Not content with designing conventional buildings, imaginative architects across the world have been creating structures shaped like animals.
Pet-lovers can visit hotels, churches and museums resembling dogs, cats and even elephants while on their travels.
The awe inspiring structures, designed by a variety of animal enthusiasts, can be found in countries such as the United States, India and Germany.
One of the oldest animal structures is Lucy, a 65ft elephant in New Jersey, which was built in 1881 as a landmark for the town of Margate.
In Belgium, guests can stay at the Trojan Horse shaped hotel in Durbury, where each room has a lowering draw bridge.
Other animal buildings include the big duck, a duck shop in New York state, left, and the Giant Koala Tourist Complex in Australia.
Sheep and Ram are one building in Tirau, New Zealand. The sheep building used to contain a wool shop that is no longer open.
A cat shaped building in Karlsruhe, Germany was built especially for a place for people to take their cats to be looked after.
The Dog Bark Park Inn is in Cottonwood, Indiana, USA. It was created by couple Frances Conklin and Dennis Sullivan, as a dog themed hotel in the shape of a Beagle for dog lovers.
Two strategically built windows and a roof means that a church on the coast in Tampa, Florida looks exactly like a chicken.
The space-age like fish building serves as an office for the National Fisheries Development Board in Hyderabad, India.
The Kakadu Crocodile Hotel in Jabiru, Australia is in the shape of the reptile and has even been built using green materials.