A photographer has been inundated with calls from churchgoers who claim he ‘captured the Lord at work’ after he snapped an adorable pair of otters apparently praying.

Praying otter
This adorable otter appeared to be praying as he played with a stone at Whipsnade Zoo in Dunstable, Bedfordshire (Picture: Caters)

However, (and sorry to burst your bubble here) Marac Andrev Kolodzinski insists the little critters were not worshiping God but simply playing with a stone at Whipsnade Zoo in Dunstable, Bedfordshire.

‘The otter was running around cradling a stone under his arm when he was surprised by another otter jumping out of the water which caused him to jump and throw the stone in the air,’ Marac explained.

‘When he started trying to grab it I took the snap.’

The 49-year-old from Herefordshire, who spent two hours waiting in the freezing cold observing the otter and his friends before he caught the divine moment on camera, has been fending off calls ever since.


‘I’ve had lots of religious people call me up, saying that I was a tool doing the Lord’s work,’ he added to the Daily Mail.

‘There was a guy from a religious cult that called me once. He wanted me to come out to Switzerland and preach to all these people about how I felt, and what I experienced at the time.’

Although Marac has been taking photos for over 20 years, he says this is the first time he’s captured an image as unique as this one.

‘You don’t get those snaps by chance, I had to keep wandering around keeping watch on what was going on, waiting for the right time,’ he said.

‘There was something going with the otters that day – they weren’t their normal selves.

‘Maybe it was breeding season but this guy was a right character.’