18 wildlife photos that will make you smile

These animal photos will make you feel warm and fuzzy on the inside others, we hope, will make you laugh out loud.

Find a fun selection of images taken by our travellers, staff and photography pros, such as Richard I'Anson and Alex Cearns – who lead special tours that show you how to capture the world’s most stunning destinations on camera.

Share this post with a friend and spread some happiness (and adorableness!). And remember: the best animal encounter is a wild one.

1. When you've almost made it to the bedroom but you settle for the couch

Emperor penguin and chicks in Antarctica |  <i>Kyle Super</i>

2. Don't you just hate it when you have an itch you just can't scratch...  

A zebra in the Ngorongoro crater in Tanzania |  <i>David Lazar</i>

3. We all have a friend that's just the right size to prop on  

Wild elephants in Kaudulla National Park, Sri Lanka |  <i>Scott Pinnegar</i>

4. Because we all need a friend to lean on  

A King Penguin keeps a close eye on it's chick |  <i>Richard I'Anson</i>

5. When the dentist compliments you on how well you've maintained your teeth

Young lion cub in Chobe National Park, Botswana |  <i>Jez Hollinshead</i>

6. The special moment when you make a new friend on a hike

Meeting a llama on the Inca Trail |  <i>Bette Andrews</i>

7. Or when you capture a tender moment on a wildlife safari

Lion family in Chobe National Park, Botswana |  <i>Jez Hollinshead</i>

8. It helps to see the funny side of life

Leopard seal humour in Antarctica |  <i>Eve Ollington</i>

9. Hmmm, that doesn't smell right...

Zebra love in Etosha National Park, Namibia |  <i>Peter Walton</i>

10. I think this sea lion can smell it too...

A sea lion in the Galapagos Islands |  <i>Alex Cearns | Houndstooth Studios</i>

11. Finding out your favourite TV series is getting cancelled

Mountain gorilla family in Rwanda |  <i>Gesine Cheung</i>

12. Taking a nap to recover from your food coma

Sea lions resting on the Galapagos Islands |  <i>Ian Cooper</i>

13. Getting caught with your hands in the cookie jar

Snow monkey in Jigokudani Monkey Park, Japan |  <i>Felipe Romero Beltran</i>

14. When you tell yourself you can do a pull-up but get stuck halfway

Sloth in Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica |  <i>Sophie Panton</i>

15. If this doesn't make you go awwwww, I'm not sure what will

King penguin and her baby in South Georgia |  <i>Peter Walton</i>

16. That one friend that's been waiting behind the bathroom door to scare you  

A young bear tentatively peeks around a wall to see what's happening |  <i>Alex Cearns</i>

17. I'm not lazy, I'm just on "energy saver mode"

Galapagos sea lion playing on the waters edge |  <i>Alex Cearns | Houndstooth Studios</i>

18. Elephant advice: Friendship is the glue that will hold the world together

Orphan baby elephants in Udawalawe, Sri Lanka |  <i>Houndstooth Studio by Alex Cearns</i>

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