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Boonda the six-month-old baby koala makes his public debut with his mother, Elle, in their enclosure at Sydney Wildlife World

Boonda the six-month-old baby koala makes his public debut with his mother, Elle, in their enclosure at Sydney Wildlife World

Arusha the Rothschild giraffe calf is nuzzled by its parents at the Schonbrunn Zoo in Vienna, Austria. Arusha - born 5ft 7ins tall after mum's 15 month pregnancy - already has a head for heights after the six foot drop to the ground when Rita gave birth standing up. 'The calf was a bit wobbly but within a few minutes mum had it up on its feet and feeding,' said one keeper.

Arusha the Rothschild giraffe calf is nuzzled by its parents at the Schonbrunn Zoo in Vienna, Austria. Arusha – born 5ft 7ins tall after mum’s 15 month pregnancy – already has a head for heights after the six foot drop to the ground when Rita gave birth standing up. “The calf was a bit wobbly but within a few minutes mum had it up on its feet and feeding,” said one keeper.

Marwell Wildlife in Hampshire is celebrating the birth of one of the most endangered species of lemur. In the wild, Alaotran Gentle Lemurs are only found in the reed beds around Lake Alaotra in Madagascar. Marwell Wildlife, which is part of a conservation breeding programme, currently has five Alaotran Gentle Lemurs.

Marwell Wildlife in Hampshire is celebrating the birth of one of the most endangered species of lemur. In the wild, Alaotran Gentle Lemurs are only found in the reed beds around Lake Alaotra in Madagascar. Marwell Wildlife, which is part of a conservation breeding programme, currently has five Alaotran Gentle Lemurs.

A baby pygmy slow loris which was recently born at Shepreth Wildlife Park in Cambridgeshire

A baby pygmy slow loris which was recently born at Shepreth Wildlife Park in Cambridgeshire

Lucky the bear cub holds onto a keeper's hand in Muta, Slovenia, before being shipped to a bear sanctuary in Transylvania, Romania. The bear cub who captivated Slovenians has arrived at a Romanian orphaned bear centre where he will spend two years developing natural instincts before being returned to the wild.

Lucky the bear cub holds onto a keeper’s hand in Muta, Slovenia, before being shipped to a bear sanctuary in Transylvania, Romania. The bear cub who captivated Slovenians has arrived at a Romanian orphaned bear centre where he will spend two years developing natural instincts before being returned to the wild.

New Jersey State Wildlife officials catch a tranquillised male bear in East Brunswick. Zig-zagging across half of New Jersey in what appears to be an increasingly forlorn search for a mate, the lonely black bear has been captured by wildlife officials in no less than six towns in little over a year, each time being released into a state wildlife area.

New Jersey State Wildlife officials catch a tranquillised male bear in East Brunswick. Zig-zagging across half of New Jersey in what appears to be an increasingly forlorn search for a mate, the lonely black bear has been captured by wildlife officials in no less than six towns in little over a year, each time being released into a state wildlife area.

A keeper gives giant panda Ba Si a cool shower during a heatwave at the Giant Panda Research Centre in Fuzhou, Fujian Province, China

A keeper gives giant panda Ba Si a cool shower during a heatwave at the Giant Panda Research Centre in Fuzhou, Fujian Province, China

A sleeping squirrel stretches out on a bench in Central Florida, United States. 2010

A sleeping squirrel stretches out on a bench in Central Florida, United States. 2010

A squirrel jumps from one branch to another with a horse chestnut gripped firmly in its mouth. Professional wildlife photographer, Brian Bevan, captured squirrels' acrobatic antics near his house in Bedfordshire last autumn.

A squirrel jumps from one branch to another with a horse chestnut gripped firmly in its mouth. Professional wildlife photographer, Brian Bevan, captured squirrels’ acrobatic antics near his house in Bedfordshire last autumn…

...A grey squirrel flies through the air directly above Brian's camera. Brian said he was inspired to do the shoot as a way of showing grey squirrels, which are often considered to be nuisance, in a different light. He said: 'I was trying to capture a moment frozen in time, which people don't normally get to see and hopefully I've managed that. It takes patience but it wasn't really difficult getting the pictures because squirrels are much more co-operative when they have something to do. Autumn is the ideal time to do this sort of thing because they are busying collecting and burying nuts so they are very active which potentially makes for great photographs.'

…A grey squirrel flies through the air directly above Brian’s camera. Brian said he was inspired to do the shoot as a way of showing grey squirrels, which are often considered to be nuisance, in a different light. He said: “I was trying to capture a moment frozen in time, which people don’t normally get to see and hopefully I’ve managed that. It takes patience but it wasn’t really difficult getting the pictures because squirrels are much more co-operative when they have something to do. Autumn is the ideal time to do this sort of thing because they are busying collecting and burying nuts so they are very active which potentially makes for great photographs.”

A Geoffroy's spider monkey investigates the new South American area of Xiangjiang Safari Park in Guangzhou, Guangdong Province, China

A Geoffroy’s spider monkey investigates the new South American area of Xiangjiang Safari Park in Guangzhou, Guangdong Province, China

A macaque monkey in Indonesia took a camera from a wildlife photographer before snapping himself in a variety of poses. The primate went to investigate the equipment before becoming fascinated with his own reflection in the lens.

And it wasn't long before the crested black macaque hijacked the camera and started snapping away sending award-winning photographer David Slater bananas.

A macaque monkey in Indonesia took a camera from a wildlife photographer before snapping himself in a variety of poses. The primate went to investigate the equipment before becoming fascinated with his own reflection in the lens. And it wasn’t long before the crested black macaque hijacked the camera and started snapping away, sending award-winning photographer David Slater bananas.

A two-month-old macaque plays in a forest park at Gaoping Moutain in Songxi County, Fujian Province, China

A two-month-old macaque plays in a forest park at Gaoping Moutain in Songxi County, Fujian Province, China

A bearded tit proves quite the acrobat on an awkward perch. Lea Roberts photographed the agile bird doing the splits between two reeds in East Tilbury, Essex.

A bearded tit proves quite the acrobat on an awkward perch. Lea Roberts photographed the agile bird doing the splits between two reeds in East Tilbury, Essex.

A snowy owl chick, born a month ago, sits in its enclosure at the zoo in Hanover, northern Germany

A snowy owl chick, born a month ago, sits in its enclosure at the zoo in Hanover, northern Germany

A grey heron is reflected in the shallow water of a pond in Petersdorf, Germany

A grey heron is reflected in the shallow water of a pond in Petersdorf, Germany

At NASA's Kennedy Space Centre in Florida, an adult osprey guards its young in a nest built on a platform in the Press Site parking lot. The Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge overlaps with Kennedy Space Centre property and provides a habitat for many types of wildlife, including the osprey, and 330 species of birds.

At NASA’s Kennedy Space Centre in Florida, an adult osprey guards its young in a nest built on a platform in the Press Site parking lot. The Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge overlaps with Kennedy Space Centre property and provides a habitat for many types of wildlife, including the osprey, and 330 species of birds.

Green cheeked parakeet Angus sits on the head of Maltese cross Paddle Pop in Melbourne, Australia

A dog may be man’s best friend, but it seems a dog’s best friend is a bird. Green cheeked parakeet Angus plays with Maltese cross Paddle Pop in Melbourne, Australia

This photograph by Kim Taylor proves cats really always land on their feet. Using special homemade equipment, he is able to capture his subjects in
motion, using a rapidly flashing light or strobe to produce multiple images of a moving subject on a single photographic frame.

This photograph by Kim Taylor proves cats really always land on their feet. Using special homemade equipment, he is able to capture his subjects in motion, using a rapidly flashing light or strobe to produce multiple images of a moving subject on a single photographic frame.

A zebroid - the offspring of a zebra and a donkey - stands beside its zebra mother in a wildlife park in Xiamen, China. This zebroid was born on Sunday morning to the only zebra in the park. A zoo keeper said she witnessed the natural mating between the zebra and a donkey last summer, but was astonished when she discovered the zebra was pregnant in February. Such hybrids are also known as zonkey, zebonkey, zebrinny, zebrula, zebrass and zedonk.

A zebroid – the offspring of a zebra and a donkey – stands beside its zebra mother in a wildlife park in Xiamen, China. This zebroid was born on Sunday morning to the only zebra in the park. A zoo keeper said she witnessed the natural mating between the zebra and a donkey last summer, but was astonished when she discovered the zebra was pregnant in February. A zebra-donkey hybrid is also known as zonkey, zebonkey, zebrinny, zebrula, zebrass and zedonk.

Four 36-day-old tigon cubs play near their mother in a wildlife park in Haikou, South China. The cubs are the product of father tiger Guo Guo and mother lion Sha Sha.

Four 36-day-old tigon cubs play near their mother in a wildlife park in Haikou, South China. The cubs are the product of father tiger Guo Guo and mother lion Sha Sha.

Two ligers play-fight in the water at Hongshan Forest Zoo in Nanjing, Jiangsu Province, China

Two ligers play-fight in the water at Hongshan Forest Zoo in Nanjing, Jiangsu Province, China

Double amputee John Reinke discovered an amazing bond with big cats, after a bungee jump accident caused him to lose both legs. Dad-of-two John, 43, has a special bond with Bonedigger, a seven-foot male lion, who also suffers from a disability due to brittle bones. John, who works at the GW Exotic Animal Park in Wynnewood, Oklahoma, bottle-fed Bonedigger, now 18 months old, from birth, and the pair are the closest of pals. Bonedigger was hand-reared with a tiger named Tony, and the pair of big cats now have a joint enclosure next to the house shared by John, the owner and other keepers. The victim of a massive bungee jumping accident in April 1994, ex-turbine engineer John fell through a faulty trap door from 55 feet up, crushing both of his legs...

Double amputee John Reinke discovered an amazing bond with big cats, after a bungee jump accident caused him to lose both legs. Dad-of-two John, 43, has a special bond with Bonedigger, a seven-foot male lion, who also suffers from a disability due to brittle bones. John, who works at the GW Exotic Animal Park in Wynnewood, Oklahoma, bottle-fed Bonedigger, now 18 months old, from birth, and the pair are the closest of pals. Bonedigger was hand-reared with a tiger named Tony, and the pair of big cats now have a joint enclosure next to the house shared by John, the owner and other keepers. The victim of a massive bungee jumping accident in April 1994, ex-turbine engineer John fell through a faulty trap door from 55 feet up, crushing both of his legs…

John Reinke sits with Bonedigger the lion and Tony the tiger at the GW Exotic Animal Park in Wynnewood, Oklahoma

… John Reinke sits with Bonedigger the lion and Tony the tiger at the GW Exotic Animal Park in Wynnewood, Oklahoma

Siberian tiger mother Niva carries one of her cubs at the Budapest Zoo and Botanic Garden in the Hungarian capital. Three eight-week-old Siberian tigers, Virgil, Thrax and Manu, were presented to the press for the first time.

Siberian tiger mother Niva carries one of her cubs at the Budapest Zoo and Botanic Garden in the Hungarian capital. Three eight-week-old Siberian tigers, Virgil, Thrax and Manu, were presented to the press for the first time.

A prickly Spiny Devil Katydid stares at the camera. British photographer Chris Mattison spotted the bizarre creature while leading a wildlife tour in Ecuador. He said:'It has a very striking look. I get a real kick when I come across something I've never seen before so this was extraordinary. It's such a bizarre insect you can't help but be amazed by its appearance. It almost looks like an alien.'

A prickly Spiny Devil Katydid stares at the camera. British photographer Chris Mattison spotted the bizarre creature while leading a wildlife tour in Ecuador. He said:”It has a very striking look. I get a real kick when I come across something I’ve never seen before so this was extraordinary. It’s such a bizarre insect you can’t help but be amazed by its appearance. It almost looks like an alien.”

A gecko licks the morning dew off its eyeballs. This gecko is found on coastal sand dunes in Namibia. The nocturnal reptiles collect water on their eyeballs in the early morning when a mist bank descends as cool coastal air hits warm desert air. Then they lick it off to have a drink. It took photographer Isak Pretorius three days in to get the licking picture, following gecko tracks across the dunes through the mist.

A gecko licks the morning dew off its eyeballs. This gecko is found on coastal sand dunes in Namibia. The nocturnal reptiles collect water on their eyeballs in the early morning when a mist bank descends as cool coastal air hits warm desert air. Then they lick it off to have a drink. It took photographer Isak Pretorius three days in to get the licking picture, following gecko tracks across the dunes through the mist.

A green turtle approaches Adam Broadbent, a professional diver from East Sussex, and appears to laugh into his camera off the Maldives

A green turtle approaches Adam Broadbent, a professional diver from East Sussex, and appears to laugh into his camera off the Maldives

Hundreds of moon jellyfish babies have been born at the Weymouth Sealife centre in Dorset. Aquarists say they have never seen so many jelly babies of all shapes, sizes and colours from many different species at one time - but even though they may look cute many of them are highly poisonous as well.

Hundreds of moon jellyfish babies have been born at the Weymouth Sealife centre in Dorset. Aquarists say they have never seen so many jelly babies of all shapes, sizes and colours from many different species at one time – but even though they may look cute many of them are highly poisonous as well.

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