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A baby hippo calf with it’s mother Cuddles are seen in their enclosure at Taronga Western Plains Zoo in Dubbo, Australia. The calf, which weighs an estimated 40 kg, is the first birth of a hippo calf in more than a decade at the Zoo. It is yet to be named and keepers are still to determine if it is a male or female as mum ‘Cuddles’ is being quite protective.

Picture: Anthony Dorian/Taronga Western Plains Zoo via Getty Images (via Pictures of the day: 16 September 2014 - Telegraph)

A baby hippo calf with it’s mother Cuddles are seen in their enclosure at Taronga Western Plains Zoo in Dubbo, Australia. The calf, which weighs an estimated 40 kg, is the first birth of a hippo calf in more than a decade at the Zoo. It is yet to be named and keepers are still to determine if it is a male or female as mum ‘Cuddles’ is being quite protective.

Picture: Anthony Dorian/Taronga Western Plains Zoo via Getty Images (via Pictures of the day: 16 September 2014 - Telegraph)

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A 10-year-old pet goldfish named George prepares to go under the knife to remove a life-threatening tumour at the Lort Smith Animal Hospital in Melbourne, Australia.

The 45-minute long procedure was performed by vet Tristan Rich who described the operation as ‘fiddly’. The fish was sedated by water laced with anaesthetic and once the tumour was removed the wound was sealed with tissue glue followed by antibiotics and painkillers.

Picture: REUTERS/Lort Smith Animal Hospital (via Pictures of the day: 16 September 2014 - Telegraph)

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Matt the cat has been given a new lease of life after vets shaved off two carrier bags worth of fur. The mangy moggie was close to death when he was discovered abandoned in a box that had been dumped by the side of the road. After years of neglect his thick coat had grown so long it had become matted together and he was so sick he could barely muster the energy to eat.

Horrified vets rushed the Persian cat onto the operating table where he was sedated - and as soon as he went under they set about removing all of his fur. Thankfully Matt pulled through and has been nursed back to health by the team at Well Animal Clinic in West Hampstead, north west London.

Picture: WellAnimalClinic/BNPS (via Pictures of the day: 16 September 2014 - Telegraph)

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Becky, a 35-year-old minature donkey, is a regular visitor to the Brewers Arms near Heathfield, East Sussex. She mingles with the locals including Stella the dog.

Picture: Brighton Argus/Solent News & Photo Agency (via Animal photos of the week - Telegraph)

Becky, a 35-year-old minature donkey, is a regular visitor to the Brewers Arms near Heathfield, East Sussex. She mingles with the locals including Stella the dog.

Picture: Brighton Argus/Solent News & Photo Agency (via Animal photos of the week - Telegraph)