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On Saturday, the Netherlands annihilated 190,000 ducks in response to an avian flu outbreak, an epidemic that's broken out throughout much of Northern Europe. Since mid-November, the particularly pathogenic H5N8 strain of the virus has found its way to Denmark, Finland, Sweden, Germany, and now the Netherlands as well.

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Seabird poop: Good for ruining your picnic at the beach, and apparently good for keeping the Arctic cool, too. But if the birds want to stop their summertime home from melting away, they're going to have to start taking laxatives.

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A striking, two-faced calf has become a bit of a local star the small town of Campbellsville, Kentucky. Lucky has now managed to survive nearly 50 days, despite a developmental abnormality that causes most animals to die before birth.

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Ricky Rogers is a complete idiot. Or at least that's how he was described by Royal Society for the Prevention of Animal Cruelty spokesperson Michael Beatty after he posted a picture of him and a friend "surfing" a beached sea turtle on Facebook. Australia man truly is the new Florida man.

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The island of Giraglia is a windswept pile of rocks that sits within eyeshot of the northern tip of Corsica in the Mediterranean sea. Humans never lived here, but two types of geckos do. One runs free; the other's a prisoner — and their story may help unravel a longstanding evolutionary mystery.

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Video: While humans are terrible, animals are universally good. Let the trailer for the new Planet Earth II uplift you, usher you into the restfulness of the weekend, captivate your mind and turn your thoughts far away from the darkness of the human world to the beauty of the animal kingdom.

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Video: Yeah, he just did that. This fearless snake whisperer released 285 snakes back into the wild by dumping out a bag full of them and then rubbing the snakes on the ground to make them all slither away. It's so gross looking because they just start shooting off in every direction, and absolutely frightening because it's, like, the scariest nightmare happening in real life.

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Man, this Costa's hummingbird legitimately looks like it has a shiny purple baby octopus attached to its face like the facehugger in Alien. I mean, look at how wacky it looks, it almost seems as if the octopus was digitally slapped onto the face. But it's not. It looks that way because male Costa's hummingbirds have a beautiful purple cap of feathers that stretch over their head and onto their throat that flares out when they try to court females.

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Ocean-dwelling creatures like whales, seals and walruses don't freeze in the icy waters thanks to their thick layers of insulating blubber. But how do scrawny sea otters stay warm? Their furry coats trap air which also works as an insulator, and researchers at MIT think that approach could help keep humans warmer under water, too.

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Did Donald Trump happen to lose one of his signature hairpieces in the Amazonian wilds of Peru? Wildlife photographer Jeff Cremer snapped this image of a caterpillar sporting the Republican candidate's signature bright orange-yellow tufts of hair while on a scouting expedition in Peru.