Puckering up to hyenas, cuddling pythons and caressing camels... these images show just how crazy the world is about animals
An intrepid photographer has scoured the planet snapping people and their pets.
French photographer Eric Lafforgue, travelled everywhere from Easter Island to North Korea to capture on camera mankind's love for animals.
Taken over a period of ten years, each picture gives the viewer a glimpse into the types of pets people choose to own and the relationships they forge with them.
Eric Lafforgue spent a decade, from 2005 to 2015, taking photographs of people communing with animals He ventured as far afield as Ethiopia, Benin, Saudi Arabia, Panama, North Korea, Myanmar and Kyrgyzstan
Among the most astonishing photographs is a man holding meat in his mouth and feeding a hyena The Frenchman said: 'It is a great lesson of life, you need to take care of the animal to survive'
Photo shows: Boy Holding A Colt By The Bridle, Jaman Echki Jailoo Village, Song Kol Lake Area, Kyrgyzstan