An oil-coated penguin is given a bath by staff at the Tauranga Wastewater Treatment Wildlife Facility on Oct. 18 in Tauranga, New Zealand.

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Oiled penguin bath

An oil-coated penguin is given a bath by staff at the Tauranga Wastewater Treatment Wildlife Facility on Oct. 18 in Tauranga, New Zealand. Salvage crews continue to pump oil out of the wrecked container ship Rena in an effort to remove as much as possible before bad weather moves in, which may result in the release of even more oil into the sea. At least 300 tons of oil have leaked from Rena since the ship hit the reef on Oct. 5.

 

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Amateur photographer Tommy Eliassen captured the Milky Way, the Northern Lights and a shooting star all in this one photo taken over a lake in Ifjord, Norway on Oct. 13.

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Astrophotograph of a lifetime

Amateur photographer Tommy Eliassen captured the Milky Way, the northern lights and a shooting star all in this one photo taken over a lake in Ifjord, Norway, on Oct. 13.

 

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Sand from Montrose Beach in Chicago, Ill. whips past Vincent Lagrone as he walks along the lakefront on Oct. 19.

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It's called the Windy City for a reason

Sand from Montrose Beach in Chicago whips past Vincent Lagrone as he walks along the lakefront on Oct. 19. A high wind warning was issued for the windy city with winds between 40 and 45 mph expected to cause 20- to 25-foot waves along sections of the lakefront.

 

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Chinese Navy soldiers participate in physical fitness training aboard the Chinese Navy hospital ship

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Keeping fit while at sea

Chinese Navy soldiers participate in physical fitness training on Oct. 15 aboard the Chinese Navy hospital ship Peace Ark in the Pacific Ocean.

 

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A sign warns passing motorists about exotic animals on the loose from a wildlife preserve on Oct. 19 in Zanesville, Ohio.

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Exotic animals on the loose

A sign warns passing motorists on Oct. 19 about exotic animals on the loose from a wildlife preserve in Zanesville, Ohio. Muskingum County Animal Farm owner Terry Thompson was found dead Tuesday evening after deputies received calls reporting wild animals were on the loose west of Zanesville. The preserve kept exotic animals such as lions, tigers, cheetahs, wolves, bears, giraffes and camels. Thompson had apparently let all of the animals loose and then committed suicide. Of the animals that were released, a grand total of 48 animals — including 18 endangered Bengal tigers and 17 lions — were shot and killed by police to protect the public.

 

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Sandbags create the last defense for Bangkok's northern neighborhoods in Pathum Thani, Thailand on Oct. 17.

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The grass is wetter on the other side

Sandbags create the last defense for Bangkok's northern neighborhoods in Pathum Thani, Thailand on Oct. 17. A barrier along the border between Pathum Thani province and Bangkok province shows obvious disparity, with one man up to his waste in water and another riding a motorbike on relatively dry land. Since July, 300 deaths have been reported because of the floods.

 

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Hundreds of tortoises basks in the sunlight on a ledge emerging from a pond at the Guiyuan Temple in Wuhan, Hubei Province of China on Oct. 16.

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Tortoise

Hundreds of tortoises basks in the sunlight on a ledge emerging from a pond at the Guiyuan Temple in Wuhan in China's Hubei province on Oct. 16.

 

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The Rockettes welcome the 'Living Nativity' animals as part of the new Christmas Spectacular production at Radio City Music Hall on Oct. 17 in New York City.

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The Rockettes gear up for the holiday season

The Rockettes welcome the 'Living Nativity' animals as part of the new Christmas Spectacular production at Radio City Music Hall on Oct. 17 in New York City.

 

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Taking advantage of a pleasant Indian summer morning, rowers practice their sport on the misty Elbe River near the August Bridge in Dresden, Germany on Oct. 15.

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Early morning rowing session

Taking advantage of a pleasant Indian summer morning, rowers practice their sport on the misty Elbe River near the August Bridge in Dresden, Germany, on Oct. 15.

 

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Pedestrians pass uncollected garbage on a street in Athens, Greece on Oct. 18.

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Mountains of Grecian garbage

Pedestrians pass uncollected garbage on a street in Athens on Oct. 18. With Greek garbage collectors on strike for the past two weeks due to drastic austerity measures, the Health Ministry may declare uncollected rubbish a health hazard. The move may result in garbage collectors facing jail terms of three months if they don't immediately return to work, said Deputy Health Minister Paris Koukoulopoulos.

 

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A large wild Jerusalem cricket, also known as a Potato Bug, crawls through dirt and organic debris in a forested area near Roseburg, Ore. on Oct. 16.

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Jerusalem cricket

A large wild Jerusalem cricket, also known as a potato bug, crawls through dirt and organic debris in a forested area near Roseburg, Ore., on Oct. 16. Despite their name, Jerusalem crickets are not true crickets, are not native to Jerusalem and do not eat potatoes.

 

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A worker at a persimmon processing factory puts persimmons out for drying in Hsinchu, Taiwan on Oct. 17.

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Persimmon harvest

A worker at a persimmon processing factory puts persimmons out for drying in Hsinchu, Taiwan, on Oct. 17. This traditional method of drying takes a week — much longer than the modern baking method.

 

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Trash containers marked for a variety of different recyclable items sit outside St. Pauls Cathedral on day four of the ongoing

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Occupy London's recycling center

Trash containers marked for a variety of different recyclable items sit outside St. Paul's Cathedral on day four of the ongoing Occupy the London Stock Exchange demonstration on Oct. 18.

 

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A woman goes through a fish pedicure at Unique Hair and Beauty salon in Pettswood, London on Oct. 18.

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Fish pedicure disease transmission fears

A woman goes through a fish pedicure at Unique Hair and Beauty salon in Pettswood, London, on Oct. 18. Health experts worry that the popular fish spa pedicures could spread diseases such as HIV and hepatitis C.

 

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As the sun sets on the horizon, tourists walk along the shore of Nam Co Lake, a mountain lake near Lhasa, China, on Oct. 18.

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Sunset over Nam Co Lake

As the sun sets on the horizon, tourists walk along the shore of Nam Co Lake, a mountain lake near Lhasa, China, on Oct. 18. At 4,718 meters above sea level, Nam Co Lake is the highest saltwater lake in the world.

 

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