The Ethiopian African mole rat (Tachyoryctes macrocephalus) is possibly the goofiest looking animal I have ever posted. They are burrowers, and a solitary rat can inhabit 50 m of tunnel space. As its teeth would suggest, it gnaws on plant material—especially roots—and also uses these teeth to dig its burrows.
A young lion performs a backflip as it escapes the claws of a vicious lioness who slashed it across the face. British photographer Elliott Neep watched as the lioness approached a zebra carcass to feast with her two cubs. Juveniles from a different pride dared to come too close and the protective mother lashed out in anger, in the Masai Mara, Kenya. Elliott said: “The lioness flew across the carcass, clawing and swiping at all three of them. They ran for their lives but the lioness caught one in the shoulder with one claw and it spun around. With the other paw, she smashed it across the muzzle and it flipped over to release the claws now hooked in its skin. The juvenile can be seen spinning in mid-air, kung-fu style.”