By Nelson Groom
A globetrotter has brought the term ‘animal person’ to new heights – by hilariously face swapping himself with exotic creatures in what he claims is a bid to save the planet.
Social media star Allan Dixon previously earned the title of ‘Real Life Dr Doolittle’ for making a living taking candid selfies with the most photogenic faces of the animal kingdom.
By posting his snaps on social media, the 31-year-old has travelled to the likes of Canada, Iceland, Norway, across Asia, and Australia – and racked up hundreds of thousands of followers.
Now, the Irishman has taken things to a new level by releasing a hilarious gallery of snaps of him trading faces with his furry friends – which he said is to condemn animal cruelty and promote conservation.
Allan, from Wicklow, said: “I had been taking animal selfies since 2010, but recently it got me thinking: what if the roles were reversed?
“What if the animals were the humans and the humans were the animals? Maybe these images could help showcase how it feels to be treated like an animal.
“The results are disturbing and alluring all at once, my brain doesn’t accept it. These photos could even be the stuff of nightmares for some.
“I get comments telling me how people spat their drink out seeing my photos. I’m honoured they’re affecting people that much.
“They could really help promote the livelihood of wildlife. I feel animal cruelty is still a pressing issue and am working towards that cause by starting with awareness.”
Rather than using popular face swap apps, Allan manually photoshops his snaps to make them more realistic.
He said the results have been making the internet explode, with his quokka selfie shot in Western Australia serving as the biggest hit to date.
Allan said the key is to the perfect animal selfie is making sure the creatures are comfortable, and avoiding startling them with any sudden movements when whipping out a camera.
Allan said: “I’ve seen some hilarious animal face swaps fails before, but nothing that looks super real.
“The apps didn’t give me the result I was looking for, so I tried doing it manually.
“If you’re going to take animal selfies don’t force the animal, let it do its thing. The best results come in a natural environment were nothing is staged.
“You’ll need time and patience to gain their trust.
“They say never work with animals or babies and it’s true because they’re unpredictable, but that is where the magic lies.”