Who doesn't love animals? Google certainly does, since it has come to light that searching for the terms "animal noises" or "animal sounds" results in a slideshow of barks and roars, from a range of creatures.

The selection of wildlife changes with each search, and includes dogs and cats – representing the household-pet brigade – otherworldly braying from aquatic giants like the humpback whale and even the chirruping of a rogue racoon.

Google Animal Sounds
Try the cat\'s meow, it sounds a bit stressed to me. Or hungry. Probably hungry. Google

Try out variations on the question "what does x sound like" to challenge Google on its animal trivia skills, but don't be surprised if your favourite furry friend did not make the list – the selection is fairly minimal (seriously, no seal noises?).

It turns out that the largely pointless feature was announced by Google+ Austria on 3 March, but the internet at large has only just noticed the latest Easter egg from the Alphabet company. I suppose it could be used as a quick parental aid for inquisitive children but it is hardly an encyclopedia of the many wails of the wild.

At least this particular animal-chatter trick will not get anyone into trouble, unlike Google's last attempt at viral humour. The ill-advised Gmail Mic Drop April Fools' Day gimmick landed the company in hot water for leaving its victims completely locked out of email chains.

While a decent effort, Google's finest Easter egg is arguably still the old 'do a barrel roll' joke which I will not spoil for anyone who has not tried it (or is not a fan of Nintendo's Star Fox video game franchise).