April Fool! Five Animal Pranks We Fell For

Hey, your cat’s name is written on the ceiling!

OK, we know you’re not that gullible, but every year clever pranksters trick us with April Fool’s jokes that are so elaborate and so convincing that by the time we realize that the joke was on us, we feel, well, totally foolish. And totally fooled. This year, companies like Google and Forbes completely got us us with their animal-inspired pranks.

Here are five of the best April Fool’s Day jokes featuring our furry friends.

Kangaroo Street View
What the Google Street Roo team would see as they hopped along the Australian Outback.

Kangaroo Google Street View

Google Maps Street View is an excellent way to know exactly what a location will look like when you arrive at a destination. But suppose you’re traveling in the Australian Outback? It’s a huge expanse of rugged terrain that can’t easily be maneuvered by the Google Street View cars. Google Australia, came up with the obvious solution: Why not strap cameras to the heads of kangaroos?

The Google Street Roo team, consisting of over a thousand Big Red Kangaroos, wears 360-degree head cameras powered by solar panels stitched into the back pockets of custom-made “roo jackets.” These roo jackets were designed with the marsupial’s pouch in mind and Google Australia writes on their blog that the jackets are “completely accessible for the joey at all times.”

And no need to worry about how Street View will look with all that bouncing -- Google Australia came up with software to smooth out the jumpiness.

While the idea is totally wacky, our friend’s down under had us a little fooled!

Warby Barker Eyewear for Dogs

Up until April 1, the selection of available eyewear for dogs was abysmal. The affordable and fashionable eyewear company Warby Parker sought to change this furry fashion faux-paw by creating a hipster-inspired eyewear collection for dogs, which can be found at the Warby Barker website -- because “there's nothing we loathe more than seeing a cute dog in heinous glasses.”

Made out of chew-resistant acetate, there’s no need to worry that Fifi’s hip new shades will just end up in her toy box.

And what about your dapper dandy pooch who is just too hip and well-bred for spectacles? Warby Barker offers a dogocle, a monocle for dogs.

Try to buy a pair of these stylish shades and you’ll see what happens.


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