The Circle of Life—could not be cuter!

Or should we say: “ANERRRRABLE!!!”

We really can’t get enough. Glurp!




What’s for dessert!?

Photos via National Geographic Best Most Delicious Photos of 2009.



  1. No ‘I’m going to eat you!’ tag?

  2. Samantha says:

    Ohhh, here come the nuffers!

    I think these photos are pretty cool, personally.

  3. juliefturpin says:

    I’m not saying for sure but the last one really looks photoshopped.

  4. That was my thought too, we usually don’t mean it literally but that penguin pic….

  5. Tell me that snake is photo shopped in..

  6. Everything today has made me chuckle, but this last one made me laugh out loud. Co-workers came to see what was amusing and have now decided I’m one disturbed individual.

  7. Sad 😦

  8. Mary (the first). says:

    Whales and bats and snakes, oh my!

  9. Om nom nom.

  10. wuyizidi says:

    Cute or Death?

    [Oh, cake for me, please. – Ed.]

  11. Anne Boleyn says:

    Bring on the nuffers…… and we’ll eat them too!

  12. O NO (he/she/or it) DI'UNT!!!!! says:

    1) “Look, BOSS; ” les couleurs!!! les couleurs~~~

    bu’ 2) waitjistacottonpickin’ minnit, heah!!!
    did the boidie in the pics LIVE??????

    In Post-traumatic Stress

    and also, in Angst.

    (whoa whoa whoa)

  13. It seems below CuteOverload to do this.

  14. ♥ Aww, lookit the li’l orca tongue ♥

  15. This definitely deserves a “cute or sad” tag…. I vote sad!

  16. The snake is just saying “hey!”

  17. Kate Good-Smith says:

    Amazing? Absolutely. Cute????? Um NO!

  18. I am completely annoyed at this posting. I understand and acccept the “circle of life”, but if I want to see it in action I turn on NG or Discovery and watch a documentary about it, in which I know what I am getting myself into. I do not visit this site to see stuff like this. It saddens me. I have been a devoted fan for 5 years, often forwarding pics to friends and family, and I am sad to say that I will no longer visit this site.

    [Sorry, mind wandered… you were talking? – Ed.]


  20. That bat looks exactly like the singer from Riverbottom Nightmare Band…

  21. Clearly, we are standing by our Nuff Overload credo today…

  22. Well, I am a big enough sucker that I would have bought those had it not been for the penguin one. Penguins and orcas occupy opposite poles; the photo is just too jarring. The bird eating the fish *is* real, though, isn’t it?

  23. Dear Nuffers,

    Before you get your panties in a wad, I would like to kindly remind you what today’s date is.

    Thank you,
    Nuff Police

  24. Nomy McNomerson says:

    love love love

  25. The link didn’t work. Some of these look photoshopped….I’ll believe these when a working link to the Nat Geo site shows up.

  26. Katiedid says:

    I call:
    fake- but kinda funny..

  27. Madame X says:

    Just another day at the office in corporate America… or the rest of the western world, for that matter…

  28. Dear Jen [above]:

    April fools.

    Get a life.

    No one cares if you ever visit this site, blah blah blabity blite [sing song voice].

  29. Um…April Fool’s right? Right???

  30. Surrealle says:

    Lol, I hope (and assume) these are April Fools pics, not because animals hunting to eat and survive particularly bothers me but because I hate seeing all the cranky people nuffing in comments afterwards.

  31. doxylover79 says:

    NOT CUTE! And I was really looking for cute today.

  32. Not That Mike The Other Mike says:

    I would like to take this opportunity to address those persons who are insinuating that some of the photos appearing in this article may be less than genuine. Cute Overload maintains strict procedures for weeding out fraudulent imagery, as described in this post earlier today:


  33. its whats lifes all about, it happens but no I dont expect to see it on a cuteoverload page wrong wrong wrong.

  34. We’ve reached a pinnacle here! So cute!

  35. toborzgrrl says:

    ahem. “nuff” said.

    (Wishing my camera had fast enough shutter speed to capture some of these images)

  36. tracylee says:

    bat teef!

  37. beardediris says:

    @Arvay: Actually, Orcas live in all the oceans, near both poles.

    BTW: Amazing shots!

  38. I love eeet!

  39. Ah, April Fools Day. This is the one day a year that separates the normal folk from the absolute morons.

    Also, I think that’s the first time I’ve used the word “moron” since the 4th grade. 😀

  40. Wow what amazing ‘shops. Erm, I mean shots. Really, that is what I meant.

  41. Only 31 comments? And you have the nerve to call yourselves Nuff Overload. Look, when I come here I want to see pages of outraged nuffing, not just a couple of measly comments.

    Not nuff!

  42. Please remove the pics with the birds being eaten and I will be happy again. Everyone else can get et, it’s ok.

  43. you guys are really going all out with the Nuff Overload, I see. 😉

  44. ooph. I hate April Fools day. Hate it. just saying.

  45. KellBell says:

    Not cute and not appreciated. Having this opinion does not make one an intellectual inferior. I have been aware of the circle of life for some time now, but the purpose of a site like this one is to see cute animals and get all mushy about it. Bad form cute overload but I’ll still come here to turn into a silly, blubbery girl when I see a baby otter 🙂

  46. Marcy Hunt says:

    Is this cuteoverload? I thought Cute would kinds be the theme, but not so with these pictures. These are all depressing.

  47. 4 things:

    1. Get. In. Ma. Belleh!!

    2. Nomnomnometc….

    3. Giant Rubber Duckie, you’re my hero ❤ I loves me some RBNB!

    4. Happy April Fools everyone! 😀

    That is all

  48. I’m pretty sure both the Orca/penguin and snake/robin photos are photoshopped.

    However, if you’re still depressed, check out this wonderful video of an amazing penguin who out-swims and out-smarts and entire pod of Orcas:

    And for those upset about the robin’s possible fate, you can get some payback by looking here:

  49. I’ma say this once: you don’t dictate the purpose of this site.

  50. Sarah K. says:

    Love the header, especially. A Rick-rollin’ classic.

  51. @Marcy Hunt: This is NOT cuteoverload. Look at the header. 😉

  52. Teh cuteness is overloading mah hart~~

  53. Jen, get over yourself!

  54. Snowpea says:

    The bat eat frog photoshop is BRILLIG

  55. Paunchie says:

    Yeah but the Kingfisher pic we had before was even cuter! Remember? The frog blowing bubble gum bubbles??

  56. I have sadness now… Pengies shouldn’t be shown falling into mouths of whales…

  57. @HB, the Penguin is actually jumping up out of the whale’s mouth, don’t worry !

  58. BenPanced says:

    WILL BE…” *nom!*

  59. Joann Dunn says:

    I am so disappointed in you guys. This is the site we turn to to get a smile, feel better, escape for a moment from the hard world and you completely let us down, and not just once. This has been a little kid friendly site, too. You are off my list, and your advertisers are, too.

    [Oh noes. I totally believe you. 🙄 – Ed.]

  60. beardediris, thanks for that! I did not know that! You really do learn something new each day!

  61. sunshadow says:

    Your site is off my computer, real photos or not, this is trash.

  62. BonzoGal says:

    “…the purpose of a site like this one is to see cute animals and get all mushy about it.”

    O RLY?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!!!!

    Happy April Nuffs Day!

  63. That’s ok. We don’t need the grumpy peoples here anyway, let ’em go.

  64. Richard Featherstone says:

    The Kingfisher is genuine, I’ve seen them many times when I’ve been fishing on my local canal, and the bird catching the Dragonfly in flight looks natural, as does the Bat and Frog judging by the light shining on them both, but the others just don’t look right.
    The bird with the snake is a British Robin, and we don’t have snakes as nasty looking as the one in the picture in the UK, we only have the Adder (Vipera berus) plus, the Robin is stood on what looks like a fence post, which means that the snake has climbed up or launched itself from the ground, which i doubt.
    The Orca and Penguins looks wrong, they don’t seem to match correctly, plus, when I’ve seen Penguins going from ice to water they’ve done it from places where they can EASILY get back onto the ice should the need arise, i doubt they’re so daft as to give themselves a 6m jump to escape a predator!
    A few genuine pictures (1,3 and 4) and a couple where someone is showing off their Photoshop skills.

    [Whatever you say. *snrk* – Ed.]

  65. some of the comments here are funnier than the photos.

  66. Lindsay says:

    I certainly hope some of these “I’m so offended etc. etc.” comments are written with tongue firmly planted in cheek…

    If they’re actually genuine? Wow… O_o

  67. Jeez people. It’s the balance of nature. You can’t have all the good without some of the bad. I find it hypocritical personally you all complain about an animal eating another when you go home and eat your chicken, steak or cheeseburgers. Grow up.

  68. Wow, this really is Nuff Overload!

    Not to worry, sweet nuffers, tomorrow will be cute again, I’m sure! 😉

  69. JediArashi says:

    Okay, I’m still going to visit CO in the future, but yeah, this is a whee bit depressing…that is, if they aren’t Photoshopped. Please tell me they are? The last one has to be, I think, it just doesn’t look right. *snrk*

  70. @Lindsay As my father says, ya can’t fix stupid.

    You also apparently can’t fix a sense of humor.

  71. cute overload kinda sucks today…

  72. Lol, setting aside the fact it’s April’s Fool’s day, I don’t know why people are complaining that it’s not cute. I think all the animals here are cute! The snake is cute, the bird is cute, the bug is cute, the frog is cute, the penguin, the whale – why does one eating the other make it less cute! I get a warm feeling looking at them, like, awww….look at them helping each other survive, awww look at the teef. Awww that frog looks just so plump and cute, I bet the bat will have a happy nom nom.

  73. JediArashi says:

    Huh, being moderated, apparently. *snort* Ah, April Fools…the day just about every website gets…weird.

    [There was a backlog. It’s cleared now. – Ed.]

  74. MamaLana says:

    “Nuff Overload” LOL LOL LOL
    Happy April Fools Day. So many fools.

  75. Ladeda, “awww look at the teef” is when I started cracking up. I’ve been known to say that about baby crocodiles. (They’re so cuuuuuuuute!)

  76. Dear Molls and Jujube,
    I’m sorry that you harbor such intense insecurity that you feel the need to anonymously launch a personal attack against someone for voicing their opinion on a website about cute animals. It is tragic that you don’t have the outlet in the “real world” to vent your anger and frustration. Hopefully the company of the 5 cats you probably share a bed with will fill the void where your cold dead heart once laid. Hope you have a better day.

  77. TrixandSam says:

    Yeay! It’s a nuff Overload day, fer sher!!!!

    Thank you CU team for your loyalty to all that is nuffin’ and to all that is overloadingly cute.

  78. Sorry, I can’t say I appreciate the lulz in this post. I come here as a brief break from work for things to smile at. Though the food chain is part of life, it’s not one of the cuter parts, and this didn’t brighten up my day. This is probably better equipped for digg or some other /b/ stuff.

  79. I love the people that are like “YOUR SITE IS BANNED FROM MY COMPUTER NOW CO! GRAAARR!”

    Like Cuteoverload cares. They only have one hojillion viewers every day, I’m sure you boycotting them is heartbreaking.

    I agree this post isn’t “cute” per se, and I don’t usually like to watch animals eating each other, but it doesn’t really bother me because it’s just animals doing what animals do without human intervention.

    The dyed chicks bother me a little, but only because I’ve heard of some chicks getting very sick from it. And I know that CO doesn’t advocate for animal abuse so I’m not going to scream about how CO is permanently banned from my bored daily website viewing. 🙂

  80. Seriously, folks, get over yourselves. The two saddest ones, in my opinion, are so poorly ‘shopped it’s funny. Lighten up!

    How many people actually take internet complaints seriously anyway?

  81. April Fools Day, look at all the fools! says:

    Oh noez, the photoshopped pictures of animals comically about to nom each other is too much for my delicate psyche! How dare this internet website subject me to teh lulz on April Fool’s. Someone halp!

  82. That *is* a cute orca tongue! I go to pet one once in a show at Marineland.

  83. “goT to” pet one, not “go to”

  84. The second and the last one look photoshopped.


  85. victoreia says:

    Geez, it really is “Nuff Overload” around here today!

    Learn to laugh, folks! Sheesh.

  86. All creatures need to eat and feed their young. Nature isn’t always pretty, and these images show some of evolution’s most successful hunters doing what they do best: surviving; as natural and beautiful as anything else in this world. Good for cuteoverload for recognizing this and deviating from a completely warped “Walt Disney” portrayal of wildlife. A good understanding of something often leads to a sense of humour about it, so in my opinion cuteoverload demonstrates an excellent understanding of nature in all it’s adorable gruesome hilariousness.

  87. wuyizidi says:

    Phew, it’s not called “nuff overload” for nothing.

    Just saw this quote from author Philip Pullman that I think is very applicable here:

    “It was a shocking thing to say and I knew it was a shocking thing to say. But no one has the right to live without being shocked. No one has the right to spend their life without being offended. Nobody has to read this book. Nobody has to pick it up. Nobody has to open it. And if you open it and read it, you don’t have to like it.

    And if you read it and you dislike it, you don’t have to remain silent about it. You can write to me, you can complain about it, you can write to the publisher, you can write to the papers, you can write your own book.

    You can do all those things, but there your rights stop. No one has the right to stop me writing this book. No one has the right to stop it being published, or bought, or sold or read. That’s all I have to say on that subject.”

  88. For those with weak dispositions: it’s probably a good idea to stay off the internet on April 1st. Just sayin’.

    For everyone else: look at the bright side about all these people without senses of humor. This is like a yearly pruning process, weeding out the overly sensitive so the rest of us can comment in peace. ;3

  89. Oh my god this is absolutely hilarious.

  90. EWWWWWWWWW!!! says:

    ABSOLUTELY NOT CUTE!!! NOT FUNNY AND NOT NECESSARY!! That just really pissed me off. Now I need to go cleanse my eyeballs by looking at “Bang” Kitty.

  91. Argyle Donkeypants says:

    Nuff Overload rocks the cat-spa.

  92. Yum, yum, yum.

    It is delightful to see animals eating the freshest possible food. They can’t all eat kibbles made of corn middlings.

  93. Thanks for the great laugh. The bird and snake was my fav. Awesome April Fool’s Day on CuteOverload.

  94. Orcas, ugh. I’ve been terrified of orcas since you-know-what. I’m never setting foot in the ocean again.

  95. I’d pay a pile of Peeps to see Rick Astley eat a bird like that orca. Or that snake.


  96. ♫ Never gonna run around and “dessert” you ♫

  97. platedlizard says:

    1. King Fishers will never ever not be cute.

    2. Something about this looks shopped, I swear I’ve seen the original for both pictures somewhere else.

    3. I think I saw this one in a National Geographic.

    4. IS THAT A CARMINE BEE EATER??? (they are awesome, even cooler when eating bees tho)

    5. Shopped. Rattlesnakes and European robins don’t share the same continent.

  98. wuyizidi says:

    Killer whales that kill, I am shocked!

  99. MoonCatty says:

    That Orca’s gonna need some dental floss…

  100. Kudos to Patito Gigante for using any opportunity as a podium for Emmet Otter’s Jugband Christmas!

  101. Melanie says:

    Awww Jen, did Molls and jujube hurt your precious little feelings? Poor baby! Your anger filled rant was so much more acceptable why, exactly? We will all be glad you’re gone. Buh bye!

    Great post Meg!

  102. That last one’s gonna give me nightmares. Yeek!

  103. fantastic post – I love it!! (whether or not some/all of the images are photoshopped – does it really matter, people?)

  104. Rachael says:

    this is in no way shape or form, cute. at all. and if it’s a prank, it’s not funny.

  105. Honey's Mommie says:

    Ahh to much death!!! So sad mr froggie just looking up
    and lil bird did not move….surely photoshopped at least that is
    what I am telling myself…

    not funny april 1

  106. Lindsay says:


  107. Just like people have different views on what’s cute (see the baby human nuffs), people obviously have different views on what’s funny. I, personally, find it hilarious. And I’m a little worried at the people who have so little joy and happiness in their lives that they are completely devastated when Cute Overload provides something that they don’t find cute.

  108. Couldn’t you have done a more tasteful April Fool’s joke? Everybody understands nature here, but we don’t come on here to see that. This is a site for animal lovers and we don’t want to see them about to be eaten.

    [“Tasteful” sounds so much like “tasty” though. – Ed.]

  109. @wuyizidi, LOVE LOVE LOVE the phillp pullman quote! it sums up all i wanted to say. well done!

  110. Ah, Nature. She is cute, she is cruel.

  111. I love how the orca reminds me of my dad sitting in his recliner while us kids pitched penguins–uh, M&M’s–into his mouth.

    And April Fools Day pranks aside, isn’t it weird how some people would rather see cute predators starve to death? I mean, seriously, animules eat other animules in the wild. Don’t like it, take it up with Darwin or the deity of your choice.

  112. MymaJane says:

    Lame. I don’t understand how this is “cute”.

  113. OH,
    And if you have Bloglines like me, its imposible to read the NUFF OVERLOAD banner, I opened my Bloglines and there… sad pictures. Im not from USA so I didnt know about april fools day.

    (Sorry my bad english)

  114. Smallthunder says:

    I’m in agreement with many here — especially Smalls (and not *just* because his/her handle so nicely dovetails with mine!). I’m not too sure, however, that these folks have so little joy/happiness in their lives as much as they have an overwhelming sense of entitlement that is matched only by their conviction that the world revolves around them …
    Feed ’em to the snake, I say —

  115. The last one is definitely Photoshop because I remember the Fark thread that bird is from. Still a fun April’s Fool post.

  116. JediArashi says:

    I know animals eat each other to survive. Most of us do the same (mmm, steak). But just like I’d rather not watch my dinner as it’s butchered, I don’t like actually SEEING the animals nom each other. I know it has to happen, but I don’t have to watch it…

    Anyway, it was an amusing April Fools idea for CO to become…NO. LOL!

  117. Ohh, I’m so sorry I missed this yesterday. I saw the bit about the process of authenticating pictures, and chortled a bit, but then was busy throughout the night.

    Reading through the comments today more than made up for it though! It was pretty hilarious to see, I love when people get their knickers in a twist over April’s fools jokes, and especially when they get all defensive and harsh when they realise they’ve been had.

    And Orcas are adorable. I want a pet one.

  118. theancientsubmariner says:

    The real food chain in action – not the high street pretenders!

  119. Surrealle says:

    Too bad CO can’t do more posts like this to deliberately weed out the nuffers, since they’re so quick to threaten never coming to the site again. Alas, that would be too easy, I suppose.

  120. Regardless of it being April Fools or not, I do think these pictures are completely tasteless for a site like this. If animals eating other animals is going to be shown here (despite whether it is shopped or not) it should be behind a link so that I don’t have to ruin my good mood looking at it. Of course I’m not going to stop coming to CO because of it, but I think that the powers that be might want to rethink this post.

  121. bookmonstercats says:

    The only one I think is shopped (sorry, Eds, I love y’all dearly and couldn’t live without my daily fix of all of you) is the last one. It is indeed a robin red-breast and we reeeeeeelly don’t have such big nasty snakes here in the UK.

    I’ve always said, if you can’t look it in the eye, don’t eat it (well, it makes sense to me….).

    Great pics.

  122. Had so much fun looking at this last night before bed – I had completely forgotten it was April 1st… so if it wasn’t for CO I would have missed an important holiday!

  123. I do NOT like these.
    Love the nice ones where no one is about to die.

  124. easily the most terrifying episodes of cute overload EVAR!

  125. What I’m wondering is whether the nuffers are playing their own April Fool’s joke on us, or whether their nuffing is real and they genuinely don’t get the joke here?

  126. Persephone says:

    I know I’m late, but I thought the pictures were really cool, actually. Great photography in some cases, and excellent photoshoppery in others.

    What, a guy’s gotta eat! I know my puppeh would probably rather be able to catch his own noms, too.

  127. I’m a leetle disappointed there were no pics of predators eating Astely…maybe being swallowed by giant hair and shoulder pads…..

  128. Boquesha says:

    If the internet has taught me anything at all, it’s that there are an alarming amount of people out there with absolutely no sense of humor.


  129. This made my day yesterday. Then I came back today, and it did it again! It’s probably something in the air. (Unless everything “in the air” was already eaten!)

  130. BeckyMonster says:

    I love love LOVE how completely self-important nuffers seem to be. “My poor precious 3 year old saw a cat in a blender”, “my good mood got ruined, please read my narrow mind in the future and hide things that might upset me”.

    Please people, you are pathetic and need to take a chill pill. IT’S A JOKE, albeit a dark one (which happen to be my favorite kind!) Now go get yourselves a sense of humor, or write your damn congressman or something.

  131. BeckyMonster says:


    It made my day too, both times! Silly people

  132. The second one with the penguin and whale was the best!

  133. spongebrooke says:

    I’m hungry now.

  134. BonzoGal says:

    wtf wrote: “This is a site for animal lovers and we don’t want to see them about to be eaten.”

    Um, so you’d rather that the animals that eat other animals (which includes kyoot kittehs, btw) starve to death? Oh, I see, you just don’t want to SEE it happen. Because it’s easier on your widdle conscience to pretend meat comes from Magic Meat-Land, where the Nom-Nom Fairies use their Magic Sausage Wands to fill up predator bellies with Luv-Nuggets.

    I don’t know which is funnier, the April Fool’s posts here, or the reactions of people whose brains were broken when they saw a photo of an animal ALMOST about to eat what they usually eat. CO April Fool’s Day FTW x infinity!

  135. westward ho says:

    “but the purpose of a site like this one is to see cute animals and get all mushy about it. ”

    oooh, thank goodness you are on hand to tell the owner/editors of this site what its purpose is!


    I ❤ predators. They keep the vermin levels tolerable.

  137. April Fool’s Day or not, I’m not smiling, laughing, or amused. Not cute.

    In other words: I am disappoint.

    [Well, I am disapprove. – Ed.]