Social media photography sensation Trey Ratcliff snapped a
bathroom selfie - complete with fake sheep - in the famous
men's toilets at Sofitel hotel in Queenstown.
But the American - who runs the world's No.1 travel photo
blog and has a social media following of six million - has
not lost the plot.
It's all for charity.
Non-profit organisation Worldbuilders, which raises funds for
agriculture charity Heifer International, is promising donors
it'll get certain high-profile individuals to do stunts when
it hits certain targets.
Ratcliff, 42, agreed to shoot an 'ill-advised' bathroom
selfie required by Worldbuilders when fundraising hit
"I've never taken a bathroom selfie because they seem so
ridiculous to me," Ratcliff says.
"But I agreed to do something crazy for the good of the
world. I ran a few ideas across my wife who informed me they
were really much too ill-advised.
"So I dialled it all back and got a fake sheep."
Ratcliff borrowed the sheep from Aotea Souvenirs on Beach
Street after some awkward explaining to store owner Richard
"After I promised not to violate the fake sheep or do
anything lewd, he agreed to let me borrow the sheep for one
hour," Ratcliff says.
A video clip of Ratcliff bargaining, carrying the sheep and
then setting up the shot as son Ethan stands guard outside
the toilets, is on the Worldbuilders website.
- Mountain Scene