You can thank the internet for popularizing the photobomb.
Everybody has photobombed or been photobombed before. It’s a classic practical joke where you see someone taking a picture and you find your way to insert yourself into the background, ruining an otherwise good photo. Bonus points for silly faces or unique poses, of course. As with all internet trends, though, the person-on-person photobombing wasn’t enough.
Fortunately, animals have gotten in on the photobombing action as well.
Just how many instances are there of animals photobombing people, you might be asking yourself? More than you might think. There are even examples of animals photobombing other animals!
Buckle up—here are 40 of the best animal photobombs.
1. Who knew seals had so much personality?
2. We all wish we could be as smooth as this baby turtle.
3. What’s up, guys?!
4. I never knew stingrays actually had faces like these before this photo.
5. We all just want to be noticed.
6. Sloths are welcome in any photo I ever take.
7. Does anybody else out there find horses absolutely terrifying?
8. We’re not sure if they went with this one as the official picture—but it’s definitely a keeper.
9. We’d actually that the man is photobombing the emu here, not the other way around.
10. Raise your hand if you ever wanted a flying cat of your own.
11. Absolutely perfect timing on this one. Well done, little guy.
12. Anybody who has ever had a cat will recognize the pose in this picture quite well.
13. Sometimes the best photo opportunities come when you put the camera down.
14. This cow has a really developed sense of humor.
15. “This is my moment. This is my moment to shine.”
16. Look out! There’s a giant adorable dog right behind you!
17. This may be one of the only true butterfly selfies in existence.
18. The giraffes may be out of focus, but this is one happy ostrich.
19. Here’s a little known fact: to take a photograph a picture of Macchu Picchu, you have to clear it with the llamas.
20. This little fish saw his opportunity, and he took it. Bravo.
21. This one looks like the cover of a really weird art house movie.
22. Just another reminder why dogs are man’s best friend.
23. It doesn’t matter where you go—nowhere is safe from an animal photobomb.
24. “Hey I thought we weren’t allowed to be up there!”
25. This one is a little more subtle, but we still love it.
26. “You will look at my butt. Look at it.”
27. Birds make me uneasy—and so does this photograph.
28. Just keep looking. You’ll see it.
29. This is more than a photobomb, this is full-on monkey assault.
30. You thought we were just joking about Machu Picchu, didn’t you?
31. Some pups just need to hog all the attention.
32. Bird incoming!
33. Who knew that elk were so good at doing impressions?
34. Just a normal, happy family. Nothing to see here, folks.
35. This whale was determined to get in this picture no matter how much effort it took.
36. Kangaroos can photobomb, too!
37. Nothing to see here, apparently.
38. Another perfectly placed photobomb, toad edition.
39. Don’t even try to get a picture at Macchu Picchu. Just don’t.
40. Baby’s first photobomb!
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