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Zookeepers recreate animal poses in viral photos

The Symbio Wildlife Park's #zookeepersasanimals pictures have inspired at least one other zoo to take tribute photos.

By Ben Hooper

HELENSBURGH, Australia, Feb. 27 (UPI) -- Zookeepers at an Australian wildlife sanctuary are recreating the poses from animal pictures taken at the park for a series of viral photos.

The Symbio Wildlife Park in Helensburgh posted a Facebook photo Feb. 18 of four zookeepers recreating a photo of four marmosets and the caption said similar photos would be posted during the following week as part of the #zookeepersasanimals series.

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"Our keepers have had some fun re-enacting some of our favorite animal 'perfectly timed photos' at the park!" the zoo said on Facebook.

"The idea came about when we were having a giggle at lunchtime one day at some of the animal photos we had," zookeeper and photographer Kylie Elliott told the Illawara Mercury.

"Four of us [zookeepers] started having a laugh at how funny it would be to re-enact some of those photos. We knew the idea had mileage and..last week we decided to put it into action. The feedback from our Facebook followers has been amazing, everyone is really enjoying it and we have had requests to make calendars and one follower has suggested we start a #visitorsasanimals so we will to look into some of these ideas."

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The viral photos have been so popular on Facebook that a California zoo, the Forever Wild Exotic Animal Sanctuary, tagged the facility in a tribute photo of keepers posing as bobcats.

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"Their #zookeepersasanimals re-enactments with Northern Bobcats which was great to see," Elliott said.

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