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Erika Owen
April 02, 2016

Zoos, safaris, and wildlife treks are great ways to observe animals in their natural habitat, as long as you're with a professional guide. But there are some headlines that just remind us we're simply living life in the middle of a massive animal kingdom. A respect for wildlife should be a given (PSA: stop taking selfies with wild animals!), but a reminder is always good. Ahead, two recent examples of amazing interactions between humans and animals.

The Gorilla Who Obviously Dislikes Selfies

This man attempting to take a selfie at the Nebraska Zoo was completely oblivious to the scene going on behind him. Just in case you needed a reminder of just how strong (and fast!) gorillas can be:

A Morning Stroll with a...Cougar

You never know what you're going to run into outside, and this is a perfect example. What started out as an early morning nature walk at a wildlife sanctuary in Naples, Florida quickly became the encounter of a lifetime when a cougar took an unexpected turn toward the camera. Warning: There is an (understandable) expletive at the end.

On on early morning nature walk we saw a gator, a snake, frogs, pretty birds, and had this unexpected encounter. (Warning...curse word at end!)(For licensing or usage, please contact

Posted by Tina Dorschel on Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Erika Owen is the Audience Engagement Editor at Travel + Leisure. Follow her on Twitter and Instagram at @erikaraeowen.

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