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22 eye-catching pictures of Edinburgh's animal kingdom

Check out some of the (semi-real) wildlife that can be found out and about Edinburgh, from rabbits and foxes to lions, rhinos and giraffes

As well as housing roughly half a million people, Edinburgh is also home to a wide variety of wild animals - and we don't just mean at the Zoo. The following beasties of all shapes, sizes and questionable liveliness have been snapped by local and visiting photographers - which ones have you spotted?

Looking for more lovely images? Check out our galleries for the Royal Botanic Gardens and Edinburgh's street art.

Squirrel
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Squirrel

Snapped making a break for it by fs-phil.

Rhino
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Rhino

William Darrell's sculpture was seen thrusting its head through the wall of Edinburgh University's Informatics building by Cory Doctorow.

Heron
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Heron

Spotted hunting for prey near Cramond by Magnus Hagdorn.

Giraffes
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Giraffes

Helen Denerley's scrap metal sculptures were seen strolling outside the Omni centre by Ron Almog.

Butterfly
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Butterfly

Photographed on the Water of Leith by Scott Denham.

Cow
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Cow

Caught bursting through the Caves by Anne-Lise Heinrichs.

Buzzard and crow
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Buzzard and crow

Engaging in avian harrassment above the Hermitage of Braid, as witnessed by Magnus Hagdorn.

Duck
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Duck

One of Stan Wilson's Water of Leith sculptures, snapped near St Bernard's Well by Stuart Caie.

Fox
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Fox

Seen skulking around the Playhouse by John Johnston.

Eagles
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Eagles

Spotted swooping down the stairs at Our Dynamic Earth by dun_deagh.

Red grouse
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Red grouse

Spied nestling in the Pentlands by Sean Murray.

Lion
Photo: subberculture, via Flickr
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Lion

Ronald Rae's pink sandstone sculpture was originally seen lion around Arthur's Seat (before moving to its current home in St Andrew Square) by subberculture.

Magpie
Photo: Dave W via Flickr
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Magpie

Seen flashing its feathers at the Botanics by Dave W.

Fish
Photo: fiomaha, via Flickr
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Fish

Another Ronald Rae sculpture, this fish was captured high and dry during Cramond's low tide by fiomaha.

Swan
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Swan

Getting up close and personal with photographer Laurence Arnold at Holyrood Park.

Otter
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Otter

Another of Stan Wilson's sculptures spotted by Stuart Caie in the Water of Leith.

Rabbit
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Rabbit

Witnessed breaking into Edinburgh Zoo by Glen Bowman.

Pigeon
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Pigeon

A paper and duct tape sculpture near the Shore end of the Water of Leith, snapped by H G.

A fat robin
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A fat robin

Papped in Liberton by Magnus Hagdorn.

Weasel
Photo: Sean Murray via Flickr
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Weasel

Spotted poking its head out in the Hermitage of Braid by Sean Murray.

Greyfriars Bobby
Photo: Xiquinho Silva
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Greyfriars Bobby

Edinburgh's most famous pooch was sighted by Xiquinho Silva on George IV Bridge, not far from his master's grave in Greyfriars Kirkyard.

Bum the dog
Photo: subberculture, via Flickr
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Bum the dog

Photographer subberculture spotted Bum about 10 minutes' walk from Greyfriars Bobby, lying just inside Princes Street Gardens' King's Stables Road entrance. He's San Diego's Bobby counterpart - there's statues of them both over there as well.

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