By Daniel Butler, Guest Author for Chiprang.com (For guest posts see Terms ) Off-the-cuff comedy doesn't come any funnier than when t...
By Daniel Butler, Guest Author for Chiprang.com (For guest posts see Terms)
Off-the-cuff comedy doesn't come any funnier than when the subject is caught unawares. Impromptu funnies involving animals are a whole new ball game, particularly if they're of the wild variety. Ever caught an otter dance for his dinner? The native British water mammal has been experiencing a sharp decline in numbers since the 1950s, so the prospect of actually spotting one is quite rare. Capturing several on camera? YouTube worthy! Otters aren't the only native species with a seeming fondness for performing on cue – squirrels seem to be prone to acting up, as do foxes and the ever elusive nocturnal badger. We've compiled some of the best belly-achers right here!
1. Otter Dance
If ever there were a species ripe for a slot on ITV's “Britain's Got Talent”, this family of otters would be it. Shot at London Zoo in 2009, the family of crested otters congregated around feeding time to perform their unique take on Diversity's winning break-dance show. Ironically, otters have been known to perform similar troupe dances in the wild, usually to ward off or warn of danger. The chances of actually witnessing such a fantastical show are very rare.
2. The Barn Owl and The Pussycat
According to that old nursery rhyme, the owl and the pussycat were meant to be a tight-knit pair, rocking out at sea, to the tune of a fiddle. These two might not be so well equipped, but they're proof enough that even the wise old owl has a day off from time to time. Legend has it that if a British barn owl screeches at dusk in the U.K, there's certain to be a storm on the way. One of the most widespread of our native species, we've certainly got a plentiful population should weathermen become extinct!
3. Kung Fu Squirrel
The war between the British reds and quarrelsome greys is an oft reported one and with capabilities like this, it's not surprising. A lesser known fact, is that greys go crazy for peanuts. This little chap seems to have learned a few deft moves from that 80's great “Karate Kid”.
4. Trampolining Foxes
Considered as pests by cattle and poultry rearing farmers, the sly red fox is becoming an increasingly common sight within our towns and cities. Famed for their foraging habits, red foxes are becoming tamer and far more cunning, as they seek out easy food. Of course some are just curious and of the many comedy scrapes and japes featured on-line, trampolining isn't usually listed among them!
5. The Ticklish Toad
Frogs tend to be the most frequent visitor to rural British gardens - both the Common and Natterjack Toads a rare sighting. They certainly don't approach people in beer gardens for a quick petting, as the subject of this clip shows. Check out the distinctly human facial expressions!
6. Thieving Fox Brings A New Meaning to “Sneaker.”
Cunning and sly with a penchant for chickens, the thieving red fox is renowned for outsmarting humans and evading capture. Few clips really capture such human-like intelligence – until this! A group of campers are setting up base on the beach, when a chancer fox decides they'll be an easy route to dinner - only, he doesn't escape with their food!
7. Sam The Shoplifting Seagull Strikes Again!
Back in September 2007, a wily seagull made headlines across the UK for his daring antics at a convenience store in Aberdeen. Affectionately dubbed “Sam” by the locals, he's gained a bit of a cult following since his rise to fame due to a penchant for Doritos. But this is one bird who knows not the value of sterling. According to one store assistant, Sam gets through twenty packets of his favourite cheese crisps every week. Find out how he racks up an as-yet-unpaid tab!
8. "Never Trust A Goose!"
Most of us know better than to leave our back door open. What better invitation to chancing thieves than an obviously lack of security? These white geese from the local village pond have clearly been observing the pros on “Crimewatch!” Just look at the mastermind behind the operation – he's clearly not bothered about leaving prints!
9. Drunken Squirrel On A Pumpkin High!
They might be feral and endangering the red squirrel, yet the increasingly tame greys are providing hours of hilarious footage for many an avid nature watcher in the UK. This little guy must have been short on his usual nut supply, as he snuck in to feast upon a fermenting crop of pumpkins while the family were away. Clearly the over-ripe Halloween fruits are particularly potent for squirrels, as his hilariously erratic behaviour proves.
10. Geese On The Jog – Pre-Flight Training.
Featured on the Ellen Degeneres show back in 2008, this clip has become a global hit, racking up over 10 million hits on YouTube. A flock of young Canadian geese are seemingly in training as part of a daily military drill. In fact, they are following in the footsteps of mum, working on strength and stamina, ready for flight training in the weeks to come.
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