By Mikey Jones
These SNAP CATS have found their bunny doppelgangers in a series of super sweet photoshoots.
Animal photographer Mark Taylor, from Surrey, and his assistants have scoured the UK to bring together carbon-copy rabbits and cats.
PIC BY Warren photographic / CATERS NEWS – Blue Dutch rabbit rabbit and matching kitten.Sharing details such as fur and eye colour, seating positions, startled expressions, and even matching markings on their noses, the cute animals look as if they came from the same litter.
Some of them also appear to be the best of friends, with the pairs cuddling up to and even lying on top of each other.
Mark, 52, said: “The idea was actually my mother’s. It started when she noticed a friend’s rabbit and kitten, Tiffany and Turbo, were an exact match.
“I have since done literally hundreds of pairings.
“The best thing, no matter what the species, is to have animals that are brought up together, or at least are introduced to each other at an early age. That way they look and act the most alike.
“The least compatible with anything are terrier dogs, followed by adult cats.
“It is rewarding when you get two animals that cuddle up nicely, particularly when cats rub against another animal. It always looks cute.”
However, capturing the perfect image is never
straight forward, especially when the animals are more independently minded.
Mark said: “It’s nearly always a challenge because of the difficulty in getting the animals to look relaxed and, at the same time, to be either focused on each other or the camera. They usually have different ideas.
“I have an assistant, called Britta, who places the animals on the set and keeps them entertained by playfully dangling feathers and other toys to keep them occupied rather than wandering off.
“She is essential to this type of photography and I could not work without her.
“There have been many times that male rabbits have tried to hump the other animal, be it a cat, dog, guinea pig or another rabbit.
“The animals don’t always get along. If they have not met before, it is important to first introduce them with a barrier between so one can judge if there is likely to be any arguing.
“I did have one cat that suddenly decided she did not like the rabbit I was using. She suddenly took off and no amount of coaxing would persuade her to sit with that rabbit.”