Animals

At least six captive ravens live at the Tower of London
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At least six captive ravens live at the Tower of London


Their presence is traditionally believed to protect the Crown and the tower; a superstition holds that "if the Tower of London ravens are lost or fly away, the Crown will fall and Britain with it"

 



A kitten learning how to clean itself from its mother
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A kitten learning how to clean itself from its mother


 



Lions are great hunters... but even bigger scavengers!
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Lions are great hunters… but even bigger scavengers!


Carrion provides more than 50% of their diet. These big cats are in competition with spotted hyenas for eating!

 



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An octopus egg hatching!


 



Flying fish or kingfisher?
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Flying fish or kingfisher?


 



A red kite catching fish
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A red kite catching fish


The red kite (Milvus milvus) lives in Europe and North Africa. At signs of danger, a mother will signal the young who will "play dead" when a predator is near.

 



The resplendent quetzal is the sacred bird of the Maya
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The resplendent quetzal is the sacred bird of the Maya


It is the national bird of Guatemala, and its image is found on the country's flag and coat of arms. It also lends its name to the country's currency, the Guatemalan quetzal

 



This lobster is as old as dinosaurs
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This lobster is as old as dinosaurs


Enoploclythia leachi inhabited the current Central Europe 70 to 100 million years ago, during the Late Cretaceous

 



The standard treatment for the guinea worm is 3500 years old
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The standard treatment for the guinea worm is 3500 years old


The method still used today consisting in wrapping the worm around a stick and pulling it out is found in the Ebers Papyrus, an Egyptian medical papyrus dating to around 1550 BC

 



Swans trying synchronized swimming
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Swans trying synchronized swimming


 



A blue-throated keeled lizard with three tails  found in Kosovo
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A blue-throated keeled lizard with three tails found in Kosovo


The tails measure 30, 15, and 10 mm. It is likely that the base of the lizard's spine was fractured and that a tail grew from each vertebra

 



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All young flamingos hatch with greyish plumage


Watch the video to learn more!

 



The Giant Panda has 6 fingers on each hand
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The Giant Panda has 6 fingers on each hand


Its opposable "false thumb" is actually a modified bone. It allows the Giant Panda to hold bamboo while eating. The biologist Stephen Jay Gould discusses this feature in his book of essays on evolution and biology, The Panda's Thumb

 



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Divers dwarfed by an enormous sunfish!


The ocean sunfish or common mola (Mola mola) is the heaviest known bony fish in the world. Adults typically weigh between 247 and 1,000 kg (545–2,205 lb)

 



A turtle eating a jellyfish for breakfast!
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A turtle eating a jellyfish for breakfast!


Bon appetit!