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National Geographic has an outstanding Instagram account that regularly features photos of impossibly cute animals. Members of the BuzzFeed staff recently decided to pay tribute to these extraordinarily cute animals by personally recreating photos from the National Geographic Instagram. As you can see here, the results are hilariously awesome.

Head over to BuzzFeed to view the entire series and learn about how each person recreated their chosen photo.

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This Insect Has (Natural) Gears in Its Legs 

Counter-rotating gears have been found in nature for the first time—and they help make these insects faster than fighter pilots.

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Photograph taken by @christianziegler A Keel-billed Toucan is about to feed it’s chicks with a juicy cicada. Toucans often feed small animals, like large insects, little lizards or more commonly other chicks, to their young during the breeding season (May-July). During the rest of the year, they are mainly frugivorous (fruit-eating) and play an important role in fruit dispersal.

@thephotosociety @natgeocreative #conservation #ecology #BarroColoradoIsland #Panama #amagicweb #untejidomagico by natgeo

The year 1971: People peer through a natural window in the castellated cliffs above the river in White Cliffs, Montana.

Flashback 128 years into photographic history as we bring you images from the NatGeo archives. See more at natgeofound.tumblr.com. @natgeocreative
Photo by Volkmar Wentzel #tbt by natgeo

Top Shot: Whale Watch

Top Shot features the photo with the most votes from the previous day’s Daily Dozen. The Daily Dozen is 12 photos chosen by the Your Shot editors each day from thousands of recent uploads. Our community has the chance to vote for their favorite from the selection.

“A first row seat on beaches along Peninsula Valdes Argentina, brings with it an adrenaline packed experience with Mother Nature unplugged. It is here in Patagonia where Orcas have learned the unique skill of intentionally stranding themselves on the beach to catch sea lion pups.” Photograph by Bill Klipp

Photograph by paulnicklen for @natgeo // At 2am, the aurora dances across the night sky in Canada’s Yukon Territory. I wanted to capture the reflection as well so I waded out in the the cold water. As soon as I started shooting, I heard noises behind me in the bushes along the shoreline. I could not make out their shapes in the dark but they looked too small to be bears. I let out a long wolf howl and immediately a pack of at least 10 wolves broke the silence of the night air as they howled all around me. This moment filled me with gratitude and such a deep level of happiness that is hard describe. To see a time lapse of this exact moment, feel free to follow me on @paulnicklen. These are the moments that I live for. I will be sharing stories this week at the Telluride Mountain Film Festival. #mfilm16 #gratitude #love #beauty #picoftheday #photoftheday by natgeo

Top Shot: The Beast

Top Shot features the photo with the most votes from the previous day’s Daily Dozen. The Daily Dozen is 12 photos chosen by the Your Shot editors each day from thousands of recent uploads. Our community has the chance to vote for their favorite from the selection.

Amazing supercell produces over the town of Blackhawk, South Dakota back on June 1st 2015. Flash flooding would occur near Rapid City. Photograph by James Smart

@robertclarkphoto Going for a stroll in the evening. A construction fence reflects the colors of a traffic light. The amount of development that has taken place in Williamsburg, Brooklyn is hard to fathom. Only one restaurant was open in 1997 and now it boasts Michelin star restaurants. I have read that more people moved to the borough of #Brooklyn in the last few years than in any city in America. That level of growth is hard for any area to handle, which effects its diverse cultural backdrop. The word Brooklyn, a Dutch word that means broken land, seem fitting. by natgeo