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More than 1,500 snappers submitted their most hilarious pictures of all creatures great and small, and now 45 have made the cut. From drunken-eyed owls to embarrassed chipmunks and laughing goats – the finalists in the Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards are guaranteed to raise a smile.

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‘Dancing sifaka’. (Photo by Alison Buttigieg/Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards/Mercury Press)

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‘What you looking at? I’ve almost got it’. A gorilla picks its nose. (Photo by Oli Dreike/Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards/Mercury Press)

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‘Whats going on over here?’ A curious albatross. (Photo by Sebastian Kennerknecht/Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards/Mercury Press)

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‘Anyone asks, you haven’t seen me!’ A deers head is hidden by foliage. (Photo by William Richardson/Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards/Mercury Press)

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‘Driver! Folow that gazelle!’ A big cat pokes its head round a car window. (Photo by Marc Mol/Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards/Mercury Press)

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‘Selfie master’. An owl eyes up a gopro camera. (Photo by Megan Lorenz/Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards/Mercury Press)

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‘That wasn’t me…’ An embarrased looking seal. (Photo by Jason Riley/Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards/Mercury Press)

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‘Pants! Did i really do that last night…?’. (Photo by Yuzuru Masuda/Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards/Mercury Press)

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‘Give me 3’. A duckling raises its foot. (Photo by Eric Gessmann/Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards/Mercury Press)

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‘There’s no nuts left’. A squirrel in a feeding box. (Photo by John Brown/Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards/Mercury Press)

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‘Be different’. A leopard appears to fall face forward into grass. (Photo by Mohammed Alnaser/Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards/Mercury Press)

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‘Great joke — lol’. A leopard appears to laugh on it’s back. (Photo by Jeff Derx/Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards/Mercury Press)

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‘I’m behind you’. A giraffe hides behind another. (Photo by Janet Miles/Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards/Mercury Press)

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‘Wilderness speaks!’ A chimpanzee appears to gesture at the photographer. (Photo by Gil Gofer/Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards/Mercury Press)

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‘Kung Fu squirrel’. (Photo by Julian Rad/Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards/Mercury Press)

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‘…The same thing we do every night pinky – try to take over the world!!!’ Two chipmunks appear to be hatching a plot. (Photo by Aaron Karnovski/Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards/Mercury Press)

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‘Laughing moose’. (Photo by Sami Rahkonen/Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards/Mercury Press)

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‘Give us a kiss’. (Photo by Steven Biddlecombe/Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards/Mercury Press)

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‘Wildlife comedy? Ha ha give me a break!’ Laughing goat. (Photo by Yuzuru Masuda/Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards/Mercury Press)

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‘Fed up’. (Photo by Tony Murtagh/Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards/Mercury Press)

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A swan chasing ducks. (Photo by Graham Brown/Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards/Mercury Press)

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A guinea pig. (Photo by Julian Rad/Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards/Mercury Press)

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A baboon with a crisp packet. (Photo by Maigorzata Szypula/Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards/Mercury Press)

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A giraffe appearing to poke it’s neck out of a truck. (Photo by Marilyn Parver/Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards/Mercury Press)

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Norma andersson’s entry. (Photo by Norma Andersson/Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards/Mercury Press)

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Giraffe ‘with three heads’. (Photo by Tony Murtagh/Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards/Mercury Press)

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‘Last tango’. (Photo by Tony Dilger/Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards/Mercury Press)

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