Although humans are technically just another species of animals, the truth is that most people don’t understand too much about their animal nature. We do many of the same things as other animals; we hunt, albeit in grocery stores, we seek shelter, we form packs, we mate and have offspring, which we raise, teach, and protect. All of these behaviors are animalistic in nature, and yet we have trouble understanding the supposedly strange ways in which our animals behave.
Of course, this is part of what makes having pets so much fun. We never know what they’ll do next! If you thought you were the only pet owner whose dog chased his tail, whose cat liked to hide in boxes and attack your ankles, or whose bird bobbed its head in time to music, you might be surprised to find that there are not only plenty of other pet owners out there amazed and amused by their animals, but many of them are shooting videos of their pets’ most hilarious moments and posting them to websites. Here are just a few resources that will help you tune in to some of the funniest stunts the animal kingdom has to offer.
One of the first places you’ll want to look is websites that are attached to animal television networks. These extensions of the broadcasting world provide access to all kinds of video content that most people might never see otherwise. Pets can do some pretty funny stuff, but they don’t have the market cornered on humor in the animal world. And their larger, wilder brethren pull some pretty funny stunts, as well. Since you’re not going to travel to some of the most remote corners of the planet and wait around to catch this stunning footage yourself, you’ll be glad to find that these networks send camera crews around the world to do just that so they can edit together some of the funniest animal videos on the web.
You might want to start with The Discovery Channel’s Animal Planet, which actually has a series called “The Planet’s Funniest Animals”. Featuring both wild and domesticated animals at play (including home videos sent in by viewers), you can access footage of a goat that rides a horse, a dog driving a car, a chipmunk spinning on a record player, and a dog trying to play with the puppy in the mirror. You can download full episodes of the show or just watch clips sent in by viewers.
You could also check out the fare at FunnyAnimalVideos.com, where you’ll watch an orangutan going about his day in the city as though he were an actor seeking work (going on auditions, stopping at the local coffee shop, etc.), see raccoons hanging out in a hammock, and even be amazed by a parrot that can answer questions. But of course, it really doesn’t get any better than what you can find on YouTube. With cats that play piano and peekaboo, dogs that ride skateboards, parakeets that head-bang and sing opera, and emus that attack reporters and steal their neckties, you’ll never run out of amusing videos to watch with this essential link to wide world of animal hijinks.