Apr 04, 2011 12:00AM

Smithsonian Wild

Animals get the Nanny-cam treatment.

Nature is the freaking bomb - and the internet seems to agree. It's a well-known fact that 75% of all YouTube videos are animal-based. From laughing at slow lorises, to the legendary Attenborough, to stalker cat, to keyboard cat, everyone sitting at computers indoors in cities all over the world can't get enough of the wild - which is why the Smithsonian's new website, Smithsonian Wild, is the latest greatest time-suck.

The museum has uploaded hundreds of thousands of images from motion-triggered camera traps onto their new database. Some are night photographs - shot using infra-red and giving each animal an extreme 'stunned mullet' look. You can search by species, animal group or geographical location.

mountain weasel



If live action is more your bag, the Smithsonian Zoo has also set up web-cams on some of their coolest animals (like pandas, tigers and sloths). Or you can watch eagles hatching, as hosted by the Raptor Resource Project (two have already hatched!).

Words: Madeleine Atkins