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    "Britain's favourite mammal" the cute yet prickly hedgehog, has received a Royal invitation as part of the RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show. The show will feature the world's first "Hedgehog Street Garden".

    Photo: July 10, 2014/Splash News

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    The hedgehog was voted the "UK's favourite mammal" and declared "Britain's National Species" in a BBC Wildlife Magazine poll last year - but sadly the humble critter is now a rare sight in many gardens.

    Photo: July 10, 2014/Splash News

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    Sixty years ago Britain was home to 30 million hedgehogs but it is now estimated that the population has declined to less than one million - according to a report published by the PTES in 2011.

    Photo: July 10, 2014/Splash News

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    Bags of fun? Speed dating with concealed faces sweeps London.

    Photo: July 9, 2014/Splash News

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    Got a pimple? It doesn't matter with this new type of dating.

    Photo: July 9, 2014/Splash News

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    A quirky craze of "speed-dating with a paper bag over your head" has just been launched in London. It's been dubbed "the thinking person's Tinder" because decisions are fast but based on personality (and body) alone.

    Photo: July 9, 2014/Splash News

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    The event has just debuted at the British Science Museum and, according to organisers, it's bags of fun. "It was a really good laugh," said Jacques Beaupierre, 24, a Londoner who attended the event. "It wasn't as materialistic as normal speed dating and you actually do get to know their personalities."

    Photo: July 9, 2014/Splash News

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    The trend was the brainchild of the London-based "cupids" at Loveflutter.com who have also created a smartphone app with the ethos #SayNoToShallow. Each participant wrote an amusing comment or personal fact on their bag to act as a conversation starter. Examples included "I have three kidneys" and "Secretly, I want to be a hand model."

    Photo: July 9, 2014/Splash News

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    A model poses at the World Bodypainting Festival 2014 in Poertschach am Woerthersee, Austria.

    Photo: July 8, 2014/Getty Images

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    A view of the 38th Annual Macy's 4th Of July Fireworks from Brooklyn Bridge Park on July 4, 2014 in New York

    Photo: July 7, 2014/Splash News

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    A view of the 38th Annual Macy's 4th Of July Fireworks from Brooklyn Bridge Park on July 4, 2014 in New York

    Photo: July 7, 2014/Splash News

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    A view of the 38th Annual Macy's 4th Of July Fireworks from Brooklyn Bridge Park on July 4, 2014 in New York

    Photo: July 7, 2014/Splash News

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    A new extreme sports craze likened to "flying underwater" is sweeping Europe. In order to 'Subwing' a person must grip a four and a half carbon-fiber wing as they are dragged underwater behind a speedboat.

    Photo: July 3, 2014/Splash News

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    The adrenaline sport was invented by Norwegian teenager Simon Sivertsen who, bored on a family vacation, fashioned together a "wing" from old banana boxes. Sivertsen, now 22, then tied the splintery device to the back of a yacht with 30 foot of rope and persuaded the driver to dag him forward.

    Photo: July 3, 2014/Splash News

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    Defined as requiring "little or no training", and the option to "resurface to breathe whenever you like" the exciting new water sport has gained fans quickly. Sivertsen has now launched the world's first official Subwinging center at the Peligoni Club, on Zakynthos, Greece.

    Photo: July 3, 2014/Splash News

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    While some people might sniff at a vacation in a trailer park tourists are flocking to this trendy "trailer park hotel" in Germany.

    Photo: July 2, 2014/Splash News

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    While some people might sniff at a vacation in a trailer park tourists are flocking to this trendy "trailer park hotel" in Germany.

    Photo: July 2, 2014/Splash News

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    While some people might sniff at a vacation in a trailer park tourists are flocking to this trendy "trailer park hotel" in Germany.

    Photo: July 2, 2014/Splash News

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    While some people might sniff at a vacation in a trailer park tourists are flocking to this trendy "trailer park hotel" in Germany.

    Photo: July 2, 2014/Splash News

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    While some people might sniff at a vacation in a trailer park tourists are flocking to this trendy "trailer park hotel" in Germany.

    Photo: July 2, 2014/Splash News

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    While some people might sniff at a vacation in a trailer park tourists are flocking to this trendy "trailer park hotel" in Germany.

    Photo: July 2, 2014/Splash News

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    While some people might sniff at a vacation in a trailer park tourists are flocking to this trendy "trailer park hotel" in Germany.

    Photo: July 2, 2014/Splash News

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    While some people might sniff at a vacation in a trailer park tourists are flocking to this trendy "trailer park hotel" in Germany.

    Photo: July 2, 2014/Splash News

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    A toilet is displayed during the "Toilet!? Human Waste and Earth's Future" exhibition at The National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation - Miraikan on July 1, 2014 in Tokyo, Japan. The exhibition focuses on how the toilet has changed our daily lives and discovers what the most environment-friendly and ideal toilet is.

    Photo: July 1, 2014/Splash News

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    A mascot is seen during the "Toilet!? Human Waste and Earth's Future" exhibition at The National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation - Miraikan on July 1, 2014 in Tokyo, Japan. The exhibition focuses on how the toilet has changed our daily lives and discovers what the most environment-friendly and ideal toilet is.

    Photo: July 1, 2014/Splash News

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    A giant toilet model is displayed during the "Toilet!? Human Waste and Earth's Future" exhibition at The National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation - Miraikan on July 1, 2014 in Tokyo, Japan. The exhibition focuses on how the toilet has changed our daily lives and discovers what the most environment-friendly and ideal toilet is.

    Photo: July 1, 2014/Splash News

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    Many toilets displayed with cartoon faces are seen during the "Toilet!? Human Waste and Earth's Future" exhibition at The National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation - Miraikan on July 1, 2014 in Tokyo, Japan. The exhibition focuses on how the toilet has changed our daily lives and discovers what the most environment-friendly and ideal toilet is.

    Photo: July 1, 2014/Splash News

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    A gold toilet is displayed during the "Toilet!? Human Waste and Earth's Future" exhibition at The National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation - Miraikan on July 1, 2014 in Tokyo, Japan. The exhibition focuses on how the toilet has changed our daily lives and discovers what the most environment-friendly and ideal toilet is.

    Photo: July 1, 2014/Splash News

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    A field of tents is bathed in sunshine during the Glastonbury Festival at Worthy Farm on June 28, 2014 in Glastonbury, England.

    Photo: June 30, 2014/Splash News

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    Festival goers walk in the rain at the Glastonbury Festival at Worthy Farm on June 26, 2014 in Glastonbury, England.

    Photo: June 30, 2014/Splash News

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    A view of a giant mechanical bear at the Glastonbury Festival at Worthy Farm on June 26, 2014 in Glastonbury, England.

    Photo: June 30, 2014/Splash News

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    A lorry carrying toy animals drives around Glastonbury Festival at Worthy Farm on June 26, 2014 in Glastonbury, England.

    Photo: June 30, 2014/Splash News

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    Firefighters came to the rescue after a curious puppy got his head stuck in a tire rim. The pup's owners brought him to their local fire station in California to try to set him free.

    Photo: June 25, 2014/Splash News

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    Firefighters from Station 41 in East Bakersfield used "cooking oil and a little ingenuity" to release the pup.

    Photo: June 25, 2014/Splash News

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    A local youth takes a selfie photograph in front of Queen Elizabeth II during a visit to St George's indoor market on June 24, 2014 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. The Royal party are visiting Northern Ireland for three days.

    Photo: June 25, 2014/Getty Images

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    Luis Suarez of Uruguay and Giorgio Chiellini of Italy react after a clash during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Group D match between Italy and Uruguay at Estadio das Dunas on June 24, 2014 in Natal, Brazil.

    Photo: June 25, 2014/Getty Images

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    General view of the 56th Annual Detroit Fireworks Show at Millender Center on June 23, 2014 in Detroit, Michigan.

    Photo: June 24, 2014/Getty Images

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    General view of the 56th Annual Detroit Fireworks Show at Millender Center on June 23, 2014 in Detroit, Michigan.

    Photo: June 24, 2014/Getty Images

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    General view of the 56th Annual Detroit Fireworks Show at Millender Center on June 23, 2014 in Detroit, Michigan.

    Photo: June 24, 2014/Getty Images

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    General view of the 56th Annual Detroit Fireworks Show at Millender Center on June 23, 2014 in Detroit, Michigan.

    Photo: June 24, 2014/Getty Images

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    A model walks the runway at The Last Ship: Survival Is An Art at DIA 545 on June 19, 2014 in New York City.

    Photo: June 20, 2014/Getty Images

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    A model walks the runway at The Last Ship: Survival Is An Art at DIA 545 on June 19, 2014 in New York City.

    Photo: June 20, 2014/Getty Images

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    A model walks the runway at The Last Ship: Survival Is An Art at DIA 545 on June 19, 2014 in New York City.

    Photo: June 20, 2014/Getty Images

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    This is the most beautiful mugshot in the world. U.S. felon Jeremy Meeks, 30, was one of four men arrested in a raid of shooting and robberies on Wednesday in Stockton, California. On Thursday, his mugshot had more than 20,000 likes, nearly 6,000 comments, and had been shared more than 1,400 times on Facebook.

    Photo: June 20, 2014/Stockton Police Department

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    Sarah Chrisman has made the eccentric decision to live her life almost entirely in 19th century manner - She wears a corset every day, darns her stockings, reads by the light of an oil lamp, hand washes her clothes in a ceramic basin - and you certainly won't catch her checking her cellphone over lunch.

    Photo: June 20, 2014/Splash News

    Photo: June 20, 2014/Splash News

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    For the last four years the 33-year-old has shunned most aspects of the modern world, choosing to favour the Victorian-era lifestyle to the best of her ability. Chrisman's husband is also a history enthusiast and has embraced the routine with her - by dressing in period garments and riding a 100-year-old penny-farthing bicycle.

    Photo: June 20, 2014/Splash News

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    "My husband gave me my first corset for my 29th birthday," said Chrisman, from Seattle, Washington who has written a book about her experiences called Victorian Secrets: What a Corset Taught me About the Past, the Present, and Myself.

    Photo: June 20, 2014/Splash News

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    An 18-day-old porcupine cub has been taken to the Wildlife Protection and Rehabilitation Center in Bursa for its treatment after lost its mother, in Turkey.

    Photo: June 19, 2014/Getty Images

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    A baby Poison Dart frog sits on the end of a pencil at the London Aquarium in London on June 17, 2014. The London Aquarium unveiled their recently born baby Poison Dart frog, an endangered species and the first ever to be born there, following a successful breeding programme.

    Photo: June 19, 2014/Getty Images

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    People attend the 26th Diner en Blanc outdoor picnic event on the Alexander III Bridge on June 12, 2014 in Paris, France. The event, which organizers estimated between 12,000 and 13,000 people participated, took place over six bridges throughout Paris and has spread to more than 40 cities around the world.

    Photo: June 19, 2014/Getty Images

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    German and other soccer fans unite creating a conga line on Copacabana beach as they watch the World Cup on a giant screen.

    Photo: June 19, 2014/Getty Images

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    US artist Sarah Rosado makes famous faces - out of Corn Flakes. Sarah uses breakfast cereal and a few utensils to recreate the likes of Amy Winehouse.

    Photo: June 17, 2014/Splash News

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    John Lennon.

    Photo: June 17, 2014/Splash News

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    Michael Jackson!

    Photo: June 17, 2014/Splash News

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    Slash for breakfast!

    Photo: June 17, 2014/Splash News

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    The Dreamland Follies perform at the 9th Annual Jazz Age Lawn Party on Governor's Island, presented by The Dreamland Orchestra and St-Germain on June 14, 2014 in New York City.

    Photo: June 16, 2014/Getty Images

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    The Dreamland Follies perform at the 9th Annual Jazz Age Lawn Party on Governor's Island, presented by The Dreamland Orchestra and St-Germain on June 14, 2014 in New York City.

    Photo: June 16, 2014/Getty Images

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    Guests attend the 9th Annual Jazz Age Lawn Party on Governor's Island, presented by The Dreamland Orchestra and St-Germain on June 14, 2014 in New York City.

    Photo: June 16, 2014/Getty Images

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    Brazilian soccer fans react after Brazil's first goal in the Brazil vs. Crotia World Cup game at Legends Bar on June 12, 2014 in New York City. Brazil vs Crotia is the first game of the World Cup, which will take place throughout Brazil until Sunday, July 13.

    Photo: June 13, 2014/Getty Images

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    Brazilian soccer fans react after Brazil's first goal in the Brazil vs. Crotia World Cup game at Legends Bar on June 12, 2014 in New York City. Brazil vs Crotia is the first game of the World Cup, which will take place throughout Brazil until Sunday, July 13.

    Photo: June 13, 2014/Getty Images

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    Brazilian soccer fans react after Brazil's first goal in the Brazil vs. Crotia World Cup game at Legends Bar on June 12, 2014 in New York City. Brazil vs Crotia is the first game of the World Cup, which will take place throughout Brazil until Sunday, July 13.

    Photo: June 13, 2014/Getty Images

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    Pop artist Jason Mecier has created this colorful collection of 'Candylebrities'. The Los Angeles based artist has launched these one of a kind mosaic portraits of a string of movie actors, singers and reality TV stars. Here we have Walt Whitman from 'Breaking Bad.'

    Photo: June 12, 2014/Getty Images

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    And Jesse of course from 'Breaking Bad.'

    Photo: June 12, 2014/Getty Images

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    Cast members of Netflix's hit show 'Orange Is The New Black' have been given the jellybean treatment as well.

    Photo: June 12, 2014/Getty Images

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    Cast members of Netflix's hit show 'Orange Is The New Black' have been given the jellybean treatment as well

    Photo: June 12, 2014/Getty Images

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    Cast members of Netflix's hit show 'Orange Is The New Black' have been given the jellybean treatment as well

    Photo: June 12, 2014/Getty Images

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    Artist Jason Mecier even created one of James Franco from 'Spring Breakers.'

    Photo: June 12, 2014/Getty Images

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    Here is the full candy set!

    Photo: June 12, 2014/Getty Images

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    Noah's Ark in the park, a lion, tiger and grizzly bear swim together.

    June 11, 2014/Photo: Splash News

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    "These three have been playing together all their lives, so they've forgotten their differences," said Doc Antle who runs the Myrtle Beach Safari and wildlife preserve in South Carolina

    June 11, 2014/Photo: Splash News

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    Antle coordinates wildlife conservation projects all over the world via RareSpeciesFund.org.

    June 11, 2014/Photo: Splash News

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    He says allowing the animals to swim in his specially constructed pool keeps them healthy, agile and stimulated. "It's great exercise for them and it helps keep them cool in the summer," he said.

    June 11, 2014/Photo: Splash News

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    Gunners from The Kings Troop Royal Horse Artillery, fire a 41-Gun Salute in Hyde Park on June 10, 2014 in London, England. The salute was part of celebrations to mark the 93rd birthday of Prince Philip.

    June 11, 2014/Photo: Getty Images

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    A LEGO figure of Queen Elizabeth II stands outside a LEGO Buckingham Palace wearing a designer hat by Rachel Trevor-Morgan, The Queen's milliner ahead of Royal Ascot at LEGOLAND Windsor on June 10, 2014 in Windsor, England.

    June 10, 2014/Photo: Getty Images

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    LEGO figures of Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, Queen Elizabeth II, Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge stand outside a LEGO Buckingham Palace wearing designer hats by Rachel Trevor-Morgan, The Queen's milliner ahead of Royal Ascot at LEGOLAND Windsor on June 10, 2014 in Windsor, England.

    June 10, 2014/Photo: Getty Images

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    LEGO figures of Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, Queen Elizabeth II, Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, Princess Beatrice, Princess Eugenie, Zara Tindall and Carole Middleton stand outside a LEGO Buckingham Palace wearing designer hats by Rachel Trevor-Morgan, The Queen's milliner ahead of Royal Ascot at LEGOLAND Windsor on June 10, 2014 in Windsor, England.

    June 10, 2014/Photo: Getty Images

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    A LEGO figure of Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall stands outside a LEGO Buckingham Palace wearing a designer hat by Rachel Trevor-Morgan, The Queen's milliner ahead of Royal Ascot at LEGOLAND Windsor on June 10, 2014 in Windsor, England.

    June 10, 2014/Photo: Getty Images

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    A LEGO figure of Princess Beatrice stands outside a LEGO Buckingham Palace wearing a designer hat by Rachel Trevor-Morgan, The Queen's milliner ahead of Royal Ascot at LEGOLAND Windsor on June 10, 2014 in Windsor, England.

    June 10, 2014/Photo: Getty Images

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    A Steampunk enthusiast poses at a Steampunk picnic during the annual Wave-Gotik-Treffen (WGT) music festival over the weekend in Leipzig, Germany.

    June 9, 2014/Photo: Getty Images

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    The event began in the 1990s and has since grown into one of the biggest gatherings of Goth scene followers in Europe with around 20,000 participants.

    June 9, 2014/Photo: Getty Images

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    The five-day festival includes performances by around 200 bands.

    June 9, 2014/Photo: Getty Images

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    Rachel's dog Taxi is always by her side, he goes to parties, sits next to her in class, wags his tail in the lunch queue and protects her from harm if she has a seizure. They are so inseparable that Rachel's mother joked that Taxi should have his picture in the school yearbook. "It was a joke but this year they actually went and did it," smiled Rachel's mother Theresa Benke.

    June 6, 2014/Photo: Splash News

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    Rachel Benke and her guide dog Taxi in her school's yearbook in San Antonio, Texas.

    June 6, 2014/Photo: Splash News

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    Colour is immaterial to these adorable tiger cub friends. Ranging from snow white to golden tabby to vivid orange and black the fluffy felines represent the entire spectrum of color varieties left for Bengal tigers. "They were all born within days of each other so we're raising them together," said Doc Antle who runs the T.I.G.E.R.S. Wildlife Preserve in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina where the four baby big cats live.

    June 6, 2014/Photo: Splash News

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    The six-week-old cubs named Bashkar, Bishman, Baritee and Beeman have just opened their eyes. They will not eat meat for another few weeks but will eventually grow to around six-feet and 500lbs. "They are already forming distinct personalities though," said Antle, 53. "The snow cub is definitely the most placid and the golden tabby is the troublemaker," added Antle.

    June 6, 2014/Photo: Splash News

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    A zoo employee cleans the teeth of a 30 year old Hippopotamus named Kiboko at Himeji Zoo on June 4, 2014 in Himeji, Japan.

    June 5, 2014/Photo: Getty Images

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    Kiboko has its teeth cleaned annually as a way to educate children on teeth cleaning.

    June 5, 2014/Photo: Getty Images

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    Kiboko seems to be enjoying the cleaning.

    June 5, 2014/Photo: Getty Images

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    Chinese superstar Fan Bingbing has a Barbie made in her likeness - and she's very pleased with the results. "

    June 4, 2014/Photo: Splash News

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    "My first impression when I looked at the doll was 'wow, it looks so extraordinarily pretty'," the 32-year-old actress said in a release to mark the Shanghai launch of the toy.

    June 4, 2014/Photo: Splash News

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    Three artists from 'Kurios,' the latest show by Le Cirque du Soleil, pose for the camera in Montreal, Quebec, Canada.

    June 4, 2014/Photo: Getty Images

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    Three artists from 'Kurios,' the latest show by Le Cirque du Soleil, pose for the camera in Montreal, Quebec, Canada.

    June 4, 2014/Photo: Getty Images

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    A Gentoo Penguin chick is held before its weighed at The Sea Life London Aquarium on June 3, 2014 in London, England. The SEA LIFE London Aquarium today proudly introduced its very first Gentoo Penguin chick as the team gave the tiny new arrival a routine weigh-in. The youngster, who weighted in today at 600g, was born to proud parents Arnie and Luna two weeks ago, and they've been carefully caring for it ever since, under the watchful eye of expert aquarists at the attraction.

    June 3, 2014/Photo: Getty Images

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    A Gentoo Penguin chick is held before its weighed at The Sea Life London Aquarium on June 3, 2014 in London, England. The SEA LIFE London Aquarium today proudly introduced its very first Gentoo Penguin chick as the team gave the tiny new arrival a routine weigh-in. The youngster, who weighted in today at 600g, was born to proud parents Arnie and Luna two weeks ago, and they've been carefully caring for it ever since, under the watchful eye of expert aquarists at the attraction.

    June 3, 2014/Photo: Getty Images

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    Customers who polish off the burger at a restaurant will also win a T-shirt and have their photo displayed on the wall. Chef Russell Tisbury, from the Temple Bar in Brighton, East Sussex, is launching the burger meal, which costs 35 pounds, to raise money for a hospice.

    June 2, 2014/Photo: Getty Images

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    A Gentoo Penguin chick is held before its weighed at The Sea Life London Aquarium on June 3, 2014 in London, England. The SEA LIFE London Aquarium today proudly introduced its very first Gentoo Penguin chick as the team gave the tiny new arrival a routine weigh-in. The youngster, who weighted in today at 600g, was born to proud parents Arnie and Luna two weeks ago, and they've been carefully caring for it ever since, under the watchful eye of expert aquarists at the attraction.

    June 3, 2014/Photo: Getty Images

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    People are introduced to the sensation of free-fall skydiving as they are lifted into the air by fans which generate an upward draft from 80 to 175 miles per hour inside a 14-foot-wide circular chamber.

    May 30, 2014/Photo: Getty Images

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    A look inside Apple's Worldwide Developers Conference, June 2nd-6th in San Francisco.

    PHOTOS: 2014 Apple WWDC 2014

    June 2, 2014/Photo: Paul Sachse for CCM+E

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    Hungry diners who manage to eat a giant 50 ounce beef burger will get it free. Measuring 30 centimetres across, the huge burger is more than 12 times the size of a standard patty.

    June 2, 2014/Photo: Getty Images

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    Each spring, monks perform ceremonies, rites, and dances during the Tenchi Festival to dispel evils and demons from the former kingdom. The Tenchi Festival takes place annually in Lo Manthang, the capital of Upper Mustang and the former Tibetan Kingdom of Lo.

    April 29, 2014/Photo: Getty Images