Spring is rapidly approaching, and if we have anything to look forward to Spring, this image is the one for us!
Peacefully sitting on a flower, the adorable creature was caught on camera in the sweetest way. It’s difficult not to smile back at this lovely shot.
Responsible for this lovely snap is the talented wildlife photographer Andrea Zampatti, and as it turned out, the happy dormouse didn’t just fill Zampatti’s heart – and ours – with joy, but he also brought him a (deserved) award at the 2017 Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards. ‘The Laughing Dormouse’ surpassed all the other – adorable and hilarious – photos and took the prize in the ‘On Land’ category.
The 28-year-old Italian photographer was at the right place at the right time, to capture this tiny creature in the most hilarious way. Though it is unclear whether the rodent was actually laughing or if it was his allergy to pollen that made him look this way, one thing is certain he looks like he’s having the day of his life. And he’s sending all that good vibe to anyone who’s admiring the cute photo of him.
Zampatti is particularly adept at catching animals in their most endearing poses, from a curious bear in Finland “waiting for a hug” to a cheeky-looking wapiti in Yellowstone National Park with its tongue out.
Some of his images below illustrate his talent and the beauty of our wildlife: