Close Encounters

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“This is my son on a weekend trip to a drive through safari. My daughter was crying. My son wasn’t exactly thrilled with the close-up animal encounters either.”

 4757 Votes

Submitted by Jennifer

50 Responses to “Close Encounters”

  1. Donna says:

    My favorite photo ever!!

  2. Ian says:

    This is why i hate horses they are scarry, and they kick and bite! Im 32 and i would have the same reaction!! Vile creatures!

  3. lynnly says:

    this is the funniest thing i have ever saw

  4. jaela says:

    What’s a mule doing on a safari?

  5. jillian says:

    Oh my word! I was laughing so hard I was crying when I first saw this picture and still cant help but laugh everytime I look at it. The kids face, his contorted hand, the animals tongue! So funny!

  6. heather says:

    this pic has to win!!

  7. Ken says:

    A definite therapy moment — Rancher in training?

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  10. Kathryn Bakken says:

    awesome catch with the camera

  11. frostsleetsnow says:

    I love this one the best because it was unexpected and candid. I think it will be the funniest picture this young man will see of himself and will bring much laughter for years to come.

  12. Eva says:

    I love this photo! Every time I see it I laugh… I should print it and hang it up so I can start everyday with a smile! Good luck!

  13. Emory says:

    I hate to laugh at this poor, scared kid . . . . but did anyway.

  14. Thomas Tiencken says:

    love it

  15. Karen says:

    It doesn’t even matter that its been floating around, doesn’t almost every picture that is this awesome be passed around? Do you really think the website wouldn’t verify??

    Jenn hopefully you win, Rei wants a ‘famous’ cousin! I still have the photo of him & the Harry Potter cast! LOL

  16. The Other Jen T says:

    Hands down, my favorite picture of my nephew, Conner, ever! How can you NOT laugh???

  17. Josh says:

    This is one of my favorite photos of my nephew! I STILL roll around laughing whenever I see it! Good luck!

  18. Rob says:

    This is fantastic. It always pays to carry a camera for these priceless moments!

  19. Debbie says:

    By far….the best and funniest! It got my 5 votes!

  20. Dsdeyo says:

    This is Hysterical , It reminds me of a friends story where a moose’s head ended up clear across the front seat in what started as a window opening joke . The whole car of kids and Adults were screaming .. This poor kid is terified TG the animal did not bite him thou …

  21. Richard says:

    This one totally got my vote!!The look on his face is just classic!!!!

  22. Valerie says:

    Awesome.. Could not stop laughing! Still laugh my behind off everytime I look at it.. Good luck.. This should be the Winner!!

  23. Dawn Evans says:

    I’m sorry I only have time to vote twice. Good Luck!

  24. Dawn Evans says:

    This is the funniest thing I’ve seen all day. I had to vote. I wish you luck & I hope you win!

  25. Vera says:

    This is just adorable and great. How did you catch the perfect moment? I hope you win. Good-luck.

  26. Nouse says:

    Just happened across this contest. Thought this was by far the best…Quite funny! Best of luck.

  27. danielle says:

    Jen I saw Connor the other day and didn’t recognize him at all! He and James got so old! You have my vote!!

  28. Matt adler says:

    Baaahahaha! This is brilliant! May very well be the funniest picture ive ever seen.

  29. Sheri says:

    This is hilarious…it made me ROFL.

  30. amanda rulz says:

    hope you guys win!! :D

    the expression on his face is priceless omg

  31. Chasidy says:

    this is too funny, it received my 5 votes.

  32. Kathy Agate says:

    very awkward!

  33. Kathy Agate says:

    very awkward!

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  35. BeQui says:

    Oh my crap, I was scrolling through the pictures and occasionally chuckling, when this one came up and I laughed and snorted so loud, it woke up both my kids!

  36. Giles says:

    Best one by far!

  37. Jennifer Turpin says:

    This is my photo and I emailed other photos of my son to AFP to prove so. The correct person is getting credit for the photo.

    • Kristi says:

      It’s a great shot! Hope you win!

    • PMHILL says:

      I can vouch for it, as well. I know this kid quite well. In fact, he’s at my house right now!! Maybe I should get his autograph….hmmmm. It is a priceless picture and they’re a great family. Please vote for them!!!

  38. Bri says:

    hmm…This one has been floating around the interwebz. I’ve seen it before. I wonder if the poster is the authentic owner.

    • JB says:

      Yeah, this has been “making the rounds” on the internet for several years. I’m going to guess that someone is trying to make $ off of it by ‘passing it off’ as their own. There should probably be a rule that you cannot submit something which is already an internet meme….

    • arin says:

      Yeah same here. That would be epic.

    • Eric says:

      This is my cousins son the photo is hers it is authentic please forward websites that are posting without permissions

  39. kt says:

    This picture is awesome!

  40. Wendy Jane says:

    How do I vote for this picture to be the winner?

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