The Power of Water: Bucket Cam Films Animals Quenching Their Thirst

Underwater cam catches animals drinking water from a bucket, demonstrating irrefutably that Water Is Life.

Talk about a bucket list. When it comes to demonstrating that Water Is Life, this adorable and heartwarming video goes beyond the pail.

Indigenous Peoples hold that animals are our brothers and our sisters, and here is a reminder that we are indeed related—bound by the simple truth that we are all, essentially, made of water. A slurping donkey, a seasickness-inducing cow, and some scarlet, entitled-looking roosters leaning over to sip this elixir of life on Earth become our teachers in this moment. From the bottom of the bucket, via the camera placed by former New Yorker John Wells, we are treated to not only the adorable sight of animals quenching their thirst, but also to the beautiful designs etched on the water’s surface by the various creatures as they slurp and sip. Add the backdrop of the stunning blue sky, and you have a truly mesmerizing minute and a half that you may just want to play over and over.

Wells blogs about sustainable living from his West Texas home, which he has dubbed The Field Lab, and posts occasional videos. On Friday May 5 he made a mini-documentary titled simply The Bucket by installing a camera at the bottom of a clear pail of water in the desert. Several animals took him up on the offer, and Wells knows all of them by name (except the bees, who he noted were rescued).

“I was pleasantly surprised during the edit to see that George made an appearance,” wrote Wells in his notes to the video he posted on YouTube, and which was highlighted by Bored Panda and other sites. “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.”

We’ve seen a marmot interrupting a Greenpeace photo shoot, a gyrfalcon photo-bombing a Northern Lights cam, and a GoPro-snatching squirrel (not to mention that time with the bears….). But we have never seen anything quite like this.