23 Of 2014’s Most Surprising Photos

Published December 19, 2014
Updated February 27, 2018

What makes a photo surprising? Sometimes it’s the picture’s composition, other times it’s capturing an intriguing subject at just the right moment. Our gallery of the most surprising photos of 2014 features a massive wooden hippo, tiger triplets, a snake slaughterhouse and an odd Obama selfie:

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Head over to the Most Surprising Photos of 2013 to see how this year's surprising photos stacked up against last year's.

Kiri Picone
Bay Area transplant Kiri Picone is a writer and marketer who loves bizarre news and the color purple.