Let’s take things slow: Two snails lean in for a kiss while perched precariously on top of cherry stems
- Snails captured locking lips while perched atop cherry stems in Ukraine
- Can be seen slowly stretching towards each other, before finally kissing
- Amazing moment was captured by photographer, Vyacheslav Mischenko
- ‘The pair seemed really intent on reaching each other, said 48-year-old
They were never likely to have a whirlwind romance, but these two appear to be taking their relationship at snail’s pace.
The molluscs were captured kissing while perched precariously on top of cherry stems in woodland near Berdichev in Ukraine.
They could be seen leaning towards each other in a desperate bid to kiss – before finally locking lips.
Locking lips: Two snails are captured kissing while perched on top of cherry stems near Berdichev in Ukraine
The amazing moment was caught on camera by photographer, Vyacheslav Mischenko, near his hometown in the Zhytomyr Oblast region.
Footage shows the snails balancing carefully atop the cherry stems, which are floating in a stream.
They then slowly stretch towards each other – while trying to stay upright – before eventually locking lips.
Mr Mischenko, 48, described the moment as as ‘sweet’ – adding: ‘The pair seemed really intent on reaching one another.’
Leaning in: The slimy molluscs can be seen stretching towards each other in a desperate attempt to touch lips
Getting closer: The snails, captured by photographer Vyacheslav Mischenko, try to stay upright as they lean in
Almost there: They finally lock lips while balancing carefully atop the cherry stems, which are floating in water
The photographer, who was taught to hunt for mushrooms as a child, has grown up with a keen eye for spotting wildlife.
‘As a child, my father taught me to hunt mushrooms near my home and we would always come across all manner of bugs and creatures,’ he said.
‘As I got older and my interest in photography grew, I decided I wanted to catch these magical scenes on camera.
Taking things slowly: Mr Mischenko, 48, said the pair of snails ‘seemed really intent on reaching one another’
‘I’m an old romantic at heart and as soon I saw these two cute snails, I knew it would make a great picture.’
He added: ‘The average person misses so much, it’s only when you look a little closer that you’ll find many moments such as this one.’