The week in wildlife – in pictures

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    Enjoy the following pictures that nature has to offer:

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    A rare painted bunting sits on a fence in Pittsfield, Vermont, US. The bird, sometimes described as a ‘flying rainbow’, normally does not fly north of the Carolinas on the east coast. It’s the sixth time a painted bunting sighting has been recorded in Vermont.

    Photograph: Kent P. McFarland/AP

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    A dolphin leaps in the Cortes Sea in San Felipe, Baja California, Mexico. The Mexican navy is carrying out an operation to arrest fishermen using illegal gill-nets to catch the Totoaba macdonaldi fish, because they trap the endangered phocoena sinus or vaquita marina – the world’s smallest porpoise – which is endemic to the region.

    Photograph: Hector Guerrero/AFP/Getty Images

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    Wandering albatrosses stretch out their wings as they ‘dance’ for a mate. Photographers Chris and Monique Fallows travelled to South Georgia Island in the southern ocean to document the ‘dating’ lives of these charismatic seabirds.

    Photograph: Chris and Monique

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    A leiolepis reptiles, also known as butterfly lizards, in Thailand.

    Photograph: Paitoon Youlike/Alamy

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    Mangroves at Fernandina Island in the Galápagos provide habitat for juvenile snappers, but also for adults, which prey on the abundant small fish.

    Photograph: Enric Sala/National Geographic Pristine Seas

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    A baby badger poses for the camera in Somerset, England, one of three being nursed back to health at Secret World Wildlife Rescue after being abandoned by their mothers.

    Photograph: Victoria Hillman/Barcroft Media

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    A critically endangered Sumatran orangutan named Chocolate is released back into the wild after four years in rehabilitation.

    Photograph: Paul Hilton/WildLife Asia

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    A ruddy shelduck flies over Lalu wetland in Lhasa.

    Photograph: Zhang Rufeng/Corbis

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    Pronghorn antelope herd in winter at Seedskadee national wildlife refuge, Sweetwater County, Wyoming, US.

    Photograph: Alamy

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    The tompot blenny (Parablennius gattorugine) with mature eggs close-up. This fish, nicknamed ‘Benny the blenny’ guards eggs laid by at least two females.

    Photograph: Paul Naylor/Wildlife Trusts

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    Eurasian jay in spring birch forest near Moscow, Russia.

    Photograph: Victor Tyakht/Alamy

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    An Atlantic Portuguese man o’ war (Physalia physalis) floats in the ocean at sunset in Galveston, Texas, US.

    Photograph: Ivan Kuzmin/Alamy

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    Courtesy: The Guardian UK

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