My icon is one I took of my dog years ago.
Watch an octopus shimmy across dry land
Tippi Benjamine Okanti Degré, daughter of French wildlife photographers Alain Degré and Sylvie Robert, was born in Namibia. During her childhood she befriended many wild animals, including a 28-year old elephant called Abu and a leopard nicknamed J&B. She was embraced by the Bushmen and the Himba tribespeople of the Kalahari, who taught her how to survive on roots and berries, as well as how to speak their language.
Twinzy is a “half sider” chimera budgerigar, also known as a parakeet. Probably one the of the best ever photographed. Twinzy has the characteristics of a blue bird on one side and a green bird on the other, even his tail feathers are split down the middle. A chimera is typically formed from four parent cells (either two fertilized eggs, or two embryos which were fused). When the body is formed, cells that had already begun to develop in the embryo separate keep their original phenotypes and appearances.
Daisy’s been feeling very sorry for herself today - she stole the neighbour’s cat food and it’s upset her tummy. Silly pig!
The picture shows a female red squirrel adopting an orphan baby from an abandoned nest. Although squirrels rarely interact, they learn who their nearby relatives are by hearing their unique calls. If they fail to hear a relative’s calls for a few days, they may investigate and rescue orphans.
Photo by J. W. Taylor
im gonna cry
This goldfish, named Einstein, suffers from swim bladder disease. The ailment, which is common in aquarium fish and controls their buoyancy, caused him to turn upside down and sink to the bottom of the tank. But now things are looking up, after his owner Leighton Naylor, 32, from Blackpool, made him his very own life jacket so Einstein can maintain buoyancy.