Really! Animals do talk!

A DigitalNZ Story by Zokoroa

Can animals listen to and talk with us? These photos illustrate great conversations can be had with animals who are wonderful listeners.

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Can animals listen to and talk with us? Storybooks, TV shows and movies tell us - yes!  Those amongst us who are akin to horse whisperers would agree. These photos illustrate great conversations can be had with animals - at least from their perspective! 

Image: Fallow Deer

Come closer so I can whisper a secret.

Fallow Deer

NatureWatch NZ

Image: Phascolarctos cinereus

I love Zumba dancing!

Phascolarctos cinereus

Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa

Image: Squirrel

See - this is how you balance on your snow skis.

Squirrel

Puke Ariki

Image: Harold the giraffe dies

Howdy. You look a long way down.

Harold the giraffe dies

TV3

Image: India Series: Giraffe

Gulp! You want to go camel riding? But I'm a giraffe.

India Series: Giraffe

Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa

Image: Domestic Horse

I score my rider 10 out of 10 - loved those carrots! What about you?

Domestic Horse

NatureWatch NZ

Image: Kaka

Thought I'd drop by to say 'hi'. I see you're looking at your screen again.

Kaka

NatureWatch NZ

Image: Hippopotamus

Can you recommend a dentist?

Hippopotamus

NatureWatch NZ

Image: Face of Weddell seal, Franklin Is.

Hmm - I see what you mean.

Face of Weddell seal, Franklin Is.

Antarctica New Zealand

Image: Ross chickens

What do you think, Charlie?

Ross chickens

Ministry for Culture and Heritage

Image: Jersey Cow

Well, it's like this .... My family are from the Channel Islands of Jersey.

Jersey Cow

mychillybin

Image: Moluccan Cocktoo

Did you know "Polly wants a cracker" comes from an 1876 American advert?

Moluccan Cocktoo

Kete Horowhenua

Image: Dolphins

Anyone care to join me for a swim?

Dolphins

Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa

Image: Bottlenose Dolphin

Wheee! How's this for jet propulsion!

Bottlenose Dolphin

NatureWatch NZ

Image: Black Swan

Let's do the Hokey pokey - You put your left foot in; you take your left foot out....

Black Swan

NatureWatch NZ

Image: Archey's Frog

Get ready! Get set! Let's play leapfrog!

Archey's Frog

NatureWatch NZ

Image: Donkey

Hee hee! Caught you sneaking apples from that tree.

Donkey

NatureWatch NZ

Image: Jack Russell terrier and jellybeans at a photo shoot for paint.

Jellybeans! And all mine?!

Jack Russell terrier and jellybeans at a photo shoot for paint.

Upper Hutt City Library

Image: Lions

Imagine if we were on the Survivor NZ programme.

Lions

Ministry for Culture and Heritage

Image: Sheep

Nah! Had you fooled. I'm not a goat.

Sheep

NatureWatch NZ

Image: Domestic Sheep

Really! I'd like a second opinion.

Domestic Sheep

NatureWatch NZ

Image: Morepork

OMG! Harry Potter has an opening for more owls.

Morepork

NatureWatch NZ

Image: Little Owl

Oh! Please tickle my head. Pleeaase.

Little Owl

NatureWatch NZ

Image: Domestic Guinea Pig

Are you still following us? We're nearly there.

Domestic Guinea Pig

NatureWatch NZ

Image: European Rabbit

Mustn't breathe. If I keep still, maybe they'll think I'm a rock.

European Rabbit

NatureWatch NZ

Image: Kea

Nice talking with you. Must fly. See you soon!

Kea

NatureWatch NZ