For me, watching wildlife videos is a legitimate hobby and pastime. There is nothing quite like coming home after a long day of work and finding out how wildlife would save us all in the event of zombie apocalypse. But some of my favorite videos focus on the weird noises animals make – animals that I’m only used to seeing in still photos, where they can maintain their quiet dignity. Have a listen to the following animals who make weird (and, in most cases, weirdly cute) noises.

Baby Harp Seals

Baby harp seals already have a firm grasp on their cute moniker by virtue of being wiggly puffballs with eyes. Their primary purpose at this stage of their lives is to sleep, eat, and, presumably, make ridiculously adorable sounds.


Desert Rain Frog

The desert rain frog is a species of frog found in Namibia and South Africa. It survives in the sand dunes by relying on the small amount of moisture found there. Apparently such difficult conditions result in a call that can only be described as “squeaky-toy-esque”, making their call a fun one to listen to if you have pets at home!



Sloths, once dubbed “the new kittens” (which seems untrue to crazy cat ladies like me), are famed for not moving very much from their typical upside-down hangouts. When they do move, though, they move slowly, and make their efforts known by vocalizing in the cutest way possible.



In addition to having antibiotics in their skin, the North American porcupine has also developed the ability to make kazoo noises. Porcupines could form the world’s first all-porcupine kazoo-less kazoo band!


American Woodcock

Most birds make majestic calls, causing the outdoors to sound like a symphony. Some birds’ music taste is so particular that they even go so far as to get sick of the same old songs and want something new. The American Woodcock, however, goes the sillier route, and instead makes something that sounds like the hiccups.



Which call is your favorite? Sound off (see what I did there?) in the comments, or check out more animal noises!

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Published: February 9, 2015