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Pictures: Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2017 finalists

The finalists for the Wildlife Photographer of the Year have been announced. As usual the images are pretty special! Here are some of our favourites.
This amazing image by Laurent Ballesta shows a young seal pup being introduced to the icy waters of Antarctica by its mum. Finalists of the Wildlife Photographer of the Year were selected from around 50,000 entries, and the overall winners will be announced on 17 October. So keep your eyes peeled to find out who bagged the top prize.
SealsLaurent Ballesta/Natural History Museum
An Arctic fox carries its prize egg after raiding a snow goose nest on Wrangel Island in Russia. Arctic Treasure was taken by Sergey Gorshkov, and the wintery shot is a finalist in the Animal Portraits category.
An Arctic fox carries its prize egg after raiding a snow goose nest on Wrangel Island in Russia.Natural History Museum/Sergey Gorshkov
Andrey Narchuk entered this picture of two sea angels, which are related to snails and slugs. The Natural History Museum, which runs the competition, said the photos showcase "the astonishing diversity of life on our planet".
fishAndrey Narchuk/Natural History Museum
This photo, Bold Eagle, was taken by German photographer Klaus Nigge on Amaknak Island in Alaska, USA. The close-up of the soaking wet eagle has made it into the final of the Animal Portraits category.
This photo, Bold Eagle, was taken by German photographer Klaus Nigge on Amaknak Island in Alaska, USA.Natural History Museum/Klaus Nigge
Steve Winter captured this emotional picture of an injured Tiger cub on the Indonesian island of Sumatra. The six-month-old cub attempts a baby-sized roar from inside a cage after being rescued from an illegal trap.
tigerMats Andersson/Natural History Museum
Check out this adorable photo showing a bear cub giving his mum a hug. Ashleigh Scully took the photo in Alaska's Lake Clark National Park, USA, and has been shortlisted in the 11-14 Years category.
Ashleigh Scully took the photo in Alaska's Lake Clark National Park, USA, and has been shortlisted in the 11-14 Years category.Natural History Museum/Ashleigh Scully
This beautiful quetzal was snapped by Israeli photographer, Tyohar Kastiel. Tyohar spent a week watching the birds deliver food to their young before catching this great shot.
BirdTyohar Kastiel/Natural History Museum
Here is Justin Hoffman's shot of a tiny seahorse clinging on to a plastic ear bud, to steady itself against strong currents off the coast of Sumbawa Island, Indonesia.
SeahorseJustin Hofman/Natural History Museum
Mats Andersson catches a little bit of winter in this picture of a red squirrel on a cold February morning. The Natural History Museum in London will host an exhibition of the best entries from Friday, 20 October until spring next year.
SquirrelMats Andersson/Natural History Museum