When you see the sheer fame of internet-famous stars like Doug the Pug, Jiff Pom, and Nala Cat, who have millions of followers under their belt, it’s easy to think our furballs are born for the camera, if not for Hollywood, too.

But as soon as you scroll through the camera roll to see the results of a spontaneous shoot you just pulled off, you are left with a cold moment of expectation vs reality. Or worse, some of our beloved pets are the very opposite of photogenic, which makes them resemble unpettable demons, wild chupacabras, and crazed beasts who seem like they played with the Ouija board a little too much.

Bored Panda has compiled a collection full of precisely these photographic cases that show one thing: no matter the photographic ugliness, we still think of our pets as the most beautiful ones, and don’t anyone dare to say otherwise.

#1

He Is Not A Devil. He Is Just A Cat In Flour

He Is Not A Devil. He Is Just A Cat In Flour

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Mihai Mara
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1 month ago

so ..... much ...... cocaine ......

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#2

This Dog’s Shadow

This Dog’s Shadow

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Lauren Caswell
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1 month ago

I is a wolf...I is tough

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#3

There’s A Lot Of Reasons Why Your Mailman Might Not Deliver Your Packages, And This Is One Of Them. I Can Handle A Dog, But Not A Dog With An Axe

There’s A Lot Of Reasons Why Your Mailman Might Not Deliver Your Packages, And This Is One Of Them. I Can Handle A Dog, But Not A Dog With An Axe

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Beebull
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1 month ago (edited)

AXE

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While looking at this compilation of not necessarily the most beautiful pics of pets, it’s tempting to blame the animal for not staying still for the camera. After all, posing is a skill and not everyone has it. But what if we look at the non-photogenic pets from a whole different perspective? What if I tell you, it’s the camera man, meaning you, who needs some improvement?

Well, to find out what it takes to make your furball look splendid in pics, Bored Panda reached out to Sydney-based pro pet photographer Keefe Tay, who runs “Furry Munchkins Pet Photography.” When asked what are the most common mistakes that people make when photographing their pets, Keefe said it's that they don’t get down to the same level as their pets.

#4

I Feel Like I Just Interrupted A Meeting For Little Demons

I Feel Like I Just Interrupted A Meeting For Little Demons

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I I
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1 month ago

freaky

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#5

She Loves The Blower

She Loves The Blower

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Binx
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1 month ago

HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA! Love this one

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#6

Give Me Those Tweezers

Give Me Those Tweezers

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Aurelia!
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1 month ago

My precious....gollum!

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“The best advice would be to get down low and photograph them at their eye level, it makes them stand out as the subject and allows the viewer to see things from their perspective,” he explained.

Another common faux pas is not trying to make the photo shoot fun for their pets. “Pet photo sessions should be the most fun a dog and/or cat ever has in the week. Whip out the treats, toys, and bring them to their favorite parks/beaches/locations for photos.”

#7

I Found The Cheshire Cat. He Lives In My Apartment Complex

I Found The Cheshire Cat. He Lives In My Apartment Complex

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Livvy-Rose Richards
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1 month ago

Lol

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#8

She's Beauty And She's Grace

She's Beauty And She's Grace

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Mihai Mara
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1 month ago

OMG! Call an exorcist!

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#9

His Favorite Companion. He Carries It On Our Walks And Scares The Neighborhood Kids

His Favorite Companion. He Carries It On Our Walks And Scares The Neighborhood Kids

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WildHoneyPie
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1 month ago

Well...yeah

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The third mistake is not having the right lightning. “I'm not necessarily talking about getting fancy lighting equipment here. But, for outdoor shots, I recommend not to take photographs of them in harsh direct light! When the sun is directly above the subject on a cloudless day, this will make for very harsh shadows and lighting. Aim to shoot closer to sunset or sunrise when the sun is low in the sky.”

#10

Baby Photo Of Wolfie

Baby Photo Of Wolfie

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Binx
Community Member
1 month ago

Little teefs

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#11

Jackson Smiling Is Kinda Terrifying

Jackson Smiling Is Kinda Terrifying

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Meghna Mohan
Community Member
1 month ago

Yeah reminds me of the sinister clown *bites fingers in fear*

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#12

When You Put A Pancake On Your Cat’s Face Because You Think It’s Gonna Be Cute But Instead It Gives You Nightmares

When You Put A Pancake On Your Cat’s Face Because You Think It’s Gonna Be Cute But Instead It Gives You Nightmares

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IFXO
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1 month ago

what's that skincare routine?

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For those who’re wondering if particular animal breeds are generally more photogenic than others, Keefe would say no. “All animals are beautiful and your photos will show that if you have the right lighting. Aim to capture their unique traits and personalities and show it off in a beautiful way.”

#13

Feeding Time Was An Hour Ago, Jessica

Feeding Time Was An Hour Ago, Jessica

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I I
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1 month ago

" i'm batman ! "

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#14

Murphy Seems To Have A Bit Of Devil In Him

Murphy Seems To Have A Bit Of Devil In Him

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Cecilia Herrera
Community Member
1 month ago

But... but... he has such an innocent expression, (Aside from the flames.)

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#15

I'm Not Sure What I Did, But I'm Sorry

I'm Not Sure What I Did, But I'm Sorry

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Beverly
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1 month ago

Gorgeous photo!

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On the other hand, not everyone has time, effort, and all the resources to make a fancy studio setup to shoot their pet. But according to Keefe, “capturing your pet's personality (when they are doing something silly/cute/fun) wherever you are is priceless,” and it doesn’t take a whole lot to have some fun with your furry friend.

#16

Where Are The Treats

Where Are The Treats

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Meghna Mohan
Community Member
1 month ago

Darkest eyes iv seen 👽

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#17

Meet Sinister Cat. Plotting To Take Over The World

Meet Sinister Cat. Plotting To Take Over The World

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Aurelia!
Community Member
1 month ago

His expression belongs to a terrifying fictional schoolmaster.

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#18

This Cat Has Very Prominent Teeth

This Cat Has Very Prominent Teeth

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Binx
Community Member
1 month ago

Drac-cat

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#19

I Took A Picture Of Our Dog Mid-Yawn

I Took A Picture Of Our Dog Mid-Yawn

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Lauren Caswell
Community Member
1 month ago

Like something out of "the mummy" franchise

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#20

This Cats Muscles

This Cats Muscles

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I I
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1 month ago

buff af

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#21

My Dog Its Trying To Scare The Hell Out Of Me

My Dog Its Trying To Scare The Hell Out Of Me

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Cecilia Herrera
Community Member
1 month ago

It would have worked on me.

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#22

Friends Dog Got Skunked And She Tried To Use Tomato Sauce To Get It Out. He Looks Like He Just Committed Murder And Got Caught

Friends Dog Got Skunked And She Tried To Use Tomato Sauce To Get It Out. He Looks Like He Just Committed Murder And Got Caught

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Lauren Caswell
Community Member
1 month ago

Poor boi is stinky :(

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#23

Cursed Forest

Cursed Forest

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Aurelia!
Community Member
1 month ago

run.

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#24

This Dog With Bald Filter

This Dog With Bald Filter

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Lauren Caswell
Community Member
1 month ago

That's a nightmare! Also I want to do it to my cat

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#25

The Face Your Cat Gives You After You Forget About Him Being Outside All Night

The Face Your Cat Gives You After You Forget About Him Being Outside All Night

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Cecilia Herrera
Community Member
1 month ago

Just you wait.

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#26

Men And Women Fled In Horror When The Creature Emerged From The Depths

Men And Women Fled In Horror When The Creature Emerged From The Depths

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tail_bite
Community Member
1 month ago

wayyy too funny

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#27

Xerex, The Unpettable

Xerex, The Unpettable

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Aurelia!
Community Member
1 month ago

Cerberus! What happened to your third head??

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#28

Schmile

Schmile

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Niki Norway
Community Member
1 month ago

This looks like the ghost dog from Goosebumps

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#29

Owning A Hairless Cat Occasionally Results In Nightmare Material

Owning A Hairless Cat Occasionally Results In Nightmare Material

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Julia Atkinson
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1 month ago

Having manifested himself under a blanket, the Sock Demon extended his wrinkled white hand. Soon the prize would be his

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#30

I Caught My Mom's Dog Playing In Her Curtains And Thought It Would Make A Cute Picture. The Result Was Nightmare Fuel

I Caught My Mom's Dog Playing In Her Curtains And Thought It Would Make A Cute Picture. The Result Was Nightmare Fuel

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Cecilia Herrera
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1 month ago

This photo could be used on a movie poster for, The Demented Bride.

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#31

This Dog Trying To Catch A Ball

This Dog Trying To Catch A Ball

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tail_bite
Community Member
1 month ago

lol

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#32

A House Near Me Has A Bit Of A Cat Problem

A House Near Me Has A Bit Of A Cat Problem

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Cecilia Herrera
Community Member
1 month ago

Keep moving. Nothing to see here.

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#33

My Parent’s Cat Prince Lost His Nose A Few Years Ago To Skin Cancer And I Think He Looks A Bit Like Voldemort Now, And Has A Similar Attitude

My Parent’s Cat Prince Lost His Nose A Few Years Ago To Skin Cancer And I Think He Looks A Bit Like Voldemort Now, And Has A Similar Attitude

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KitKatss
Community Member
1 month ago

Awwwww, he's so sweet though

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#34

My Dog Has Heterochromia - Her Blue Eye Reflects Red And Her Brown Eye Reflects Blue

My Dog Has Heterochromia - Her Blue Eye Reflects Red And Her Brown Eye Reflects Blue

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Binx
Community Member
1 month ago

no need for 3d glasses

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#35

This Sheepdog With A Shaved Head

This Sheepdog With A Shaved Head

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Candace Fitzpatrick
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1 month ago

Looks like he’s wearing a mascot suit and took the head off

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#36

Went To Yawn And Accidentally Summoned Venom

Went To Yawn And Accidentally Summoned Venom

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Beebull
Community Member
1 month ago

I see it happnin

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#37

"My Claws Are Needles. My Teeth Are Tacks. I Am Despair. I. Am. Fluff"

"My Claws Are Needles. My Teeth Are Tacks. I Am Despair. I. Am. Fluff"

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IFXO
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1 month ago

lowkey Rafiki

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#38

Brigand Got His Head Stuck Into The (Freeze-Dried Chicken) Treat Jar And Now He Looks Like A Demon And Omg I'm Dying

Brigand Got His Head Stuck Into The (Freeze-Dried Chicken) Treat Jar And Now He Looks Like A Demon And Omg I'm Dying

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Vic
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1 month ago

Poor kitty..

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#39

That Spooked The Hell Out Of Me

That Spooked The Hell Out Of Me

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I I
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1 month ago

lol

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#40

Sphynx Cat With No Eyes

Sphynx Cat With No Eyes

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Missy Moo Moo
Community Member
1 month ago

Poor thing got a disease that resulted in losing both eyes

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#41

Here Is My Cat, Calcifer. I Keep Trying To Tell Him Not To Summon Demons In The Kitchen But You Know How Cats Can Be

Here Is My Cat, Calcifer. I Keep Trying To Tell Him Not To Summon Demons In The Kitchen But You Know How Cats Can Be

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Drive Bee
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1 month ago

Calcifer, what a great name!

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#42

Petrie Thought My Girlfriend's Hairbun Was Something That Would Eat Him, And This Is The Freeze Frame From The Video We Got

Petrie Thought My Girlfriend's Hairbun Was Something That Would Eat Him, And This Is The Freeze Frame From The Video We Got

In reality he’s the sweetest, most cuddling little boy.

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IFXO
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1 month ago

he is PETRIEfied

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#43

Tiny Demon

Tiny Demon

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Cecilia Herrera
Community Member
1 month ago

Those eyes!

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#44

I Caught A Yawn

I Caught A Yawn

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marion crane
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1 month ago

i told you no photos without make upppp

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#45

Snapped A Pic Of Our Husky (Lola) Just As She Sneezed. It's One Of The Most Terrifying Things I've Seen

Snapped A Pic Of Our Husky (Lola) Just As She Sneezed. It's One Of The Most Terrifying Things I've Seen

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Cecilia Herrera
Community Member
1 month ago

EEEEKKKKKK

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#46

Not Gonna Lie, If I Saw This Upon Entering The Bathroom At 3:00 AM, Pants Would Be Shat

Not Gonna Lie, If I Saw This Upon Entering The Bathroom At 3:00 AM, Pants Would Be Shat

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Danieletc
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1 month ago

Just gonna let this bad pun ... sink in....

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#47

This Lil' Hairless Hamster

This Lil' Hairless Hamster

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Mihai Mara
Community Member
1 month ago

needs more water :P

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#48

When You Put Together A Furniture From IKEA Without Looking At The Instruction

When You Put Together A Furniture From IKEA Without Looking At The Instruction

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Cleo Carter
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1 month ago

That doesn’t look comfortable

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#49

This Dog With Its Mouth Open

This Dog With Its Mouth Open

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Julia Atkinson
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1 month ago

And this is BEFORE the xenomorph second mouth emerged

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#50

My Dog Has Turned In My Sleep Paralysis Demon

My Dog Has Turned In My Sleep Paralysis Demon

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Niki Norway
Community Member
1 month ago

That comment.... So, I'm not the only one???

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