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Butterfly “Photobombs” Koala 
A decidedly cute encounter between a Koala and a butterfly was captured at an Australian wildlife park. Reuters has the video: http://www.reuters.com/video/2016/10/04/koala-joey-strikes-up-a-friendship-with?videoId=370026262&videoChannel=118169

Nora the Polar Bear in Ice 
The Oregon Zoo’s photogenic, recent arrival, Nora the polar bear cub, had a ball when keepers gave her a kiddie pool filled with ice cubes. The Oregonian has the video: http://www.oregonlive.com/portland/index.ssf/2016/10/nora_the_polar_bear_cub_really.html#incart_river_index

A Gallery of Less-Visited National Parks 
The Smithsonian has striking photos from six less-popular national parks. It clearly isn’t a lack of beauty, (or nice water features), keeping the crowds away. Find the article here: http://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/experience-america-least-visited-national-parks-180960430/?no-ist

Humpback Calf Helps Stranded Mom to Safety 
The valiant efforts of the calf to free its mom from stranding makes for a compelling video. Reuters has the footage: http://www.reuters.com/video/2016/10/08/stranded-humpback-whale-helped-to-safety?videoId=370074559&videoChannel=118169

London Natural History Museum’s Best Wildlife Photos 
The Smithsonian provides a gallery of the museum’s best wildlife shots for the year: http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/londons-natural-history-museum-selects-best-wildlife-photos-year-180960878/

New “Rivers of Oregon” Book 
As Christmas nears, let the coffee table books proliferate! The Oregonian has provided a taste of one such volume, “Rivers of Oregon”, by Tim Palmer, Oregon State University Press. Enjoy: http://www.oregonlive.com/books/index.ssf/2016/11/rivers_of_oregon_tim_palmer.html#0