THIS week, The Northern Echo Camera Club captures the best moments of the North-East's much-loved animals.

From captivating wildlife to loyal companions, this week's selection shows animals across the region enjoying any snacks they can get their paws on.

A clever grey squirrel shows off its balancing skills to reach a tasty treat in a photo by Murray McLaren, and a starling takes a leap of faith with eyes on the prize in a capture from Anne Marie Maddison.

A friendly pooch realises its fatal error when missing a treat in a shot from Lee Turner, and an adorable wild rabbit hopes it will not be on the menu in a photo by Chrissy Turner.

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