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Brutal and yet beautiful: The most beautiful animal pictures of the 2020s


Brutal and yet beautiful: the most impressive animal images of 2020 include a cannibalistic crocodile and a decapitated penguin, but there is also room for playful dolphins

  • The most brutal and beautiful animal images of this year were revealed, including a cannibal crocodile
  • 2020 was a time when humans turned to nature to escape amid lockdowns and pandemics
  • A thrilling shot revealed the moment a pregnant impala leapt majestically through the air

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The most brutal and beautiful animal images of the year were revealed – including a cannibalistic crocodile weighing 1200 pounds and a decapitated penguin.

A year of lockdowns and pandemic, 2020 was also a time when people turned to nature to escape – and these pictures clearly show why.

Cheerful pictures show a pair of Scottish dolphins performing a series of acrobatic tricks off the coast of the Black Isle near Inverness, and boisterous boobies being bombed off the Shetland Islands after a tasty mackerel snack.

Another exhilarating shot revealed the moment a pregnant impala leapt majestically through the air to miraculously escape a voracious cheetah in Kenya, while another captured a stunning bald eagle as it took off with its catch in Alaska.

In Antarctica, a leopard seal hunted a gentoo penguin and beheaded it in the process. The 770-pound leopard seal brutally tore the penguin's head off

In South Africa this hungry lion was photographed in the middle of a starved impala meal. The greedy 400-pound lion who decided to grab two impalas for dinner in the Kruger National Park in South Africa

In South Africa this hungry lion was photographed in the middle of a starved impala meal. The greedy 400-pound lion who decided to grab two impalas for dinner in the Kruger National Park in South Africa

In Kenya, this hungry baboon tore a gazelle fawn in two like a rag doll.

In Kenya, this hungry baboon tore a gazelle fawn in two like a rag doll.

In South Africa, a young crocodile called for help when it was eaten by its superior. The large adult crocodile turned to cannibalism when it nibbled on one of its kind

In South Africa, a young crocodile called for help when it was eaten by its superior. The large adult crocodile turned to cannibalism when it nibbled on one of its kind

In Florida, this diver overcame his fear of alligators by swimming with them. The most brutal and beautiful animal images of the year were revealed - including a cannibalistic crocodile weighing 1200 pounds and a decapitated penguin

In Florida, this diver overcame his fear of alligators by swimming with them. The most brutal and beautiful animal images of the year were revealed – including a 1,200-pound cannibal crocodile and a decapitated penguin

These dolphins were captured off the Scottish coast and had a good time. The cheerful picture shows a pair of Scottish dolphins performing a series of acrobatic tricks off the coast of the Black Isle near Inverness

These dolphins were captured off the Scottish coast and had a good time. The cheerful picture shows a pair of Scottish dolphins performing a series of acrobatic tricks off the coast of the Black Isle near Inverness

In Kenya, an impala ran for its life from a chasing cheetah. The thrilling shot revealed the moment a pregnant impala leapt majestically through the air, miraculously escaping a voracious cheetah unharmed

In Kenya, an impala ran for its life from a chasing cheetah. The thrilling shot revealed the moment a pregnant impala leapt majestically through the air, miraculously escaping a voracious cheetah unharmed

In South Africa, two bullfrogs battle for women's attention in a rare annual spectacle

In South Africa, two bullfrogs battle for women's attention in a rare annual spectacle

In Kenya, this unfortunate zebra was thrown into the air by a hungry crocodile. Some of the spectacular images showed how predators of the wildlife stop at nothing for a meal

In Kenya, this unfortunate zebra was thrown into the air by a hungry crocodile. Some of the spectacular images showed how predators of the wildlife stop at nothing for a meal

In the Shetland Islands, gannets dived beneath the surface in search of mackerel.

In the Shetland Islands, gannets dived beneath the surface in search of mackerel.

In Alaska, this bald eagle takes off with its catch of the day between its claws

In Alaska, this bald eagle takes off with its catch of the day between its claws

In Siberia, a bear shook a freshly caught fish in mid-air and splashed blood all over it.

In Siberia, a bear shook a freshly caught fish in mid-air and splashed blood all over it.

In Massachusetts, an eastern screech owl blends perfectly into the tree behind it.

In Massachusetts, an eastern screech owl blends perfectly into the tree behind it.

In Florida, a frog was fighting for its life when it tried to distance itself from a heron's account. The most brutal and beautiful animal images of this year were revealed

In Florida, a frog was fighting for its life when it tried to distance itself from a heron's account. The most brutal and beautiful animal images of this year were revealed

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