What is the internet all about? Some would claim it’s a network that exists to connect all the world’s people to bring them closer together. If that’s the case, then there’s probably nothing else that a greater number of people can watch without arguing than funny animal videos.
Everything else – from baby videos to music videos, from food porn to commercials – leads to flaming, trolling and sometimes even physical violence. But clips of animals doing amusing things, especially when involving other animals, offers just the right balance of general interest and light relief.
Perhaps by watching animals do silly things we can feel less ashamed of the silly things we do, as animals just don’t care about totally fabricated concepts like right and wrong like humans do. It might even be that we see some sort of innocence to animal antics that we lost when we created civilisations and heaped complexity onto our lives. Then again, it might just be because they’re funny.