While every student has to study for finals, or work on final projects at some point, one of the most common things that everyone does (myself included) is procrastinate. And with a variety of TV shows, movies, video games, Facebook, and just hanging out with friends, the real question is: what should we be procrastinating with?
One of my most common answers is “my dose of daily cuteness,” and while most people think that means looking up adorable photos on Reddit Aww, or YouTubeing adorable kitten and puppy videos, I prefer a more adorable procrastination tool – live animal webcams.
Here are my five favorite webcams for you to enjoy and procrastinate with too, so that you too can get your daily dose of live action aww.
This webcam was brought to my attention very recently, and by the looks of the website, it hasn’t been streaming long. Sikucam is a live-stream of an adorable polar bear cub named Siku at the Scandinavian Wildlife Park in Denmark. Siku was born on November 22, 2011, and his webcam is not only adorable, but it comes with a cause too. The Wildlife Park hopes to get people involved in stopping Polar Bears from becoming extinct, and Siku is their poster bear. While the webcam isn’t live 24/7, and is jerky at times, there is plenty of roly-poly white baby bear cub to brighten your day.
If you don’t have the money to go on an African safari, this is the next best thing. Africam is one of the best live animal webcams out there. The picture is almost in crystal clear quality, as is the sound. There are three different webcams on Africam: Elephant Plains, Nkorho Pan, and Tembe. Each offers a unique perspective of a watering hole where animals of all kinds come to drink. You can see elephants, giraffes, hyenas, ospreys, zebras and many other species, without any jumpy webcam motions, and all in real time! Also, you can check out the “Multi-View” Africam’s, which show all three locations at once. Now that’s a lot of animals.
Penguin Cam at SeaWorld
If it’s three in the morning, and you just gotta see some penguins right now, then discovery.com’s newest webcam, Penguin Cam, is ready and waiting at the click of a button. While these birds are at SeaWorld in captivity, there are 300 penguins moving around, looking at the camera, and squawking loudly. Discovery.com set up the webcam in order to promote their newest Planet edition, Frozen Planet, which premiers March 18th on Discovery.
If you’re an owl person, then the Owl Channel is perfect for you! They currently have one live stream of a momma owl and her newborn chick. With perfect quality from the camera, this live owlcam is one of the best ways to see barn owls up close and to get your daily dose of aww. They have some other kinds of webcams that you can check out that feature different pairings of owls. Watching a newborn barn owl grow up surely can’t be the worst thing you could procrastinate with!
Robotic Cat Playroom at OHS (Oregon Humane Society)
Lastly, this webcam serves not only to watch adorable kitties playing in a playroom at the Oregon Humane Society, but you can actually play with them from the comfort of your own computer. This camera was set up to support the animals at the humane society, and gives viewers the chance to observe the cats and get a feel for their personalities before going down to adopt them. What’s even more interesting is that when you hit “Let’s Play”, you wait in a queue (that normally has no wait time) and then for two minutes, YOU control the webcam. You can hit three different buttons, which control three different robotic toys that react when you hit the buttons – that way you too can play with the kitties!