Picture of stuffed anteater disqualified from photo award

There are a lot of unspoken rules in wildlife photography, like don’t swear at the animals, don’t pay the animals for their time, and no, your cats don’t count as wildlife. Another such rule is that they have to be real and alive. And one photographer lost an award for violating that one.

Britain’s Natural History Museum said it has disqualified a photo from its Wildlife Photographer of the Year award because the animal in question is dead and stuffed. The photo, taken in Brazil’s Emas National Park, depicts a large ant hill at night with an anteater coming up to feast. Turns out the anteater is a stuffed specimen usually on display at one of the park’s entrances.

Technically, it was wildlife at one point, though.

Next we can spread rumors about them

Most animals don’t understand English (in fact, many speak Spanish), so we need to find other means of communication with them. Luckily for us, communicating during a time of war is as simple as a barrel of a gun. But sometimes it just won’t do to shoot the animal in question.

Such is the case in Colorado, where wildlife officers in Estes Park are dealing with a large crop of aggressive male elk. They can’t simply shoot all of them; what state can pay for all those bullets in this economy? So instead, they are doing the next best thing: sawing off their antlers.

Sometimes humiliating the enemy is more satisfying than killing him.