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15 photos that show what love looks like in the animal kingdom

Talia Lakritz , Business Insider US
 Nov 13, 2019, 03:43 PM
Leopards show their love.
  • Goran Anastasovski a photographer who takes tender photos of animals showing affection.
  • He takes most of his photos at the zoo in Skopje, Macedonia.
  • He thinks animals know more about love than humans do.
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The only thing more adorable than baby animals is baby animals cuddling other animals.

For over 13 years, photographer Goran Anastasovski has turned his camera on the animal kingdom to capture tender portraits of different species showing love and affection.

From playful scuffles to furry nuzzles, here are 15 photos of animals that will make you feel warm and fuzzy.


Goran Anastasovski is a nature photographer from Macedonia.

He photographs landscapes, people, and sports in addition to his animal portraits.


His specialty is photographing the different ways animals display affection.

They have feelings, too.


He takes portraits of animals at his local zoo in Skopje.

The Skopje Zoo has almost 500 animals over 12 hectares.


He says people often can't tell that his pictures weren't taken in the wild.

You don't have to go on a safari to capture perfectly timed photos of animals.


Some animals nuzzle each other.

Wolves are known for their close bonds and excellent communication.


Some touch noses.

A 2018 study from the Royal Society of Open Science found that goats can recognise and are drawn to happy expressions on people's faces, and will sometimes even touch noses with them.


For others, grooming shows they care.

Monkeys stay healthy and form attachments with "social grooming."


They help each other out with hard-to-reach spots.

Vulture grooming is known as "preening."


And wrestle playfully with each other.

Bears often play during the first year and a half of their lives as cubs.


Some of the animals look startlingly human.

The monkeys' content expressions look just like people.


His evocative photos capture sentimental moments between animals and their young.

Albino kangaroos are pink before they grow white fur.


Baby monkeys find shelter in their parents' arms.

Physical contact is necessary for healthy development in monkeys, as well as humans.


Baby lemurs hang on tight.

Lemurs share gut bacteria when they cuddle, according to a 2017 study by the University of Arizona.


Anastasovski thinks we can learn a lot from the way animals express love.

While it's unclear if animals experience romantic love, they certainly do form strong attachments.


"My opinion is that animals know [how] to love much more than humans," he told Insider.

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