Remember Elmyra Duff from Tiny Toon Adventures?
She was super annoying but I totally understood her. I mean I see a cute animal and it takes every ounce of being an adult to keep me from tackling it and hugging it to death. A common occurrence in my life goes something like this: I spot a raccoon (substitute any animal). I squeal. Before I can open my mouth to say anything whoever is with me says “No, you cannot have a raccoon.” Then I le sigh.
And then I turn to my trusty computer which is always busting at the Internet seams with animals instead of buying a baby elephant. This is called adulting.
I’ve noticed amongst a lot of the pet owning bibliophiles I follow that there are many pictures of animals interrupting their reading time. While most owners seem to think their pet is just begging for attention I would like to offer up that these animals really just want you to hold the book so they too can read. My proof? Here are a bunch of adorable animals reading books:
HA! Of course a squirrel would pick a sunny spot in the park to read Hard to Crack: Nut Trees.
Widget the rat starts with a sip of tea before cracking open Neil Gaiman’s Anansi Boys.
Sofie the Maltese is beauty and brains. Maybe she’ll let me read over her shoulder?
Atticus the Hedgehog is also a Harry Potter fan.
Regina the hedgehog prefers building her vocabulary by reading the dictionary.
In cutest, furriest, fan of Fangirl we have this ridiculously adorable hamster.
Finnikin reads some Trustwitch all cozy in bed.
BuBu the chinchilla reads to brush up on other animal species.
Not going to lie I’m totally jealous that I can’t fit on a shelf to read like this very studious cat.
I’m guessing this cat is reading The Checklist Manifesto to make sense of his list: 1. catch mouse 2. nap 3. leave lizard on doorstep 4. nap 5. get high on catnip
This cat has interpreted read over your human’s shoulder as lay on human’s head and tangle hair when they turn the page too fast.
So this bunny isn’t technically reading but she’s obviously scanning the bookshelf for her next read so I’m going to count it.
And I leave you with Ronald Reagan and Diana Lynn reading in bed with a monkey in the 1951 film Bedtime for Bonzo.