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A study published in the journal PLOS One delves in December of 2013 into the nature of itching. Scratching an itch triggers brain centers that focus on motivation, reward, pleasure and even addiction. Humans are not the only ones who enjoy the satisfying relief of scratching so take a look at this gallery of images featuring animals using sticks, trees and even their own horns to reach an aggravating spot.
White Rhinoceros (Ceratotherium simum) adult male, rubbing against tree, Sabi Sabi Game Reserve, Kruger National Park, South Africa  -  Jurgen and Christine Sohns/ FLPA
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80054391 White Rhinoceros (Ceratotherium simum) adult male, rubbing against tree, Sabi Sabi Game Reserve, Kruger National Park, South Africa© Jurgen & Christine Sohns/ FLPA
Galah (Eolophus roseicapillus) adult, scratching, perched on branch  -  Chris Brignell/ FLPA
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80136443 Galah (Eolophus roseicapillus) adult, scratching, perched on branch© Chris Brignell / FLPA
Brown Bear (Ursus arctos) scratching its head, Kamchatka, Russia  -  Sergey Gorshkov
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00782139 Brown Bear (Ursus arctos) scratching its head, Kamchatka, Russia© Sergey Gorshkov
Caribou (Rangifer tarandus) scratching rear with antlers, central Alaska  -  Donald M. Jones
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00431579 Caribou (Rangifer tarandus) scratching rear with antlers, central Alaska© Donald M. Jones
Common Hartebeest (Alcelaphus buselaphus) scratching head on termite mound, Rietvlei Nature Reserve, South Africa
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00559129 Common Hartebeest (Alcelaphus buselaphus) scratching head on termite mound, Rietvlei Nature Reserve, South Africa© Richard Du Toit
Celebes Black Macaque (Macaca nigra) scratching head, Tangkoko Nature Reserve, Sulawesi, Indonesia  -  Sean Crane
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00551735 Celebes Black Macaque (Macaca nigra) scratching head, Tangkoko Nature Reserve, Sulawesi, Indonesia© Sean Crane
Burrowing Owl (Athene cunicularia) scratching head, North America  -  Donald M. Jones
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00545834 Burrowing Owl (Athene cunicularia) scratching head, North America© Donald M. Jones
Roseate Spoonbill (Platalea ajaja) scratching, Sanibel Island, Florida  -  Marcel van Kammen/ NiS
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00449175 Roseate Spoonbill (Platalea ajaja) scratching, Sanibel Island, Florida© Marcel van Kammen/ NiS
Orangutan (Pongo pygmaeus) juvenile scratching its head, Tanjung Puting National Park, Borneo, Malaysia, Indonesia  -  Stephen Belcher
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00433578 Orangutan (Pongo pygmaeus) juvenile scratching its head, Tanjung Puting National Park, Borneo, Malaysia, Indonesia© Stephen Belcher
Cape Fur Seal (Arctocephalus pusillus) scratching itself, Cape Cross, Skeleton Coast, Namibia  -  Vincent Grafhorst
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70024996 Cape Fur Seal (Arctocephalus pusillus) scratching itself, Cape Cross, Skeleton Coast, Namibia© Vincent Grafhorst
Brown Booby (Sula leucogaster) scratching, Christmas Island, Indian Ocean, Territory of Australia  -  Ingo Arndt
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00442406 Brown Booby (Sula leucogaster) scratching, Christmas Island, Indian Ocean, Territory of Australia© Ingo Arndt
Grizzly Bear (Ursus arctos horribilis) scratching itself while standing in river, Brooks Falls, Alaska  -  Donald M. Jones
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00481047 Grizzly Bear (Ursus arctos horribilis) scratching itself while standing in river, Brooks Falls, Alaska© Donald M. Jones
Galapagos Sea Lion (Zalophus wollebaeki) scratching itself, Galapagos Islands, Ecuador  -  Tui De Roy
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00480196 Galapagos Sea Lion (Zalophus wollebaeki) scratching itself, Galapagos Islands, Ecuador© Tui De Roy
Polar Bear (Ursus maritimus) scratching itself, Wrangel Island, Russia  -  Sergey Gorshkov
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00519534 Polar Bear (Ursus maritimus) scratching itself, Wrangel Island, Russia© Sergey Gorshkov
Lion-tailed Macaque (Macaca silenus) juvenile scratching itself, Indira Gandhi National Park, Western Ghats, India  -  Anup Shah
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00525397 Lion-tailed Macaque (Macaca silenus) juvenile scratching itself, Indira Gandhi National Park, Western Ghats, India© Anup Shah
Japanese Macaque (Macaca fuscata) juvenile scratching its head, Jigokudani Monkey Park, Japan. Sequence 1 of 3  -  Anup Shah
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00534743 Japanese Macaque (Macaca fuscata) juvenile scratching its head, Jigokudani Monkey Park, Japan. Sequence 1 of 3© Anup Shah
Black Bear (Ursus americanus) male scratching back on tree, western Montana  -  Donald M. Jones
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00545799 Black Bear (Ursus americanus) male scratching back on tree, western Montana© Donald M. Jones
Proboscis Monkey (Nasalis larvatus) juvenile, Sabah, Borneo, Malaysia  -  Suzi Eszterhas
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00546478 Proboscis Monkey (Nasalis larvatus) juvenile, Sabah, Borneo, Malaysia© Suzi Eszterhas
Eastern Chimpanzee (Pan troglodytes schweinfurthii) female, twenty-two years old, scratching her eye, Gombe National Park, Tanzania
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00553776 Eastern Chimpanzee (Pan troglodytes schweinfurthii) female, twenty-two years old, scratching her eye, Gombe National Park, Tanzania© Anup Shah
Drill (Mandrillus leucophaeus) male scratching himself, Afi Mountain Wildlife Sanctuary, Nigeria
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00554460 Drill (Mandrillus leucophaeus) male scratching himself, Afi Mountain Wildlife Sanctuary, Nigeria© Thomas Marent
Grey Seal (Halichoerus grypus) scratching on beach, North Sea, Helgoland, Germany  -  Ingo Arndt
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00762499 Grey Seal (Halichoerus grypus) scratching on beach, North Sea, Helgoland, Germany© Ingo Arndt
Western Sandpiper (Calidris mauri) scratching itself on the beach, Marco Island, Florida  -  Marcel van Kammen/ NiS
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70019198 Western Sandpiper (Calidris mauri) scratching itself on the beach, Marco Island, Florida© Marcel van Kammen/ NiS
Bushveld Elephant Shrew (Elephantulus intufi) scratching itself, Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park, South Africa  -  Richard Du Toit
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00630151 Bushveld Elephant Shrew (Elephantulus intufi) scratching itself, Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park, South Africa© Richard Du Toit
Cape Fox (Vulpes chama) scratching itself, Nossob River, Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park, Botswana  -  Vincent Grafhorst
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70028523 Cape Fox (Vulpes chama) scratching itself, Nossob River, Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park, Botswana© Vincent Grafhorst
Walrus (Odobenus rosmarus) scratching with its hind flipper, Svalbard, Norway  -  Heike Odermatt
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70038283 Walrus (Odobenus rosmarus) scratching with its hind flipper, Svalbard, Norway© Heike Odermatt
Brown Bear (Ursus arctos) female scratching its back on a tree, Bayrischer Wald National Park, Bavaria, Germany  -  Konrad Wothe
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00453620 Brown Bear (Ursus arctos) female scratching its back on a tree, Bayrischer Wald National Park, Bavaria, Germany© Konrad Wothe
Western Roe Deer (Capreolus capreolus) scratching against a pole, Vechta, Lower Saxony, Germany  -  Willi Rolfes/ NIS
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70032197 Western Roe Deer (Capreolus capreolus) scratching against a pole, Vechta, Lower Saxony, Germany© Willi Rolfes/ NIS
Western Lowland Gorilla (Gorilla gorilla gorilla) scratching its head, native to Africa  -  ZSSD
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00426979 Western Lowland Gorilla (Gorilla gorilla gorilla) scratching its head, native to Africa© ZSSD
Giant Panda (Ailuropoda melanoleuca) scratching head, China  -  Mitsuaki Iwago
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00795046 Giant Panda (Ailuropoda melanoleuca) scratching head, China© Mitsuaki Iwago
African Elephant (Loxodonta africana) bull scratching ear, winter, Moremi Wildlife Reserve, Botswana  -  Richard Du Toit
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00630028 African Elephant (Loxodonta africana) bull scratching ear, winter, Moremi Wildlife Reserve, Botswana© Richard Du Toit
Mallard Duck (Anas platyrhynchos) adult male, scratching head with foot, standing on frozen lake, West Yorkshire, England, march  -  Paul Miguel/ FLPA
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80127316 Mallard Duck (Anas platyrhynchos) adult male, scratching head with foot, standing on frozen lake, West Yorkshire, England, march© Paul Miguel / FLPA
Eastern Grey Kangaroo (Macropus giganteus) female scratching herself, Maria Island National Park, Australia  -  D. Parer & E. Parer-Cook
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00512749 Eastern Grey Kangaroo (Macropus giganteus) female scratching herself, Maria Island National Park, Australia© D. Parer & E. Parer-Cook
Western Lowland Gorilla (Gorilla gorilla gorilla) five year old orphan scratching under arm, part of reintroduction project by Aspinall Foundation, Bateke Plateau National Park, Gabon  -  Cyril Ruoso
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00479549 Western Lowland Gorilla (Gorilla gorilla gorilla) five year old orphan scratching under arm, part of reintroduction project by Aspinall Foundation, Bateke Plateau National Park, Gabon© Cyril Ruoso
Alpine Marmot (Marmota marmota) scratching itself, Heiligenblut, Hohe Tauern National Park, Austria  -  Willi Rolfes/ NIS
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00436140 Alpine Marmot (Marmota marmota) scratching itself, Heiligenblut, Hohe Tauern National Park, Austria© Willi Rolfes/ NIS
Common Redshank (Tringa totanus) scratching its head, Zeeland, Netherlands  -  Jan Vink/ NiS
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00434845 Common Redshank (Tringa totanus) scratching its head, Zeeland, Netherlands© Jan Vink/ NiS
Gentoo Penguin (Pygoscelis papua) scratching his chin, Cooper Bay, South Georgia Island  -  Yva Momatiuk & John Eastcott
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00345907 Gentoo Penguin (Pygoscelis papua) scratching his chin, Cooper Bay, South Georgia Island© Yva Momatiuk & John Eastcott
Grevy's Zebra (Equus grevyi) scratching chin on stump, Lewa Wildlife Conservation Area, northern Kenya  -  Suzi Eszterhas
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00438588 Grevy's Zebra (Equus grevyi) scratching chin on stump, Lewa Wildlife Conservation Area, northern Kenya© Suzi Eszterhas
Elk (Cervus elaphus) bull scratching in tall grass  -  Mark Raycroft
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00168681 Elk (Cervus elaphus) bull scratching in tall grass© Mark Raycroft
Red and Green Macaw (Ara chloroptera) scratching its face, Cerrado Ecosystem, Mato Grosso Do Sul, Brazil  -  Luciano Candisani
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00790061 Red and Green Macaw (Ara chloroptera) scratching its face, Cerrado Ecosystem, Mato Grosso Do Sul, Brazil© Luciano Candisani
Platypus (Ornithorhynchus anatinus) male grooming, native to Australia  -  D. Parer & E. Parer-Cook
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00534197 Platypus (Ornithorhynchus anatinus) male grooming, native to Australia© D. Parer & E. Parer-Cook
Grizzly Bear (Ursus arctos horribilis) scratching itself, Katmai National Park, Alaska  -  Matthias Breiter
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00524287 Grizzly Bear (Ursus arctos horribilis) scratching itself, Katmai National Park, Alaska© Matthias Breiter
Orangutan (Pongo pygmaeus) scratching head, found in Borneo and Sumatra  -  Pete Oxford
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00216532 Orangutan (Pongo pygmaeus) scratching head, found in Borneo and Sumatra© Pete Oxford
Bearded Seal (Erignathus barbatus) scratching its chin while resting on ice floe, Kongsfjorden, Spitsbergen, Svalbard, Norwegian Arctic  -  Tui De Roy
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00140477 Bearded Seal (Erignathus barbatus) scratching its chin while resting on ice floe, Kongsfjorden, Spitsbergen, Svalbard, Norwegian Arctic© Tui De Roy
Mountain Gorilla (Gorilla gorilla beringei) large silverback male scratching his head in bamboo forest, endangered, Parc National Des Volcans, Rwanda  -  Suzi Eszterhas
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00761201 Mountain Gorilla (Gorilla gorilla beringei) large silverback male scratching his head in bamboo forest, endangered, Parc National Des Volcans, Rwanda© Suzi Eszterhas
Southern Elephant Seal (Mirounga leonina) scratching, appearing to hug itself, Antarctica  -  Karl Van Ginderdeuren/ Buiten-be
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00515605 Southern Elephant Seal (Mirounga leonina) scratching, appearing to hug itself, Antarctica© Karl Van Ginderdeuren/ Buiten-beeld
Cape Fur Seal (Arctocephalus pusillus) scratching itself, Cape Cross, Skeleton Coast, Namibia  -  Vincent Grafhorst
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70024993 Cape Fur Seal (Arctocephalus pusillus) scratching itself, Cape Cross, Skeleton Coast, Namibia© Vincent Grafhorst
Brown Bear (Ursus arctos) juvenile scratching his back by rubbing against a tree, Finland  -  Winfried Wisniewski
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00286813 Brown Bear (Ursus arctos) juvenile scratching his back by rubbing against a tree, Finland© Winfried Wisniewski
Cattle Egret (Bubulcus ibis) scratching itself while on the back of Cape Buffalo (Syncerus caffer), Lake Nakuru National Park, Kenya  -  Winfried Wisniewski
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00287704 Cattle Egret (Bubulcus ibis) scratching itself while on the back of Cape Buffalo (Syncerus caffer), Lake Nakuru National Park, Kenya© Winfried Wisniewski
Alpine Ibex (Capra ibex) adult male, scratching rump with horns, Niederhorn, Swiss Alps, Bernese Oberland, Switzerland, june  -  Bernd Rohrschneider/ FLPA
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80130537 Alpine Ibex (Capra ibex) adult male, scratching rump with horns, Niederhorn, Swiss Alps, Bernese Oberland, Switzerland, june© Bernd Rohrschneider / FLPA
Chimpanzee (Pan troglodytes) male scratching his ear with a stick, Sanctuary, Gabon  -  Cyril Ruoso
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00620017 Chimpanzee (Pan troglodytes) male scratching his ear with a stick, Sanctuary, Gabon© Cyril Ruoso
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