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An adorable forest vole perches on a snowball to nibble the carrot nose of a miniature snowman, joined by another vole which clambered onto the snowman’s head as temperatures plunged to minus 15 degrees Celsius in Voronezh, Russia on Dec. 23, 2016.

(Photo: Vadim Trunov/Solent News/Rex Shutterstock via ZUMA Press)

 A herd of elephants slap a layer of thick mud and dust over their skin - in the same way as we apply sun block. The ‘dust bath’ is part of a daily routine that elephants practice after a morning bathe. The baking hot African sun is almost unbearable at times and the thick mud layer helps keep their body temperature down and acts as a parasite deterrent. The elephants were photographed as they were leaving a nearby waterhole in the Etosha National Park in Namibia.
Picture: Peter Delaney/Solent News

A hungry gull took on the challenge of catching and killing an octopus in the Bolsa Chica Wetlands Reserve in Huntington Beach, Southern California. The octopus defended itself by wrapping his long tentacles around the seagull’s beak. After an intense fight, the gull finally succeeded in subduing the octopus and after a few more prods with its beak was able to lift its meal out of the water.
Picture: Dr. Andrew J. Lee/Solent News