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Allan Dixon is a self-proclaimed “animal whisperer” who lives in Ireland. He has recently made headlines for his epic selfies with animals.
The 29-year-old has an Instagram account showing him with a variety of animals including kangaroos, goats, and ponies.
When asked how he’s able to get animals to cooperate with him in these selfies, he told RT, “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.”
A selfie could take “anywhere between five minutes to three hours of being in the animals’ presence,” Dixon told Bored Panda. “It depends on the animal and how safe it feels. What the photos don’t show is the amount of dirt that ends up on my clothes because of being on the ground. But the results are worth it.”
Dixon gave the following advice on how to take a great animal selfie to My Modern Met: “Turn off your flash and any sounds your camera can make to avoid startling the creature.”
When entering the animal’s surroundings, make sure to have your camera at hand so the animal thinks it a part of your body. Once you’ve found the perfect time to take a selfie, be ready to hit the shutter button repeatedly.
“Once you’re in their presence for some time, they’ll usually come and check you out,” Dixon told My Modern Met. “There’s a fine line between curiosity and survival. The main aim is to make them know that they are safe being around you.”