of the public.
Funny factor: Simply adorable
What’s the story? An 8-month old panda cub happily plays with a toy donated by the public at San Diego Zoo in America. The toy, and others like it, were made possible through an online baby shower for the panda, Yun Zi, and his family.
Funny factor: Adorable – aren’t the public generous?
What’s the story? A mother hedgehog and her six newborns were discovered in a restaurant warehouse in China. Workers found the mum with her cute and very tiny babies when they heard rustling sounds. The babies which are the size of adult thumbs, have soft needles when they’re born which turn hard three days after.
Funny factor: We want to hold one (before they get spiky)
Funny factor: More like cheeky factor!
What’s the story? Jacquille the parrot couldn’t take the Costa Rican heat any longer so decided to take a dip in a teacup. The pretty polly, who lives on a tour boat, happily splashed around in the water to the amusement of pleasure cruisers.
Funny factor: Adorable
What’s the story? A yellow-bellied marmot was spotted taking death-defying peaks from a hole in the road in America. The cute critter luckily managed to avoid the on-coming traffic as he ducked his head in and out of the hole.
Funny factor: Cute and brave!
What’s the story? Ginger, a pint-sized pup became instant friends with Seamus, a 63kg French Mastiff when they met at a training camp in Australia. Seamus, already one of the Australia’s best Guide Dogs will help train Ginger to follow in his footsteps.
Funny factor: Off the scales!
What’s the story? This little critter is one of three triple fennec fox cubs born as part of a breeding experiment at Drusilla’s Park Zoo in East Sussex. The unamed animals, that usually live in the Sahara desert, are the first cubs to survive in the UK since 2008.
Funny factor: So sweet, we want one now
What’s the story? A brave butterfly took a gamble when it landed on the snout of a hungry cayman in Brazil. The deadly reptile, which is similar to an aligator, was resting by the side of the river when the butterfly came along. Without flinching, it let the butterfly make its way right to the cayman’s eyes before flying off.
Funny factor: We would’ve run a mile!
What’s the story? The Stamper family are enjoying the newest addition to their farm after their miniature Mediterranean donkey gave birth to a baby they named Bluebell. These rare animals are already popular in America, but are just starting to become better know over here. At full size, Bluebell will be about 34inches tall.
Funny factor: Cute!
What’s the story? A rare sight of a chipmunk stuffing a nut in its mouth has been captured on camera in Canada. Christian Stepien took the pic of the chipmunk Penelope, who has become a regular in his garden after plucking up the courage to be fed by hand.
Funny factor: Amazing – how does that big nut fit in her mouth?
What’s the story? In the run-up to the General Election, the London Zoo has decided to get a few of its inhabitants in the political mood. A group of meerkat’s have been given a miniature post box and coloured letters to post to remind visitors to vote in next week’s election.
Funny factor: Fun for the meerkats no doubt!
What’s the story? A Chinese zoo is looking for a ‘Miss Right’ to join their lonely coypu (a rodent similar to a brown rat). Liky, has lived in the zoo for 10 years but his owners are now trying to find him a ‘wife’. The ad reads: ‘I Liky am a lovely 10 year old boy, looking for a 6-10 year-old wife who should be less than 18kg’.
Funny factor? Aah, we hope Liky finds a girl soon!
What’s the story? RUN! A day out enjoying the South African wildlife turned into a hellish ordeal for one family after they were charged at by a hippo. The family had strayed too close to the protective mother’s grazing area and had to run for their lives. Luckily no one was hurt.
Funny factor: More like fright factor – we’d be scared out of our wits!
What’s the story? Pooch pals Bronx the enormous mastiff and Rocky the Yorkshire terrier hang out together at the Melbourne Animal Hospital as part of the PALS (Pets As Loving Support) programme.
Funny factor: Heartwarming!
What’s the story? Amy the rabbit held the record for the world’s biggest rabbit in 2008 weighing in at three stone! Sadly Amy’s no longer with us but her grandson Darius is thought to be the next record-breaker at four feet long!
Funny factor: A bit scary
What’s the story: Spring’s starting to bloom and with it comes some cute baby animals, especially at Pennywell Farm in Devon. A group of six fluffy ducklings were snapped enjoying the sunny weather while riding a skateboard.
Funny factor: So cute, we want our own skateboarding duck!
What’s the story? Unlikely friends Brock the otter cub and Bumble Bee the badger cuddled up together at the World Wildlife Centre in Somerset. Maybe Brock was tired and Bumble Bee offered a lift!
Funny factor: Looks like they were meant for each other
What’s the story? This meerkat’s soaking up the rays at the Marwell Wildlife Conservation Park. Or maybe he’s just waiting for someone to rub his belly.
Funny factor: A real cutie, he’s giving us sunbathing envy!
What’s the story? A Jack Russell terrier helped his owner with the washing up after climbing into the dishwasher. We hope he’s not licking the plates clean.
Funny factor: Hilarious! Wouldn’t it be great if dogs could help with the housework?
What’s the story? A cat was snapped with the newest animal craze sweeping across Britain ? micro pigs. These teeny weeny things are the size of tea cups and can cost up to £700 each though are really hard to get hold of in Britain.
Funny factor: Who thought pigs could be so adorable?
What’s the story? African elephant Five, has become an artistic wonder after creating a series of ?masterpieces? at West Midlands Safari Park. Armed with some paint and an easel this elephant regularly takes time out for some creative fun.
Funny factor: Pretty awesome ? next stop The Louvre
What’s the story? This zebra diced with death when it leaned into the gaping mouth of a hippo. Despite the danger, the zebra, who was actually cleaning the hippo?s teeth, escaped Funny factor: Woah! It’s a dangerous job being a dentist
What’s the story? This baby aardvark became the fourth offspring to be born to the only successful aardvark breeding group in the UK. Mum and baby have moved into a specially built burrow where they are currently bonding. Aww.
Funny factor: Despite being a bit of a baldie, we think it’s very sweet
What’s the story? Two of nature?s most fierce predators battled it out on the snowy fields in Bulgaria. The metre-long Griffon Vulture was enjoying his meal before a nosy fox came along. The two battled it out before the vulture took to the skies.
Funny factor: What a great picture ? nature at it?s best
What’s the story? This dog’s clearly enjoying its stay in the Luxurious Pampering Kennels in California. The canine estate gives pups a real taste of the high life with manicured lawns, sun loungers, grooming parlours and staff to wait on them. Crazy.
Funny factor: Wow factor
What’s the story? Otters in Southsea were treated to an ice lolly to combat sweltering temperatures. The treats are made from Otter favourites iced trout and mixed vegetables. Some of the critters even managed to hold the lollies!
Funny factor: Very cool
What’s the story? Take a large pig covered in mud and put a pair of retro blue and red shades on him and what do you get? Pure comedy genius.
Funny factor: More like laugh factor, this is hilarious
What’s the story? Pandas don?t just sit about eating bamboo, this flexible Giant Panda amazed visitors to the Washington DC Zoo by performing various moves including a roly-poly.
Funny factor: Very – if only we were that flexible?
What’s the story? A mum pig had to stop in the middle of a road to feed her piglets. The little tots were obviously very hungry and just couldn?t wait til they got to the other side.
Funny factor: When you have to stop, you just have to stop!
What’s the story? It’s a hard life being a kitten! This tiny ginger cat was spotted getting 40 winks on a mini deck-chair on the beach. It looks so peaceful.
Funny factor: Cool kitty!
What’s the story? You may not think that this horse is real but it most definitely is. Koda is Australia?s smallest horse weighing only 35kg and has to ride in the front passenger seat during vet visits.
Funny factor: A sight that’ll definitely bring a smile to your face
What’s the story? This curious and clever groundhog (also known as a marmota) was snapped peering into a telescope. Perhaps he was checking out the neighbours?
Funny factor: Wow – that’s one nosy groundhog
What’s the story? Cats don?t usually like water but Prinny the persian cat loves a good swim! The not-so-precious-pet regularly joins her doggy pal Bandit for a dip at the Doggy Paddle Swim Centre in Melbourne.
Funny factor: Looking a bit like a ‘drowned rat’ Prinny’s aquatic adventures are hilarious
What’s the story? You wouldn’t want to be the terrapin on the bottom would you? These cute little things are able to climb on one another’s back and balance precariously there while they catch some rays. They then move and swap around. Amazing.
Funny factor: Very and agile too!
What’s the story? These two polar bears became instant friends when they were joined together at the Berlin Zoo in Germany. Knut, the famous bear, wasted no time in getting to know the fury female as they played in their gigantic enclosure.
Funny factor: Very – it’s obviously meant to be!