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Close Encounters of the Animal Kind

By Hanssie on July 27th 2014

Some animals are quite the curious creatures. Some will come right up to you and try to figure you out, while others want to investigate your equipment. We’ve seen a meerkat use a photographer as a outlook post, an elk come head to head with a photographer, an eagle who takes a selfie with a camera he just stole, and many others. As an animal lover, these types of encounters amuse me and I enjoy watching the interaction.

This week, there were a few animal encounters that made me laugh starting with this curious deer who wanted to lick the photographer’s camera.

Deer Licks Camera Lens

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Uploaded onto YouTube by A Bad Idol who was using a ContourROAM2 to film a deer from his porch, gets approached by said inquisitive deer who walks right up and licks his camera lens. He is quick to point out though that he was not (nor would he ever) feed wildlife as it “teaches them terrible behaviors that can be dangerous. It seems that neighbors have been feeding him for a while which led to his odd behavior.” He goes on to say that it was possible the deer thought the camera was a carrot.

Piggy Back Ride on a Whale

A couple of kayakers in Argentina got quite a surprise when they spotted a group of whales in the distance. Paddling toward them to get a closer look, they found themselves underneath one of the giant creatures, who gives them a piggyback ride they will never forget! Luckily, the two were not hurt (nor was the whale), and they got some pretty cool GoPro footage of the entire ordeal.

The Hungry Fox

Lastly, a group of researchers in Alaska were researching sea lions when they spotted a little fox. Hiding a GoPro in its path, the team hoped to get some close up footage of the fox. The sly fox spotted the camera though and carted off the $400 piece of equipment. As the camera continued to record, you can see and hear the chomp-chomp of the little fox as it tries to eat the GoPro for dinner. The group found the camera and all the pieces with the footage intact, which you can see on the YouTube page.

[Via HuffPost, Mirror UKWTKR]

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Hanssie is a Southern California-based writer and sometimes portrait and wedding photographer. In her free time, she homeschools, works out, rescues dogs and works in marketing for SLR Lounge. She also blogs about her adventures and about fitness when she’s not sick of writing so much. Check out her work and her blog at Follow her on Instagram

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  1. Brandon Dewey

    Awesome Video!

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  2. Aidyn Chen

    The deer thinks that your filter is dirty and tried to clean it for you.

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  3. Greg Faulkner

    Oh Wow, that footage of the whale its mad!

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