Animals

By Michael Scott


This cute little monkey appears to be taking a ride on the back of a giraffe after being caught in this perfectly timed photo.

Photographer, Dirk-Jan Steehouwer, 48, who lives in a small coastal village called Noordwijk aan Zee in The Netherlands, was at the Murchison Falls National Park, in Uganda, when he spotted his opportunity to take the perfect photo.

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Dirk said: “On this safari day we first spotted the male and female giraffe on a nice hillside in the beautiful grass.

“Just a bit further some monkeys were playing around a small termite hill with some bush and a dead tree branch.

We moved over to the cute playful monkeys and shortly after the female giraffe moved behind the back of the dead tree and the playing monkey family.

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“At that time the female giraffe stopped for a very short moment, and while there was a lot of movement in the monkey family I was lucky one of them “climbed” on the back of the giraffe for a couple of seconds.

“It was the awesome moment. I looked back at the camera screen I felt so happy.

“This is what I do it for, fantastic moments when nature keeps on surprising me and motivating me to go back and back.”