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Surfing Penguins

1367 Surfing Penguins
These surfing penguins are making waves as they glide gracefully across the ocean.They are showcasing their talent as they arrive on the East Coast beach of New Island in the Falklands.The penguins are of the gentoo species, characterised by their bright orange bills and the distinctive white stripes on their heads. The dazzling images were captured by amateur photographer Shanu Subra, during a 26 day ecology expedition. Here: a lone penguin balancing cooly on a single foot as it catches a wave. (Photos by Shanu Subra/Solent News/SIPA Press)

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A Cat Exhibition in Belarus

1365 A Cat Exhibition in Belarus
A woman holds a dressed cat during the exhibition “Autumn-2014” in Minsk, November 23, 2014. (Photo by Vasily Fedosenko/Reuters)

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A Sled Dog European Championship in Hungary

1306 A Sled Dog European Championship in Hungary
A musher races with his dogs during a sled dog European Championship in Venek November 22, 2014. (Photo by Laszlo Balogh/Reuters)

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November 15 – 22: Animals of the Week

1300 November 15 – 22: Animals of the Week
A woman takes a photo of a fish in a newly opened Africarium in Wroclaw zoo, an oceanarium complex presenting various ecosystems connected with water environment of Africa on November 19, 2014. (Photo by Janek Skarzynski/AFP Photo)

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Russian Photographer Ivan Kislov Takes Amazing Pictures of Animals

1298 Russian Photographer Ivan Kislov Takes Amazing Pictures of Animals
Ivan Kislov, 31 was born in Magadan, where he still lives and takes mesmerizing pictures of local wildlife with his camera.

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Red Panda Makes Herself at Home in the Moscow Zoo

6121 Red Panda Makes Herself at Home in the Moscow Zoo
An 18-month old female red panda named Zein, brought to the Moscow Zoo from Dublin. A female red panda named Zein has become the newest resident of the Moscow Zoo. According to a zoo representative, a second such animal may be brought to Moscow next year.

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Cuban Couple Keeps Rodents Called Hutias as Pets

1291 Cuban Couple Keeps Rodents Called Hutias as Pets
In this November 17, 2014 photo, Congui, a domesticated huitia, rides on the front door of an American classic car driven by its owner Rafael Lopez, in Bainoa, Cuba. Five years ago Lopez and his wife Ana Pedraza adopted Congui, their first pet huitia, a large rodent that lives in Cuba, Jamaica, Bahamas and some of the smaller Caribbean islands. More than a half-dozen more of the furry animals have been born at their home after occasionally bringing in a male huitia in to mate with Congui. (Photo by Ramon Espinosa/AP Photo)

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Dog Has its Day as Mayor of San Francisco

1284 Dog Has its Day as Mayor of San Francisco
Frida, a female Chihuahua, is carried by her owner Dean Clark in City Hall before the San Francisco Board of Supervisors issues a special commendation naming Frida “Mayor of San Francisco for a Day” in San Francisco, California November 18, 2014. Frida, a previously unknown female Chihuahua, has won her first political office, being named Mayor of San Francisco for the day as part of a campaign to support the city’s animal shelter. (Photo by Stephen Lam/Reuters)

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Tornado of Fish

1252 Tornado of Fish
It looks like an underwater tornado, but a diver was actually stuck in the middle of a huge school of fish. The fish swarmed around Mika Woyda in their thousands as she swam off the coast of Cabo Pulmo, Mexico. Her husband Caine Delacy snapped the breath-taking images of Mika in scenes he revealed he had never witnessed in 20 years of diving. Before entering the water the couple, who live in Boulder, Colorado, had some shots in mind but never imagined what they would capture. Here: photographer Caine Delacy with his wife Mika Woyda. (Photo by Caine Delacy/Mika Woyda/Caters News)

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November 8 – 15: Animals of the Week

1204 November 8 – 15: Animals of the Week
A mandarinfish (Synchiropus splendidus) swims in its aquarium at the zoo in Basel, Switzerland, November 12, 2014. The zoo’s vivarium contains about 6,000 individual inhabitants from as many as 480 different species. (Photo by Georgios Kefalas/EPA)

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2014 Super Cat Show in Rome

1171 2014 Super Cat Show in Rome
A cat is examined by the jury during the first day of the Super Cat Show 2014, on November 8, 2014 in Rome, Italy. The Super Cat Show 2014, which takes place on the 8th and 9th of November, involves the participation of 800 cats of different breeds from all over the world. (Photo by Giorgio Cosulich/Getty Images)

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Baby Mammoth Yuka on Display in Moscow

1159 Baby Mammoth Yuka on Display in Moscow
The Yakutian baby mammoth “Yuka” delivered to the Central Artist House before the onset of the Russian Geographical Society Festival. (© RIA NOVOSTI. VITALY BELOUSOV)

The best-preserved mammoth carcass ever to be found, dubbed “Yuka” by scientists, was delivered to the Central Artist House on October 28 before the onset of the Russian Geographical Society Festival.

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No Rat Shall Pass: Cats of the Hermitage Museum

1155 No Rat Shall Pass: Cats of the Hermitage Museum
A cat called Bagira – a graceful miniature panther – rests on a pet bed.

The Winter Palace in St. Petersburg, once home to Russia’s ruling Romanov dynasty, is now the centerpiece of the world-renown State Hermitage Museum; its new tenants are a population of stray cats, who control the local population of mice and rats that threatens the museum’s exhibits. (Photo by www.hermitagecats.ru)

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Best Wildlife Photos of 2014

The winners of the 50th Wildlife Photographer of the Year Competition have been announced by London’s Natural History Museum.

1154 Best Wildlife Photos of 2014
Stinger in the sun by Carlos Perez Naval (Spain)

Aware of Carlos’s presence, the common yellow scorpion is flourishing its sting as a warning. Carlos had found it basking on a flat stone in a rocky area near his home in Torralba de los Sisones, northeast Spain — also a place that he goes to look for reptiles. The late afternoon sun was casting such a lovely glow over the scene that Carlos decided to experiment with a double exposure (his first ever) so he could include the sun. He started with the background, using a fast speed so as not to overexpose the sun, and then shot the scorpion, using a low flash. But he had to change lenses (he used his zoom for the sun), which is when the scorpion noticed the movement and raised its tail. Carlos then had to wait for it to settle before taking his close-up, with the last rays of the sun lighting up its body.

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Monty the Cat Without a Nasal Bone

1149 Monty the Cat Without a Nasal Bone

If you love someone very much, you care very little about their looks. The beauty of their soul is the thing that matters the most, changing your perception of them for the better.

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