Animations are among the oldest forms of media.
But as animated GIFs proliferate on the internet, their creators are discovering that, for some animals, animated GIF can also be a powerful means of communication.
“Animals in GIFs are often seen as a kind of shorthand, a way of putting themselves into the frame of the animation,” said Rebecca Smith, a graduate student in art history at the University of New Mexico.
“But we don’t always know exactly what the animal is saying or what the context of the GIF is.
We know the animal says something, but we don