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Saturday, August 07, 2010

Animal pictures of the week: 6 August 2010

Animal pictures of the week: 6 August 2010

This baby six-week old kookaburra called Kookie and a tiny duckling have struck up a friendship at the Seaview Wildlife Encounter, near Ryde in the Isle of Wight. Kookie was saved by staff after they feared his parents would kill him. And the duckling was rescued from one of the park's aviaries because he was thought too small to defend himself against larger birds. Keepers took a chance and decided to see what would happen if they were put together. The duckling instantly cuddled up under Kookie's protective wing, thinking he was his mum and Kookie didn't seem to mind playing the caring parent. Picture: MIKAEL BUCK / SOLENT

Veterinarian Christiana Hensel and safari park owners Fabrizio Sepe and Giovanni Sepe pose with four white tiger cubs following the first medical examination of the cubs at the Serengeti Safari Park Hodenhagen, Germany. The tiger cubs, who are yet to be named, were born on July 14. Picture: REUTERS

A leopard cub sleeps on a water bowl in its air-conditioned cage on a warm summer day, at Shanghai Zoo. Picture: AP

A young lion got more than he bargained for at lunch time when he grabbed a dove bathing in a watering hole and found it had a hungry terrapin attached to its leg. The coincidence meant the lion seemed to have gotten two for the price of one as a snack. But while the bird was gobbled up by the lion - the feisty armoured terrapin made it safely back to his pool, despite being poked and pawed at for an hour. German wildlife lover and biologist Bernd Wasiolka, 40, who lives in Botswana, spotted the tussle at the Craig Lockhardt watering hole in the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park, South Africa. For more stunning wildlife photos and amazing animal stories, check out the August issue of BBC Wildlife Magazine on sale now, or visit Picture: BERND WASIOLKA / BARCROFT MEDIA

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