It can be easy to forget exactly how amazing our animal neighbors are when we live very much removed from the wild. Every day, thousands of species live, breathe and die in nature, untouched by human beings. These pictures capture a range of extraordinary moments that we would otherwise never see.
#1. Flood in the wild? This frog has it covered with a homemade sailboat.
#2. The humble ant can lift 50 times its own body weight!
#3. Elephants mourn their dead loved ones.
#4. Perhaps you picked the wrong watering hole…
#5. These monkeys know how to huddle in groups to keep warm.
#6. The coconut octopus lights up like a string of Christmas lights!
#7. Stallions fighting for dominance in the wild.
#8. Close encounters of the fish kind.
#9. This tiny mouse’s final moments…
#10. Blue Half-Moon Betta fish: the peacocks of fish.
#11. These parrots know where to find that perfect spot.
#12. Even big kitties need a water break.
#13. Birds? No. This is shot entirely underwater!
#14. This lizard’s eyes are like two radiant onyx gemstones.
#15. Private time for a little smooch.
#16. A contest of dominance
#17. A leopard feasts on its just-killed prey.
#18. The most unlikely of friends…
#19. A rainbow colored Cuckoo Wasp.
#20. This ant is having a drink break on an entire droplet of water!
#21. I don’t think that’s an invitation to head over there…
#22. Just two bears within the universe.
#23. A formidable opponent.
#24. Baby elephant and birds frolic through the grass.
#25. This African Bush viper is not afraid to show off its colorful scales.
#26. Just after bath time!
#27. The cunning stare of the fox.
#28. Sometimes it helps to do things in pairs.
#29. This Arctic fox is perfectly happen in subzero temperatures.
#30. This grizzly has a soft spot for flowers.
#31. Dueling foxes in the harsh winter wilderness.
#32. This sea turtle looks like he wants to take a nap.
#33. The perfect example of a symbiotic relationship.
#34. Hundreds of feet in the air, this cougar protects her cub.
#35. This striking Seadragon is carrying future offspring.
#36. This shark seeks food in this school of sardines.
#37. This contemplative seal looks lost in the weeds.
#38. You never know what might be lurking in the trees…
#39. An unlikely pair explore the jungle.
#40. A battle of wings and talons.
#41. This shark demonstrates his awesome power of flight
#42. Tooth and tusk fight to the death.
#43. These goat kids are not daunted by the 14,000 foot drop.
#44. A baby gorilla takes a nap.
#45. The teeniest, tiniest baby octopi.
#46. How giraffes accommodate for having very long necks.
#47. Is there something on my head?
#48. This Glasswinged butterfly glides soundlessly in air.
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