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YouTube user gives human voice to animals from hilarious videos

This man gives voices to the voiceless.


Rae Votta

Internet Culture

Posted on Dec 25, 2014   Updated on May 29, 2021, 9:48 pm CDT

Ever wonder what animals are really thinking? As always, YouTube has you covered.

For the past four years, Chris Cohen has been taking adorable animal videos and narrating their subjects’ inner monologues, imitating their speech patterns to explore their motivations, hopes, and anxieties. We’ve rounded up some of the best videos from his repertoire of chatty creatures.

Magic Otter

To be fair, “magic” is a pretty loose term here, but at least this otter is trying. His magically-appearance-rocks act relies mostly on charm and his audience turning a blind eye to his sleight-of-paw, but he’s an otter, so of course we forgive him.

The Penguin Dilemma

These two penguins are faced with a real puzzle. How do they get across the “river” before them? The first penguin figures out a narrow path through safe terrain, but the other one simply puffs out the chest and makes a leap for it. You just know the braver one will never let his friend hear the end of it.

Cat vs Printer

This cat is living our nightmare: The printer won’t take the paper, and all you can do is bat at it relentlessly until you lose all sense of balance and fall off the counter. We’ve all been there, cat. Better luck tomorrow.

Booba’s New Shoes

This puppy isn’t refusing to leave the house out of embarrassment. His problem is bigger than a bad fashion statement: His new shoes make it impossible for him to walk with any dignity. When he does get going, however, he’s pretty much unable to stop.

Cat Gives A Dog Hypnotherapy

Cohen’s most recent addition to the Animal Translations canon sees this cat giving a soothing head massage to a dog, all the while purring suggestions into his ear. The cat starts off small, curing the puppy of his tennis-ball habit, but then he gets greedy and demands all of the dog’s biscuits. Unfortunately, his scheme backfires.

Screengrab via Chris Cohen/YouTube

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*First Published: Dec 25, 2014, 3:09 pm CST