Can't Bear More News? Take A Break With Funny Wildlife Furtography Take a gander at these photos — they're pretty amoosing. Yes, it's time for the Comedy Wildlife Photo Awards, and this year you can vote in the "people's choice" category.
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Can't Bear More News? Take A Break With Funny Wildlife Furtography

Sometimes wildlife photographers capture images that are awe-inspiring, thought-provoking, dramatic, emotional.

And sometimes, they catch one moose sticking its tongue out at another.

Yes, it's that time of the year — time for the Comedy Wildlife Photo Awards.

The awards highlight the most amusing animal pictures of the year, to draw attention to wildlife conservation.

Last year's winner was a tiny owl falling off a branch. The year before, a fox diving face-first into the snow.

This year's winner will be announced in November, but the 41 finalists have been posted now — and if you visit the contest website, you can have a say in the "people's choice award."

What'll it be? A bored owl? An ashamed bird? A moose clearly crooning a tuneful melody?

Sometimes, a miracle of timing and alignment results in wildlife photos that sound more like the Magic Kingdom than the animal kingdom: a rhino in a peacock-color tutu and a hyena with wings. Two bear cubs dancing the tango, and two deer in a very solemn waltz — or maybe a height-measuring contest.

In other cases, the photos are feats of captioning, as much as photography.

A big-beaked bird yelling right in the face of another: "I GUESS THE HONEYMOON IS OVER."

A hippo chomping down on another hippo's rear: "Should Have Gone To Specsavers."

But, much like a polar bear doing yoga or a squirrel in a split, some of the puns are a bit of a stretch. Like the "Wildlife PhotograBear."

Take a look for yourself. Winners will be announced Nov. 15.

Correction Sept. 15, 2018

An earlier caption in the slideshow incorrectly identified the fighting Thai primates as gibbons. In fact, it is a pair of dusky leaf monkeys that appear to be re-enacting a scene from Sparta.