9 most notorious animal thieves

Hyenas can scavenge any food available. They steal lions' and other apex predators' fresh kills. They'll steal from pythons and crocodiles. They steal food without fear.


Magpies steal glitter. They're smart and can find stuff. Flashy metals are avoided. Some think humans notice when magpies have colourful goods, but magpies steal rope and straw.


Burrowing owls inhabit plains, deserts, and meadows. They dig underground and eat ground prey. Burrowing owls can't excavate their own tunnels. They can't dig in sand dunes.

Burrowing Owls

This South Asian steals from tourists. Tourist-center-robbing rhesus macaques. Rhesus macaques will only steal goods. They understand value, trade, and negotiation.

Rhesus Macaques

Raccoons steal food from humans' waste. Wherever there's trash, raccoons steal. Raccoons steal pet food. Raccoons are good robbers due to their hands and grabbing ability.


The octopus is the deep's suspected thief. Octopuses make shelters from shells and coral. They evict people from burrows and holes to steal hiding spots.


Chirps are camping bandits. Mini-bears should be campers' main concern, not bears. Bags and containers are chipmunk-proof. Rocky Mountain chipmunk-proof storage.


Seagulls steal chips, sandwiches, and fries. Some beaches forbid feeding seagulls because they swarm. Sea turtle hatchling releases are flagged to dissuade birds.


Blue jays are corvids, like crows, ravens, and magpies. They're smart and thieves. Blue jays guard their nests aggressively. They take others' eggs, chicks, or nests.

Blue Jays

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