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This baby six-week old kookaburra called Kookie and a tiny duckling have struck up a friendship at the Seaview Wildlife Encounter, near Ryde in the Isle of Wight. Kookie was saved by staff after they feared his parents would kill him. And the duckling was rescued from one of the park's aviaries because he was thought too small to defend himself against larger birds. Keepers took a chance and decided to see what would happen if they were put together. The duckling instantly cuddled up under Kookie's protective wing, thinking he was his mum and Kookie didn't seem to mind playing the caring parent

This baby six-week old kookaburra called Kookie and a tiny duckling have struck up a friendship at the Seaview Wildlife Encounter, near Ryde in the Isle of Wight. Kookie was saved by staff after they feared his parents would kill him. And the duckling was rescued from one of the park’s aviaries because he was thought too small to defend himself against larger birds. Keepers took a chance and decided to see what would happen if they were put together. The duckling instantly cuddled up under Kookie’s protective wing, thinking he was his mum and Kookie didn’t seem to mind playing the caring parent

Picture: MIKAEL BUCK / SOLENT

Leopold, a Seychelles giant tortoise, celebrates its 100th birthday, at Hagenbeck's Zoo in Hamburg, northern Germany

Leopold, a Seychelles giant tortoise, celebrates its 100th birthday, at Hagenbeck’s Zoo in Hamburg, northern Germany

Picture: EPA

Zhen Zhen, a three-year-old panda at the San Diego Zoo, celebrates her birthday with a cake made of ice and bamboo

Zhen Zhen, a three-year-old panda at the San Diego Zoo, celebrates her birthday with a cake made of ice and bamboo

Picture: AP

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About pfiddle

Fiddle teacher - mostly Irish trad. Fiddle, mandolin and concertina. Eco-warrior, won E.U. Green Flower Award for Eco Accommodation. Also Irish (Gold) GHA. Green Hospitality Award. Mad keen on self-build - especially straw-bale and cob. 55 with a full head of (slightly) graying hair. No tattoos or piercings. Fond of animals - but legally so. Fond of food - I eat nothing else. Vegetarian by choice, Irish by the grace of birth, Munster by force of (rugby) arms.

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