When Drones and Animals Meet

Stories of almost fatal encounters between consumer drones and other aircraft in the air have become common. But it seems drones also find themselves in some amusing or even hilarious situations where animals are involved, and the internet abounds with them. Here are just a few among them.

A Cat vs. a drone

The “Leopold vs Tiny Whoop” footage, […], gives us a drone’s-eye view as the dainty flying machine attempts to evade the cat’s flailing feet. There’s action. There’s drama. There’s a cute cat with a strong prey drive. Read more at:

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Siberian Tigers and a drone

David Etienne Durivage, a film director and commercial drone pilot, shot a beautiful video of Siberian tigers at Zoo Sauvage de St-Felicien in Quebec, Canada, playing in the snow and trying to catch the pesky drone filming them. Read more at:

Angry Ram and a drone

A rampaging ram took out a pesky drone with his horns after it flew too close for comfort. Startling footage shows the angry animal charging at the hovering quadcopter in New Zealand. – Read more at:

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A Dog and a drone

Here’s another animal, a domesticated one, who seems to like chasing a drone, for good fun, with the blessings of its owners, of course. Watch the video below.

Watch this video of a friendly cheetah living in a volunteer conservation camp in South Africa, trying to chase a drone. (YouTube)

Now, some may wonder if allowing drones to come in contact with animals, especially if they are in the wilds, is any good idea. As shown by the above videos, the animals were not hurt, (though the cat looked tensed indeed) and some seemed to have taken a liking to the drone flying above. But as a safety measure, it is wise to practise responsible drone flying at all times, as The Droneologist often stresses. Here’s a link to What Drone Operators Ought to Know – a previous article here.

Otherwise, innocent animals would risk being injured or stressed, according to biologists.

“Animals can be injured when attempting to escape or avoid drone activity,” Cassie Waters, a biologist at the [Zion National Park in Utah] park, said in a statement. “Drones can also change the natural behavior of wildlife and lead to unnecessary energy expenditures.” – Read more at:


According to the above report, researchers at the University of Minnesota attempted to find out the impact of flying drones on animals. Based on their findings, the black bears they outfitted with GPS trackers and devices to monitor the bears’ heartbeat, Only twice did the bears react in ways visible to outside observers. But every single encounter resulted in elevated heart rates.

So before anyone thinks of involving their beloved pet animals with their drones, ask yourselves if it’s worth risking their safety, or letting them undergo such stress; not to mention the risk of destroying your drones.

Whatever one’s purpose for flying a drone is – for recreation or for business, such as drone photography services – safety, consideration for others and common sense – should always be of prime concern.

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