ネコの首ガックンがかわいすぎる! 思わず二度見してしまう「寝落ち寸前」の動物動画

仕事の会議中やスクールの受講中、ついつい眠たくなってしまうことってありますよね。寝てはいけないと思っていても、襲いかかる睡魔に勝てず、つい船を漕いでしまったり、半目になってしまったり。そんな経験をしたことがあるのは、どうやら人間だけではないようです。


現在、ネット上で人気の動画「Baby Duck Can't Stay Awake」(投稿者:ChloeBroomfield1995さん)。アヒルの赤ちゃんが睡魔と戦うかわいい様子が動画におさめられています。「はっ! 寝てた!」と言わんばかりのその動きは誰もがほっこりしてしまうはず。ネット上には、ほかにもさまざまな寝落ち寸前の動物たちを撮影した動画があります。

「Baby Duck Can't Stay Awake」

・眠っている場所にも注目! コグマが寝落ちする瞬間
「Sleepy Bear Can't Stay Awake」(投稿者:Andrew Bleimanさん)




無理して座らず横になればいいのに、と思わずにいられないこの動画。鼻がひしゃげてしまっていますが、痛くないのでしょうか。

・見事な首ガックン! 口元がかわいすぎるネコの寝落ち
「Sweet Tired Cat [-.-]Zzz - Fluffy Persian Kitten -」(投稿者:VideoBooNさん)


「おーっとっとっと、あぶな......すやすや」と言わんばかりの見事な寝入り方。学生のころ、授業を聞きながら首ガックンをしてしまったことがある人にとっては、痛すぎるぐらい共感できそうですね。

周囲の目がある会議中や、マンツーマンのスクールで眠たくなってしまったときは、「今寝ると気まずい」という感情から頑張って起きていようとするもの。動画の動物たちを見ていると、「動物なんだから堂々と寝ていいんだよ!」と言ってあげたくなりますが、動物たちですらこんなに頑張って起きているなら、私も眠気とちゃんと戦わなきゃなぁと思わされる次第です。

(山本莉会/プレスラボ)

【参照リンク】
Baby Duck Can't Stay Awake
http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=LGrpsZ7BsQA
Sleepy Bear Can't Stay Awake
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A5c0X4MW_zE
Sweet Tired Cat [-.-]Zzz - Fluffy Persian Kitten -
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2GWPOPSXGYI 

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SEAHOUSES, ENGLAND - JUNE 24:  A Puffin returns to it's nest on a cliff top on June 24, 2011 on Inner Farne, England. The Farne Islands, which are run by the National Trust, are situated two to three miles off the Northumberland coastline. The archipeligo of 16-28 separate islands (depending on the tide) make the summer home to approximately 100,000 pairs of breeding seabirds including around 36,000 Puffins, 32,000 Guillemots and 2,000 pairs of Arctic Terns. The species of birds which nest in internationally important numbers include Shag, Sandwich Tern and Arctic Tern. The coastline around The Farnes are also the breeding ground to one of Europe's largest Grey Seal colonies with around 4,000 adults giving birth to 1500 pups every year.

SKOMER ISLAND, UNITED KINGDOM - JULY 20:  An adult Puffin flaps its wings on Skomer Island on July 20, 2010 in Pembrokeshire, Wales. The island which has the biggest Puffin colony in Southern Britain plays host to over 10,000 Puffins, who come from April to the end of July to breed. The small island, off the coast of southwest Wales and managed by the Wildlife Trust of South and West Wales, is one of the most important and accessible seabird breeding sites in Europe and has become a Mecca for wildlife and bird lovers. As well as the Puffins the island is also home to a large breeding seabird population, including Manx Shearwaters, Guillemots, and Razorbills as well as birds of prey including Owls, Kestrels and Falcons. As a result Skomer is a National Nature Reserve, a Site of Special Scientific Interest and a Special Protection Area. Much of Skomer has also been designated an Ancient Monument and it is also surrounded by a Marine Nature Reserve.

SKOMER ISLAND, UNITED KINGDOM - JULY 20:  An adult Puffin watches from the cliff tops on Skomer Island on July 20, 2010 in Pembrokeshire, Wales. The island which has the biggest Puffin colony in Southern Britain plays host to over 10,000 Puffins, who come from April to the end of July to breed. The small island, off the coast of southwest Wales and managed by the Wildlife Trust of South and West Wales, is one of the most important and accessible seabird breeding sites in Europe and has become a Mecca for wildlife and bird lovers. As well as the Puffins the island is also home to a large breeding seabird population, including Manx Shearwaters, Guillemots, and Razorbills as well as birds of prey including Owls, Kestrels and Falcons. As a result Skomer is a National Nature Reserve, a Site of Special Scientific Interest and a Special Protection Area. Much of Skomer has also been designated an Ancient Monument and it is also surrounded by a Marine Nature Reserve.

SKOMER ISLAND, UNITED KINGDOM - JULY 20:  An adult Puffin watches from the cliff tops on Skomer Island on July 20, 2010 in Pembrokeshire, Wales. The island which has the biggest Puffin colony in Southern Britain plays host to over 10,000 Puffins, who come from April to the end of July to breed. The small island, off the coast of southwest Wales and managed by the Wildlife Trust of South and West Wales, is one of the most important and accessible seabird breeding sites in Europe and has become a Mecca for wildlife and bird lovers. As well as the Puffins the island is also home to a large breeding seabird population, including Manx Shearwaters, Guillemots, and Razorbills as well as birds of prey including Owls, Kestrels and Falcons. As a result Skomer is a National Nature Reserve, a Site of Special Scientific Interest and a Special Protection Area. Much of Skomer has also been designated an Ancient Monument and it is also surrounded by a Marine Nature Reserve.

SKOMER ISLAND, UNITED KINGDOM - JULY 20:  An adult Puffin watches from the cliff tops on Skomer Island on July 20, 2010 in Pembrokeshire, Wales. The island which has the biggest Puffin colony in Southern Britain plays host to over 10,000 Puffins, who come from April to the end of July to breed. The small island, off the coast of southwest Wales and managed by the Wildlife Trust of South and West Wales, is one of the most important and accessible seabird breeding sites in Europe and has become a Mecca for wildlife and bird lovers. As well as the Puffins the island is also home to a large breeding seabird population, including Manx Shearwaters, Guillemots, and Razorbills as well as birds of prey including Owls, Kestrels and Falcons. As a result Skomer is a National Nature Reserve, a Site of Special Scientific Interest and a Special Protection Area. Much of Skomer has also been designated an Ancient Monument and it is also surrounded by a Marine Nature Reserve.

SKOMER ISLAND, UNITED KINGDOM - JULY 20:  An adult Puffin watches from the cliff tops on Skomer Island on July 20, 2010 in Pembrokeshire, Wales. The island which has the biggest Puffin colony in Southern Britain plays host to over 10,000 Puffins, who come from April to the end of July to breed. The small island, off the coast of southwest Wales and managed by the Wildlife Trust of South and West Wales, is one of the most important and accessible seabird breeding sites in Europe and has become a Mecca for wildlife and bird lovers. As well as the Puffins the island is also home to a large breeding seabird population, including Manx Shearwaters, Guillemots, and Razorbills as well as birds of prey including Owls, Kestrels and Falcons. As a result Skomer is a National Nature Reserve, a Site of Special Scientific Interest and a Special Protection Area. Much of Skomer has also been designated an Ancient Monument and it is also surrounded by a Marine Nature Reserve.

SKOMER ISLAND, UNITED KINGDOM - JULY 20:  An adult Puffin enters a burrow holding sandeels in its beak to feed its cheeks on Skomer Island on July 20, 2010 in Pembrokeshire, Wales. The island which has the biggest Puffin colony in Southern Britain plays host to over 10,000 Puffins, who come from April to the end of July to breed. The small island, off the coast of southwest Wales and managed by the Wildlife Trust of South and West Wales, is one of the most important and accessible seabird breeding sites in Europe and has become a Mecca for wildlife and bird lovers. As well as the Puffins the island is also home to a large breeding seabird population, including Manx Shearwaters, Guillemots, and Razorbills as well as birds of prey including Owls, Kestrels and Falcons. As a result Skomer is a National Nature Reserve, a Site of Special Scientific Interest and a Special Protection Area. Much of Skomer has also been designated an Ancient Monument and it is also surrounded by a Marine Nature Reserve.

SKOMER ISLAND, UNITED KINGDOM - JULY 20:  An adult Puffin watches from the cliff tops on Skomer Island on July 20, 2010 in Pembrokeshire, Wales. The island which has the biggest Puffin colony in Southern Britain plays host to over 10,000 Puffins, who come from April to the end of July to breed. The small island, off the coast of southwest Wales and managed by the Wildlife Trust of South and West Wales, is one of the most important and accessible seabird breeding sites in Europe and has become a Mecca for wildlife and bird lovers. As well as the Puffins the island is also home to a large breeding seabird population, including Manx Shearwaters, Guillemots, and Razorbills as well as birds of prey including Owls, Kestrels and Falcons. As a result Skomer is a National Nature Reserve, a Site of Special Scientific Interest and a Special Protection Area. Much of Skomer has also been designated an Ancient Monument and it is also surrounded by a Marine Nature Reserve.

SKOMER ISLAND, UNITED KINGDOM - JULY 20:  An adult Puffin prepares to enter a burrow holding sandeels in its beak to feed its chicks on Skomer Island on July 20, 2010 in Pembrokeshire, Wales. The island which has the biggest Puffin colony in Southern Britain plays host to over 10,000 Puffins, who come from April to the end of July to breed. The small island, off the coast of southwest Wales and managed by the Wildlife Trust of South and West Wales, is one of the most important and accessible seabird breeding sites in Europe and has become a Mecca for wildlife and bird lovers. As well as the Puffins the island is also home to a large breeding seabird population, including Manx Shearwaters, Guillemots, and Razorbills as well as birds of prey including Owls, Kestrels and Falcons. As a result Skomer is a National Nature Reserve, a Site of Special Scientific Interest and a Special Protection Area. Much of Skomer has also been designated an Ancient Monument and it is also surrounded by a Marine Nature Reserve.

SKOMER ISLAND, UNITED KINGDOM - JULY 20:  An adult Puffin prepares to enter a burrow holding sandeels in its beak to feed its chicks on Skomer Island on July 20, 2010 in Pembrokeshire, Wales. The island which has the biggest Puffin colony in Southern Britain plays host to over 10,000 Puffins, who come from April to the end of July to breed. The small island, off the coast of southwest Wales and managed by the Wildlife Trust of South and West Wales, is one of the most important and accessible seabird breeding sites in Europe and has become a Mecca for wildlife and bird lovers. As well as the Puffins the island is also home to a large breeding seabird population, including Manx Shearwaters, Guillemots, and Razorbills as well as birds of prey including Owls, Kestrels and Falcons. As a result Skomer is a National Nature Reserve, a Site of Special Scientific Interest and a Special Protection Area. Much of Skomer has also been designated an Ancient Monument and it is also surrounded by a Marine Nature Reserve.

SEAHOUSES, ENGLAND - JUNE 25:  A Puffin returns to it's nest with a beak full of sand eels on June 25, 2011 on Inner Farne, England. The Farne Islands, which are run by the National Trust, are situated two to three miles off the Northumberland coastline. The archipeligo of 16-28 separate islands (depending on the tide) make the summer home to approximately 100,000 pairs of breeding seabirds including around 36,000 Puffins, 32,000 Guillemots and 2,000 pairs of Arctic Terns. The species of birds which nest in internationally important numbers include Shag, Sandwich Tern and Arctic Tern. The coastline around The Farnes are also the breeding ground to one of Europe's largest Grey Seal colonies with around 4,000 adults giving birth to 1500 pups every year.

SEAHOUSES, ENGLAND - JUNE 24:  A Puffin stands near it's burrow on a cliff top on June 24, 2011 on Inner Farne, England. The Farne Islands, which are run by the National Trust, are situated two to three miles off the Northumberland coastline. The archipeligo of 16-28 separate islands (depending on the tide) make the summer home to approximately 100,000 pairs of breeding seabirds including around 36,000 Puffins, 32,000 Guillemots and 2,000 pairs of Arctic Terns. The species of birds which nest in internationally important numbers include Shag, Sandwich Tern and Arctic Tern. The coastline around The Farnes are also the breeding ground to one of Europe's largest Grey Seal colonies with around 4,000 adults giving birth to 1500 pups every year.

SEAHOUSES, ENGLAND - JUNE 24:  A Puffin stands on a cliff top on June 24, 2011 on Inner Farne, England. The Farne Islands, which are run by the National Trust, are situated two to three miles off the Northumberland coastline. The archipeligo of 16-28 separate islands (depending on the tide) make the summer home to approximately 100,000 pairs of breeding seabirds including around 36,000 Puffins, 32,000 Guillemots and 2,000 pairs of Arctic Terns. The species of birds which nest in internationally important numbers include Shag, Sandwich Tern and Arctic Tern. The coastline around The Farnes are also the breeding ground to one of Europe's largest Grey Seal colonies with around 4,000 adults giving birth to 1500 pups every year.

SEAHOUSES, ENGLAND - JUNE 24:  Puffins stands on a cliff top on June 24, 2011 on Inner Farne, England. The Farne Islands, which are run by the National Trust, are situated two to three miles off the Northumberland coastline. The archipeligo of 16-28 separate islands (depending on the tide) make the summer home to approximately 100,000 pairs of breeding seabirds including around 36,000 Puffins, 32,000 Guillemots and 2,000 pairs of Arctic Terns. The species of birds which nest in internationally important numbers include Shag, Sandwich Tern and Arctic Tern. The coastline around The Farnes are also the breeding ground to one of Europe's largest Grey Seal colonies with around 4,000 adults giving birth to 1500 pups every year.

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LONDON - MARCH 04:  A young Asian short clawed otter playing at London Zoo on March 4, 2005 in London. The pair has produced a total of 17 kits from three successful litters since their pairing in 2002, with the latest 7 babies being born in November 2004, making an important contribution to the captive breeding programme for their species.

LONDON, ENGLAND - JANUARY 08:  A group of Oriental small-clawed otters line up on a rock at the ZSL London Zoo during the zoo's annual stocktake on January 8, 2009 in London, England. ZSL London Zoo is home to over 650 different species which all need to be cataloged in their annual stocktake which is a compulsory requirement for their zoo license.

WASHINGTON - OCTOBER 11:  Asian small-clawed otters are seen during a media preview of the newly installed Fujifilm Giant Panda Habitat and Asia Trail on October 11, 2006 at the National Zoo in Washington, DC. The Giant Panda Habitat and Asia Trail, which opens to the public on October 17, covers nearly six acres and features seven Asian species including the giant panda, Japanese giant salamander, red panda, Asian small-clawed otter, fishing cat, clouded leopard and sloth bear.

WASHINGTON - OCTOBER 11:  Asian small-clawed otters are seen on October 11, 2006  during a media preview of the newly installed Fujifilm Giant Panda Habitat and Asia Trail at the National Zoo in Washington, DC. The Giant Panda Habitat and Asia Trail covers nearly six acres and features seven Asian species -- giant panda, Japanese giant salamander, red panda, Asian small-clawed otter, fishing cat, clouded leopard and sloth bear.

LONDON - AUGUST 24:  Otters wait for Bank Holiday treats to be given to them next to their pool at London Zoo on August 24, 2006 in London, England

LONDON - AUGUST 24:  Otters wait for Bank Holiday treats to be given to them next to their pool at London Zoo on August 24, 2006 in London, England

LONDON - AUGUST 24:  An otter enjoys a mouse given to him as a Bank Holiday treat next to its pool at London Zoo on August 24, 2006 in London, England

LONDON - AUGUST 24:  Otters wait for Bank Holiday treats to be given to them next to their pool at London Zoo on August 24, 2006 in London, England

LONDON - MARCH 4:  The Asian short clawed otters playing at London Zoo on March 4, 2005 in London. The pair has produced a total of 17 kits from three successful litters since their pairing in 2002, with the latest 7 babies being born in November 2004, making an important contribution to the captive breeding programme for their species.

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HOLLYWOOD, CA - JUNE 25:  Uggie at his Showbiz Retirement Paw Print Ceremony held at Grauman's Chinese Theatre on June 25, 2012 in Hollywood, California.

HOLLYWOOD, CA - JUNE 25:  Uggie, the dog from "The Artist" which won an Academy Award for Best Picture with owner/trainer Omar von Muller, is immortalized with a hand and paw print ceremony at Grauman's Chinese Theatre on June 25, 2012 in Hollywood, California.

HOLLYWOOD, CA - JUNE 25:  Uggie's owner/trainer Omar von Muller and family pose with the dog from "The Artist" which won an Academy Award for Best Picture after Uggie being immortalized with a hand and paw print ceremony at Grauman's Chinese Theatre on June 25, 2012 in Hollywood, California.

HOLLYWOOD, CA - JUNE 25:  Uggie, the dog from "The Artist" which won an Academy Award for Best Picture being held by owner/trainer Omar von Muller, is immortalized with a hand and paw print ceremony at Grauman's Chinese Theatre on June 25, 2012 in Hollywood, California.

HOLLYWOOD, CA - JUNE 25:  Uggie (C), the dog from "The Artist" which won an Academy Award for Best Picture, is visited by Lassie (L) and Rin Tin Tin following his being immortalized with a hand and paw print ceremony at Grauman's Chinese Theatre on June 25, 2012 in Hollywood, California.

HOLLYWOOD, CA - JUNE 25:  Uggie, the dog from "The Artist" which won an Academy Award for Best Picture, is immortalized with a hand and paw print ceremony at Grauman's Chinese Theatre on June 25, 2012 in Hollywood, California.

HOLLYWOOD, CA - JUNE 25:  Uggie, the dog from "The Artist" which won an Academy Award for Best Picture, is immortalized with a hand and paw print ceremony at Grauman's Chinese Theatre on June 25, 2012 in Hollywood, California.

HOLLYWOOD, CA - JUNE 25:  Uggie, the canine star of  form the film "The Artist" which won an Academy Award for Best Picture, and his owner/trainer Omar Von Muller pose after the trained Jack Russell Terrier casted his paw prints in cement outside Grauman's Chinese Theatre during a ceremony marking his retirement from show business on June 25, 2012 in Hollywood, California.

HOLLYWOOD, CA - JUNE 25:  Uggie, the dog from "The Artist" which won an Academy Award for Best Picture, is immortalized with a hand and paw print ceremony at Grauman's Chinese Theatre on June 25, 2012 in Hollywood, California.

HOLLYWOOD, CA - JUNE 25:  Uggie, the dog from "The Artist", is immortalized with a hand and paw print ceremony at Grauman's Chinese Theatre on June 25, 2012 in Hollywood, California.

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PHILLIP ISLAND, AUSTRALIA - OCTOBER 14:  Aleix Esparago of Spain and the Pramac Racing Team poses with a wombat as he prepares for the Australian MotoGP, which is round 16 of the MotoGP World Championship, at the Maru Koala and Wildlife Park on October 14, 2010 in Phillip Island, Australia.

HOBART, AUSTRALIA - NOVEMBER 24:  Crown Prince Frederik and pregnant Crown Princess Mary Of Denmark pose with their son Crown Prince Christian of Denmark with a wombat at a photocall held at Bonorong Park Wildlife Centre at the start of their private visit to Mary's home town of Hobart on November 24, 2006 in Tasmania, Australia. The couple's visit comes almost a month after Mary announced she was pregnant with their second child, due in early May. The couple are expected to spend at least a week visiting family in Tasmania, where Mary grew up. 

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - MARCH 14:  Her Royal Highness Crown Princess Victoria struggles to hold a wombat while koala keeper Bronwyn Macreadie watches on at Healesville Wildlife Sanctuary on March 14, 2005 in Melbourne, Australia

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - MARCH 14:  Her Royal Highness Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden hugs a wombat while visiting Healesville Wildlife Sanctuary on March 14, 2005 in Melbourne, Australia

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - NOVEMBER 17:  Athlete Jana Pittman and a zookeeper pose with a Wombat during a fundraising event to save the Northern Hairy-nosed Wombat at the Australian Museum November 17, 2004 in Sydney, Australia.

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - JUNE 13:  In this handout photo provided by Perezhilton.com, Blogger Perez Hilton poses with a wombat during a visit to Taronga Zoo on June 13, 2011 in Sydney, Australia.

PHILLIP ISLAND, AUSTRALIA - OCTOBER 17:  Pol Espargaro of Spain and Tuenti Racing greets with a wombat during the pre-event "MotoGP riders visit Maru Wildlife Park" of Australian Grand Prix at Phillip Island on October 14, 2010 in Phillip Island, Victoria, Australia. 

PERTH, AUSTRALIA - OCTOBER 29:  Tim Mathieson, partner of Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard holds a southern hairy nose wombat as he talks to Julie Shanel of Solomon Islands (L) and Salma Kikwete of Tanzania (2nd R) as an animal keeper (R) holds a brushtail possum during a vist to Kings Park on October 29, 2011 in Perth Australia. The women were hosted by Tim Mathieson, partner of Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard around Kings Park to observe local flora and fauna on day two of the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) in Perth.

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - SEPTEMBER 1:  "Abdul,"  a baby Common Wombat, is one of the marsupials on show during the spring baby boom at Taronga Zoo September 1, 2005 in Sydney, Australia. "Abdul" was orphaned when his mother was killed by a car. Zoo keepers feed the animals during breaks at work and continue the care throughout the night.

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - SEPTEMBER 1:  "Abdul,"  a baby Common Wombat, is one of the marsupials on show during the spring baby boom at Taronga Zoo September 1, 2005 in Sydney, Australia. "Abdul" was orphaned when his mother was killed by a car. Zoo keepers feed the animals during breaks at work and continue the care throughout the night.

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - SEPTEMBER 1:  "Abdul,"  a baby Common Wombat, is one of the marsupials on show during the spring baby boom at Taronga Zoo September 1, 2005 in Sydney, Australia. "Abdul" was orphaned when his mother was killed by a car. Zoo keepers feed the animals during breaks at work and continue the care throughout the night.

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TAURANGA, NEW ZEALAND - OCTOBER 18:  Penguins swim in a clean pool after being washed of oil at the Tauranga Wastewater Treatment Wildlife Facility on October 18, 2011 in Tauranga, New Zealand. Salvage crews continue to pump oil off the ship in an effort to remove as much as possible before bad weather predicted for the evening threatens to break the vessel and release more oil into the sea. Over 300 tonnes of oil has leaked from Rena since it hit the reef on October 5.

LONDON, ENGLAND - JANUARY 04:  A penguin swims in its enclosure during a photocall to promote London Zoo's annual stock take of animals on January 4, 2012 in London, England. The zoo's stocktake takes place annually, and gives keepers a chance to check on the numbers of every one of the animals from stick insects and frogs to tigers and camels.

TAURANGA, NEW ZEALAND - OCTOBER 10: In this handout photo provided by Maritime New Zealand, an oil--covered penguin is cared for at a wildlife rehabilitation facility on October 10, 2011 in Tauranga, New Zealand. The 47,000 tonne Rena, a Liberan container vessel, struck a reef on Wednesday causing an oil leak that has spread over five kilometres. Authorities are preparing for the worst environmental disaster in New Zealand history should the vessel break up and spill 1,700 tonnes of fuel into the Bay of Plenty.

WELLINGTON, NEW ZEALAND - AUGUST 29:  The emperor penguin named "Happy Feet" stands in his container aboard NIWA's research vessel Tangaroa, at Burnham Wharf on August 29, 2011 in Wellington, New Zealand. The penguin was found at Peka Peka beach on the Kapiti Coast in June with concerns for his health. Wellington Zoo intervened and nursed the penguin back to good health. He will be released into the Southern Ocean, complete with GPS tracking device, from NIWA's research vessel four days into a month-long trip to the Campbell Islands, 700km south of New Zealand.

TAURANGA, NEW ZEALAND - OCTOBER 18:  Penguins swim in a clean pool after being washed of oil at the Tauranga Wastewater Treatment Wildlife Facility on October 18, 2011 in Tauranga, New Zealand. Salvage crews continue to pump oil off the ship in an effort to remove as much as possible before bad weather predicted for the evening threatens to break the vessel and release more oil into the sea. Over 300 tonnes of oil has leaked from Rena since it hit the reef on October 5.

EDINBURGH, SCOTLAND - MARCH 01:  Gentoo penguins begin the breeding season at Edinburgh Zoo on March 1, 2011 in Edinburgh, Scotland. The zoo keepers have just installed the nest rings in the penguin enclosure. The male penguins will then collect pebbles and offer them to the females to fill nest rings with, this helps keep the eggs and chick up off the ground and is part of their courtship display.

EDINBURGH, SCOTLAND - JUNE 10:  Adult gentoo penguins keep an eye on their newly born chick at Edinburgh Zoo on June 10, 2011 in Edinburgh, Scotland. The gentoo chicks which started hatching in early May are looked after by both parents who regurgitate part digested food. When the chicks are hungry they peck the beaks of their parents to signal feeding time.

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