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Eco-photos of the week: Aug. 14-20

Aug. 18, 2011, 6:07 p.m.
A mother grebe takes her newborn chicks out for their first piggyback ride through the water in search of food and exploration in a pond in London, England on Aug. 15.

Photo: ZUMA Press

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Hitching a ride

A mother grebe takes her newborn chicks out for their first piggyback ride through the water in search of food and exploration on Aug. 15 in a London pond.

Grebes are freshwater diving birds that are believed to be distantly related to flamingos.