Have you ever wondered what goes in your yard while you are sleeping? You might have a friendly family of foxes frolicking about, or a neighbor that sleepwalks through your front yard each night. Until you set-up a trail cam, you won’t know what crazy things are happening on your doorstep or off in the woods. These neat little pieces of tech are only triggered when something sets off the built-in motion detector. As soon as something moves, images and video are captured.
If you want to find out about nature, and the animals that wander around your neighborhood then consider investing in one of these. You might be surprised to see what wanders by, or intrigued.
Keep scrolling to see some crazy trail cam images that are completely real.
A Raccoon Party
Raccoons are known for their adorable little black ringed eyes, tiny hands, and long striped tails. As they have little hands, they are able to open doors, lift up lids, and anything else that might be hiding a tasty morsel of food. This deer feeder had broken, and spilled all of the feed on the ground.
An enterprising family of raccoons saw all of the spilled corn and could not help but start gobbling it up. It looks like they had a great party in full Roman style. Look at all them lounging around in the corn, and stuffing their little faces.
The Brown Rabbit
Lewis Carroll’s famous book Alice in Wonderland is full of fantastical tales of Alice and a white rabbit diving headfirst down a rabbit hole. This little brown rabbit looks like he might be a close relative of the white rabbit, as he dives into a black plastic cylinder.
If this was the book, that rabbit would have entered Wonderland, and is about to go on a grand adventure. It should be very careful of what it eats or drinks, or it might end up like Alice. Sometimes growing too big or too small, is not a good thing, which Alice found out the hard way.
It’s pretty rare to see a tiger in the wild, but India still has a few roaming around the jungles. A person in India decided to set-up a trail cam, and see if they could capture a few images of any local tigers. They managed to capture this one, which is pretty amazing.
At first, it appears a bit strange but that’s because the tiger has been cooling itself off. In the wild, they roll in mud as it acts as a natural cooling agent and bug spray.
Beware The Flying Squirrel
Animals like to have fun in the wild, especially flying squirrels. These little critters are nocturnal and tend to ‘fly’ or jump from tree to tree. It seems like this little guy might have gotten a bit confused though.
Instead of aiming for a tree, the squirrel decided to jump onto this deer’s head. We bet that deer was pretty frightened when it saw the squirrel coming in for a landing, but these critters are harmless.
The Land Of The Deer
Have you ever looked into the woods at night and seen little blue or red dots looking back at you? Those blue or red dots are the eyes of wildlife, and usually they are deer, sometimes they can be a predator like a cougar so always be wary.
This trail cam picked up a lot of motion one night, and captured this astounding picture. A whole herd of deer had frozen when the camera started taking pictures, and now it looks like we live in the land of the deer.
A Crown Of Thorns
Keeping up with the latest fashion in the forest can be tough. Some stags try to make themselves stand out by having the biggest antlers. This stag decided to try something new.
He stuck a thorny crown on his head, and proceeded to get his image snapped by a trail cam. We’re not sure what the does thought of this look, but it’s definitely a unique one. In reality, we hope this stag managed to disentangle himself from the bush.
Raccoons are very good at getting into small spaces, and finding their way around walls. This little guy managed to crawl through a metal fence each night to steal some eggs. The owners of the property were curious why eggs were missing in the morning, and when they looked at the trail cam they found out why.
They had an egg thief! Raccoons even look like robbers, which fits their personalities perfectly.
Raccoons are not solitary creatures. They tend to form family groups, and that makes it a lot easier to work together to find food. This raccoon family came across a bird feeder, which they decided they wanted to sample.
As it was rather high up, they needed to boost one of their family members until they could make it rain feed. Obviously the effort was well worth it, and the little guys were able to enjoy a feast.
Raccoons seem to just understand technology in a way that other wildlife do not. They always know where the trail cams are, and are curious enough to investigate. The deer behind the selfie taking raccoon are just minding their own business, while the racoon has a full blown photoshoot.
This has to be one of the funniest trail cam pictures we’ve seen. Hopefully the raccoon got some tasty food with the deer after the photoshoot.
Sometimes owners of big cats will set-up a camera to make sure their cats aren’t getting up to no good. This owner managed to catch a rare display of love and affection between two of his felines.
Instead of re-enacting the scene between Scar and Mufasa in The Lion King, we get to see a sweet scene of the two kissing each other. The two appear to be having a Lady and the Tramp moment as they romance each other.
Always Lock Your Food Away
Camping is one of the most fun vacations out there. You load up your vehicle with a tent, and all of the food you need for the trip. One thing all campers are told is that they should store their food up high in a tree.
This will prevent bears from entering the camp, and from stealing your food. These campers didn’t do a very good job of hiding their food, and this bear is about to snatch it all away.
Welcome To Porcupine Fight Club
The animal kingdom is full of animals looking for a fight. Usually it’s big animals like lions and bears fighting each other, but sometimes little critters like prickly porcupines get into disagreements. These guys clearly think they are members of the Porcupine Fight Club.
Someone might need to remind them that they should be caught on camera, since fight clubs are supposed to be a secret. It’s time to lower those paws, and move past the disagreement.
There are certain areas in North America where the population of cougar is quite high. One of these is the province of British Columbia in Canada. Residents of small towns know that they have to keep their doors and windows closed to avoid any cougar encounters.
This home camera caught a couple of cougars prowling around a property looking for a snack. The cougars like to use this driveway to sneak up on unsuspecting deer for a midnight meal.
Some neighborhoods are full of people who like to peer through their blinds, and watch whatever is going on that day. This little bird appears to be the lurker of the animal kingdom, just like peering neighbors in suburbs.
He seems fascinated by whatever is going on in front of him. What we know is that he is simply staring at a camera recording him. Maybe the whirring or the flash of the camera shutter grabbed his attention.
A Tender Moment
While there are a lot of funny images captured by trail cams, sometimes there are very sweet ones like this. A mother fox stopped in front of a trail cam to feed all of her kits. Foxes are known for being shy creatures that only tend to prowl around at night.
Fox kits need a lot of TLC from their moms. They cannot hunt until they are about four weeks old, and are completely reliant on their mothers for food.
Listen To Mama Bear
Mama bears know how to look after their cubs, and make sure they learn all sorts of important lessons. One of the lessons is to know when to ask for a helping paw. This bear cub wanted to look inside this bin of wood, as they thought there might be something tasty inside.
Mama bear was skeptical, but she helped her cub have a look inside and determine that for itself. How cute is that?
The Raccoon Totem Pole
Raccoons are some of the most intelligent critters out there. They take teamwork to a whole other level when it comes to snatching some tasty food. This team of raccoons realized they could build a raccoon pyramid and reach the food above them.
Raccoons understand that together they are stronger, and they all get to share in the food. If larger animals began to do this, humans might not be at the top of the food chain anymore.
Catching A Whiff
Most animals don’t bother trying to find a way through a wall. It’s a lot of effort to follow it, or look for holes. Sometimes though, a certain smell will waft over to an animal and they will need to see what it is. That happened to this wily fox when it was out for a stroll.
We don’t know what it sees through that fence, but the trail cam caught it staring at something. Either it’s another predator, or a very fetching vixen.
The Sky Battle
Birds of prey are magnificent to watch. Hawks and bald eagles can dive and snatch up prey with their talons. It’s pretty rare to see a hawk and a bald eagle fight each other in the sky. This trail cam caught an epic sky battle between the two.
We’re not sure what they were fighting over. The magpies were curious as well and decided to come and watch the fight. The jury is still out on who won the fight.
Game reserves in Africa offer some of the most amazing animal sightings in the world. You can see elusive rhinos, elephants, wildebeests, and so much more. The safari guides at this park decided to set-up a camera to see where the family cat got to each night.
What they found was very surprising. The cat was hitching rides on the backs of some of the game, and seeing all of the park that way.
Trail cams are really like being on candid camera for wildlife. They never know when they are being filmed, or if they are going to be snapped making funny faces. This doe had found a delectable patch of grass to munch on, when she looked into the lens of a trail cam.
It caught her with her tongue hanging out of her mouth, which is not very ladylike. If this deer a social media account, this would definitely be a story on it.
A Modern Day Timon And Pumba
In Disney’s The Lion King, Timon and Pumba are a meerkat and warthog constantly on the lookout for a snack. In this modern day reenactment of the famous duo, this raccoon and wild boar are trying to snag some extra food from the feeder.
Naturally, the raccoon is riding the boar trying to grab the feeder hanging above them. We bet the owner of this boar was pretty surprised to see it working with this wily raccoon.
Beware The Owl
Owls are beautiful birds of prey that only hunt at night. As they are nocturnal, they tend to look for small vermin like rats and mice to feed on. This owl decided to try and bring down a deer for a delicious midnight meal. While it’s talons are very impressive, we don’t think an owl is any match for a deer.
Look at how much bigger it is! This deer is not interested in becoming a meal for the owl, and we think it managed to get away. Whoever said owls only hunt for small prey, was certainly wrong.
Sometimes trail cams stop working for no reason. Mechanical failure is just one of those things that happens to tech. However, there is usually a reason if you’re willing to examine the tech from the inside out. This camera had a very obvious problem – a hole through the lens.
The owner decided to download the last images that were captured, and the culprit who broke this camera was caught on screen. A woodpecker had come across the trail cam, and decided that it looked like it was part of a tree. It then began to peck away at it. The pecking broke the cam mechanism, and caused it to stop working.
You don’t expect to see aquatic mammals show up on trail cams. They are designed to pick-up game in the area, but this otter seems to have wandered into the frame.
There must be a river or a pond closeby, because this little guy is munching on a giant fish. Maybe this otter will leave a fishy treat for the camera owner.
Howling In Unison
Coyotes are beautiful canines that live in deserts. Like wolves, their close cousins, they tend to howl at the moon. If you’re camping or hiking, you may be able to hear them which can be a bit spooky.
It’s very rare to find a photo of them howling in unison, but this trail cam managed to capture it. What’s kind of scary is that there appears to be a creature watching them from the shadows – look at those blue eyes.
Best Friends Furever
Deer are not solitary animals by nature. They tend to live in herds, which affords them some protection from predators in the area. These two deer decided to for a frolic in a nearby thicket, when one noticed the other needed a quick clean.
A best friend furever always makes sure your ears are clean, especially if you can’t clean them yourself.
Beware The Squirrel
In another case of the attack of the flying squirrel, this deer’s expression was caught on camera. When you hear a ghost story about something moving in the trees, it’s likely a flying squirrel like this one.
They are hard to see, but you can hear them leaping from tree to tree. This deer was terrified when it heard something flying towards it. It decided to abandon all of the apples on the ground, and make an escape.
Deer are known for having four legs, or at least that’s what we thought. This deer seems to be walking around like a human, which is pretty strange. Whatever is happening in this forest is pretty strange.
What is likely happening, is there is another deer off to the side and the two are about to fight. Bucks will raise themselves up like this to assert their dominance.
Needing A Boost
Food is the most important thing in the animal kingdom. Without food, animals cannot live. Raccoons like having an easy meal as they are scavengers by nature. Wild boar are also scavengers, but they tend to snuffle around in the underbrush for food.
This boar and raccoon teamed up to grab some seeds for a farmer’s storage container. That must have made for some good eating.
On The Hunt
If you’ve ever seen Wile E. Coyote and the Road Runner, then you know that coyotes love to hunt.
This hungry coyote saw a pair of deer in front of a game cam, and decided to try and catch some dinner. We’re not sure if it was successful, but it looks like at least one deer made an escape.
A lot of carnivores are what are known as scavengers. They like to come upon the carcasses of animals that have crossed the rainbow bridge, and eat what has been left behind.
These two foxes found a tasty deer carcass and got into a very big fight over who would get to eat it. We’re not sure who won this fight.
Game cameras are designed to let hunters know what kind of game is in the area during hunting season.
Grouse are known for being particularly tasty when roasted, and they have beautiful feathers. This grouse showed off its plumage, and let the owner of this camera know just where to find it.
Is there anything cuter than baby lion cubs? We don’t think so. This camera picked up a pair of mountain lion cubs looking for their mother.
You can see all of their little spots, and big momma hiding behind one of the leafy branches. This is a pretty rare sight to behold.
Yogi Is That You?
Bears are notoriously curious animals, and they also love to follow their noses. That’s why they will wander into campsites, and search for food.
This bear saw something in the wild that was not meant to be there, and that was this camera. It captured the bear looking very bemused as it balanced on a log.
An Idyllic Moment
Anyone who has spent time in nature, knows how peaceful it can feel. This image of a buck wading through some water looks like it is straight out of Disney’s Bambi.
All we need is a fawn and a bunny to go prancing by, and this picture would be perfect.
A Rare Moose
Sometimes it looks like the animals in the forest are having a party. This moose looks like it is listening to some good tunes, and is about to start head bumping to the music.
You might not be able to tell, but this moose stands about two meters tall.
Stop Right Now
Even in nature, animals can get into disputes. This deer was very unhappy when it saw another one snacking on its favorite patch of grass.
In fact, it was so angry it decided to lift a hoof to the other deer. That’s not very nice Mrs. Deer! Even the deer behind looks surprised by this deer’s action.
A Clash Of Horns
This photo looks pretty funny at first glance. The two bucks are locked antler to antler, while a pair of raccoons watch in the back.
It’s almost like the animal version of a duel, and the raccoons are the deer’s seconds. It doesn’t look like anyone won this battle of the antlers.
An Apple A Day
The word is out in the animal kingdom, an apple day keeps the wildlife veterinarian away. This deer found a delicious patch of apples, and could not help but start snacking on them.
Judging by its face, it may not know that it should be chewing on the apple and not trying to swallow it whole.