Of course they’re of animals – but I sat at my desk and laughed my food head off at some of these random ‘Photo Bombs’ made by our furry and not-so-furry animal friends.
But then I got to thinking – I remember one of these ‘photo bombs’ of Maya from way back when! So I’ll start off with that one!! Ha ha ha.. enjoy!
Whether it’s by leaping into the foreground or by doing something unspeakable in the background, it’s not at all difficult to leave a lasting impression in a photo. There was a time when we didn’t have a word for these random interlopers, but now that we do we can properly appreciate the fine art of photobombing. Another interesting feature of the phenomenon is that nearly all of our favorite bombs feature animals (for shame Michael Cera) effortlessly finding (or pushing) themselves center stage – or doing something deeply, deeply inappropriate. Here are 10 of the best!
10. Kittie Bomb
This picture encapsulates everything there is to know about cats: cute yet unknowable, dangerously playful yet tired – and deeply scornful of whatever mischief you’re getting up to. They will also always, always want your attention.
9. Leaping Dog Bomb
Getting in the way of the camera will become a theme here. While cats might peek around picture frames, this pooch qualifies in abundance for the sheer gusto he has displayed in flinging himself in front of the lens. That’s dogs for you.
8. Crazy Horse Bomb
Great – kid ruins picture with unstoppable gurning. Or, in this case, horse does same. In fact, this champing beast is probably just nervous – although whether that’s related to his being photographed we can’t know.
7. Yodel Bomb
This cow seems to be rearing its head in anguish, having spotted the gent whip out his Alphorn (that’s an Alpine horn to you or I). We can only assume that this wasn’t quite the tableau of Alpine tranquility that the photographer was hoping for. As someone (persistently) said a long, long time ago: “Nooooooooooo!”
7. Goat Bomb
Almost as bothersome as over familiar kitties: the goat. However, this furry friend doesn’t want to nuzzle up to you and gently claw at your arms; he wants to eat whatever you have, including your shoes. And if you can’t handle that, these Eastern European policemen just sitting at a health care job site are not going to lift a finger to help you. They’ve got better things to worry about.
6. Jealous Chihuahua Bomb
You told your little snootchi-bootkins that you would hold him tight and never let him go. Of course, you then had a real child and the Chihuahua seemed just a little bit more like a skinny rat, skittering around the house and attempting to get between you and your baby – who is not at all amused by any of this. There’s more than a photobomb here: there’s a whole narrative about the battle between infant and dog.
5. Surprised Cat Bomb
Typical. You’re taking a picture of cats humping and another one jumps in front of you, baring its fangs and mewling. While being distinctly untypical of most documented feline hijinx, this picture actually manages to tick three themes of photo bombing: firstly, cats; secondly, animals making love in the background; and thirdly, animals leaping into the foreground. This moggy seems to scream: “It cannot be unseen!” Hello, kitty.
4. Leaping Fish Bomb
Taking a leaf out of the book of 3D cinema, this fish has decided to take to the offensive by leaping out at the camera in a gently alarming, but, in all probability, completely ineffectual way. For animal lovers the fish seems not to be hooked yet – but it’s certainly surprised this fisherman.
3. Enthusiastic Dog Bomb
The hunter’s motto: “Shoot it, kill it, eat it.” Oh, we forgot, there’s also “‘make love’ to it” in there. Fortunately, this man’s dog was more on the ball, and, ticking the photobomb box of “doing something awful”, has mounted the deer to engage in some interspecies necrophilia. Nasty stuff – but worse than shooting an animal for sport? The jury’s out.
2. Sarcastic Whale Bomb
When you’re giving a speech at SeaWorld there’s nothing worse than having a sarcastic whale behind you, mouthing along, imitating you and generally making fun of your presentation. Is the killer whale announcing, “So long and thanks for all the fish”? Or is it maybe voicing a plea for help: “Free whale-y. Let me go.”
1. Squirrel Bomb
This ground squirrel is perhaps the emperor of photobombing. Darting between the camera and its intended subjects is a tried and tested method of bombing, but this little rodent has managed to pop up square in the center of the image, switching the auto focus from the couple in the background onto itself. It’s an image that almost looks too good to be true and, unlike the domestic tribulations of under-attended cats, it’s a startlingly unlikely event to have been recorded. That’s perhaps why this surprised little fella looks quite so adorable.