Be Still Our Hearts: This Guy's Animal Travel Selfies Are Unbelievably Adorable

Animals have never been happier to be on Instagram.

Allan Dixon is being called a modern day Dr. Dolittle, and it's true — scrolling through his Instagram feed just might make your heart skip a beat.


The 29-year-old Irishman's feed is filled with adorable animal selfies amassed from his travels. Working in the tourism industry does have its perks.

The best part? The animals featured in the photos seem just as chuffed to be there as he is, making them truly one-of-a-kind.

Dixon was kind enough to share his secret for the perfect animal selfie with Russia Today.

The key is to be respectful and patient. Allow them to adapt to you being near.

"You have to be still, lie down, gain their trust in their environment for a while. Most of the time they're more scared of you than you are of them," he said. "Once you're in their presence for some time, they'll usually come and check you out. There's a fine line between curiosity and survival. The main aim is to make them know that they are safe being around you. Get up close as you can, but slowly."

And don't, he said, forget to turn off the flash. You might need to take a lot of photos to get that perfect shot. 

The majority of the animals he encounters appear to be already somewhat adapted to human presence — black-footed rock wallabies being cared for in the Australian outback, befuddled sheep exploring the streets of Dublin. Approaching truly wild animals is different, and can have serious effects on their wellbeing.

Despite his apparent mastery of the art, Dixon told Bored Panda that the process can take as long as three hours.

"What the photos don’t show is the amount of dirt that ends up on my clothes because of being on the ground," he said. "But the results are worth it.”


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