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Photos: Hilarious Animal Antics

Silly animals

bear missing salmon

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Wild animals are majestic, awe-inspiring, frightening -- and sometimes, downright hilarious. This year, a bevy of talented wildlife photographers captured some of the silliest animal antics for the 2016 Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards. After many hours, a few head scratches and countless belly laughs, the judges chose 39 images for the finals. The funniest photo will be announced Nov. 9, 2016. Here, one of the finalists: A bear has a near miss with a salmon in Katmai National Park in Alaska in 2014.

Bear with wings

bear gets wings

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A bear gets his wings in this silly mashup photo taken in September, 2015.

Unsavory calling card

bird pooping on water buffalo

(Image credit: PHOTOGRAPH BY Tom Stables / Barcroft Images)

A bird leaves an unfortunate signature on a water buffalo in Meru National Park in Kenya in July, 2016

Never too much corn

chipmunk gorging on corn

(Image credit: PHOTOGRAPH BY Barb D'Arpino / Barcroft Images)

A chipmunk gorges on corn in Wasaga Beach, Ontario Canada in 2010.

In a tangle

deer tangled in leaves

(Image credit: PHOTOGRAPH BY James Mitson / Barcroft Images)

A deer gets himself into a tricky situation in Richmond Park in London

Head in the sand

elephant faceplants

(Image credit: PHOTOGRAPH BY Markus Pavlowsky / Barcroft Images)

A baby elephant does a faceplant in Hwange National Park in Zimbabwe in 2015.

Go deep

fox faceplants in snow

(Image credit: PHOTOGRAPH BY Angela Bohlke / Barcroft Images)

Just one of those days for a fox in Yellowstone National Park in 2015

Say "Cheese"

frog smiling

(Image credit: PHOTOGRAPH BY Artyom Krivosheev / Barcroft Images)

A frog smiles big for wildlife photographer Artyom Krivosheev somewhere in Russia

Losing your head

headless penguins

(Image credit: PHOTOGRAPH BY Charles Kinsey / Barcroft Images)

Headless penguins on South Georgia Island

Day of the warrior

lizard practicing kung-fu

(Image credit: PHOTOGRAPH BY Anup Deodhar / Barcroft Images)

A lizard practices a little kung-fu with a tiny twig in 2013

The owl has landed

owl landing

(Image credit: PHOTOGRAPH BY Austin Thomas / Barcroft Images)

An owl keeps one wing open and another closed for a bold crosswind landing in Lancashire, England in 2011

Tia Ghose
Tia has interned at Science News,, and the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel and has written for the Center for Investigative Reporting, Scientific American, and ScienceNow. She has a master's degree in bioengineering from the University of Washington and a graduate certificate in science writing from the University of California Santa Cruz.