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It’s not just us humans that get things wrong sometimes. Animals can be just as clumsy and accident-prone as we are!

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Salmon landing on  head of Grizzly bear (Ursus arctos horribilis) as it is leaping up rapids, Katmai National Park, Alaska, USA - Loic Poidevin
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Loic Poidevin / Salmon landing on head of Grizzly bear (Ursus arctos horribilis) as it is leaping up rapids, Katmai National Park, Alaska, USA
Common hedgehog (Erinaceus europaeus) climbing down mossy step, France. Controlled conditions. - Klein & Hubert
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Klein & Hubert / Common hedgehog (Erinaceus europaeus) climbing down mossy step, France. Controlled conditions.
Common hedgehog (Erinaceus europaeus) falling down a  mossy step, France. Controlled conditions. - Klein & Hubert
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Klein & Hubert / Common hedgehog (Erinaceus europaeus) falling down a mossy step, France. Controlled conditions.
Great egret (Ardea alba) failing to balance on ice, Champagne, France, December - Fabrice  Cahez
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Fabrice Cahez / Great egret (Ardea alba) failing to balance on ice, Champagne, France, December
Ptarmigan (Lagopus mutus) male at edge of semi frozen stream, Cairngorms National Park, Scotland, UK, February. - SCOTLAND: The Big Picture
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SCOTLAND: The Big Picture / Ptarmigan (Lagopus mutus) male at edge of semi frozen stream, Cairngorms National Park, Scotland, UK, February.
Ptarmigan (Lagopus mutus) male jumping across semi frozen stream, Cairngorms National Park, Scotland, UK, February. - SCOTLAND: The Big Picture
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SCOTLAND: The Big Picture / Ptarmigan (Lagopus mutus) male jumping across semi frozen stream, Cairngorms National Park, Scotland, UK, February.
Ptarmigan (Lagopus mutus) male sitting after slipping and landing on ice, Cairngorms National Park, Scotland, UK, February. - SCOTLAND: The Big Picture
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SCOTLAND: The Big Picture / Ptarmigan (Lagopus mutus) male sitting after slipping and landing on ice, Cairngorms National Park, Scotland, UK, February.
Long-tailed Duck (Clangula hyemalis) female slipping over on ice after landing. Finland, January. Magic Moments book plate, page 101. - Markus Varesvuo
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Markus Varesvuo / Long-tailed Duck (Clangula hyemalis) female slipping over on ice after landing. Finland, January. Magic Moments book plate, page 101.
Chinstrap penguin (Pygoscelis antarcticus) slipping while carrying a stone for his nest, Antarctica - Klein & Hubert
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Klein & Hubert / Chinstrap penguin (Pygoscelis antarcticus) slipping while carrying a stone for his nest, Antarctica
Chinstrap penguin (Pygoscelis antarcticus) slipping while carrying a stone for his nest, Antarctica - Klein & Hubert
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Klein & Hubert / Chinstrap penguin (Pygoscelis antarcticus) slipping while carrying a stone for his nest, Antarctica
White-tailed Deer (Odocoileus virginianus) sliding on ice. Acadia National Park, Maine, USA. - George  Sanker
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George Sanker / White-tailed Deer (Odocoileus virginianus) sliding on ice. Acadia National Park, Maine, USA.
Young male impala (Aepyceros melampus) stuck neck-deep in mud, Masai-Mara game reserve, Kenya. March. - Denis-Huot
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Denis-Huot / Young male impala (Aepyceros melampus) stuck neck-deep in mud, Masai-Mara game reserve, Kenya. March.
Grey seal (Halichoerus grypus) pup trying to get through fence, breeding site, Donna Nook, Lincolnshire, UK, November 2008 - Wild Wonders of Europe / Geslin
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Wild Wonders of Europe / Geslin / Grey seal (Halichoerus grypus) pup trying to get through fence, breeding site, Donna Nook, Lincolnshire, UK, November 2008
Dog, Labrador Retriever, three yellow puppies playing with plastic container, 10 weeks - Yves Lanceau
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Yves Lanceau / Dog, Labrador Retriever, three yellow puppies playing with plastic container, 10 weeks
Boer goat (Capra aegagrus hircus) head portrait of kid looking through wooden fence, Germany. - Klein & Hubert
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Klein & Hubert / Boer goat (Capra aegagrus hircus) head portrait of kid looking through wooden fence, Germany.
Red fox (Vulpes vulpes) on frozen pond, licking the ice for water, UK, February 2012 - Bertie Gregory
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Bertie Gregory / Red fox (Vulpes vulpes) on frozen pond, licking the ice for water, UK, February 2012
Chocolate labrador retriever after encounter with Porcupine, USA. - John Cancalosi
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John Cancalosi / Chocolate labrador retriever after encounter with Porcupine, USA.
Cormorant (Phalacrocorax carbo) with caught fish in beak, Hungary January - Markus Varesvuo
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Markus Varesvuo / Cormorant (Phalacrocorax carbo) with caught fish in beak, Hungary January
Cormorant (Phalacrocorax carbo) swallowing perch prey, Hungary, January - Markus Varesvuo
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Markus Varesvuo / Cormorant (Phalacrocorax carbo) swallowing perch prey, Hungary, January
Rothchild's Giraffe (Giraffa camelopardalis rothschildi) trying to remove thorn from tongue, Kenya, East Africa. - Visuals Unlimited
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Visuals Unlimited / Rothchild's Giraffe (Giraffa camelopardalis rothschildi) trying to remove thorn from tongue, Kenya, East Africa.
African darter (Anhinga rufa) choking on a fish, Chobe River, Botswana, November - Lou Coetzer
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Lou Coetzer / African darter (Anhinga rufa) choking on a fish, Chobe River, Botswana, November
Eastern Chipmunk (Tamias striatus) with Peanut in mouth pouch, Algonquin Provincial Park, Ontario, Canada. October - Ben Lascelles
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Ben Lascelles / Eastern Chipmunk (Tamias striatus) with Peanut in mouth pouch, Algonquin Provincial Park, Ontario, Canada. October
Two Whooper swans (Cygnus cygnus) taking off from frozen lake, Kussharo, Hokkaido, Japan. - Wim van den Heever
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Wim van den Heever / Two Whooper swans (Cygnus cygnus) taking off from frozen lake, Kussharo, Hokkaido, Japan.
Brown pelican (Pelecanus occidentalis) landing on Cormorant (Phalacrocorax auritus) Gulf Coast, Florida, USA, March. - Ernie  Janes
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Ernie Janes / Brown pelican (Pelecanus occidentalis) landing on Cormorant (Phalacrocorax auritus) Gulf Coast, Florida, USA, March.
Eurasian hoopoe (Upupa epops) flying into window, Vosges, France, June. - Fabrice  Cahez
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Fabrice Cahez / Eurasian hoopoe (Upupa epops) flying into window, Vosges, France, June.
Dust from feathers of a bird remained stuck on a window, following the impact of the bird on a glass. France, October - Pascal Tordeux
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Pascal Tordeux / Dust from feathers of a bird remained stuck on a window, following the impact of the bird on a glass. France, October
Common Raccoon (Procyon lotor) juvenile hangingl from branch, USA - Visuals Unlimited
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Visuals Unlimited / Common Raccoon (Procyon lotor) juvenile hangingl from branch, USA
Tabby kitten (age two months) hanging from a branch, France. - Klein & Hubert
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Klein & Hubert / Tabby kitten (age two months) hanging from a branch, France.
Japanese squirrel (Sciurus lis) trying to climb up a thin branch after an female in oestrus , Mount Yatsugatake, Nagano Prefecture, Japan, February. Endemic species. - Yukihiro  Fukuda
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Yukihiro Fukuda / Japanese squirrel (Sciurus lis) trying to climb up a thin branch after an female in oestrus , Mount Yatsugatake, Nagano Prefecture, Japan, February. Endemic species.
Japanese tree frog (Hyla japonica) dropping off leaf, Japan, sequence 2/3 - Nature Production
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Nature Production / Japanese tree frog (Hyla japonica) dropping off leaf, Japan, sequence 2/3
Young Tigress (Panthera tigris), 22 month, being frightened by a dead leaf. Banghavgarh National Park, India, April. - Hermann Brehm
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Hermann Brehm / Young Tigress (Panthera tigris), 22 month, being frightened by a dead leaf. Banghavgarh National Park, India, April.
Common frog (Rana temporaria) male frog attempts to mate with every object that looks like a female and here he has caught a Barbel (Barbus barbus) and is attempting to mate with it, Holland - Willem Kolvoort
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Willem Kolvoort / Common frog (Rana temporaria) male frog attempts to mate with every object that looks like a female and here he has caught a Barbel (Barbus barbus) and is attempting to mate with it, Holland
Lioness (Panthera leo) playing with a lost baby Wildebeest (Connochaetes taurinus), Masai-Mara Game Reserve, Kenya - Denis-Huot
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Denis-Huot / Lioness (Panthera leo) playing with a lost baby Wildebeest (Connochaetes taurinus), Masai-Mara Game Reserve, Kenya
Grand cayman blue iguana (Cyclura lewisi) attacking reflection in mirror, Indianapolis  Zoo, Indiana, USA, Endangered species - Roland Seitre
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Roland Seitre / Grand cayman blue iguana (Cyclura lewisi) attacking reflection in mirror, Indianapolis Zoo, Indiana, USA, Endangered species
Jewel beetles (Julodimorpha bakewelli) males attempting to mate with a discarded beer bottle. Females of this species are flightless and considerably larger than the males, hence the attraction what t... - Jiri Lochman
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Jiri Lochman / Jewel beetles (Julodimorpha bakewelli) males attempting to mate with a discarded beer bottle. Females of this species are flightless and considerably larger than the males, hence the attraction what t...
Cavalier King Charles Spaniel puppy, tricolour, 9 weeks, biting electrical wire. - Petra Wegner
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Petra Wegner / Cavalier King Charles Spaniel puppy, tricolour, 9 weeks, biting electrical wire.
ic-02602 Young domestic kitten hanging off branch {Felis catus} - Aflo
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Aflo / ic-02602 Young domestic kitten hanging off branch {Felis catus}
Black headed heron {Ardea melanocephala} predating a green snake that has wrapped itself around the heron's beak, head and neck, Kenya - Hermann Brehm
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Hermann Brehm / Black headed heron {Ardea melanocephala} predating a green snake that has wrapped itself around the heron's beak, head and neck, Kenya
Masai giraffe (Giraffa camelopardalis tippelskirchi) males fighting, one with hind leg over the neck of the other. Masai-Mara game reserve, Kenya. - Denis-Huot
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Denis-Huot / Masai giraffe (Giraffa camelopardalis tippelskirchi) males fighting, one with hind leg over the neck of the other. Masai-Mara game reserve, Kenya.
Bearded seal (Erignathus barbatus) falling off small piece of ice, Spitsbergen, sequence 2/2 - Carol Walker
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Carol Walker / Bearded seal (Erignathus barbatus) falling off small piece of ice, Spitsbergen, sequence 2/2