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A colourful and rare bee-eater and its mate have made their summer home on National Trust land on the Isle of Wight. Rarely seen on British shores, the colourful birds have nested on the island, with the Trust providing 24-hour surveillance to protect the bird’s eggs from potential theives

Picture: DIGITAL SOUTH (via Pictures of the day: 29 July 2014 - Telegraph)

A colourful and rare bee-eater and its mate have made their summer home on National Trust land on the Isle of Wight. Rarely seen on British shores, the colourful birds have nested on the island, with the Trust providing 24-hour surveillance to protect the bird’s eggs from potential theives

Picture: DIGITAL SOUTH (via Pictures of the day: 29 July 2014 - Telegraph)

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This female octopus spent four and one-half years brooding her eggs on a ledge near the bottom of Monterey Canyon, about 1,400 meters (4,600 feet) below the ocean surface. This photograph was taken in Fall 2007, about seven months after she laid her eggs. (click link at end for full story)



This photograph, taken in October 2011, shows the empty egg cases of an octopus that brooded her eggs for four and one half years in Monterey Canyon. Because the young octopus in these eggs had so long to develop, they were able to swim and hunt soon after hatching, which increased their odds of survival. Photo: Courtesy Monterey Bay Aquarium



This photograph shows the same female octopus as in the previous photos as she appeared in September 2011, just before her eggs hatched. Photo: Courtesy Monterey Bay Aquariam

Photos: Courtesy Monterey Bay Aquariam R (via Octopus mom’s incredible record: 53 months with eggs in Monterey Bay - SFGate)

This female octopus spent four and one-half years brooding her eggs on a ledge near the bottom of Monterey Canyon, about 1,400 meters (4,600 feet) below the ocean surface. This photograph was taken in Fall 2007, about seven months after she laid her eggs. (click link at end for full story)

This photograph, taken in October 2011, shows the empty egg cases of an octopus that brooded her eggs for four and one half years in Monterey Canyon.

This photograph, taken in October 2011, shows the empty egg cases of an octopus that brooded her eggs for four and one half years in Monterey Canyon. Because the young octopus in these eggs had so long to develop, they were able to swim and hunt soon after hatching, which increased their odds of survival. Photo: Courtesy Monterey Bay Aquarium

This photograph shows the same female octopus as in the previous photos as she appeared in September 2011, just before her eggs hatched. Photo: Courtesy Monterey Bay Aquariam

This photograph shows the same female octopus as in the previous photos as she appeared in September 2011, just before her eggs hatched. Photo: Courtesy Monterey Bay Aquariam

Photos: Courtesy Monterey Bay Aquariam R (via Octopus mom’s incredible record: 53 months with eggs in Monterey Bay - SFGate)

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As he approaches the grand old age of 28, ‘Patrick’ or ‘Paddy’ the common wombat is believed to be the oldest of his kind in captivity. The old timer, who lives at the Ballarat Wildlife Park in Australia, has now been included in a list by CNN of the best mascots from cities across the globe, alongside Knut the polar bear and a cat that runs a train station in Japan

Picture: David Caird/Newspix/REX (via Animal photos of the week - Telegraph)

As he approaches the grand old age of 28, ‘Patrick’ or ‘Paddy’ the common wombat is believed to be the oldest of his kind in captivity. The old timer, who lives at the Ballarat Wildlife Park in Australia, has now been included in a list by CNN of the best mascots from cities across the globe, alongside Knut the polar bear and a cat that runs a train station in Japan

Picture: David Caird/Newspix/REX (via Animal photos of the week - Telegraph)

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A kingfisher stuns a freshly caught fish against a branch before eating it for it’s supper. Full time GP Kevin Elsby took this photo of the kingfisher after patiently waiting for one to land on a nearby branch next to a stream in Droitwich, Worcestershire, West Midlands.

Picture: Kevin Elsby/FLPA/Solent News (via Pictures of the day: 17 July 2014 - Telegraph)

A kingfisher stuns a freshly caught fish against a branch before eating it for it’s supper. Full time GP Kevin Elsby took this photo of the kingfisher after patiently waiting for one to land on a nearby branch next to a stream in Droitwich, Worcestershire, West Midlands.

Picture: Kevin Elsby/FLPA/Solent News (via Pictures of the day: 17 July 2014 - Telegraph)

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Adélie Penguins are identified and weighed each time they cross the automated weighbridge on their way to or from the sea.

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Adélie Penguins are identified and weighed each time they cross the automated weighbridge on their way to or from the sea.

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A 2-year-old eagle named Aang takes flight over the pond on the 18th green of the North Shore Country Club in Sneads Ferry, N.C. after spending 3 months in rehab at the Cape Fear Raptor Center in Rocky Point, N.C. The animal was found in a parking lot sick from lead poisoning and unable to fly.

Picture: AP Photo/The Daily News, John Sudbrink (via Pictures of the day: 7 July 2014 - Telegraph)

A 2-year-old eagle named Aang takes flight over the pond on the 18th green of the North Shore Country Club in Sneads Ferry, N.C. after spending 3 months in rehab at the Cape Fear Raptor Center in Rocky Point, N.C. The animal was found in a parking lot sick from lead poisoning and unable to fly.

Picture: AP Photo/The Daily News, John Sudbrink (via Pictures of the day: 7 July 2014 - Telegraph)