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Animals Drinking Water is the Best Thing on the Internet This Week

It's incredibly simple yet incredibly captivating.

The intimate video — set up in the Texas desert with a GoPro submerged in the bottom of a bucket of water — highlights various animals stopping by for a drink and offers an up-close view of various beaks, tongues and snouts, and has captured the hearts of America.

Since being posted on May 5, it has been viewed more than 3.7 million times.

It comes to us from The Field Lab YouTube channel, set up by John Wells, who is giving a go of off-the-grid living.


The parade of animals includes bees — which Wells said he saved from drowning in the bucket — as well as birds, a donkey, a steer named Ben and a rabbit named George.

"Everybody loves water in the desert," Wells wrote in the video's description. "I was pleasantly surprised during the edit to see that George made an appearance. I know him from all the other rabbits because of the tiny notch in his ear. A burro just happened to come by in time to be included. Ben went against the script and decided to just nudge the bucket. You can lead a steer to water but you can't make him drink."

Wells told National Geographic that it took five hours of filming over two days to get the footage and is shocked at how quickly the video went viral.

"I guess it's just an interesting view of something that's perfectly normal, but something you don't really think about," he said.

Just like that time we put a GoPro on a dog at Hammel Woods and let it run wild.


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