Embattled White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer may have given us Bushgate but these shrubbery-shrouded pets and animals can rock the hedges just as good as ol' Spicey.  


Sean Spicer in the bushes


Come Back Little Shiba

Spiced Out: 7 Pets & Animals Who Rock The Bushes Like Sean Spicer

So stuck, much shame... a Shiba Inu dog from Japan achieved its very own 15 minutes of internet fame last year when an ill-advised shortcut saw it wedged firmly in an overgrown hedge. Unlike Sean Spicer, the unflappable pooch appears to enjoy being part of the landscaping and feels no need to clarify its status from “hiding in” to “standing among” the bushes. (via Hamusoku, top image via Lisa Kadonaga/Facebook)     



alligator in bushes

In January of 2017, an enormous alligator nicknamed “Humpback” loomed out of the bushes at the Circle B Bar Reserve in Polk County, Florida, and sauntered into history. Kim Joiner recorded the gargantuan gator and when challenged as to the massive creature being real, replied: “No photoshop. He was the biggest gator I have seen out there.” Over to you, Sean Spicer: “No photoshop. No photoshop, You're the photoshop.” (via Daniel Ramirez            


Above The Tree Lion

Spiced Out: 7 Pets & Animals Who Rock The Bushes Like Sean Spicer

OK, so this “cowardly” lion wasn't exactly hiding in the bushes but give him a break: hide-able hedges in Kenya's Masia Mara reserve are few and far between. Hey, you'd hide too if a herd of ornery Cape Buffalo was coming your way. It all goes to show you can't hide your lyin' eyes but you CAN hide your lion. (via Peru.com          


Grumpy On Weed(s)

Merlin original grumpy cat

Here's Merlin, "the original grumpy cat", with apologies to Tardar Sauce (aka Grumpy Cat). Merlin doesn't like answering questions - there's not much he DOES like, actually. One would think Merlin would enjoy basking in the shade of his personal stand of cat-grass... one would be mistaken. After his impromptu White House lawn “bushwhacking”, Sean Spicer can surely commiserate. (via Holiday Point)            


Leaf Harambe Alone

Spiced Out: 7 Pets & Animals Who Rock The Bushes Like Sean Spicer

The world still hasn't forgotten Harambe, the 17-year-old gorilla who was fatally shot by staff at the Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden on May 28th of 2016 after a child fell into his enclosure. Harambe (like Sean Spicer) would have been well advised to have stayed undercover in the bushes. In the aftermath of the incident, then Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump stated it was “too bad there wasn't another way”... before blaming the tragedy on Obama and firing several “disloyal” gorillas. (via AOL Buzz 60)      


Sean Sniper

Spiced Out: 7 Pets & Animals Who Rock The Bushes Like Sean Spicer

Rumors were swirling at press time that Sean Spicer may be replaced as White House Press Secretary, which would be bad news for Melissa McCarthy. There's another er, copycat who won't take such news lying down, however, and we'll go out on a limb to state it's the AK47-wielding critter above. Socks to be him. (via Newport Oregon Police Department  


Spicebush Swallowtail

Spiced Out: 7 Pets & Animals Who Rock The Bushes Like Sean Spicer

From the “life imitates art” department we bring you... the Spicebush Swallowtail! If this isn't the Official Creature of the Trump White House, it should be. The Spicebush Swallowtail (Papilio troilus) is native to the eastern United States and prefers shaded woodlands. Sound like anyone we know? (via Maryland Biodiversity Project)