2012 Year in Pictures: The Top 10 Most Striking Images
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Credit: Stephen Dalton/NPL/Pestival
The axolotl, a rare Mexican salamander (this particular one is of the albino variety), is on its last legs. The axolotl live only in a particular lake complex on the outskirts of Mexico City where, according to National Geographic, urbanization has pushed the species to near extinction.
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