AN­I­MAL CRACK­ERS

Pho­tog­ra­pher­stog­ra­phers snsnap clumsy­clums beasts in this photo spe­cial

The Sunday Telegraph (Sydney) - - MICK'S PICKS -

THEY say to err is hu­man but th­ese an­i­mals are do­ing a very good job of join­ing in.

From a baby ele­phant who was in the wrong place at the wrong time, to a seag­ull bat­tling with a face full of bread, and a dog left worse for wear af­ter a run-in with a por­cu­pine, th­ese clumsy crea­tures have been pho­tographed at their most em­bar­rass­ing mo­ments.

The bril­liant shots come from all over the globe, in­clud­ing as far afield as Alaska, where a hun­gry bear was snapped right at the mo­ment it failed to snaf­fle a fish from a stream at Brooks Falls in Kat­mai Na­tional Park and Pre­serve. In­stead he copped a slap to the face.

A world away in New York, a Saint Bernard named Ruckus can be seen deal­ing with the painful af­ter­math of his close en­counter with a por­cu­pine. It left his pride well and truly dented and his face cov­ered with spiky quills.

To be fair to our an­i­mal friends, some of them were just in the wrong place at the wrong time, such as the ele­phant calf that was un­der­neath one of its par­ents at ex­actly the wrong time in South Africa’s Kruger Na­tional Park. As it found out, some­times life re­ally stinks.

Hu­mans of­ten have to step in to help. That was the case with Mil­lie the dog. The fire bri­gade saved her af­ter she be­came stuck on a roof in the English vil­lage of Wythall. She clearly didn’t fancy the jump.

Luck­ily for our feath­ered seag­ull friend, he won his fight with the slice of bread and ate the lot.

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