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Stuck at Home? Here Are 11 Adorable Animal Cams to Get You Through

Live animal webcams have taken off and (happily) taken over our lives—here, we rounded up the best animal cams on the web for your guilty viewing pleasure.

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A virtual trip to the zoo

Being stuck in your house for days on end is never fun. Once you’ve figured out how to work at home successfully, and how you’re going to prepare your non-perishables for dinner for the next few weeks, you’re probably going to try to figure out how to stave off the hours of boredom ahead of you. Luckily for you, zoos and aquariums around the world have decided to give us all a bit of peaceful, stress-reducing fun with these live cams of our favorite animals living their best and most adorable lives.

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Let’s start with April and Tajiri

If your eyes weren’t glued to the Internet watching April the giraffe give birth at the beginning of 2017, don’t worry. Here’s a link to watch April’s 24/7 giraffe cam all day. The best news? Now you get to watch the proud mama right alongside her sone Tajiri. The updated giraffe cam feed is adorable enough to garner sponsorship from major companies like Toys ‘R Us, so you know it’s worthy of keeping the tab open at work. Read up on these facts about animals that you have all wrong.

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Small brown baby sloth hanging with three limbs and staring at the cameraTerri Butler Photography/Shutterstock

You can watch sloths move even slower than you at work

Nothing builds confidence quite like feeling like you’re the best at something. If you need to compare yourself to a slower creature to build up work-related self-esteem, good news—one of the best live animal cams out there is of two-toed sloths named Chewy, Mo, and brand new baby Maple. Keep in mind that sloths are nocturnal, so this cam at the Hattiesburg Zoo is best viewed at nighttime when this adorable little family will be moving about.

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Watch these sea otters live the vacation you should be taking

If you’re sitting at your desk Googling live animal cams because you desperately need a break, that’s likely a sign you need a vacation. If you can’t actually take one, don’t worry. Watching these cutesy sea otters live their best lives will be spackle on your emotional cracks. See if you can spot the difference between these nearly identical animals.

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iPanda Live is the most important Asian export of all time

If this is what globalization is, we’re here for it, because there’s a 24/7 panda cam coming straight out of Asia and it’ll breathe new life into you while you watch from your desk. Pandas are ridiculously cute, to begin with, but few people know about their scientifically proven ability to make spreadsheets more interesting. All these cams go great with these activities that will never get canceled.

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You can watch waddlers all day

The very same source of live animal cams responsible for the sweet sea otters, Monterey Bay Aquarium, also offers a relatively under-appreciated penguin cam, which is everything you’ll ever need to see and feel when the AC in your office is busted again this summer. You can thank us later.

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We don’t think you’re ready for this jelly

Just kidding. You’re totally ready for it. You’ve waited your whole life for a jellyfish cam, haven’t you? The Monterey Bay Aquarium has you covered. With peaceful background music, this cam features these graceful animals swimming about in royal blue water. It doesn’t get calmer than this! Check out these animals with hilarious, but real, names.

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OMG there’s a beluga whale cam!

Maybe you’re the king of middle management, but there’s nothing quite like watching live animal cams that show you rare and truly hard to find animals like beluga whales. This cam is placed just outside the beluga tank, so from time to time, you may catch Georgia Aquarium visitors picking their noses too. Double the fun.

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India Bengal Tiger head looking direct to cameradangdumrong/Shutterstock

This tiger cam might inspire you to doze off

As if working didn’t make you crave naps enough! This tiger cam is supposed to be live-action fun, but it’s more like a super cute cuddle cam featuring a giant orange house cat. If you’re feeling blue or frustrated, watching this guy relax and purr will take the edge off. These adorable animal pictures will make your day.

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cuddling elephant and baby elephantZhukova Valentyna/Shutterstock

Stop what you’re doing—elephant cams exist!

Grab an extra-large coffee from the break room and get ready for the most important safari animal cam of all time—the elephant cam at the San Diego Zoo. It’s everything you’ve ever wanted out of watching The Lion King and then some.

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Black ants on woods tableJukkapong Piyarom/Shutterstock

Cutting leaves, shredding docs, what’s the difference?

If you need a good animal cam to watch while you’re shredding documents, head over to the Houston Zoo’s leafcutter ant cam. You’ll feel instantly unified with nature. Also, we need to know who the genius responsible for this is. Pair these background videos with some indoor activities for when you’re stuck inside.

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Is that a flamingo in your cubicle?

Why yes, yes it is. There’s a 24/7 live action flamingo cam that’ll inspire you to be your most elegant, rhythmic self at your desk. Maybe the old you showed up to work as a schlep, but post-flamingo cam you can glide gracefully through the workday. Still need something to fill up your time? Here are some more things to do when your life gets canceled.

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Bryce Gruber
Bryce Gruber is covers gift ideas, shopping, and e-commerce at RD.com, although you've likely seen her work across a variety of women's lifestyle and parenting topics at TheLuxurySpot.com, Bravo, Parents.com, Martha Stewart, and on your TV screen through national talk shows including The Tamron Hall Show. She lives and works in New York's Hudson Valley with her five small children. Find her on social media at @brycegruber.