Walk On The Wild Side: 🙈🙉🙊 Three Wise Monkeys Emojis And Other 🐿️ Animal Emojis With 🐇 Fun And New Meanings

Written by: Ortega
Modified: जुलाई 27, 2022

Humans have been using animals as symbols for ages, from designs in early Medieval jewelry to Chinese astrology, a belief system based on 12 major animal signs. Today, with the explosion of emojis onto the digital scene, and animals have been virtually adopted for their symbolism as well. You’ve probably heard, or even used, the Three Wise Monkeys emojis, but that’s just the tip of the iceberg.

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The emoji universe has tons of fun and cute animal emojis, each with its own deeper and special meaning. In fact, Emojiguide alone has over 3,000 emojis! So, if you’re tired of the usual smiley-filled posts on your emails or social media accounts, animal emojis are a quick way to change things up.


Emojis Fast Development

Spice up your texts, tweets, and messages with as many animal emojis as you like. Make sure you’re not sending the wrong signals, though. Don’t use an emoji without knowing all of its meanings. Instead of using emojis to simplify the way you communicate, you might end up making things more complicated! The language of emojis is developing faster than any other ancient form of communication, including hieroglyphics. Would you believe it?

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To further boost this claim, Professor Vyvyan Evans of Bangor University in Wales, who studies the fast development of emojis, mentioned in a BBC article that “as a visual language, emojis far eclipsed hieroglyphics, its ancient Egyptian precursor which took centuries to develop.” That said, it’s important to always update ourselves on the use and meaning of emojis, especially if you use symbols or emojis to promote your brand or business.


Popular Animal Emojis

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To give you a little push, we’ve compiled a list of the most popular animal emojis with double meanings to keep you up to speed. This can also help you build better communication skills. We’ll start with the 🙈 🙉 🙊 Three Wise Monkeys series. Believe us when we say we know how it feels to spend 10 minutes scrolling neurotically over a thousand images to determine whether a 😂 Face With Tears Of Joy emoji or any of the monkeys in the 🙈 🙉 🙊 Three Wise Monkeys emoji series best represents your emotional state. So, we’re sparing you all of that and doing the sifting and organizing for you!


Three Wise Monkeys

The 🙈 🙉 🙊 Three Wise Monkeys emoji series is so popular, we have featured it in our Ultimate List Of Top 101 All-Time Most Popular emojis!


Background Of The Three Wise Monkeys Emoji Series

Where did this emoji come from, and why is it so popular?  The series is based on a famous Japanese proverb bearing the same name, and the well-known origin of this emoji is one reason it is frequently used online. The 🙈 🙉 🙊 Three Wise Monkeys symbol contains three parts – the 🙈 See-No-Evil Monkey emoji, 🙉 Hear-No-Evil Monkey emoji, and 🙊 Speak-No-Evil Monkey emoji. Let’s go over them one by one.


See-No-Evil Monkey Emoji

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Interpreted as a figure of willful ignorance, the 🙈 See-No-Evil Monkey emoji is a picture of the face of a brown monkey named Mizaru. Mizaru’s pink and tan hands are covering his eyes. This is the first symbol in the 🙈 🙉 🙊 Three Wise Monkeys emoji series. The 🙈 See-No-Evil Monkey emoji has no color variations and is quite popular, in fact, it is at the 20th spot in the Ultimate List Of Top 101 All-Time Most Popular Emojis.

People use the 🙈 See-No-Evil Monkey emoji when they don’t want to see something or to express embarrassment or excitement.

How to use the 🙈 See-No-Evil Monkey emoji:

Went up to check up on my dad last night and caught my parents in bed last night 🙈
I entered the Men’s bathroom last night at the bar, and I saw some things I didn’t want to see 🙈 Everyone in there was looking at me!


Hear-No-Evil Monkey Emoji

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The 🙉 Hear-No-Evil Monkey emoji is the second symbol in the 🙈 🙉 🙊 Three Wise Monkeys emoji series. This emoji shows a little brown monkey named Kikzaru with pink and tan hands covering its ears. This symbol contains no color variations. At first glance, the 🙉 Hear-No-Evil Monkey emoji might seem like a serious gesture, but the smile on the monkey’s face sort of balances things out, making the symbol look funnier and more relaxed!

People use the 🙉 Hear-No-Evil emoji when they want to avoid hearing unwelcome news or some unavoidable and ugly truth.

How to use the 🙉 Hear-No-Evil Monkey emoji:

So tired of my wife’s everyday nagging! I want to go like this 🙉 when she bugs me about the things I know I need to do!
My officemate nearly spoiled season 2 of Umbrella Academy for me! Ugh! 🙉 I walked out of the pantry once she began talking about it. For real!


Speak-No-Evil Monkey Emoji

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This emoji shows a brown monkey named Iwazaru with pinkish or tan hands covering its mouth. The 🙊 Speak-No-Evil Monkey emoji is the third symbol in the 🙈 🙉 🙊 Three Wise Monkeys emoji series, “See No Evil, Hear No Evil, and Speak No Evil.” The symbol has no color variations, too, and is number 35 on the Ultimate List Of Top 101 All-Time Most Popular Emojis.

If you said something you’re not supposed to, or if you promise to keep a secret, the 🙊 Speak-No-Evil Monkey emoji is the perfect symbol to get the message across. One of the 🙈 🙉 🙊 Three Wise Monkeys emoji series, “See No Evil Monkey,  Hear No Evil Monkey, Speak No Evil Monkey,” this emoji shows a brown monkey named Iwazaru with tan and pinkish hands covering its mouth.

How to use the 🙊 Speak-No-Evil Monkey emoji:

I wasn’t supposed to tell you that the boss is resigning, so please don’t tell anyone, 🙊 and try to look surprised when he makes the announcement at work later, okay?
I will tell no one about your pregnancy 🙊 My lips are sealed.


Lobster Emoji

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A lobster is a large crustacean that lives in the sea.  They have extensive bodies with muscular tails and live in burrows and crevices in the seafloor. Maine, a state on the northeastern side of the United States, produces some of the most delicious lobsters in the world.

Background Of The Lobster Emoji

In 2018, the 🦞 Lobster emoji was first introduced to the world. Shortly after its release, users criticized the symbol for being anatomically incorrect because it only had three sets of legs. Lobsters usually have eight walking legs, the front three pairs have claws, the first of which are bigger than the others. After realizing they had made a mistake, the Unicode Consortium, the governing body of emojis, released an updated design of the 🦞 Lobster emoji the same year the emoji was first released.

People use the 🦞Lobster emoji when they want to talk about lobsters, seafood, or topics related to seafood.

Did you know that the transgender community took on the 🦞 Lobster emoji as one of their official symbols? They’ve been repeatedly asking the Unicode Consortium to release a pink-and-blue transgender flag emoji for several years now. Unfortunately, their request has not been granted, so, they got the 🦞 Lobster emoji, instead! In case you’re wondering what the transgender community and the 🦞 Lobster emoji have in common, here it is – the lobster is a gynandromorph, an organism with both male and female characteristics, while transgender people have a gender identity or gender expression that is different from their sex assigned at birth.

How to use the 🦞 Lobster emoji:

Come on over for dinner ! I’m preparing a seafood platter, and it’s got your favorite 🦞
Many people think we wake up and decide to be trans. It is not a choice. Nothing happened in my life to make me trans. I was born this way and I am proud 🦞


Butterfly Emoji

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The 🦋 Butterfly emoji is an illustration of a butterfly, a beautiful insect with wings whose larva is a caterpillar. Depicted with its wings outspread, as a black-and-orange monarch butterfly or a blue-and-black Morpho butterfly. Butterflies have a pair of antennae, three body parts, and six jointed legs.

Butterflies are powerful and deep symbols of life. Around the world, people view the butterfly as representing transformation, beauty, and change. You’ll often see the emoji in posts about life getting better after a hard time, or to support and encourage people who are going through some hardships in life.

While it is not officially associated with the LGBTQ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer) community, some LGBTQ communities use the 🦋 Butterfly emoji as the official symbol of their organization. These include the LGBT Foundation, a charitable organization in Greater Manchester, England, and Butterflies UK,  an LGBT Consortium in Prospect Park in Exeter, UK.

If you’re texting someone or having a chat with them online, and you don’t have feelings for them, or you do but you don’t want them to know, maybe you shouldn’t use the 🦋 Butterfly emoji. The 🦋 Butterfly emoji tells the person they’re talking to that they’ve got “butterflies in their stomach.”

How to use the 🦋 Butterfly emoji:

I talked to my crush this morning, and I’ve been feeling this in my tummy the whole day 🦋
I believe that next year you will rise above all that’s happened to you like a 🦋


Unicorn Emoji

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Yes, we know the unicorn is an imaginary animal, but we had to include it in our list of animal emojis because this lovely mythic creature, even in its emoji form, can have various significant meanings. In many emoji sites, the 🦄 Unicorn emoji is depicted as a white horse with a yellow or rainbow-colored horn and a purple or pink mane. In terms of its history, the Unicode Consortium first came out with the 🦄 Unicorn in 2015.

People use the 🦄 Unicorn emoji when they want to convey fantasy, whimsy, uniqueness, love, peace, and specialness. In the LGBTQ community, the word unicorn is sometimes used to describe a bisexual woman who gets intimate with heterosexual couples. On a more general note, people in the LGBTQ world use the 🦄 Unicorn emoji to express pride, to show they are proud of who they are and that they are born that way.

You’ll spot the 🦄 Unicorn emoji in various other contents related to the LGBT community. Why do the members of the LGBT like unicorns? It’s due to their color of the unicorn’s mane.  The unicorn’s mane and the LGBT pride flag both have rainbow designs.

These aren’t the only hidden meanings of the 🦄 Unicorn emoji. In the business world, a unicorn is a privately held startup company valued at over $1billion dollars. Some of the largest unicorns in the world are Airbnb, Stripe, and Palantir Technologies. If you ever find yourself in a conversation with a businessman or tech professional, and they talk about unicorns, you’ll know what they’re talking about. And it’s not Lisa Frank!

How to use the 🦄 Unicorn emoji:

Why are you breaking up with Rick? He is sweet, kind, wealthy, and handsome! That is so rare. You have a 🦄 for a boyfriend! Don’t let him go!
Even 🦄 like Airbnb are feeling the negative effects of the coronavirus. I heard they had to let go of some employees. So sad.
Never knew Karen was, you know, 🦄  I saw her sneaking into Jill and Ted’s apartment last night! They sure are wild!


Dove Of Peace Emoji

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At first sight, the 🕊️ Dove Of Peace emoji looks like just another bird. You’ve got to take another look to see what makes it different, which is the olive branch the dove is carrying. The dove and the olive branch is regarded as a symbol of peace by many people, especially by Christians and Jews. This special symbol first appeared in the Biblical story of Noah’s Ark, when a dove carrying an olive branch appears to Noah after a great flood.

The 🕊️ Dove Of Peace emoji can also symbolize peace in a secular context. If you’re arguing with a friend online and you want to reconcile with them, the 🕊️ Dove Of Peace emoji will help you get the message across. You’d better add a few words before or after your emoji though, the 🕊️ Dove Of Peace emoji is also used to convey the words, “rest in peace.” Trust us when we say, hoping someone dies, or thinking in your head that someone is dead, isn’t the best way to kiss and make up.

Others use the 🕊️ Dove Of Peace emoji in its most obvious way, to talk about birds or to express a love of nature.

How to use the 🕊️ Dove Of Peace emoji:

I am tired of fighting with you. You are a Republican and I am a Democrat, I respect your political beliefs and you respect mine. Let’s let bygones be bygones. Here is my peace offering. Hope you take it 🕊️
I am so sorry to hear of your uncle’s passing 🕊️
I miss living in the countryside, waking up to hear the 🕊️ chirping, smelling the nice fresh air. What a relaxing way to live. All the city does is stress me out!


Hamster Face Emoji

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A 🐹 Hamster Face emoji is a cartoon-styled face of a hamster, a rodent covered in fur with a small tail and big spaces on each side of its mouth for storing food. Hamsters are popular pets. This is because their puffy cheeks, pink nose, and large, pink ears make them cute to look at.

The 🐹 Hamster Face emoji is sometimes used to describe a person’s looks, to say that someone’s face is chubby and cute.

Recently, people have been including the 🐹 Hamster Face emoji in their social media handles to inadvertently convey that they have a shy but sweet personality. This means that if you’ve been dating a guy or girl for a while, and you see the 🐹 Hamster Face emoji, you automatically have a clue to the personality he’s got.

How to use the 🐹 Hamster Face emoji:

My sis is so cute! Her cheeks are like that 🐹 Ooooh!
I think I am liking this guy I met this afternoon on Bumble. He is really cute, and when I saw 🐹 this on his Twitter account, I think I like him more!


Goat Emoji

The 🐐 Goat emoji is an illustration of a goat with a brown body and white hooves. Goats are one of the oldest, domesticated animals. People use goats for their meat, milk, fur, and skins across much of the world.

When not alluding to the farm animal, the 🐐 Goat emoji also stands for GOAT, the Greatest Of All Time. So if someone sends you this emoji, don’t be offended. You should, in fact, be flattered! As the acronym suggests, GOAT is also used to refer to individuals excelling in their own fields. Examples of these would be award-winning actors or talented athletes.

Did you know that the acronym GOAT first appeared in the 1990s? Not many people paid attention to it. The term achieved widespread recognition a decade later when rapper LL Cool J released his album G.O.A.T (Greatest Of All Time) in 2000.

How to use the 🐐 Goat emoji:

I don’t care what the Netflix documentary The Last Dance shows, Michael Jordan is the 🐐 for me!
My uncle’s farm has a lot of 🐐 He uses their manure for fertilizer, and he also sells their milk.


Ox Emoji

The 🐂 Ox emoji is an illustration of an ox, a male cow with no reproductive organs. The ox in the emoji photo is brown, with a tail and short white horns. Farmers use oxen for farm work, for plowing, for transport, and for threshing grain. In Western astrology, the ox represents the zodiac sign of Taurus.

If the 🍑 Peach emoji and 🍆 Eggplant emoji have taught us anything, it’s that netizens are good at creating and adapting emoji to suit their individual needs. That said, by just looking at them, it’s easy to confuse a bull and ox. This is because they come from the same family and look similar in appearance. Bulls and ox’s are both adult male cattle, but there are some differences between the two animals.

A bull is an adult male cattle that has not been castrated, while an ox is an adult male cattle that has been castrated. Ox’s are castrated because they are used for pulling animals, as well as pulling agricultural equipment. Another difference between them is that oxen are used for transportation, while bulls are not.

Netizens thought they’d have a little fun with how people are confused between the bull and the ox. Since the 🐂 Ox emoji looks like a bull, they’d pair the 🐂 Ox emoji with the 💩 Pile Of Poo emoji to create the word bullsh*t. It isn’t the most creative or most classy way to express oneself, but it is what it is.

On a more positive note, people also sometimes use the 🐂 Ox emoji when they want to say that someone is a beast. We don’t mean the Beauty And The Beast type of beast. We are talking about the slang version of the beast, a person talented at whatever they do. He or she is always determined to win in life.

How to use the 🐂 Ox emoji:

Please turn off the TV. I’ve worked with that politician before, and I know that what he is saying is really a pile of 🐂 💩
My cousin is a 🐂 at Mobile Legends! He ranks up fast and leaves his opponents with their mouths open!


Two-Hump Camel Emoji

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The 🐫 Two-Hump Camel emoji is a picture of a Bactrian camel, an animal native to Central Asia. It has a long neck and two humps on its back.

The 🐫 Two-Hump Camel emoji appears in topics related to camels. You’ll see it in discussions about the desert, dune buggies, etc. Recently, the 🐫 Two-Hump Camel emoji appeared in posts and pictures related to “Hump Day,” Wednesday. Hump Day is a reference to a day in the middle of the week.

In other instances, some people use the 🐫 Two-Hump Camel to replace the word “humps.” This sometimes has a slightly less PG meaning *insert Fergie.*

How to use the 🐫 Two-Hump Camel emoji:

Want to get a drink with me at the bar? It’s 🐫 day! You’ve been working so hard, you really deserve a break!
Riding a 🐫 through the Sahara desert is part of my bucket list.


Chipmunk Emoji

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The 🐿️ Chipmunk emoji is an illustration of a chipmunk, a rodent with puffy cheeks and a bushy tail. The chipmunk is sitting on its hind legs. It is holding an acorn in its forelimbs.

Are you always being confused for someone else? Then you know what 🐿️ Chipmunk emoji feels. Many people think the 🐿️ Chipmunk emoji is a squirrel emoji! As of this writing, there is no official squirrel emoji out yet, so that’s kind of weird. It’s hard to blame them, though. They do look alike! However, chipmunks are small mammals with prominent stripes. On the other hand, squirrels are bigger than chipmunks and don’t have stripes.

If you’ve ever seen a chipmunk, you know just how cute they are. Their big eyes and chubby cheeks make them one of humanity’s most popular and most favorite rodents.

In pop culture, you’ll see chipmunks in movies as helpful talking woodland creatures, princesses’ sidekicks, and even as a high-pitched, popular boy band! Alvin And The Chipmunks, anyone? Nowadays, people have been using chipmunks to express how they feel. When people are feeling as bright-eyed and bushy-tailed as well, a chipmunk, they post selfies with the hashtag #*.

How to use the 🐿️ Chipmunk emoji:

Woke up in a great mood today! I know the entire week will put me in an outstanding mood 🐿️
My favorite band BTS is as cute as a 🐿️ Or maybe cuter than that! When I saw those chipmunk versions of their songs on YouTube, I immediately pictured them in a live-action Alvin And The 🐿️ hahaha!


Rabbit Emoji

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A 🐇 Rabbit emoji is a cartoon-styled depiction of an adorable, fluffy rabbit. The rabbit is facing left, has pink ears and a round, circular tail. You’ll usually see the 🐇 Rabbit emoji in topics about animals, nature, and Easter. Why, Easter, you may ask?  This is because the Easter Bunny, or Easter rabbit, is a folklore figure and symbol of Easter.

People use the🐇Rabbit emoji to describe something or someone as cute or furry. However, if your boyfriend, girlfriend, wife or husband sends you many Rabbit emojis 🐇🐇🐇, it means he or she is asking you to make love like rabbits. Did you know that rabbits mate as much as 5 to 7 times per day? You better be ready for that, if you know what I am saying. Besides that, the mating process of rabbits includes many sessions of mounting. This can last for about seconds per mount. You know what all this means, right? Once you get that 🐇Rabbit emoji from your significant other, be ready for a bumpy and humpy ride!

How to use the 🐇 Rabbit emoji:

Easter is one of my favorite occasions because I love 🐇I have around 10 🐇 at home and I can’t wait to have more!
My husband texted me this 🐇🐇🐇 at lunch today. I thought he wanted more pets, until I realize it’s our anniversary today 😂


Animal Emojis To Educate And To Inspire

We live in a day and age where emoji use has become a standard part of communication. Everyone is looking for ways to express themselves in a better way – briefly, effectively, and clearly. Emojis, especially animal emojis, can do all of that, and a lot more!

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In the emoji world, animal symbols are more popular than ever. They are one of the most fun and useful symbols to have. If you’re a parent, animal emojis like the ones in the 🙈 🙉 🙊 Three Wise Monkeys series are brilliant tools to encourage your kids to read. You can tell them that the 🙈 🙉 🙊 Three Wise Monkeys is based on a Japanese proverb. It might entice them to look for other Japanese folk tales to read.


Twitter Animal Emoji Band

Or you can use emojis in a more creative manner, like what Twitter user @psthursm did. On January 18, 2020, he posted a tweet that employed various emojis beside different instruments, as if they were in a band. The tweet gained more than 193,000 retweets and 740,000 likes! Evidently, the adorable musicians struck a chord with thousands on Twitter.

Twitter post of animal emojis committing tax fraud

Twitter post of animal emojis stealing from Sephora

In the days since, users began hosting animal emojis all across the platform! Popular examples included animal emojis at the skate park, stealing Sephora, kissing, and rioting. A few wilder ones even featured the animal emojis playing rounder in a gang and committing tax fraud.



Whether you use animal emojis to educate people, to talk with friends or family, or to just look cool (‘cause that’s okay, too), remember to have fun with it. Always keep an open mind. Always keep yourself updated with the meanings of the emojis you use, and remember to use words with the emojis, too.

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Emojis enhance the meanings of texts, but they shouldn’t replace words altogether. Imagine waking up and receiving a text with the 🙈 🙉 🙊 Three Wise Monkeys and just that, not knowing why. Remember, to enjoy and experience all that emojis have to offer, you’ve got to use them in the right way.