Now that’s definitely not a downward dog! Photographer creates hilarious gallery of wild animals appearing to do yoga

These animals appear to be finding their zen – in a hilarious set of images appearing to show them doing yoga.

Wildlife photographer Ingo Gerlach, from Betzdorf, Germany, has spent the last three years travelling the globe, photographing some of the world’s most incredible creatures.

But he noticed a bizarre pattern emerging in his images – and realised he had a set of images with dozens of animals appearing to stretch and perform some better-known yoga moves.

From a cheetah doing the downward dog, a stag attempting the boat pose, and a giraffe mastering the wide-legged forward bend, there seems to be a move for the biggest down to the very smallest creature.

But he noticed a bizarre pattern emerging in his images – and realised he had a set of images with dozens of animals appearing to stretch and perform some better-known yoga moves.

From a cheetah doing the downward dog, a stag attempting the boat pose, and a giraffe mastering the wide-legged forward bend, there seems to be a move for the biggest down to the very smallest creature.

And after teaming up with expert yoga instructor Michi, from City Yoga Birmingham, who demonstrated the perfect human versions of the poses, he was thrilled with his final set.

Ingo said: “I thought a couple of my pictures looked like yoga poses that I recognised.

“But the more I looked into it, I discovered that it is very common for animals to adopt these positions.

“Seeing my images alongside Michi demonstrating the same positions really put a smile on my face.”

Thank you to City Yoga Birmingham for demonstrating the various yoga poses.