By Erika Owen
April 02, 2016
Gorilla in Zoo
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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.

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