OK, this is not a funny meme, unless you happen to have a twisted sense of humor. But it does call attention to the plight of whales, the navigational instincts of which are increasingly flummoxed by pollution and global warming, with the result that they often beach themselves and either have to be rescued or put out of their misery. Are you still laughing?
Come With Me, Human
What is it with the human attraction to penguins—penguin cartoons, penguin documentaries, penguin books, penguin plushies? The fact is that these birds are easy to anthropomorphize—look, they’re marching! They’re acting like real parents!—but they are actually driven by instinct, like other animals. Not that penguin instincts are necessarily worse than human instincts, as this meme points out.
They Said I Could Be Anything
To round up our slideshow, another “they said I could be anything” meme—this time featuring a tardigrade, a microscopic invertebrate that looks like a visitor from the Andromeda Galaxy. Not only do tardigrades resemble living gas masks, but they are virtually invulnerable to radiation and the deep vacuum of space—meaning they may wind up inheriting the earth when us human beings render ourselves extinct.
Put Down the Shoe
There should be a law that, before you’re allowed to smash a spider, you should look into its big, black, multiple eyes and attempt to reason things out first. The fact is that most spiders are completely harmless, and killing an animal just because you don’t like its looks isn’t a very neighborly (or, for that matter, humane) thing to do.
They Told Me I Could Be Anything
There’s a whole meme subculture devoted to animals pretending to be other animals. Usually the culprit is a dog or cat, but occasionally a larger species is caught indulging in an unintentional bit of mimicry. Not only is this bear blissfully unaware that it resembles a frog, but it would undoubtedly kill and eat any nearby frogs without any hesitation.
I’m Better Than You
Think about it: we idolize superheroes like Spider-Man and Ant-Man, but there’s never been a crimefighter modeled after a duck (if you forget Howard the Duck, as most people already have). As this meme conveys, ducks do have some impressively amphibious capabilities, and being cute is just icing on the avian cake.
So Long, Shrimp
Occasionally, SpongeBob SquarePants does a great job of calling out stereotypes, even as it indulges in them. In this episode, Mr. Krabs sends Plankton packing after yet another unsuccessful attempt to steal the Krabby Patty secret formula. Krabs shouts “So long, shrimp!,” and the hurt expression on this cartoon shrimp’s face says it all.
And I will Always Love You!
No Time to Get a Haircut!
Excuse Me, Rocks…
Gravity of Situation
Poor Polar Bear…
Controversial Opinion Koala
Many people assume koala bears are cute and cuddly, which couldn’t be further from the truth—these marsupials can be extremely vicious when approached (much less hugged). If you’re looking for the perfect meme with which to counter trolls on your Facebook page, you can stop your search right now.
Come at Me Bro
Do hedgehogs know how small they are, in the greater scheme of things? Not usually, which, along with their overall spikiness, makes these mammals big in the animal-meme community. (By the way, “Come at Me, Bro” is a popular headline for all sorts of animal memes, but it works with this particular hedgehog best.) I Have Got This
You Mad, Bro? Or Just Bloated?
This puffer fish sure looks threatening, but maybe he’s just cranky from swallowing all that water.
Primates Are So Intelligent!
You never know what kinds of incredible discoveries you’ll make when you’re an orangutan.
A Horse Can Dream
Even though unicorns are mythical creatures from folklore, this horse knows that truly nothing is impossible!
Migration Has Never Been So Loud
Why does the obnoxious honking of a flock of Canada geese always happen at the least convenient time?
Alpaca Lunch Too
Alpacas like to go go on adventures too, and unlike llamas, they’re generous enough to offer to do all the packing for you.
Must Be a Slytherin
Every lizard remembers the time they received their acceptance letter from the Hogwarts School of Lizardry.