What do you get when you mix a lion, a fish and some venom?

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Common Lionfish, Pterois volitans

What do you get when you mix a lion, a fish and some venom? The Common Lionfish (Pterois volitans), of course.

This spectacular tropical species is found widely throughout the Indo-Pacific. It’s definitely a look don’t touch sort of fish – the 16 spines on its dorsal, pelvic and anal fins are venomous.

I snapped this particular fish on display at the Kula Wild Adventure Park in Fiji, along with the rest of their live coral display.

Swamp Wallaby, Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve

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Swamp Wallaby at Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve, Australian Capital Territory. Tidbinbilla undertakes important wildlife management and breeding programs to help with the conservation of endangered species. Although the swamp wallaby isn’t endangered, this is just one of the many animals in the reserve.