'The real-life Dr Dolittle': Meet Allan Dixon, king of the animal selfie gallery video

Allan Dixon with his favourite animal to photograph, the quokka.

Allan Dixon with his favourite animal to photograph, the quokka.

Sorry Kim Kardashian, despite your best efforts you will never be our favourite selfie taker.

That title undoubtedly goes to Allan Dixon, a 29-year-old Irishman who has been dubbed "the real-life Dr Dolittle" thanks to his uncanny knack for capturing perfect shots with animals he meets on his travels.

From sheep and kangaroos to sea lions and cockatoos, there's apparently not a critter in the world that doesn't want its portrait taken with Dixon.


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The "adventurer and animal whisperer" has amassed more than 70,000 Instagram followers thanks to his collection of exotic selfies.

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Dixon, who has ventured to Australia, Canada, Iceland and Norway among other destinations, says it takes anywhere between five minutes and three hours to snap the perfect selfie.

"It depends on the animal and how safe it feels," he told BoredPanda. "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."

The content marketer, whose favourite animal to pose with is the happy-faced quokka, says people hoping to follow in his footsteps "have to relax in [the animal's] presence".

"[They] should be very careful as to not upset or provoke the animal when they're trying to take the photo. Gain the animal's trust in a calm relaxed manner and the results will be golden.

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And finally - "make sure it's not a crocodile".

 - Stuff


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