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A kea parrot picks at the antenna of a vehicle in New Zealand. Ullstein Bild/ullstein bild via Getty Images hide caption

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This Parrot Has An 'Infectious Laugh,' Scientists Say

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In New Zealand, sheep outnumber people 6 to 1. Jason Oxenham/Getty Images hide caption

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Legend Loses Sheep Shearing Match To New Zealand's Prime Minister

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In a photograph taken Saturday, volunteers prop up a pilot whale at Farewell Spit in New Zealand. Overnight, more than 200 of the stranded whales returned to the sea. Marty Melville/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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An aerial photo taken Monday shows earthquake damage to State Highway One near Ohau Point in New Zealand, a day after a powerful magnitude 7.8 earthquake killed two people and caused massive infrastructure damage. Mark Mitchell/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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At Ulva Island Bird Sanctuary on Stewart Island, New Zealand, a sign warned visitors in 2008 to check their bags. The fight against invasive predators continues. Wolfgang Kaehler/LightRocket via Getty Images hide caption

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Inky the octopus swimming in a tank at the National Aquarium of New Zealand in Napier, New Zealand, before his escape. The National Aquarium of New Zealand via AP hide caption

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Inky The Octopus's Great Escape

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When the Galileo spacecraft swooped by Jupiter's frozen moon Europa in Nov. 1997, views of its blistered surface strengthened suspicions that a briny ocean harboring life could lie beneath an icy crust. AP hide caption

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Fourteen members of New Zealand's Parliament from the Labour and Green parties — including four men — were either thrown out or chose to leave the chamber Wednesday. Katie Bradford/via The Guardian hide caption

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