Funny Animals Taking Better Selfies Than Humans

Move over influencers of Instagram, these funny animals taking their own selfies are on the way to internet fame. From your average house cat to wild monkeys, these animals have stepped up to the camera, producing some heartwarming and crazy results. 

Quokka (above and below)

This Australian animal has gone viral on social media time and time again for their affinity for taking selfies. These animals are indigenous to an island lacking natural predators so they don’t run from or attack  humans. Thus, their selfie-loving nature was born. 

Always Camera-Ready 

Seriously, if you needed any more proof as to quokkas being the most camera-ready animals out there, take this selfie as proof. Not only are they perfectly displaying what seems to be joy, but they’re also staring straight at the camera. 

What else can you want from an animal selfie?

Who said cats and dogs can’t get along? This mismatched crew of house pets look like they’re taking a break from patrolling their neighborhood’s streets for any wrongdoings. 

Sadly for this smiling dog, his spotlight has been stolen by the incident behind him. It’s almost as if you can sense the utter fear radiating off the little dog getting sniffed out. 

Sometimes you just want to stop and take a photo of your surroundings to properly document your experience. This pup seems to have wanted the same thing. 

Curiosity Got the Big Cats 

This selfie is probably the closest any of us will likely get to staring lions dead in the eye, or at least we hope. Whether this was taken shortly before the lions pounced as predators onto the camera or just checked it out for curiosity’s sake, this selfie’s one to remember. 

Lions Are Kings of Selfies 

Household cats aren’t the only felines to be experts at selfies, as seen above. This big cat has it all: The paw steadying the camera, the stare straight into the camera and even the friend to pose with in the background. 

Silly Rabbit 

Bugs Bunny has nothing on this rabbit and their selfie-taking abilities. From the perfect head tilt to the tongue sticking out, this rabbit seems to know exactly what it takes to get the clicks. 

Endearing Emus 

Have you ever seen anything cuter than an emu smiling straight into the camera? We haven’t either. From the little head tilt to his pal perfectly beside him in the frame, this photo is one to be adored. 

Aflac Duck Stepping Up

This may not be the duck representing American insurance compant Aflac since 1999, but it does look to be the same American Pekin duck known for quacking Aflac’s name in commercials broadcasted across the country. 

Not seen: The duck proceeding to aggressively peck at the unsuspecting camera, probably. 

There are few selfies that leave you feeling terrified, but this photo may very well be one of them. What has this rooster looking so angrily into the camera lens? We may never know, thankfully. 

Messy Hair, No One Cares 

Pieces of hay never stopped an alpaca from taking a good selfie with their pals. 

Monkey Says, Monkey Goes 

Of the funny animals taking selfies, this is one setwhere we would really love to hear the story behind it.

  • Who gave the monkey the camera?
  • How did he get that skilled at getting the right angle?
  • What’s got him cheesing so hard? 

It’s a marked difference from this photo of a gorilla, below.

Needless to say, this big guy has a ways to go before he can call himself a selfie expert. But we have faith. 

The story goes that the Buffalo Zoo handed their gorillas a GoPro camera to celebrate National Selfie Day, and photos like this one above were created. 

More Than a Trash Lover

Raccoons are definitely funny animals to look at — behind the safety of your window. We know they look cute and cuddly, but we’ve ever run into them outside and know they can be a little nasty. And yet this one taking selfies of itself keeps us imagining how cute and cuddly they are.

Don’t fall for that cute face. Just don’t.

Raccoons don’t just get their hands on food and trash scraps, but cameras too. Once they get their tiny hands on a functioning camera, selfies like these come out the other end.  And regardless of how they look, that claw you see on the left isn’t fun.

There was Pooh Bear and Yogi Bear, and then there was this bear. 

While we definitely wouldn’t want to be on the other end of the camera, the bear looks suspiciously innocent as it holds up the camera and strikes a pose. 

Having human-like hands proves to be quite helpful in the art of taking selfies, as seen in this one. This bright-eyed lemur was a complete pro with the camera. 

Posing Pugs 

You may have heard of Doug the Pug, a dog living in Tennessee with a large social media following — a “celebrity dog” so to speak. While this pup isn’t the same famous pug, they have just as much star quality with this selfie. From being perfectly centered to making a face at the camera, this pug has his angles down. 

Who knew a selfie could perfectly capture two opposite emotions? The complete fear in the pug’s eyes and the bright-eyed,  well-posed corgi in the background. A picture-perfect pairing indeed.

Everyone Smile…

Anyone who’s tried doing a group selfie knows it can be difficult to get all your pals into one shot and have them all look good at the same time. Hence the need for reshoots… and more reshoots. But it’s even harder, it seems, if you’re a meerkat. 

He Woke Up Like This 

Imagine this: You go to swipe and unlock your phone first thing in the morning, only to swipe the wrong way and open your camera. The camera is set up to be front-facing, exposing your morning face, bright and early. 

We’re pretty sure that’s exactly what happened with this cat. 

Squirrel Gone Wild 

In a sea of pigeons and fellow squirrels, this single squirrel is a standout in this selfie. You can never be too close to the camera for the perfect shot, it seems. 

Cat and the Band 

We’re not quite sure what’s happening in this photo. Is this cat being subjected to their owners practicing their rendition of “Wonderwall” for hours on end? Or are they documenting their journey to fame? 

Whatever the case, he doesn’t look all too happy to be in the room. 

Gordon Ramsey, Who? 

Cats don’t only document musical acts with their selfies, but their cooking endeavors too. 

We do wonder what’s on the menu for dinner, however, with a questionable bag of raw meat with a side of lemon and lime. 

Selfie Sticks and Otters

If you have ever wondered what may come out of handing an otter a selfie stick equipped with a camera, here’s your answer. Flattering angles and furry faces make for a cute, memorable selfie that would get well more than a few likes on Instagram. 

Musa the Otter 

Selfie sticks aren’t the only tech devices otters use to take trendy selfies. This otter at the Washington Wetland Centre used a GoPro Camera to get this perfect shot through the gate of his encasement. We have to applaud his technique. 

Animal Rights and Selfies

This Celebes crested macaque was the center of a legal dispute referred to as the “monkey selfie copyright dispute.” These monkeys used equipment belonging to British nature photographer David Slater. 

The main argument was about who owned the copyright to the photos. The monkeys that took the photos, or the photographer who set the situation for the photos to be taken? PETA even joined the fight to establish animal rights in photos as copyright holders. So, what became of the case? 

The US Copyright Office stated that works created by non-humans (like the monkey selfie seen above) are not copyrightable. In the associated dispute with PETA concerning animals’ rights, the court confirmed that animals cannot legally hold copyrights. 


Rounding out our list of funny animals taking selfies is the adorable sloth.

While wildly adorable in their selfies, sloths have become the poster child for animal rights within selfies. The Costa Rican Tourism Institute created a campaign called “#stopanimalselfies” to get tourists to stop posing with wild animals for a quick selfie. Why is direct contact so dangerous for parties involved? 

Not only can close contact with wild animals scare them into attacking you, but it can also expose both parties to new diseases. Animals can catch diseases from humans and humans can catch diseases from animals. So, despite wanting to capture wild animals in all their cuteness, remember to keep a safe distance. 

Funny Animals Taking Selfies — Sources

CNN Travel 
True Activist
Monkey Selfie Copyright Dispute