Many of us have stories and memories associated with the annual family photo session. Some stories involve everyone showing up and putting their best face forward while others read like a crazy sitcom script, complete with fights and bad wardrobe decisions. They say a picture says 1000 words and if the look on my dad’s face in the midst of the photo session that involved my sister and I getting into a slap war is any indication, they were right.

The fact is, many species of animals have strong family structures. Babies stay with their mothers until they can go out into the world on their own, while other types of animals migrate together in a family group indefinitely. From meerkats to primates, families are an integral part of animal life.

That’s why we thought these family photos from the animal kingdom were so awesome. Not only are they sweet, adorable and funny, they’re also very telling. You can’t deny the bonds these animals have after seeing these pictures, how important their family group is in their lives. It’s pictures like these that truly drive the point home that there isn’t so much separating us from other animals. In fact, under appearances, we’re pretty darn similar.

“Oh sure, the minute I turn my head away from the camera you two decide to pose like little angels.”

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“You did good, honey.”

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“Oh Yeah? How about tell me to say “cheese” one more time and I’ll bite you in the eardrum, Timmy!”

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“OMG, you guys are grossing me out! Break it up! Geez, you’re so embarrassing, stop!”

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“Lance, come down from there! We’re trying to take a picture here, for the love of all that’s holy stop doing your Spiderman impression!”

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“Yup, that one’s going on the holiday card this year.”

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“Seriously? You have to go to the bathroom now?”

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“Oh man, this is going to land us on Awkward Elephant Photos if you don’t stop wrestling. Get it together, boys!”

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“Well, if Johnny didn’t swallow the lens cap and Susie didn’t swallow the lens cap, that just leaves…”

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“Hey honey, you’re sitting right in front of me, think you could scootch over, like, two inches?”

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“Wake him with your flash and I’ll cut you.”

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“Stop crowding me Andy, you’re being a ginormous ass.”

Squeeze in a Little Closer! Animals Take Family Portraits Too!Bored Panda

“Were anyone’s eyes closed that time?”

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“Okay, do a serious one this time. Pretend it’s a high school yearbook picture.”

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“Get up there, Mike. C’mon Cindy, help your brother out.”

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“Dad…you’re squeezing the life out of me.”

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“Don’t ‘mooom’ me, you have something on your face and I need to get it off!”

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“I’m so making this my profile picture.”

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