Jumping on a trampoline is a fun way to relax or get in a little exercise, and today these springy contraptions are commonplace in American homes. But we're not the only ones who enjoy bouncing in the backyard. Our pets — and sometimes even the local wildlife — have also discovered the joys of jumping on a trampoline.

Check out these videos of animals hopping, leaping and bouncing — and having the time of their lives.

Frisky foxes

In 2008, a YouTube user discovered a couple of playful foxes bouncing on her backyard trampoline and captured the adorable critters on camera.

Goats 'kid' around

Like most kids, these young goats can't get enough of the trampoline's springy surface.

Curious cat

This frisky feline may not be much for bouncing, but she's found that the trampoline is a great place to stalk her playful prey.

Bouncing bull terrier

An 8-month-old Boston terrier named Tilly is flying high and having the time of his life.

Befuddled buffalo

This buffalo doesn't seem to know what to make of the trampoline he's discovered.

When elephants fly

We've all seen an animated elephant take to the skies, but have you ever wondered what it would look like if an elephant flipped and flew through the air? Nicolas Deveaux of Cube Creative was curious, so he made this short film of an elephant bouncing on a very sturdy gym trampoline.

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Laura Moss writes about a variety of topics with a focus on animals, science, language and culture. But she mostly writes about cats.

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