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Pictures of Animals 'Taking Selfies' Go Viral in Adorable Twitter Thread

Newsweek logo Newsweek 4/26/2021 Courtney Brogle
a person holding a dog posing for the camera: Adorable pet selfies have taken Twitter by storm this week. © Mark Sagliocco/Getty Images Adorable pet selfies have taken Twitter by storm this week.

Twitter's platform offers people a digital space to share personal updates, read up on the news and even debate mathematic principles. For animal and photography-loving users, it is also the ideal place to share adorable pet "selfies," and go viral in the process.

Twitter user @JoaquimCampa posted a series of cute animal photos on Friday, simply captioned, "Animals Taking [Selfies]. Thread." Throughout the afternoon, Campa shared a host of pictures in which domesticated and wild animals appear to take their own photo.

The series began with a photo of a cat getting along well enough with three dogs that they were able to take a picture together. Subsequent pet selfies include dogs making silly faces, newborn puppies, inquisitive cats and even a rabbit sticking its tongue out.

Campa also posted photos of non-domesticated animals in the thread. Friendly penguins, wide-eyed lemurs, smiling monkeys and lion cubs were among the many wildlife inclusions.

The Twitter thread has been liked over 315,000 times and retweeted by nearly 56,000 active accounts. Pet lovers around the world were so inspired by the wholesome photo series that they even shared pictures of their own animals in the comments section.

Anonymous user @fredoandme shared a picture of their adorable cat. "Ironically, my thumbnail is a selfie," they wrote. "Homey just reached up and lightly touched my finger and I snapped it. My camera has a flip screen and it couldn't have worked out better. Years ago now. A beauty."

Kevin Crowley chimed in with a selfie of him and a camel. "Not an animal selfie but the camel was loving it," he wrote.

Some shared hilarious edits of the initial photo of the cat and three dogs. One user put a "Parental Advisory Warning" label on the photo to make it look like an album cover; another wrote a witty dialogue as if the cat were speaking to the viewer about paying their rent on time.

Overall, viewers greatly enjoyed the mental break the photo series provided them with. "Golden thread. They take much better selfies than me," one anonymous user joked. "I love this so much omg," another added.

Campa's now-beloved animal thread is not the only viral pet-related tweet this month. Last week, Twitter user Moose, better known on the platform as @LitMoose, tweeted a hilarious veterinary training manual's advice when dealing with cats. Tips included "don't fight a cat" and "use drugs," much to the amusement of pet owners and veterinarians alike.

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