13 Perfectly Timed Animal Photos That Will Make You Smile

These lucky photographers managed to capture something magical with perfectly timed animal photos. Nature is a strange, beautiful, and sometimes terrifying thing–but in this case, it’s mostly cute. Enjoy!

Blurry Birb

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boredpanda

Aww, hello little chickadee! It looks like somebody used a Blur tool on your head. You might want to get that checked out by your family ornithologist.

Cats Are Jerks: Exhibit A

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pulptastic

The orange cat is such a bully. But it’s kind of sweet to think that even in the animal kingdom, brothers still rough-house and play pranks on each other. And don’t worry–gray kitty almost certainly got his revenge later.

Mr. Toad’s Wet & Wild Ride

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kickvick

If I told you this was a still from a live-action Disney version of The Wind in the Willows, you’d probably believe me.

Get Yer Motor Runnin’

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blazepress

I really wanted to make a “Weevil Knievel” joke here, but that would just be wrong. This super-cool mantis is heading out for the highway on his fern motorcycle. He’s born to be wild, my friends.

Jet-Powered Goose

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emgn.com

Canada geese are beautiful, but they sure are mean. Never mess with one. Especially now that they’ve harnessed our own jet-engine technology to use against us.

Polite Bear Is Polite

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instantshift

Um, hello? My name’s Cyril. This is my river. You’re welcome to stay awhile, but I must ask that you take your shoes off first. I’ve just had the place cleaned.

Om Nom Nom

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awesomelycute

You don’t even want to know how many tries it took the Cedar Waxwing to master this trick. Let’s just say he went through A LOT of berries before he got it right.

Dogs Are the Best

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buzzfeed

OMG IT’S A BUBBLE! I’VE NEVER SEEN ANYTHING MORE BEAUTIFUL OR AMAZING IN MY LIFE, EXCEPT FOR EARLIER WHEN I SAW THAT SQUIRREL AND THE FUNNY LEAF THAT LOOKED KIND OF A LIKE A SQUIRREL, AND…

Oh. It popped.

Cats Are the Worst

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cheezburger.com

See, what did I tell you? Cats are jerks. Adorable, fuzzy jerks who apparently know kung fu.

Tom & Jerry: The Reckoning

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pulptastic

I’m not sure what they were thinking with this dark reboot of the Tom & Jerry cartoons. Not everything has to be a gritty drama, you know?

Best Buds

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kickvick

It’s not everyday that you get to be high-fived (high-finned?) by a shark. It’s a good thing the photographer was able to capture this moment. Otherwise, this diver’s buddies would never have believed him!

Ant-Pocalypse Now

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blazepress

This might be my favorite of our perfectly timed animal photos. The color, the composition–the hilarious idea of giant ants battling helicopters. There’s something very B-movie about it that’s utterly delightful.

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

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awesomelycute

Here we have a rare photo of a Dogalope. Like its distant cousin, the Jackalope, these majestic creatures were once thought to be mythical.