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Although piranha have fierce a reputation, some don't even eat meat. Photo credit: Flickr user Leo Reynolds, via a Creative Commons 2.0 license.
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A recently tagged male Texas ocelot. Photo: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
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Deceased drug lord Pablo Escobar imported hippopotamuses to his estate in the Columbian countryside. Other animals imported for his personal zoo have been relocated, but the hippos continue to wreak havoc in the region.
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Fisher cats -- in the weasel family, but larger, at up to 13 pounds -- are becoming a nuisance in some urban areas.  They are great climbers and slip easily into tunnels, so find plenty of small animal prey in urban settings. Photo credit: Flickr user Property#1 via a Creative Commons 2.0 license.
Nilgai. Photo: Asim Patel under a Creative Commons license.
View from Inspiration Point, Anacapa Island, Channel islands National park, California. Photo credit: Flickr user J. Stephen Conn, via Creative Commons license.
Spotted bat, Euderma maculatum. Photo by Paul Cryan/USGS.

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