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The pho­tos may be cute, but th­ese self­ies are caus­ing ter­ri­ble suf­fer­ing to an­i­mals around the world.

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New re­search from World An­i­mal Pro­tec­tion has found there was a 292 per cent in­crease in the num­ber of wildlife self­ies posted on In­sta­gram from 2014 to now.

Forty per cent of self­ies were ‘‘bad’’ – some­one hug­ging, hold­ing or in­ap­pro­pri­ately in­ter­act­ing with a wild an­i­mal. ’’If you can hug, hold or have a selfie with a wild an­i­mal, the chances are that it’s en­dur­ing on­go­ing cru­elty,’’ the or­gan­i­sa­tion says.

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