40 Times People Saw Trees ‘Devouring’ Random Objects And Just Had To Share Proof Online

Trees grow tall and mighty, and they don’t care what stands in their way. Neither signs, sculptures, nor other things that we attach to them can match their strength.

We at Bored Panda put together a list of pictures that show “hungry” trees devouring everyday objects just because they can.

So continue scrolling to remind yourself that nature is a force to be reckoned with. And if, for whatever reason, you need more proof after you’re done, fire up our earlier publication about the times Mother Earth made people go “well, that sucks.”

Trees Can’t Read

Tree Grew Around This Sign, Only Leaving The Word “Help” Visible

But as much as we admire them, trees are in a lot of trouble. A recent first-of-its-kind study assessing every kind of tree native to the United States found that 11% to 16% of them are threatened with extinction.

The research was carried out across the lower 48 United States over the past five years. It was a collaboration of multiple different organizations throughout the country and even a few global contributors. The result provided a better understanding of the current condition of the local plants and a starting point to work on to protect them.

This Tree Grew Around A Stone Sculpture Of A Face, Making It Appear As If There Is A Green Man Trapped Inside

Nom Nom Nom

This Sculpture Of Jesus At Abandoned Cemetery In Poland Gets Slowly Absorbed By A Tree

“We can’t protect what we don’t know about,” said Susan Pell, Executive Director of the United States Botanic Garden. “And so we really have to have a baseline of understanding of what things are at risk.”

The scientists looked at the extinction risk, patterns of geographic and taxonomic diversity, and leading threats facing the species. The most common threat turned out to be invasive and problematic pests and diseases.


Sharing Is Caring

I Am A Mailman, I Deliver To This Box Every Day

Old John Deere Parked For The Last Time

“As we have warmer climates, in our northern parts of our country, we see some of these invasive insects being able to go further north to attack more trees,” Pell explained.

For instance, take the Emerald Ash Borer first found in Michigan.

“The early projections when it was first discovered were that it wouldn’t make it to Canada. And now with climate change, projections are going to become more widespread in Canada and certainly in the United States,” Pell said.

Arms In The Air And Smiling

During An Engagement Shoot, We Came Across This Truck In A Tree

The ‘Hungry Tree’, Slowing Devouring A Park Bench In Dublin, Ireland

After 10 Months This Tree Has Almost Swallowed A Key

Additional climate change threats include worsening drought conditions in parts of the country, widespread wildfires, and more intense storms with heavy rain. Other stressors for trees come from development and agriculture.

“What we’ve identified are the species that are most at risk,” Pell said. “And we’re also looking at some habitats that are most impressive on some of these areas and coastal environments, for example, that are under threat for development, and thinking about ways that we can conserve plants, both from a land perspective but also looking at what can we do for individual species that are really at risk.”

Massive Strangler Fig

Tree Astride A Wall

You Would Squint Too, If You Had To Gobble Up A Traffic Sign

This Tree Devouring The Buddha Statue

One thing they can do is protect their habitat. Specialists are also working to put at-risk trees in living collections — places like botanic gardens and arboretums.

Through the study, researchers found that there are currently 17 species of trees not found in living collections that need a new home.

Trees Sucking On A Swing In New Jersey

The Way This Tree Is Stripping The Paint Off This Sign Only To Cover Itself In Paint

This Forgotten Bike That Grew Into A Tree

I Lost These Glasses 10 Years Ago. Apparently, This Young Hackberry Has Taken Over Them


One of them is the Franklin Tree, also known as the Franklinia, which is native to the state of Georgia.

It was collected in the 1800s and never seen in the wild again. Now, however, it’s found in over 100 living collections. An encouraging success story when you consider what is at risk if we lose threatened trees.

This Tree Swallowing A Trespassing Sign

This Magic 8 Ball Has Been Here For A Magical 8 Years

This Tree That Has Absorbed It’s Bench Over The Years

I Don’t Know Why They Had To Replace A Perfectly Good Sign


“Our livelihood is the environment,” Pell said. “Trees are one of the most important organisms when it comes to the health of our natural environments here in the United States.”

As we can see from the pictures, they really want to live. All we need to do is to help them more than we threaten them.

Trees Get Hangry Too

This Tree Grew Around A Fire Hydrant

A Tree In Front Of My Parent’s House Grew Around An Old Hand Grenade

Was Told This Belongs Here. An Oak Tree Growing Around An Electrical Box

A Victorian-Era Post Box Being Slowly Swallowed By A Tree

Tree Grew Into This Rock And Made A Natural Pickaxe

This Tree Grew Over A Grave Stone And Took The Cross With It

My Basketball Hoop From The 90s

It Knows No Limits. Tree Consumes Metal Sign On The Hiking Trail

Saw This On My Lunch Break Yesterday

Found A Trail With A Bunch Of These

Motorcycle In Pine. Laconia, NH

Found At The Abandoned Detroit Packard Plant, A Tree Consuming A Fire Hydrant

Sycamore Tree In France Looks A Bit Menacing After Devouring This No Parking Sign

Tree Sucking On The Silhouette Of A Hiker