By Nelson Groom
A cuddly koala has set the internet ablaze after striking his most seductive ‘come hither’ pose to gather some romantic female interest.
British photographer Ross Long, 27, was exploring picturesque bushland on the Gold Coast of Queensland, Australia, when he spotted the laid-back lover reclining on a branch.
Ross, who is originally from Cornwall but is based in Sydney’s Manly, said he believes the furry fella was posing up a storm to capture the hearts of some nearby females.
The side-splitting snap has whipped the internet into a frenzy with thousands of Instagram likes and comments about the marsupial’s quest for love
Part-time snapper and risk analyst Ross said: “He’s certainly positioned in a seductive manner as if to say: ‘I’m ready for action’.
“There were other female koalas nearby, so I guess this is his way of letting them know that he was indeed ready.
“He looked more chilled than a Friday night of Netflix and chill. Perhaps this explains why chlamydia is such an issue in the koala world?”
Ross said the koala held the pose for the whole encounter, making him the easiest model he’d worked with.
He said he is lucky his work affords him the luxury of exploring the natural beauty – and wonderful wildlife – of the land Down Under.
Ross said; “I’ve never worked with such an easy-going model like this one before., it’s a welcome change from the stuff I usually capture.
“I’m lucky enough to travel around Australia and New Zealand most of the year which gives me plenty of photography opportunities.
“There is just so much variety in Australia; depending on where you go, the animals adapt with the landscape.
“It keeps everything fresh and exciting.”