Top 10 Images of Animals in Boxes

A while ago now I did a post called “Top 10 Best Images of Cats in Boxes” and it got me wondering why cats seem so drawn to them. Well, it seems it is all to do with their natural instincts because a box is secure on all sides so they don’t have to worry about ambush attack from rivals or predators. But it seems other animals may have cottoned on to this fact…


Top 10 Images of Animals in Boxes

BONUS CONTENT: Top 10 Facts About Boxes


Sloth in Box
Sloth in Box

10 – Sloths – Took two weeks to get into the box, but seems quite content to be there.

FACT: Corrugated boxes are named that because of their fluted inner layer that is sandwiched between layers of liner board! So, in reality, is it only an inner corrugated box!

Owl in Box
Owl in Box

9 – Owl – Will peck your fingers off if you go to touch her box again.

FACT: This is not a good figure for us Brits, but I will post it anyway, cardboard make up around 19% of all the household rubbish we throw away in the UK every year making us one of the worst countries in the entire world for doing so! In fact percentage wise, we are even behind some 3rd world countries that don’t have recycling facilities!

Rabbit in a Box
Rabbit in a Box

8 – Rabbit – Looks like he has moved into it for a while at least

Fact: The term “Cardboard” has been used since at least as early as 1848 when Anne Brontë mentioned it in her novel, The Tenant of Wildfell Hall.

Duck in Box
Duck in Box

7 – Duck – Thought it was a bread box so jumped right in.

FACT: Did you know you can cut vegetables and fruit with the cardboard box that houses your cereal? This is because it has 5% foil filaments in the box to keep it super rigid, making it super strong, and it even keeps the contents fresher! (You can try this at home but, be very careful as cuts from the boxes hurt like crazy!)

Dog in Box
Dog in Box

6 – Dog – Comes free with every box of foam packaging.

FACT: It is thought that each person in the entire world we annually handle at least 140 corrugated cardboard boxes per year! There might well be nothing in them, but we might still handle them!

Raccoon in Box
Raccoon in Box

5 – Raccoon – Invites people into his box for afternoon tea and cake

FACT: Here is a weird one, there is a manufacturer of cardboard in Mexico that makes bulletproof cardboard for humanitarian equipment! But the cardboard its self is exactly the same recommended thickness of normal cardboard 2.5mm!

Meerkat in Box
Meerkat in Box

4 – Meerkat – Will not compare the box on a box comparison website.

FACT: A very impressive 820.7 million tons or 89% of all cardboard made in 2012 was then recycled! That is very good going indeed. but with quick maths you can also workout that 160 tons or recyclable cardboard went to landfill. But its a good start!

Goats in Box
Goats in Box

3 – Goats – The box was a lot bigger than this, but they ate most of it.

FACT: There are more than 3 million box manufacturers worldwide! That sounds like a lot indeed, but strangely only 0.5% of them make coloured boxes! All the rest and brown cardboard ones.

Guinea pigs in Box
Guinea pigs in Box

2 – Guinea pigs – Finds 2 is a great company, but also a rather tight squeeze.

FACT: Corrugated boxes are the number 1 type of box used in the electronics industry because it is almost entirely resistant to damage from impacts, drops, and vibration, but also still light enough to ship products without adding too much weight to the shipping costs!

Leopard in Box
Leopard in Box

1 – Leopard – Proves that it is cats of all sizes that love boxes!

FACT: Right up until the early part of 1960 all boxes used in packaging were made from thick paper! Cheaper for packaging, but when they got even slightly wet or damp they would often just collapse.

103 thoughts on “Top 10 Images of Animals in Boxes”

  1. I am impressed that you managed to find ten different animals in boxes as well, but the owl is best.

  2. Look up latenightowl on flickr. She lives in Boone NC, USA and she has two pet racoons. My brother has a lot of trouble with raccons trying to steal his chickens. I live in the middle of town and when walking one night after dark saw two baby raccons peeping up from out of the storm drain. My neighbor came out and took a picture of them but I am not getting near them. Poor things are well known for carrying rabies. Right down the road from where I saw them in the drain I was at a stoplight and saw two (probably the same two) much older ones playing around a statue one night.

  3. Please don’t ask me to pick a favorite. Course it might just be the sloth. I can’t decide if I really think they’re cute or if I just feel so sorry for them! 🙂

  4. That sloth looks so chilled out! And the dog is the best lucky dip prize in the world!

  5. thank you so, so much Lee, it is great to know I can still make you smile. And I have to be honest that if I had to put that leopard in the box every day then it wouldn’t be in it, pure and simple.

  6. #6 won my heart. My dogs would probably try and destroy the box, but this picture is so cute. I cannot believe a leopard actually got into a box. I guess anything is possible. Great post!

  7. Once again, an amazing post. I usually think of cats in boxes but this definitely shows other animals find a box safe and for some, fun. I giggled at the list but when it came to the leopard, that was awesome. Aren’t you glad you didn’t have to put that leopard in the box – there wouldn’t be a box big enough. But when it is their choice, they can fit into a rather small box. Great post!

  8. I had a pet screech owl as a teen (entirely legal, long story) who LOVED the box! He looked just like the picture, daring us to open the lid. He eventually went to live at a Veterinary college, where he’d hide in boxes and startle students who’d open the box.

  9. #1:”Leopard – Proves that it is cats of all sizes that love boxes!” haha, I can’t agree more with you about that,Russell ^ – ^ !

  10. They are all adorable, and I would rank them about the same as you did. I love the sloth, the dog covered in packing material, the rascally racoon, the curious meekcats, and cuddly guinea pigs. The leopard wins for the most unlikely, but most like a cat. Well done!

  11. Today we was trying to rescue hedgehog which got injury due to trap which people use to catch rats, our hedgehog spent night in box also, but it was terrible to look at it, because his nose was in ribbon band and he couldn’t open mouth at all.. we brought him into vet clinic and one hour later doctor called us and said that hedgehog died… Everybody is responsible for their action and for consequences which can influence terribly on animals…

  12. The most unusual animals I have EVER seen in boxes were on your blog! I never got further than cats and pups. And an injured seagull once. Your sloth was spectacular.
    If you mean ‘my job’ painting billboards it’s been awhile, but I was the only woman ever to do it on ascaffold when the real work was done on site, pots of pure pigment and tubs of linseed oil and benzine and Japan dryer. We used the old method that Michaelangelo used on the Sistene chapel ceiling, making a drawing to scale, perferating the lines, and using a chalk pounce on that to leave a traced outline from which to paint. It was an incredible experience indeed.

  13. Oh my gosh. This was fantastic — in a box! The sloth was so adorable. Love that gentle-looking, smiling face. The owl kinda freaked me out. Can you imagine seeing a box and then seeing those intense eyes staring back at you? Yikes! o.o The hamster and guinea pigs are absolutely adorable, as is the puppy. But that last picture — of the leopard. That one is the best. Made me laugh out loud!

  14. The box thing. Too much for me to anaylise. I know young kids will play with the empty boxes just as much as the toys that came in them. My daughter loved boxes when they were empty. She was about two when she left the box thing behind for the toys. MAybe animals don’t like the toys they get and what better ones.

  15. I love your site, but I don’t Facebook, Tweet, pin to Pintrest and do not publish my email publically. I love the animals in a box, and have a few cities exploring the world of cardboard. Keep posing. I’m a fan. Thanks for following my blog, too. 🙂

  16. These are all so adorable!

    Did you ever see the videos from Big Cat Rescue? They have one with big cats in boxes.

  17. Love your comment on the Meerkat one! 🙂 Has to be No.1 though doesn’t it… brilliant! I love the thought that Leopards like boxes just like a typical moggie! 😀

  18. Really wonderful to see all these fine creatures. In my long life of animal rescues I have observed how much they all love cardboard. Though I never once boxed a leopard or meerkat or goat nor sloth! (And now I want at least one of each).
    Cardboard is sort of the perfect nest material. It absorbs body heat, smooth surface, private, and always just the right size. It’s a wonder we don’t build houses of them, of course there’s the weather to consider.

  19. No matter how bias i would be saying that the owl looks cute, that racoon really wins over all the rest for me! Such a funny fellow 🙂

  20. This is the most awesome post ever. I’m partial to the owl in the box, because that was totally unexpected. Loving the leopard in the box. Somehow the leopard makes the box look elegant.

  21. Well Sam does have spots, just not leopard ones. Don’t think he would be even a tasty snack to a leopard. He’s just a little guy. 😉

  22. Everytime I have an empty box the dog and cats fight over it. The dog wins. ha! I love them all but the big cat wins me over. 🙂 Great post Russell!

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