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This Caiman Has A Better Butterfly Snapchat Crown Than You'll Ever Have

A real-life filter.

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A caiman (a crocodilian animal similar to an alligator) was photographed enjoying a moment of zen with nature as it allowed a cluster of large colourful butterflies to settle on its head and body.

You might almost say the caiman is wearing a real-life butterfly crown (a popular Snapchat filter with celebs like Kim Kardashian). The photo, taken in Los Amigos River in southeastern Peru by Mark Cowan, a research scientist, picked up a Special Commendation award in the 2016 Royal Society Publishing photography competition.

The caiman certainly looks ready for a selfie.


Matt Tucker is the UK Picture Editor for BuzzFeed and is based in London.

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