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We've rounded up the year's most stunning wildlife photos

We've rounded up the year's most stunning wildlife photos
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Humans may be the top of the food chain, but we’d be nothing without animals. They make our world an easier and better place to live in, giving us reason to pause and smile and—in some cases—serving as true companions and friends. To honour the fluffy, bumpy, lumpy, long, short, tall, and stout, we’re featuring 15 of the most amazing animal photos taken in 2019.

Survival of the fittest

Survival of the fittest
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Photographer Ondrej Prosicky was quick and talented enough to capture this image of a black caiman just as its ferocious jaws clamped down on an unfortunate piranha. The image was taken in Pantanal, Brazil.

Huskie sled duo

Huskie sled duo
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A duo of blue-eyed huskies—one at ease and the other alert—prepare to pull a sled at sunset in Finland, Inari.

A surprising bed

A surprising bed
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A young boy rests atop a herd of at-ease buffalo in Syukor Khamis Kampung, Malaysia. This photograph was taken by photographer Azami Adiputera.

Love-making snails

Love-making snails
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This photographer caught two entwined snails making love in a dewy garden. It’s not exactly a sexy scene, but this shot offers an incredibly fascinating view into their low-to-the-earth world.

Nature humoured by nature

Nature humoured by nature
Nature humoured by nature

Look closely and you’ll see what this Sri Lankan leopard has its eye on: a fluttering monarch butterfly. The image was captured by photographer Ayesh Perera during a safari trip at the national sanctuary of Wilpatthu.

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A man and his eagle

A man and his eagle
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An older Mongolian hunter poses with his open-mouthed Golden Eagle while wearing traditional garb with the Gobi Desert in the background. Eagles have incredible eyesight and are trained to become excellent hunters.

Mama lion love

Mama lion love
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This photo taken by Thomas Retterath captures a lioness and her young cub getting cuddly in Kruger National Park, South Africa. You can see their calm herd in the background.

Left in the dust

Left in the dust
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A beautiful white Arabian horse, photographed by Jenna Brooks, kicks up a cloud of dust in its wake as it runs through the desert in the United Arab Emirates.

Juicy fruit

Juicy fruit
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At first glance, it may look like an abstract painting but look closely and you’ll see that it’s actually a purple octopus enjoying a ripe watermelon half. This photo was taken in Valencia Spain by photographer Oksana Klymenko.

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