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Videos of the week: Lamb with extra limb, fish feeding frenzy, and snake bachelorette

THE WEEK IN VIDEOS: A lamb with an extra leg on its head (top left), snakes stage a bachelorette-style contest (bottom left) and a rare sighting of a mola mola at feeding time (right).
THE WEEK IN VIDEOS: A lamb with an extra leg on its head (top left), snakes stage a bachelorette-style contest (bottom left) and a rare sighting of a mola mola at feeding time (right).

Once again this week, the news cycle spiralled on with its never-ending, and often exhausting, parade of COVID-related stories, wild weather and political drama.

But we in the Australian Community Media video team take it as our solemn responsibility to entertain as much as inform you.

So in the midst of ICAC, record-breaking hailstorms, train crashes, and information on how to get your vaccination certificates ready for re-opening, these were the moments that made us cock a smile or an eyebrow this week.

The impossible animal

It's equal parts grotesque and charming, and we just can't look away.

Over near Port Lincoln, South Australia, a lamb was born. With a fifth leg. Growing out of its head. What are the chances?!

Nicknamed 'Bailey Smith' because the leg looks like a flopping mullet on its head, the lamb is expected to live a somewhat usual and happy life at the Orroroo farm.

"I have never seen anything like it in my time as a farmer and shearer, and neither has my father who has been farming for 50 years," said wool farmer and shearer Sam Kuerschner.

He'll mostly be a family pet, and despite his limb-difference, he's not going to be treated any differently to the other lambs.

"Only one of my children has seen the lamb, Millie, three years old, and she didn't seem any more interested in it than any of the other lambs," Mr Kuerschner said.

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Under the sea

In September, tour guide and ocean conservationist Jade Pursell stumbled - or rather swam - into a scene she thought she might never see.

While coasting around the Ningaloo Reef in Western Australia the 28-year-old captured a mola mola - or ocean sunfish - leisurely snacking on jellies.

It's perhaps the second most incredible piece of footage she's managed to capture while working for Kings Ningaloo Reefs Tours.

Recently, while swimming off Ningaloo Reef, Ms Pursell's labrador, Sailor, was kissed by a curious 22-foot whale shark. She caught the moment on camera, and it's since gone viral.

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The ultimate spring assassins

When you think of Australia in springtime, what kinds of wildlife are the first to pop to mind?

For us it's magpies and snakes. A story that combines the pair of these seasonal assassins is pretty much the ultimate story of spring.

It soon turned into a makeshift animal boxing match as they went toe-to-tail in a fight that would rival that of Mohammed Ali and George Foreman. Though these guys, we're guessing, would do much more than "sting like a bee".

Anjii Moores was on her daily walk when she filmed the animal interaction on a block of land in Spring Farm, Macarthur on Saturday.

She didn't stick around to figure out which side of the drama came out on top.

"Before I filmed it, it (the snake) got one of them. Then when I walked back, the magpies were in a vacant block and the snake had gone. It definitely got one of the magpies," she told Australian Community Media (ACM).

"I didn't want to stick around to see what happened because I hate both magpies and snakes."

And just because we're feeling generous this week, here's a second snake story for the taking. One house, five snakes.

The female carpet python lured four potential mates to one home. It's practically the snake bachelorette, and we're here for it.

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