All humans know that our reign as the dominant species on Earth is a fickle one. It’s only a matter of time before the animals — whom we have forever oppressed in our endless battle for world conquest — band together to destroy us. We have known this, but we have not allowed ourselves to become concerned. Until now.

We have long relied on our greater intelligence to hold the beasts at bay, but new evidence shows that the creatures of the land, sea, and sky have begun to learn to do the things we do. The things that set us apart. The only things that keep us on top. Now, dear reader, it is with great fear and tremendous consternation that I present these rare photographs of animals doing human things, evidence of the animal kingdom’s exponentially growing intelligence, and stepping stone to our impending doom:

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