Crash-landing into life was certainly not the gentlest of starts.
But this plucky Indian runner duckling called Houdini, is flourishing despite its bumpy beginning.
It was still snugly inside its egg when a greedy seagull swooped down and snatched it from the nest. But the gull couldn't keep a grip and dropped the egg, which plummeted 30ft (9 m) to the ground.
Farmer Barrie Tolley, 57, who had watched the drama in dismay, found it later in a field, covered with fine cracks.
There was little hope for the unfortunate occupant but he decided to give it a chance and placed it into an incubator.
The bird fought its way out over five hours and in a rare phenomenon it came though the side of the egg rather than the top.
Barrie, who runs the Rare Breeds Farm in Totnes, Devon, took a series of photographs to show the cracks growing larger and tiny feathers emerging (above).
Fluffy Houdini is now ten days old and has rejoined his mother and four siblings. Barrie said: "It was a really incredible sight and we were all transfixed for hours watching.
We thought he was very unlikely to have survived such a long fall, as ducklings are delicate at that stage."
"Seeing the egg fall from the seagull was terrible, but Houdini is clearly a lucky little thing. Had he been dropped from 10ft higher or had hit one of the concrete slabs, it would have been a different story."
Totnes Rare Breeds Farm houses over 250 unusual species of pigs, sheep, goats, owls, horses, chickens and ducks.
The EastEnders theme tune is now more recognisable to Brits than the national anthem, according to a new poll.
EastEnders came top of the poll with 37% finding it the most recognisable, compared to 36% with the national anthem.
The theme was originally composed by Simon May and Leslie Osborne and is widely known for the dramatic use of drums that begin and end each episode.
The survey conducted by the Performing Rights Society (PRS) also found the Match of the Day (14%) theme tune and Coronation Street (12%) were among the most recognisable pieces of music.
Ellis Rich, Chairman of PRS said: "There's no doubt that those few bars have helped to make EastEnders a top soap. Music is part of our daily lives, and embedded within British culture. We are so lucky that composers and songwriters can create iconic music which we all remember and love."
Scientists in California are testing the hearing of polar bears to try to find out whether the noises associated with melting Arctic ice could affect their ability to survive.
In the wild, polar bears live in one of the quietest places on Earth. For much of the time, the Arctic is a bitterly cold, silent world.
But global warming is changing that. Ice, which is crucial to the bears' survival, is disappearing and people are moving in.
"We're expecting industrial activity, shipping, recreation, all of those human activities to increase in the Arctic," says Dr Ann Bowles, a senior research scientist at Hubbs-Seaworld Research Institute in San Diego.
"We're going to be bringing noise and activity much closer to the bears. We're trying to protect them during this period of transition," she says.
Polar bears are known to be extremely sensitive to sound. But the scientists are trying to establish the animals' precise range of hearing.
"We're trying to is understand how sensitive they are and how well they hear both the high end and low end of the frequency range," explains Dr Bowles.
"Whether or not an animal can hear industrial noise depends upon the shape of that curve."
Increasing noise levels could affect polar bears in a number of ways. Their breeding patterns could be disrupted if they are unable to hear each other over long distances. They may be afraid of what they are hearing since human activity signals danger to them.
Conversely, the animals may mistakenly think unusual noises indicate food and they could be encouraged to migrate to inappropriate areas.
A horse who has been a regular at a pub for several years has been barred after the landlady bought new carpets.
Peggy, a 12-year-old mare, used to enjoy a pint of John Smith's bitter and a packet of pickled onion crisps alongside owner Peter Dolan inside O'Malleys in Jarrow, South Tyneside.
But when landlady Jackie Gray had the pub refitted and renamed as the Alexandra Hotel, she had to bar Peggy.
Mr Dolan said that Peggy began drinking in the pub when one day, instead of staying outside on the grass when he went inside, she followed him in and became a regular ever since.
He said: "No-one even took any notice of her. Everyone just saw her as one of the locals."
Mrs Gray had only just taken over the pub, said she was shocked to find one of her new regulars was a horse.
She said: "Although she is probably cleaner than some of my customers, I had to put my foot down and show her the door."
Mr Dolan, a 62-year-old retired oil rigger, said that he still brought his horse to the pub, but she remained tethered outside. He said: "People come into the pub and the first thing they say is 'Where's Peggy?' "I tell them she's kicked the habit and is teetotal now."
Irish wolfhound Mon Ami von der Oelmühle (below) is the longest dog in the world, with a nose-to-tail-tip length of 232cm (7.61 ft).
That makes him as long as a king size bed! Bred by German Jurgen Rosner, Mon Ami is owned by Joachim and Elke Muller of Wegberg-Arsbeck, near Dusseldorf in Germany.
On the other hand the worlds shortest man He Pingping from China, stands precisely 2 feet 5.37 (76 cm) inches tall. The 20-year-old was born with a type of dwarfism.
He met the woman the with worlds longest legs, Svetlana Pankratova, in Trafalgar Square, London.
The 36 year old Russian's pins are 132 centimetres (4 ft 4 in) long but because her upper body is of much more typical dimensions, she is "only" 196 centimetres (6 ft 5 in) tall.
Jill Drake (below), 56, from Tenterden, Kent, retains her title as the world's loudest screamer for the fourth year. In 2004 she was recruited by Disney to launch a new white-knuckle ride and screamed for an hour to promote Disneyland's then new Twilight Zone Tower of Terror.
She discovered her unusual talent by accident on a trip to London by a screaming competition in the Millennium Dome and was told her 129 decibel howl broke the world record.
Jill, whose yell is nine decibels more than a train horn, said: "I went to the Dome with friends and heard a woman screaming in the competition and thought I could do better."
"My friends told me to have a go so I got up there and screamed and the organisers said 'Goodness you've broken the world record'."
Mother-of-two Mrs Drake's scream is as loud as a pneumatic drill and only 10 decibels lower than a jumbo jet taking off.
Oddly, they don't need rain and cloud to form like conventional rainbows - they happen only when skies are blue and when ice crystals are present.
The arc appears when a low sun shines at a certain angle through a thin veil of cirrus clouds at between 20,000 and 25,000 feet (6-7.6 km).
It takes the shape of a quarter of a circle parallel to the horizon. Dr Mitton said: "The conditions have to be just right: you need the right sort of ice crystals and the sky has to be clear. It's quite surprising for this to occur somewhere like Cambridge, usually it's in places that are colder."
The colours of a circumzenithal arc are reversed from those of a rainbow; the red range being closest to Earth.
In most cases, an arc will last at least half an hour. They are most common in colder climates, where ice crystals tend to collect in the sky with abundance. It is also possible to see one from the inside of an aeroplane.
Nasa researchers have dropped 90 ducks into holes in Greenland's fastest moving glacier, the Jakobshavn Glacier in Baffin Bay, between Greenland and Canada.
The toys have each been labelled with the words "science experiment" and "reward" in three languages, along with an e-mail address.
If they are found scientists will be able to track how the water moves through the ice and provide information about the movement of glaciers. Scientists are still unsure about why they speed up in summer and head towards the sea.
One theory is that the summer sun melts ice on top of the glacier's surface, creating pools that flow into tubular holes called moulins. The moulins carry some water to the bottom of the glacier, where it acts as a lubricant to speed the movement of ice toward the coast.
The Jakobshavn Glacier is believed to be the source of the iceberg that sank the Titanic in 1912 and is important to researchers because it discharges nearly 7 per cent of all the ice coming off Greenland.
Alberto Behar of Nasa's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in California said none of the ducks had been reported yet.
"We haven't heard anything but it may take some time until somebody actually finds one of the toys and decides to send us an e-mail," he said. "These are places that are quite remote so there aren't people just walking around."