Weird Nature

13 Utterly Bizarre Times Animals Have Been Given Jobs In The Human World

Human beings show a rare knack for domesticating animals. Beyond keeping pets, though, people often look to the animal kingdom for a helping hand - or hoof, or paw, or wing. Whether these animal jobs involve adding drug-sniffing dogs to police forces or training horses and cattle to pull heavy equipment on farms, it's clear people depend on non-human help. Many jobs wouldn't be possible without an animal's assistance.

Whilst most people are familiar with certain types of working animals - service dogs, for instance - there are some weird jobs for animals that are not as well known. In these instances, critters have taken on some truly strange and crazy tasks. From bomb-detecting bees to coconut-picking monkeys to political pets, this list celebrates the truly bizarre jobs animals were hired for.