Photo by Matthew McIntosh, Australian Geographic Exhibition
Matthew McIntosh captured this winning image of an orange-eye tree frog with mosquitoes feeding at Cedar Bay National Park in Queensland, while on a road trip from Townsville to Cooktown.
Matthew’s photo has won the 2016 Australian Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year competition.
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When taxidermist Mickey Alice Kwapis saved a 4-week-old rat from becoming snake food at a reptile shop, she did not expect that this would be the beginning of an unlikely friendship.
When Riff Ratt first arrived in his new home, he needed to be bottle-fed and nursed back to health.
During his feeding sessions, Kwapis’ dog Osiris would sit by his side and carefully lick extra milk off the tiny rat.
Osiris is a Dutch shepherd therapy dog who has helped his owner rehabilitate countless homeless animals.
“We’ve trained him to be really, really gentle. He responds to the word ‘gentle,'” Kwapis stated to DNAinfo Chicago Friday. “He’s the sweetest dog, and he’s been great with other animals.
When Riff Ratt turned 3-months-old, the two animals proved their mutual trust as Osiris let his miniature companion crawl into his mouth and clean his teeth.
Since then, the incredible friends have become viral stars, thanks to their detailed Instagram account.
“Riff Ratt really likes licking the inside of Osiris’ mouth. I’m sure you all are wondering if we’re afraid Osiris will eat Riff – NOPE!
Osiris has helped foster and care for dozens of animals and he is the gentlest dog I’ve ever met,” writes Kwapis.
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