There are plenty of bizarre vintage animal photos floating around the internet - some created as obvious gags, others to fool the unsuspecting. But then there are old animal pictures that are 100% genuine, and all the sadder for it. These old photos can seem strange to modern eyes, largely because our relationship to animals has changed so much in the intervening centuries.
In modern times, animals are still hunted and misused, but now the general population considers it cruel to make bears dance for our entertainment - or to take the life of a marine giant just for the sake of a story. These historic animal photos offer a glimpse at another world - one where some species had yet to go extinct, while others became victims of our starkly different values.
Giant Manta Ray Captured By The New York Zoological Society (c. 1920s)20818Worth remembering?
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Sultan The Barbary Lion, New York Zoo (1897)18110Worth remembering?
The Quagga, An Extinct Sub-Species Of Zebra (1870)19215Worth remembering?