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Daily Animals& Nature Pictures Aug 2012

Sheep zig-zag up trail in Switzerland!!  A flock of alpine sheep walk on a cliff path on the way from summer grazing high above the Aletschgletscher glacier down to Belalp in the canton of Valais, during the "Schaeferwochenende" (Shepherd's Weekend) near Blatten, Switzerland.  by Jean-Christophe Bott

Sheep zig-zag up trail in Switzerland!!
A flock of alpine sheep walk on a cliff path on the way from summer grazing high above the Aletschgletscher glacier down to Belalp in the canton of Valais, during the “Schaeferwochenende” (Shepherd’s Weekend) near Blatten, Switzerland.
by Jean-Christophe Bott

 

hippos
A five-day-old baby hippo and its mother Kibu are seen at the National Zoo in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
by AHMAD YUSNI
pandas

Giant panda Yang Yang and her cub Fu Hu cuddle in their enclosure on Fu Hu’s second birthday at the zoo in Vienna…Giant panda Yang Yang (L) and her cub Fu Hu (meaning lucky tiger) cuddle in their enclosure on Fu Hu’s second birthday at the zoo in Vienna, August 23, 2012. The cub of pandas Yang Yang and Long Hui was born in the zoo on August 23, 2010. Fu Hu’s parents were transferred from China to Schoenbrunn Zoo in 2003, and are on loan to Austria by China for a period of 10 years.
by Heinz-Peter Bader/REUTERS (AUSTRIA )

sunrise

Sunrise Blessings!!
Anglers wait for the start of the 2012 Bassmaster Ramada Championship on Oneida Lake in Brewerton, New York. The fishing contest has a $100,000 first place prize.
Picture: The Post-Standard /Landov / Barcroft Media

 

Edible Horse Jockey!!  A race horse and jockey made from edible Yorkshire farm produce attracts attention from racegoers on day one of the 2012 Ebor Festival at York Racecourse  by John Giles
Edible Horse Jockey!!
A race horse and jockey made from edible Yorkshire farm produce attracts attention from racegoers on day one of the 2012 Ebor Festival at York Racecourse
by John Giles
Essex Lions!!  Two lions named Tiny and Manzi laze in the sun at the Wildlife Heritage Foundation in Kent, England.  by Carl Stovell / Barcroft Media

Essex Lions!!
Tiny and Manzi the lions lazing in the sun at the Wildlife Heritage Foundation in Kent, England. This is the real life cat walk – as a confident lion poses for a series of pouty portraits. The man-eater named Tiny shocked photographer Carl Stovell, 37, when he pranced around his enclosure at the Wildlife Heritage Foundation, in Kent. Tiny winked, flicked his long mane and roared for the camera – just like professional models do. Tiny – who is four feet high and eight foot long – is one of three brothers at the wildlife centre. He has built up a reputation for his playful antics, with photographers flocking from all of the UK to picture him.
by Carl Stovell / Barcroft Media

London Zoo Giraffes!!  Giraffes prepare to be weighed and measured during the ZSL London Zoo's annual weigh-in on August 22, 2012 in London, England. The height and mass of every animal in the zoo, of which there are over 16,000, needs to be recorded. The measurements are collated in the Zoological Information Management System, from which zoologists can use the data to compare information on thousands of endangered species.   by Oli Scarff/Getty Images

London Zoo Giraffes!!
Giraffes prepare to be weighed and measured during the ZSL London Zoo’s annual weigh-in on August 22, 2012 in London, England. The height and mass of every animal in the zoo, of which there are over 16,000, needs to be recorded. The measurements are collated in the Zoological Information Management System, from which zoologists can use the data to compare information on thousands of endangered species.
by Oli Scarff/Getty Images

hippos

A four-day-old baby hippopotamus plays with its mother, Kibu, at the National Zoo in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The calf was temporarily named as Syawal, as it was born on the first day of of Islamic calendar of Syawal, which is the start of the Eid al-Fitr festival, celebrated by Muslims around the world. The gender of the newborn hippo has not been determined and will be officially named at a later date by its sponsor.
by Bazuki Muhammad/ REUTERS

A bear cools off at Rome's Bioparco Zoo during a heatwave.  by FILIPPO MONTEFORTE/GettyImages

A bear cools off at Rome’s Bioparco Zoo during a heatwave.
by FILIPPO MONTEFORTE/GettyImages

albino python

The Longest Pet In The UK Is A Snake…***EXCLUSIVE***
Peter, Chloe and Kim Rice hold their pet python Lily at home in Guyhirn, Cambridgeshire, England. The 17-foot-long albino python is probably Britain’s longest pet.
by John Robertson / Barcroft Media

Underwater kissing

Underwater Kissing!!
Couples kiss underwater at Sea World in Wuhan, China.
by Imago / Barcroft Media

A wildebeest is attacked by crocodiles in the Mara river during the annual mass migration across the croc-infested river, from Tanzania to Kenya, in the Maasai Mara  by Paolo Torchio / Barcroft Media

A wildebeest is attacked by crocodiles in the Mara river during the annual mass migration across the croc-infested river, from Tanzania to Kenya, in the Maasai Mara
by Paolo Torchio / Barcroft Media

Short-horned Chameleon / Elephant-eared Chameleon - hunting an insect   This is one rapid reptile who has got it licked - catching lunch at impressive lightning speed. The cunning chameleon gobbled up a grasshopper in a split-second making the move extremely difficult to catch on camera. But determined snapper, Thomas Marent, managed the tricky task while exploring the Andasibe-Mantadia National Park in Eastern Madagascar. The 45-year-old from Baden in Zurich shot in high speed - taking eight images per second - to successfully capture the moment.   by THOMAS MARENT / ARDEA / CATERS

Short-horned Chameleon / Elephant-eared Chameleon – hunting an insect!!This is one rapid reptile who has got it licked – catching lunch at impressive lightning speed. The cunning chameleon gobbled up a grasshopper in a split-second making the move extremely difficult to catch on camera. But determined snapper, Thomas Marent, managed the tricky task while exploring the Andasibe-Mantadia National Park in Eastern Madagascar. The 45-year-old from Baden in Zurich shot in high speed – taking eight images per second – to successfully capture the moment.by THOMAS MARENT/ARDEA/CATERS 

 

 

This is a newly discovered 'toothless' rat Paucidentomys vermidax, found in remote rainforest on the Indonesian island of Sulawesi, which represents a new step in rodent evolution  Picture: Kevin Rowe

This is a newly discovered ‘toothless’ rat Paucidentomys vermidax, found in remote rainforest on the Indonesian island of Sulawesi, which represents a new step in rodent evolution
Picture: Kevin Rowe

Tungurahua volcano in Ecuador.  Picture: Dolores Ochoa

Ash and steam billow from the Tungurahua volcano in Ecuador.
Picture: Dolores Ochoa

Heron Sunset!!  Beach visitors of different sorts watch the sunset in Dauphin Island, Alabama, US  Picture: Dave Martin

Heron Sunset!!
Beach visitors of different sorts watch the sunset in Dauphin Island, Alabama, US
Picture: Dave Martin

A tiger licks an ice block at Rome's Zoo during a heatwave.  by M. Di Giovanni/BIOPARCO DI ROMA Getty

A tiger licks an ice block at Rome’s Zoo during a heatwave.
by M. Di Giovanni/BIOPARCO DI ROMA Getty

galapagos tortoise

Dirk the giant Galapagos tortoise is measured during London Zoo’s annual weigh-in
Picture: Paul Grover

camel moon

Camel – Moon!!
A Palestinian boy sits next to a camel on the beach in Gaza City during Eid Al-Fitr festivities, which mark the end of the holy fasting month of Ramadan.
by MOHAMMED ABED/GettyImages

 

Starry Night Wedding!!
A couple were over the moon when photographer Lakshal Perera managed to capture them and the Milky Way in their wedding photograph. The image was captured in a single 71-second exposure as newly-weds Shirley and Warren Andrews stood very still. It was taken on their farm in New South Wales, Australia.
by Lakshal Perera / Rex Features
NightShift !! Star trails swirl above the Hardy monument near Dorchester in Dorset in this long-exposure picture taken by amateur photographer Stephen Banks  by Stephen Banks/BNPS

Heavens Above!!
Star trails swirl above the Hardy monument near Dorchester in Dorset.
An amateur photographers late night sorties into the Dorset countryside this summer have produced some amazing pictures of the landscape and night sky rarely seen by the general public.
Stephen Bank’s collabrative Dorset arts project was nearly scuppered by the constant cloud and rain this year, with hardly any pictures being submitted – but undeterred as soon as the skies eventually cleared Stephen grabbed his own camera and a GPS and spent several nights criss-crossing the county to get his project completed.
by Stephen Banks/BNPS

The Tungurahua volcano spews large clouds of gas and ash near Banos, about 178km (110 miles) south of Quito, Ecuador Picture: REUTERS/Carlos Campana
The Tungurahua volcano spews large clouds of gas and ash near Banos, about 178km (110 miles) south of Quito, Ecuador
Picture: REUTERS/Carlos Campana
Mink

Inquisitive Mink, Isle of Mull, Great Britain!!
Martyn Lewis was attempting to photograph sea otters on the Isle of Mull, Scotland when an inquisitive non-native American Mink popped its head up from behind a rock. The mink crept closer and closer to Martyn as he captured everything on camera. The cheeky critter put on quite a show for Martyn, darting behind rocks, poking his nose in the air all while edging closer to him. As soon as the little fella worked out that I posed no threat, or rather, had no fish, he bounded back off along the shore foraging for food, said Martyn.
Picture: Martyn Lewis / Rex Features

giraffe new born

A mother giraffe gives her newborn calf a gentle nudge with her nose as it takes to its feet for its first wobbly steps at Marwell Wildlife, near Winchester, Hampshire
Picture: Ken Dear/Marwell Wildlife

african elephant

An African elephant sucks on a big block of ice containing a mix of fruits and vegetables, during a heat wave at the zoo in Erfurt, central Germany
Picture: by Jens Meyer

 

The Tungurahua volcano spews large clouds of gas and ash, near Banos in Ecuador  Picture: Carlos Campana/REUTERS
The Tungurahua volcano spews large clouds of gas and ash, near Banos in Ecuador
Picture: Carlos Campana/REUTERS

 

A King penguin gets covered in mud after a huge mud lake poured across the ice and separated them from the water at Salisbury Plain in South Georgia. The penguins emerged encased in mud before reaching the sea and throwing themselves into the ice-cold ocean for a much-needed wash.  Picture: Sjoerd van Berge Henegouwen/BNPS
A King penguin gets covered in mud after a huge mud lake poured across the ice and separated them from the water at Salisbury Plain in South Georgia. The penguins emerged encased in mud before reaching the sea and throwing themselves into the ice-cold ocean for a much-needed wash.
Picture: Sjoerd van Berge Henegouwen/BNPS
Escaping The Mara Crocs!!  This athletic gazelle had a lucky escape from the jaws of two crocodiles after managing to leap straight over them. But, incredibly, it jumped clean over them as it bounded across the water. Photographers Jonathan and Angela Scott caught the dramatic scene on camera in the Mara River, in the Masai Mara, Kenya.  Picture: J & A Scott/Photoshot/Solent

Escaping The Mara Crocs!!
This athletic gazelle had a lucky escape from the jaws of two crocodiles after managing to leap straight over them. But, incredibly, it jumped clean over them as it bounded across the water. Photographers Jonathan and Angela Scott caught the dramatic scene on camera in the Mara River, in the Masai Mara, Kenya.
Picture: J & A Scott/Photoshot/Solent

polar bear

A polar bear cools off in a pond at the zoo in Karlsruhe, southern GermanyPicture: ULI DECK/GettyImages

 

Giant panda Xinyue eats cake for its 10th birthday in Taihu Lake National Wetland Park in Suzhou, China Picture: Xinhua /Landov / Barcroft Media
Giant panda Xinyue eats cake for its 10th birthday in Taihu Lake National Wetland Park in Suzhou, China
Picture: Xinhua /Landov / Barcroft Media
Yang Guang, Edinburgh Zoo's male giant panda, walks up to a panda head shaped cake made for his ninth birthday Picture by David Moir

Panda Cake!!
Yang Guang, Edinburgh Zoo’s male giant panda, walks up to a panda head shaped cake made for his ninth birthday
Picture by David Moir

Moon Venus!!  Venus emerges from a crescent moon after being veiled in the night sky over Sapporo, northern Japan. A rarely seen eclipse of Venus by the transiting moon was observed in Japan.  Picture: Kyodo News

Moon Venus!!
Venus emerges from a crescent moon after being veiled in the night sky over Sapporo, northern Japan. A rarely seen eclipse of Venus by the transiting moon was observed in Japan.
Picture: Kyodo News

Wild Flowers!!  Some of the UK's rarest countryside flowers are enjoying a purple patch. This summer, the rare arable plants purple viper's bugloss and corn marigold have been putting on a stunning show at Adrian Thomas's arable farm near Lands End in Cornwall, creating a colourful floral carpet across the local countryside.  Picture: Marina Rule/National Trust

Wild Flowers!!
Some of the UK’s rarest countryside flowers are enjoying a purple patch. This summer, the rare arable plants purple viper’s bugloss and corn marigold have been putting on a stunning show at Adrian Thomas’s arable farm near Lands End in Cornwall, creating a colourful floral carpet across the local countryside.
Picture: Marina Rule/National Trust

Goldfish Bowl!!  Visitors look at goldfish at the Art Aquarium Exhibition in Tokyo  by Koji Sasahara

Goldfish Bowl!!
Visitors look at goldfish at the Art Aquarium Exhibition in Tokyo
by Koji Sasahara

Two tawny frogmouth chicks make their debut at Brookfield Zoo in Chicago  by Jim Schulz/ Brookfield Zoo / Rex Features

Two tawny frogmouth chicks make their debut at Brookfield Zoo in Chicago
by Jim Schulz/ Brookfield Zoo / Rex Features

 

Three bear cubs seem to be auditioning for a musical about a girl group such as the Supremes, as they play together in a forest in Finland. Ears pricked, these three little bear cubs stand on the lookout for danger. Wildlife photographer Jules Cox stayed overnight in a wooden hide to capture the brown bears.  by Julian Cox/Solent News & Photo Agency
Three bear cubs seem to be auditioning for a musical about a girl group such as the Supremes, as they play together in a forest in Finland. Ears pricked, these three little bear cubs stand on the lookout for danger. Wildlife photographer Jules Cox stayed overnight in a wooden hide to capture the brown bears.
by Julian Cox/Solent News & Photo Agency
Zebras stampede over a hidden camera during the annual migration in Masai Mara, Kenya. Irish photographer Paul Mckenzie hid a camera inside a fake plastic rock during the annual migration in Kenya's Masai Mara national reserve.  by Paul Mckenzie / Barcroft Media

Zebras stampede over a hidden camera during the annual migration in Masai Mara, Kenya. Irish photographer Paul Mckenzie hid a camera inside a fake plastic rock during the annual migration in Kenya’s Masai Mara national reserve.
by Paul Mckenzie / Barcroft Media

 

baby koala
Orphaned four-month-old koala joey Squeaky is cared for at Port Macquarie Koala Hospital, New South Wales, Australia. He was found whimpering in his mother’s pouch after she was struck by a car on the Oxley Highway two weeks ago. He’s a very quiet little fella, but he’s doing OK, hospital supervisor Cheyne Flanagan said. He just clings to a little sheepskin roll that mimics his mummy.
Picture: Newspix / Rex Features
Senior keeper Laura Robbins feeds nettles to a Rothschild giraffe at Dudley Zoological Gardens  Picture: Rex Features

Senior keeper Laura Robbins feeds nettles to a Rothschild giraffe at Dudley Zoological Gardens
Picture: Rex Features

 

 

A rock climber watches the sun setting over the sea. Amateur photographer Mike Meysner took this shot from the outlook of a cave at the water's edge at Grande Grotta on Kalymnos, a Greek island.  by Mike Meysner/Solent News & Photo
A rock climber watches the sun setting over the sea. Amateur photographer Mike Meysner took this shot from the outlook of a cave at the water’s edge at Grande Grotta on Kalymnos, a Greek island.by Mike Meysner/Solent News & Photo 

 

The Grinning Shark!!  This grinning shark has a reason to smile - it has just guzzled dozens of fish in a massive bait ball. The oceanic black-tip shark hurtled through a shoal of sardines, vacuuming them up as it went. Photographer Vladimir Levantovsky captured the image during the annual sardine run near Port St Johns, South Africa.  by Vladimir Levantovsky
The Grinning Shark!!This grinning shark has a reason to smile – it has just guzzled dozens of fish in a massive bait ball. The oceanic black-tip shark hurtled through a shoal of sardines, vacuuming them up as it went. Photographer Vladimir Levantovsky captured the image during the annual sardine run near Port St Johns, South Africaby Vladimir Levantovsky

 

Let the epic journey begin!!!
Let the epic journey begin!!!
Yippie!!!

Yippie!!!

 

Gorilla Fight!!!
Gorilla Fight!!!

 

A baby elephant, born on Sunday, is fed by its mother Pang Pha at the Berlin Zoo Picture: by Tobias Schwarz/REUTERS
A baby elephant, born on Sunday, is fed by its mother Pang Pha at the Berlin Zoo Picture: by Tobias Schwarz/REUTERS

 

Cat Cave!!!  A sand kitten sits in her enclosure at the Ramat Gan Safari near Tel Aviv, Israel, on August 14.   by Nir Elias / Reuters
Cat Cave!!!
A sand kitten sits in her enclosure at the Ramat Gan Safari near Tel Aviv, Israel, on August 14.
by Nir Elias / Reuters
Berry Cozy!!!  A wild Pacific tree frog perches on an unripe blackberry in Roseburg, Oregon, on August 11.   by Robin Loznak / for msnbc.com

Berry Cozy!!!
A wild Pacific tree frog perches on an unripe blackberry in Roseburg, Oregon, on August 11.
by Robin Loznak / for msnbc.com

Couch Pota-Joe!!!  Rhesus macaque "Joe" lies on a rock at the zoo in Dresden, Germany, on August 10. Looking bored stiff!!  by Arno Burgi /Getty Images

Couch Pota-Joe!!! Rhesus macaque “Joe” lies on a rock at the zoo in Dresden, Germany, on August 10. Looking bored stiff!! by Arno Burgi /Getty Images

Hold your tongue!!!  Four-day-old female black rhinoceros calf "Akili" stands next to her mother in their enclosure at the zoo in Berlin, Germany, on August 10.   by Gero Breloer

Hold your tongue!!!
Four-day-old female black rhinoceros calf “Akili” stands next to her mother in their enclosure at the zoo in Berlin, Germany, on August 10.
by Gero Breloer

 

Soaring Stork!!  A stork flies in Sieversdorf, Germany, on August 11. In the coming days storks will migrate to Africa for wintering.   by Patrick Pleul / Zuma Press
Soaring Stork!!
A stork flies in Sieversdorf, Germany, on August 11. In the coming days storks will migrate to Africa for wintering.
by Patrick Pleul / Zuma Press
Sleepy Swine!!  Piglets take a nap in the swine barn at the Douglas County Fair in Roseburg, Oregon, on August 9.  by Robin Loznak

Sleepy Swine!!
Piglets take a nap in the swine barn at the Douglas County Fair in Roseburg, Oregon, on August 9.
by Robin Loznak

Two heads are better than one !!! Two giraffes look in opposite directions as they stand together in their enclosure at the Schoenbrunn Zoo in Vienna, Austria on August 14.  by  Heinz-peter Bader / Reuters

Two heads are better than one !!! Two giraffes look in opposite directions as they stand together in their enclosure at the Schoenbrunn Zoo in Vienna, Austria on August 14. by Heinz-peter Bader / Reuters

Hiking Hedgehog!!  A hedgehog sits on a track near Hanover-Wuelferode, central Germany, on August 12. To protect their bodies, hedgehogs have around 5,000 spines on average.  by Julian Stratenschulte / Getty Images

Hiking Hedgehog!!
A hedgehog sits on a track near Hanover-Wuelferode, central Germany, on August 12. To protect their bodies, hedgehogs have around 5,000 spines on average.
by Julian Stratenschulte / Getty Images

Turtle Metro!!  A turtle lies on top of an alligator's back at the Summit Zoo in Panama City on August 10.   by Carlos Jasso / Reuters

Turtle Metro!!
A turtle lies on top of an alligator’s back at the Summit Zoo in Panama City on August 10.
by Carlos Jasso / Reuters

 

Swarm of Swans!!  A Kashmiri villager stands next to his swans at a field in Bandipora, India, on August 13.  by Danish Ismail / Reuters
Swarm of Swans!!
A Kashmiri villager stands next to his swans at a field in Bandipora, India, on August 13.
by Danish Ismail / Reuters
Birthday Boy!!!  Yang Guang, a male giant panda, licks honey from a bamboo stem during his ninth birthday celebrations in his enclosure at the Edinburgh Zoo in Scotland on August 14.   by David Moir / Reuters

Birthday Boy!!!
Yang Guang, a male giant panda, licks honey from a bamboo stem during his ninth birthday celebrations in his enclosure at the Edinburgh Zoo in Scotland on August 14.
by David Moir / Reuters

 

A red deer is pictured on August 14 near Strobl, Austria. by  Dieter Nagl / Getty Images
A red deer is pictured on August 14 near Strobl, Austria. by Dieter Nagl / Getty Images

 

This Baby Gibbon Looks Like An Amish E.T.
Does it not? And it’s wearing a little gibbon sweater. Jesus. And its little gibbon name is Knuppy. Double Jesus.

 

Polar bears play inside a pool at a zoo in Wuhan, China Picture: Xinhua /Landov / Barcroft Media
Polar bears play inside a pool at a zoo in Wuhan, China
Picture: Xinhua /Landov / Barcroft Media
Be Careful With Our Babies!!A man carries a bucket of puppies into his house as other dogs stay on the roof in a flooded area of Marikina, east of Manila, Philippines Picture: Aaron Favila

Be Careful With Our Babies!!A man carries a bucket of puppies into his house as other dogs stay on the roof in a flooded area of Marikina, east of Manila, Philippines Picture: Aaron Favila

Herne Bay sea front in Kent, England at sunset!!  by Shannon Hammond

Herne Bay sea front in Kent, England at sunset!!
by Shannon Hammond

 

A cheetah is caught in a spot of rain in this picture captured by keen photographer Tiziano Cei while on a safari tour in the Serengeti National Park in Tanzania
Picture: TIZIANO CEI / CATERS NEWS

 

Ralph the bald penguin is in desperate need of a new wetsuit. Ralph loses his feathers more quickly than the other penguins at Marwell Zoo during their annual moult, exposing his pale skin to the sun. He has a special wetsuit to protect him from the sun and keep him warm on colder evenings, but it has seen better days. Collection Manager at Marwell Wildlife, David White said: The last wetsuit was made to fit Ralph and had Velcro to make it easy to adjust when his feathers begin to come through and we are hoping for the same again. Picture: Marwell Zoo / Rex Features
Ralph the bald penguin is in desperate need of a new wetsuit. Ralph loses his feathers more quickly than the other penguins at Marwell Zoo during their annual moult, exposing his pale skin to the sun. He has a special wetsuit to protect him from the sun and keep him warm on colder evenings, but it has seen better days. Collection Manager at Marwell Wildlife, David White said: The last wetsuit was made to fit Ralph and had Velcro to make it easy to adjust when his feathers begin to come through and we are hoping for the same again.
Picture: Marwell Zoo / Rex Features
A sheep racing competition is held on a street in the town of Moffat in Dumfriesshire, Scotland Picture: Michael McGurk / Rex Features

A sheep racing competition is held on a street in the town of Moffat in Dumfriesshire, Scotland
Picture: Michael McGurk / Rex Features

 

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Golden snub-nosed monkeys are seen in a cage decorated with lotus lanterns at Everland amusement and animal park in Yongin, south of Seoul on May 24, 2012. The largest amusement park in South Korea organized the event to celebrate Buddha's birthday on May 28.   by JUNG YEON-JE
Golden snub-nosed monkeys are seen in a cage decorated with lotus lanterns at Everland amusement and animal park in Yongin, south of Seoul on May 24, 2012. The largest amusement park in South Korea organized the event to celebrate Buddha’s birthday on May 28.
by JUNG YEON-JE
Golden snub-nosed monkeys at Everland amusement and animal park in Yongin, south of Seoul, the largest amusement park in South Korea organized the event to celebrate Buddha's birthday on May 28.   by JUNG YEON-JE

Golden snub-nosed monkeys at Everland amusement and animal park in Yongin, south of Seoul, the largest amusement park in South Korea organized the event to celebrate Buddha’s birthday on May 28.
by JUNG YEON-JE

An Emu looks on at the Australian animal compound in the Beijing Zoo. The zoo grounds were originally a Ming Dynasty imperial palace and finally opened to the public in 1908. The zoo's history states that during the WWII, most of the zoo's animals died of starvation with only 13 monkeys and one old emu surviving the war.   PHOTO/Mark RALSTON

An Emu looks on at the Australian animal compound in the Beijing Zoo. The zoo grounds were originally a Ming Dynasty imperial palace and finally opened to the public in 1908. The zoo’s history states that during the WWII, most of the zoo’s animals died of starvation with only 13 monkeys and one old emu surviving the war.
PHOTO/Mark RALSTON

A stag beetle climbing up a trunk at the 'Hirschkaefer-Erlebniswelt' (stag beetle adventure world) in Graebendorf, eastern Germany, on May 23, 2012. The stag beetle, is the insect of the year 2012, and is listed as a threatened species.   by PATRICK PLEUL

A stag beetle climbing up a trunk at the ‘Hirschkaefer-Erlebniswelt’ (stag beetle adventure world) in Graebendorf, eastern Germany, on May 23, 2012. The stag beetle, is the insect of the year 2012, and is listed as a threatened species.
by PATRICK PLEUL

A stork collecting material for its nest flies over a field near Biebesheim, western Germany. In the upcoming weeks, the stork chicks will fledge and leave the region with their parents in late summer to go south to their wintering regions.  by BORIS ROESSLER

A stork collecting material for its nest flies over a field near Biebesheim, western Germany. In the upcoming weeks, the stork chicks will fledge and leave the region with their parents in late summer to go south to their wintering regions.
by BORIS ROESSLER

This is Lequinho', a two-month-old 'green monkey' (Cercopithecus pygerythrus), a species originary from South Africa, sitting on a tripod in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on May 22. 2012. Lequinho whose mother died upon giving birth, is being taken care of by a team of veterinarians and biologists   Photo by VANDERLEI ALMEIDA

This is Lequinho’, a two-month-old ‘green monkey’ (Cercopithecus pygerythrus), a species originary from South Africa, sitting on a tripod in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on May 22. 2012. Lequinho whose mother died upon giving birth, is being taken care of by a team of veterinarians and biologists
Photo by VANDERLEI ALMEIDA

A Panda Bear sleeping in the Olympic Games Panda Bear enclosure at the Beijing Zoo   by Mark RALSTON

A Panda Bear sleeping in the Olympic Games Panda Bear enclosure at the Beijing Zoo
by Mark RALSTON

Emus at the Australian animal compound in the Beijing Zoo on May. The zoo grounds were originally a Ming Dynasty imperial palace anpened to the public in 1908. The zoo's history states that during the WWII, most of the zoo's animals died of starvation with only 13 monkeys and one old emu surviving the war.   by Mark RALSTON
Emus at the Australian animal compound in the Beijing Zoo on May. The zoo grounds were originally a Ming Dynasty imperial palace anpened to the public in 1908. The zoo’s history states that during the WWII, most of the zoo’s animals died of starvation with only 13 monkeys and one old emu surviving the war.
by Mark RALSTON

This snail pictured here gatecrashed the red carpet during the 65th Cannes film festival on May 21, 2012 in Cannes.   by ALBERTO PIZZOLI

This snail pictured here gatecrashed the red carpet during the 65th Cannes film festival on May 21, 2012 in Cannes.
by ALBERTO PIZZOLI

 

Rio's zoo veterinarian Alex Spadetti plays with 'Lequinho', a two-month-old 'green monkey' (Cercopithecus pygerythrus), a species originally from South Africa, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on May 22. 2012. Lequinho, whose mother died upon giving birth, is being taken care of by a team of veterinarians and biologists .  by VANDERLEI ALMEIDA
Rio’s zoo veterinarian Alex Spadetti plays with ‘Lequinho’, a two-month-old ‘green monkey’ (Cercopithecus pygerythrus), a species originally from South Africa, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on May 22. 2012. Lequinho, whose mother died upon giving birth, is being taken care of by a team of veterinarians and biologists .
by VANDERLEI ALMEIDA

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Baby elephant Nayan, aged two, gets cooled off with water by keepers at Chester Zoo on May 22, 2012 in Chester, England.   by Christopher Furlong/Getty Images
Baby elephant Nayan, aged two, gets cooled off with water by keepers at Chester Zoo on May 22, 2012 in Chester, England.
by Christopher Furlong/Getty Images

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An Asian Macaque monkey preens a companion at the Monkey Hill compound in the Beijing Zoo. The zoo grounds were originally a Ming Dynasty imperial palace and finally opened to the public in 1908. The zoo's history states that during the WWII, most of the zoo's animals died of starvation with only 13 monkeys and one old emu surviving the war.  by Mark RALSTON

An Asian Macaque monkey preens a companion at the Monkey Hill compound in the Beijing Zoo. The zoo grounds were originally a Ming Dynasty imperial palace and finally opened to the public in 1908. The zoo’s history states that during the WWII, most of the zoo’s animals died of starvation with only 13 monkeys and one old emu surviving the war.
by Mark RALSTON
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A Siberian Tiger hides from the sun at the Beijing Zoo.   by Mark RALSTON

A Siberian Tiger hides from the sun at the Beijing Zoo.
by Mark RALSTON
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A Red Panda Bear sleeps in the Panda Bear enclosure at the Beijing Zoo on May 22, 2012. The zoo grounds were originally a Ming Dynasty imperial palace and finally opened to the public in 1908. The zoo's history states that during the WWII, most of the zoo's animals died of starvation with only 13 monkeys and one old emu surviving the war.   by Mark RALSTON http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/05/27/animal-photos-of-the-week_n_1548812.html#slide=1026125

 

A Red Panda Bear sleeps in the Panda Bear enclosure at the Beijing Zoo on May 22, 2012. The zoo grounds were originally a Ming Dynasty imperial palace and finally opened to the public in 1908. The zoo’s history states that during the WWII, most of the zoo’s animals died of starvation with only 13 monkeys and one old emu surviving the war.by /Mark RALSTON
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***EXCLUSIVE*** one-month-old female cheetah cub, left, delivered via a rare caesarian section, and her brother, delivered naturally but then abandoned, lick off what's left of their meals after a feeding at the National Zoo in Washington, Wednesday, May 23, 2012.   by Jacquelyn Martin
***EXCLUSIVE***
one-month-old female cheetah cub, left, delivered via a rare caesarian section, and her brother, delivered naturally but then abandoned, lick off what’s left of their meals after a feeding at the National Zoo in Washington, Wednesday, May 23, 2012.
by Jacquelyn Martin

 

Two-year-old female gorilla Afangui is pictured at a sanctuary in Cameroon after being kept illegally to attract tourists to a popular expatriate beach restaurant in Equatorial Guinea Picture: EPA/ZSL
Two-year-old female gorilla Afangui is pictured at a sanctuary in Cameroon after being kept illegally to attract tourists to a popular expatriate beach restaurant in Equatorial Guinea
Picture: EPA/ZSL
An inquisitive monkey peers into the jaws of a friendly dog. Photographer Pete Oxford captured the scene in Puerto Misahualli, Ecuador. Picture: Pete Oxford/Minden Pictures/Solent News & Photo Agency

An inquisitive monkey peers into the jaws of a friendly dog. Photographer Pete Oxford captured the scene in Puerto Misahualli, Ecuador.
Picture: Pete Oxford/Minden Pictures/Solent News & Photo Agency

Penguins enjoy the weather on the beach, a newly-launched walkthrough experience home to more than 70 Humboldt penguins at Dudley Zoo by Dudley Zoo / Rex Features

Penguins enjoy the weather on the beach, a newly-launched walkthrough experience home to more than 70 Humboldt penguins at Dudley Zoo
by Dudley Zoo / Rex Features

A young grey seal inspects photographer Jane Morgan's flipper off the coast of Lundy, off the coast of Devon, England Picture: Jane Morgan / Barcroft Media

A young grey seal inspects photographer Jane Morgan’s flipper off the coast of Lundy, off the coast of Devon, England
Picture: Jane Morgan / Barcroft Media

 

Blue Shark!! A diver swims with a blue shark in the Atlantic Ocean off the coast of Pico Island in the Azores, by Franco Banfi / Barcroft Media
Blue Shark!! A diver swims with a blue shark in the Atlantic Ocean off the coast of Pico Island in the Azores, by Franco Banfi / Barcroft Media

 

Dapper Deer !! A male Barasingha deer pup enjoys being groomed by his mother at the swamp deer enclosure at the zoo in Berlin on August 7.   by Christof Stache /Getty Images
Dapper Deer !! A male Barasingha deer pup enjoys being groomed by his mother at the swamp deer enclosure at the zoo in Berlin on August 7. by Christof Stache /Getty Images
 A panda's new pad !! Red panda Ole explores his new open air enclosure at the zoo in Hanover, Germany, on August 3. The red panda was brought to Hanover to meet three-year-old female red panda Shana and, as zookeepers hope, to become a couple.  by Holger Hollemann /Getty Images

A panda’s new pad !! Red panda Ole explores his new open air enclosure at the zoo in Hanover, Germany, on August 3. The red panda was brought to Hanover to meet three-year-old female red panda Shana and, as zookeepers hope, to become a couple. by Holger Hollemann /Getty Images

Wide-eyed !!! Lisimba, a two-month-old Hamlyn's monkey cub, is pictured with its mother, Karmina, on August 2 at the zoo in Mulhouse, France.  by Sebastien Bozon /Getty Images

Wide-eyed !!! Lisimba, a two-month-old Hamlyn’s monkey cub, is pictured with its mother, Karmina, on August 2 at the zoo in Mulhouse, France. by Sebastien Bozon /Getty Images

 Amorous Amur !!!! Kostik, an Amur leopard looks out from his enclosure at the Royev Ruchey Zoo in Krasnoyarsk, Russia, on August 7. The leopard was brought to the zoo as part of a breeding program. Amur leopards are one of the most endangered species of large cats in the world.  by Ilya Naymushin / Reuters

Amorous Amur !!!! Kostik, an Amur leopard looks out from his enclosure at the Royev Ruchey Zoo in Krasnoyarsk, Russia, on August 7. The leopard was brought to the zoo as part of a breeding program. Amur leopards are one of the most endangered species of large cats in the world. by Ilya Naymushin / Reuters

Wee little dragons !!! A male weedy sea dragon at the Monterey Bay Aquarium swims with some of his newly hatched babies in Monterey, Calif., on August 2.  by  Randy Wilder

Wee little dragons !!! A male weedy sea dragon at the Monterey Bay Aquarium swims with some of his newly hatched babies in Monterey, Calif., on August 2. by Randy Wilder

Enthusiastic Elephant !!! Rungwe, the first elephant born from artificial insemination in France, takes its first steps on August 6 at the Beauval Zoo in central France.  by Jean-francois Monier /Getty Images

Enthusiastic Elephant !!! Rungwe, the first elephant born from artificial insemination in France, takes its first steps on August 6 at the Beauval Zoo in central France. by Jean-francois Monier /Getty Images

Motherly Monkey !!! Owabi, a two-week-old monkey cub, one of the 25 most endangered primate species in the world, is pictured with its mother, Nyaga, on August 2 at the zoo in Mulhouse, France.  by Sebastien Bozon /Getty Images

Motherly Monkey !!! Owabi, a two-week-old monkey cub, one of the 25 most endangered primate species in the world, is pictured with its mother, Nyaga, on August 2 at the zoo in Mulhouse, France. by Sebastien Bozon /Getty Images

Nice tail! A baby rhesus macaque looks up as it plays with a tiger cub at a zoo in Hefei, China, August 2, 2012.  by  Jianan Yu / Reuters

Nice tail! A baby rhesus macaque looks up as it plays with a tiger cub at a zoo in Hefei, China, August 2, 2012. by Jianan Yu / Reuters

Statuesque Stork !!!! The silhouette of a stork standing on a rooftop is visible in front of the moon in Sieversdorf, Germany, on August 4. by  Patrick Pleul / Zuma Press

Statuesque Stork !!!! The silhouette of a stork standing on a rooftop is visible in front of the moon in Sieversdorf, Germany, on August 4. by Patrick Pleul / Zuma Press

Whooo are you? !!! Two tawny frogmouth chicks hatched on July 9 and 11 are seen at Brookfield Zoo in Brookfield, Ill. They are now a little over 3 weeks old and are being cared for by zookeepers because their parents abandoned the nest after only a few weeks of incubating their eggs. by  Jim Schulz

Whooo are you? !!! Two tawny frogmouth chicks hatched on July 9 and 11 are seen at Brookfield Zoo in Brookfield, Ill. They are now a little over 3 weeks old and are being cared for by zookeepers because their parents abandoned the nest after only a few weeks of incubating their eggs. by Jim Schulz

Roaming Rhino !! A black dehorned rhinoceros walks around the Bona Bona Game Reserve in Tswana, South Africa, on August 3.  by Stephane De Sakutin /Getty Images

Roaming Rhino !! A black dehorned rhinoceros walks around the Bona Bona Game Reserve in Tswana, South Africa, on August 3. by Stephane De Sakutin /Getty Images

Humble Hyena !!! Five-month-old spotted hyena "Juma" sits in her open air enclosure at a zoo in Berlin, Germany, on August 3. by Jorg Carstensen /Getty Images

Humble Hyena !!! Five-month-old spotted hyena “Juma” sits in her open air enclosure at a zoo in Berlin, Germany, on August 3. by Jorg Carstensen /Getty Images

Giraffe Gaffe!!! Two reticulated giraffes play at the zoo in Cologne, Germany. In the wild, giraffes live in sub-Saharan Africa. by Oliver Berg /Getty Images

Giraffe Gaffe!!! Two reticulated giraffes play at the zoo in Cologne, Germany. In the wild, giraffes live in sub-Saharan Africa. by Oliver Berg /Getty Images

 

Seoul, South Korea: Members of Coexistence for Animal Rights climb into cages to protest against eating dog meat.  by Chung Sung-Jun/Getty Images
Seoul, South Korea: Members of Coexistence for Animal Rights climb into cages to protest against eating dog meat.
by Chung Sung-Jun/Getty Images
A seven-day-old unnamed Siamang gibbon is carried by his mother Jamby at the safari park. Ramat Gan, Israel  by Uriel Sinai/Getty Images

A seven-day-old unnamed Siamang gibbon is carried by his mother Jamby at the safari park. Ramat Gan, Israel
by Uriel Sinai/Getty Images

 

White African lion cubs Lemon and Fintan rest in the heat at  Toronto zoo, Canada.  by Nathan Denette
White African lion cubs Lemon and Fintan rest in the heat at Toronto zoo, Canada.
by Nathan Denette

 

 I told you...... be QUIET!!! I'm the spokeswoman here!!!!!!!!
I told you…… be QUIET!!! I’m the spokeswoman here!!!!!!!
A squirrel trapped in a manhole cover is seen in Isenhagen, northern Germany. Police managed to free the animal by using olive oil. Pic by Police Hanover
A squirrel trapped in a manhole cover is seen in Isenhagen, northern Germany. Police managed to free the animal by using olive oil. Pic by Police Hanover
Rainbow Lightning in Cornisbrough, South Yorkshire England by Paul Willows from his bedroom window.

Rainbow Lightning in Cornisbrough, South Yorkshire England by Paul Willows from his bedroom window.

Rhino Dog!!! A new weapon has been launched in the fight against poaching in South Africa's game reserves - a specially trained dog. Russell the Belgian Malinois recently 'graduated' from the Mechem Training Centre in Pretoria and will use his super sense of smell to help track down poachers.will use his super sense of smell to help track down poachers. He and his handler are based at the Pilanesberg National Park Game Reserve where they will strive to protect the dwindling numbers of Black Rhino. This year alone 282 Rhinos have been killed - decimating the already highly endangered population. According to Russell's handler - who has not been named due to fear of retribution - it takes 36 hours for a person's scent to disappear from the scene of a rhino killing. He adds: "When we hear gunshots or suspect that there are poachers in the reserve, Russell will track them down easily". Russell's year long intensive training covered weapon detection, horn detection, tracking and hot scene intervention. by Michelly Rall

Rhino Dog!!! A new weapon has been launched in the fight against poaching in South Africa’s game reserves – a specially trained dog. Russell the Belgian Malinois recently ‘graduated’ from the Mechem Training Centre in Pretoria and will use his super sense of smell to help track down poachers.will use his super sense of smell to help track down poachers. He and his handler are based at the Pilanesberg National Park Game Reserve where they will strive to protect the dwindling numbers of Black Rhino. This year alone 282 Rhinos have been killed – decimating the already highly endangered population. According to Russell’s handler – who has not been named due to fear of retribution – it takes 36 hours for a person’s scent to disappear from the scene of a rhino killing. He adds: “When we hear gunshots or suspect that there are poachers in the reserve, Russell will track them down easily”. Russell’s year long intensive training covered weapon detection, horn detection, tracking and hot scene intervention. by Michelly Rall

An Airedale terrier with characters from The Muppets, including Kermit, Gonzo and Animal, is seen at a creative grooming dog show in the United States... by Ren Netherland / Barcroft Media

An Airedale terrier with characters from The Muppets, including Kermit, Gonzo and Animal, is seen at a creative grooming dog show in the United States… by Ren Netherland / Barcroft Media

Ant Bridge!! Now that's what you call teamwork. An army of ants join forces to bridge the gap between two leaves. The insects were snapped performing the stunt by photographer Yanuar Akbar, 38, from Jakarta, Indonesia. by YANUAR AKBAR / CATERS

Ant Bridge!! Now that’s what you call teamwork. An army of ants join forces to bridge the gap between two leaves. The insects were snapped performing the stunt by photographer Yanuar Akbar, 38, from Jakarta, Indonesia. by YANUAR AKBAR / CATERS

Yawning Seal!! A sleepy elephant seal pup yawns on the beach. Wildlife photographer Wayne Lynch captured the moment on camera during a visit to Patagonia, Southern Argentina. Pic: AllCanadaPhotos/Photoshot/Solent News & Photo Agency

Yawning Seal!! A sleepy elephant seal pup yawns on the beach. Wildlife photographer Wayne Lynch captured the moment on camera during a visit to Patagonia, Southern Argentina. Pic: AllCanadaPhotos/Photoshot/Solent News & Photo Agency

Rhino Cal Girl!! American conservation student Alana Russell watches over a four-month-old black rhino calf at the Entabeni Safari Conservancy in South Africa. by STEPHANE DE SAKUTIN/GettyImages

Rhino Calf Girl!! American conservation student Alana Russell watches over a four-month-old black rhino calf at the Entabeni Safari Conservancy in South Africa. by STEPHANE DE SAKUTIN/GettyImages

Rungwe, the first elephant born from artificial insemination in France, takes his first steps near his mother, N'Dala, at the Beauval zoo, in Saint-Aignan-sur-Cher, central France. by JEAN-FRANCOIS MONIER/GettyImages

Rungwe, the first elephant born from artificial insemination in France, takes his first steps near his mother, N’Dala, at the Beauval zoo, in Saint-Aignan-sur-Cher, central France. by JEAN-FRANCOIS MONIER/GettyImages

Mars Landscape!! This image taken by NASA's Curiosity shows what lies ahead for the rover - its main target, Mount Sharp. The rover's shadow can be seen in the foreground, and the dark bands beyond are dunes. Rising up in the distance is the highest peak Mount Sharp at a height of about 3.4 miles. The Curiosity team hopes to drive the rover to the mountain to investigate its lower layers, which scientists think hold clues to past environmental change. by NASA/JPL-Caltech / Rex Features

Mars Landscape!! This image taken by NASA’s Curiosity shows what lies ahead for the rover – its main target, Mount Sharp. The rover’s shadow can be seen in the foreground, and the dark bands beyond are dunes. Rising up in the distance is the highest peak Mount Sharp at a height of about 3.4 miles. The Curiosity team hopes to drive the rover to the mountain to investigate its lower layers, which scientists think hold clues to past environmental change. by NASA/JPL-Caltech / Rex Features

 

A ring-tailed lemur baby clings onto mum Roxy at Bristol Zoo Gardens!! by Bob Pitchford
A ring-tailed lemur babyb clings onto mum Roxy at Bristol Zoo Gardens by Bob Pitchford
Four baby meerkats have been born at Bristol Zoo Gardens. At less than three weeks old, the tiny meerkats weigh around just 30g at birth and still have their eyes closed. They are being looked after around the clock by the rest of the meerkat group - which includes seven other youngsters born earlier this year.  by Bob Pitchford

Four baby meerkats have been born at Bristol Zoo Gardens. At less than three weeks old, the tiny meerkats weigh around just 30g at birth and still have their eyes closed. They are being looked after around the clock by the rest of the meerkat group – which includes seven other youngsters born earlier this year. by Bob Pitchford

A newborn marmoset sits on the hand of a keeper at the zoo in Eberswalde, Germany. A marmoset gave birth to three young on June 29, but she could not feed the third one. so it is now being raised by hand. Picture: BERND SETTNIK/AFP/GettyImages

A newborn marmoset sits on the hand of a keeper at the zoo in Eberswalde, Germany. A marmoset gave birth to three young on June 29, but she could not feed the third one. so it is now being raised by hand.
Picture: BERND SETTNIK/AFP/GettyImages

A macaque enjoys an ice lolly made from carrots frozen in cranberry juice to help it cool off at Bristol Zoo. Lynsey Bugg, assistant curator of mammals at the zoo, said: Giving fruit and vegetables frozen in water or fruit juice to our animals is a great way of helping them to keep cool in this hot weather. It is also an interesting treat for them and provides the perfect enrichment activity toy. Picture: Bob Pitchford

A macaque enjoys an ice lolly made from carrots frozen in cranberry juice to help it cool off at Bristol Zoo. Lynsey Bugg, assistant curator of mammals at the zoo, said: Giving fruit and vegetables frozen in water or fruit juice to our animals is a great way of helping them to keep cool in this hot weather. It is also an interesting treat for them and provides the perfect enrichment activity toy.
Picture: Bob Pitchford

A chimpanzee at Safaripark Beekse Bergen in the Netherlands licks a block of ice during a spell of hot sunny weather Picture: EPA/KOEN VAN WEEL

A chimpanzee at Safaripark Beekse Bergen in the Netherlands licks a block of ice during a spell of hot sunny weather
Picture: EPA/KOEN VAN WEEL

Swimming Monkey Metro!! A young Japanese macaque rides on its mother's back and tries to keep its head above water as she dives for food in Jigokudani, Japan Picture: Dave Stevenson / Rex Features

Swimming Monkey Metro!! A young Japanese macaque rides on its mother’s back and tries to keep its head above water as she dives for food in Jigokudani, Japan Picture: Dave Stevenson / Rex Features

Germany Animals

A mother hippopotamus and her calf lie in the sun at the zoo in Berlin. by MARKUS HEINE

A pig wallows in a mud pool in Buren, the Netherlands. by KOEN VAN WEEL

A pig wallows in a mud pool in Buren, the Netherlands. by KOEN VAN WEEL

Amur tiger Tschuna and Sumatran tiger Daseep play with enrichment sacks - hessian bags filled with used bedding from the giraffe and tapir enclosures to their hunting and tracking skills - at Dudley Zoo Picture: Dudley Zoo / Rex Features

Amur tiger Tschuna and Sumatran tiger Daseep play with enrichment sacks – hessian bags filled with used bedding from the giraffe and tapir enclosures to their hunting and tracking skills – at Dudley Zoo
Picture: Dudley Zoo / Rex Features

A zookeeper carries a 45-day-old lion cub named Kalila at the zoo near Amman in Jordan Picture: REUTERS/Ali Jarekji

A zookeeper carries a 45-day-old lion cub named Kalila at the zoo near Amman in Jordan
Picture: REUTERS/Ali Jarekji

Paignton Zoo's big cat keeper Helen Neighbour (left) and zoo vet Catherine Bergzoll vaccinate a lion cub. The four lion cubs at Paignton Zoo, in Devon, received their routine vaccinations at nine weeks. The cubs, who are yet to be named, will get their second round of injections at 12 weeks and are then given annual boosters. by Paignton Zoo

Paignton Zoo’s big cat keeper Helen Neighbour (left) and zoo vet Catherine Bergzoll vaccinate a lion cub. The four lion cubs at Paignton Zoo, in Devon, received their routine vaccinations at nine weeks. The cubs, who are yet to be named, will get their second round of injections at 12 weeks and are then given annual boosters. by Paignton Zoo

A young male jaguar snarling at the Bioparque M'Bopicua in Uruguay. by Juan Villalba

A young male jaguar snarling at the Bioparque M’Bopicua in Uruguay. by Juan Villalba

Leopards cross a dirt road before heading into a jungle at the Yala National Park in Sri Lanka. by Dinuka Liyanawatte

Leopards cross a dirt road before heading into a jungle at the Yala National Park in Sri Lanka. by Dinuka Liyanawatte

This cheeky chappie is an increasingly rare sight in the wild. The European Hamster was spotted transporting food in its bulging cheek pouches at a cemetery in Vienna. They are considered to be critically endangered in some European countries because they are considered to be farmland pests and are widely trapped for their fur.

This cheeky chappie is an increasingly rare sight in the wild. The European Hamster was spotted transporting food in its bulging cheek pouches at a cemetery in Vienna. They are considered to be critically endangered in some European countries because they are considered to be farmland pests and are widely trapped for their fur.

The Eagle!!

The Eagle!!

Duck and fish sharing bread at a local pond in Warrington, Cheshire, England by Darren Moston

Duck and fish sharing bread at a local pond in Warrington, Cheshire, England by Darren Moston

Two adult bottlenose dolphins leap into the air in the Kessock Channel near Inverness, Scotland. More of the dolphins have been spotted in these waters this year than any other time since the mid-1990s. Where usually only half a dozen would be seen on a typical summer's day, 20 individuals including seven youngsters were spotted in one day by conservation officers from the Whale and Dolphin Conservation Society (WDCS). Picture: Charlie Phillips / WDCS / Barcroft Media

Two adult bottlenose dolphins leap into the air in the Kessock Channel near Inverness, Scotland. More of the dolphins have been spotted in these waters this year than any other time since the mid-1990s. Where usually only half a dozen would be seen on a typical summer’s day, 20 individuals including seven youngsters were spotted in one day by conservation officers from the Whale and Dolphin Conservation Society (WDCS).
Picture: Charlie Phillips / WDCS / Barcroft Media

Giant panda Guo Guo cares for her newborn cub after giving birth at the Wolong research base in southwest China's Sichuan Province Picture: Quirky China News / Rex Features

Giant panda Guo Guo cares for her newborn cub after giving birth at the Wolong research base in southwest China’s Sichuan Province
Picture: Quirky China News / Rex Features

Zhao Shutang's grandaughter rests in her pram while his pet dog, Hei Hei, pulls it along in Cangzhou, China Picture: Feature China / Barcroft Media

Zhao Shutang’s grandaughter rests in her pram while his pet dog, Hei Hei, pulls it along in Cangzhou, China
Picture: Feature China / Barcroft Media

A giraffe calf named Dorle, born on 2 July, stands in the enclosure at the Friedrichsfelde zoo in Berlin. by BRITTA PEDERSEN/GettyImages

A giraffe calf named Dorle, born on 2 July, stands in the enclosure at the Friedrichsfelde zoo in Berlin. by BRITTA PEDERSEN/GettyImages

 

Lion by Rupert Bridgman
Lion by Rupert Bridgman

 

Seeing Stripes!!  A young zebra stands next to its mother at the Zoologischer Garten zoo in Berlin on July 31.   by Christof Stache /Getty Images
Seeing Stripes!!
A young zebra stands next to its mother at the Zoologischer Garten zoo in Berlin on July 31.
by Christof Stache /Getty Images
Seal Appeal!!!  Young seals look up at the zoo in Friedrichskoog, northern Germany, on July 29.   by Daniel Bockwoldt / Getty Images

Seal Appeal!!!
Young seals look up at the zoo in Friedrichskoog, northern Germany, on July 29.
by Daniel Bockwoldt / Getty Images

Charismatic Cheetahs!!!  Two 3-month-old cheetah cubs get some shade from the heat at the National Zoo in Washington, D.C., on July 28.   by Jacquelyn Martin

Charismatic Cheetahs!!!
Two 3-month-old cheetah cubs get some shade from the heat at the National Zoo in Washington, D.C., on July 28.
by Jacquelyn Martin

Follow the leader!!  A duck walks out of a pound followed by five ducklings at the 18th Evian Masters golf tournament in Evian, France on July 28.  by Denis Balibouse / Reuters

Follow the leader!!
A duck walks out of a pound followed by five ducklings at the 18th Evian Masters golf tournament in Evian, France on July 28.
by Denis Balibouse / Reuters

Pint-size pachaderm!!  Female elephant baby Bindi explores at the zoo in Cologne, Germany, on July 27. The elephant calf was born two days earlier to mother Shu Tu Zar.   by Federico Gambarini

Pint-size pachaderm!!
Female elephant baby Bindi explores at the zoo in Cologne, Germany, on July 27. The elephant calf was born two days earlier to mother Shu Tu Zar.
by Federico Gambarini

Getting Nosey!!  A polar bear swims in the water at the Botanic Garden Zoo in Stuttgart, Germany.   by Marijan Murat /Getty Images

Getting Nosey!!
A polar bear swims in the water at the Botanic Garden Zoo in Stuttgart, Germany.
by Marijan Murat /Getty Images

Whoo are you looking at?!!  An owl is seen at Jordan's zoo near Amman on July 26.  by Ali Jarekji

Whoo are you looking at?!!
An owl is seen at Jordan’s zoo near Amman on July 26.
by Ali Jarekji

Pecking Order!!!  Gannets gather on their nesting grounds on Bonaventure Island in Perce, Quebec.   by Jacques Boissinot / The Canadian Press

Pecking Order!!!
Gannets gather on their nesting grounds on Bonaventure Island in Perce, Quebec.
by Jacques Boissinot / The Canadian Press

 

Fancy Flamingo!!!  A flamingo is photographed at the Dresden Zoo on July 31  by Matthias Rietschel
Fancy Flamingo!!!
A flamingo is photographed at the Dresden Zoo on July 31
by Matthias Rietschel
He Gives a Hoot!!!  A young great grey owl hoots next to its father at the Zoologischer Garten zoo in Berlin on July 31.   by Christof Stache / Getty Images

He Gives a Hoot!!!
A young great grey owl hoots next to its father at the Zoologischer Garten zoo in Berlin on July 31.
by Christof Stache / Getty Images

 

Future Ranger with lion cub!!

 

chimp waving hi there
Chimp Waving!! Hi there!!
Feathery Owls!!

Feathery Owls!!

Extreme Goats, Mountain Goats!!
Extreme Goats, Mountain Goats!!

Lol Cat, Come Back

Lol Cat, Come Back

Yogi Orangutan

Yogi Orangutan

Camel Goat Metro, Mind The Gap!!

Camel Goat Metro, Mind The Gap!!

Flying Cat!!

Flying Cat!!

Flying Toad!!

Flying Toad!!

Attack of the ostrich army!!

Attack of the ostrich army!!

 

Hippo Duck Metro!! A mallard duck rests on a hippo, in a lake at Longleat Safari Park in Wiltshire Picture: Longleat Safari Park/PA
Hippo Duck Metro!! A mallard duck rests on a hippo, in a lake at Longleat Safari Park in Wiltshire
Picture: Longleat Safari Park/PA
Moscovy Duck

Moscovy Duck!! Muscovy ducklings swim between bubbles, caused by rain drops from an afternoon thunderstorm, at a pond in Pembroke Pines, Florida, US
Picture: J Pat Carter/AP

 

USA CHEETAH
Sarah, an 11-year-old cheetah at the Cincinnati Zoo, breaks her own world record by running 100m in 5.95 seconds in this National Geographic magazine picture taken at the zoo’s Regional Cheetah Breeding Facility (Mast Farm) in Clermont County, Ohio. Sarah was clocked at 61mph (101kph) and broke her previous record of 6.13 seconds which she set in 2009.
Picture: REUTERS/ Ken Geiger/National Geographic Magazine

 

Nessie hunter George Edwards has waited 26 years for this sight, and he now believes he has the best picture ever taken of the Loch Ness monster. He spends around 60 hours a week taking tourists out on his boat Nessie Hunter IV, and has led numerous Nessie hunts over the years. But this image has convinced him that there really is a monster - or monsters - out there. It shows a mysterious dark hump moving in the water towards Urquhart Castle. After watching the object for five to ten minutes, Mr Edwards said it slowly sank below the surface and never resurfaced. Picture: George Edwards/CASCADE NEWS
Nessie hunter George Edwards has waited 26 years for this sight, and he now believes he has the best picture ever taken of the Loch Ness monster. He spends around 60 hours a week taking tourists out on his boat Nessie Hunter IV, and has led numerous Nessie hunts over the years. But this image has convinced him that there really is a monster – or monsters – out there. It shows a mysterious dark hump moving in the water towards Urquhart Castle. After watching the object for five to ten minutes, Mr Edwards said it slowly sank below the surface and never resurfaced.
Picture: George Edwards/CASCADE NEWS
Moonfish!!

A diver swims with a huge ocean sunfish off the coast of San Diego, California
Picture: Daniel Botelho / Barcroft Media

This broody farmyard hen was spotted sitting on a litter of kittens after they strayed in to her nest. A cat intruded on her usual nesting spot and used it to keep her kittens warm. Instead of kicking up a fuss, the bird appeared to adopt the four kittens and sat on the kittens and their mother. Husband and wife Linda and Richard Oldani captured the sight on camera at their farm in Clymer, New York. Picture: Richard & Linda Oldani/Solent

This broody farmyard hen was spotted sitting on a litter of kittens after they strayed in to her nest. A cat intruded on her usual nesting spot and used it to keep her kittens warm. Instead of kicking up a fuss, the bird appeared to adopt the four kittens and sat on the kittens and their mother. Husband and wife Linda and Richard Oldani captured the sight on camera at their farm in Clymer, New York.
Picture: Richard & Linda Oldani/Solent

 

Lol Hedgehog: Iz this Youtube?
Lol Hedgehog: Iz this Youtube?
Otterly Hilarious!!

Otterly Hilarious!!

Bottoms Up Hipsters!!!

Bottoms Up Hipsters!!!

 

A monkey keeps cool during summer heat at Nanjing Zoo, Jiangsu Province, China Picture: Quirky China News / Rex Features
A monkey keeps cool during summer heat at Nanjing Zoo, Jiangsu Province, China
Picture: Quirky China News / Rex Features
Buddhist Elephant!! A decorated elephant takes part in a parade during the annual Buddhist festival of the Temple of the Tooth in Kandy, Sri Lanka Picture: Gemunu Amarasinghe/AP

Buddhist Elephant!! A decorated elephant takes part in a parade during the annual Buddhist festival of the Temple of the Tooth in Kandy, Sri Lanka Picture: Gemunu Amarasinghe/AP

 

 

A 50-foot-long whale shark dwarfs a boat off the coast of Cancun, Mexico, in this over- and underwater shot... Picture: Shawn Heinrichs / Wild Aid / Barcroft Media
A 50-foot-long whale shark dwarfs a boat off the coast of Cancun, Mexico, in this over- and underwater shot…
Picture: Shawn Heinrichs / Wild Aid / Barcroft Media
...A freediver watches a whale shark feed off the coast of Cancun, Mexico. Photographer Shawn Heinrich took this set of pictures to promote global shark conservation. Picture: Shawn Heinrichs / Wild Aid / Barcroft Media

…A freediver watches a whale shark feed off the coast of Cancun, Mexico. Photographer Shawn Heinrich took this set of pictures to promote global shark conservation.
Picture: Shawn Heinrichs / Wild Aid / Barcroft Media

Three barn owl chicks snooze in their fluffy bed in Saxumundham, Suffolk. Photographer Paul Sawer spotted the young barn owls snuggling at the entrance to their nest in a tree stump, waiting for parents return with food, close to his home in Suffolk. Picture: Paul Sawer/FLPA/Solent News & Photo Agency

Three barn owl chicks snooze in their fluffy bed in Saxumundham, Suffolk. Photographer Paul Sawer spotted the young barn owls snuggling at the entrance to their nest in a tree stump, waiting for parents return with food, close to his home in Suffolk.
Picture: Paul Sawer/FLPA/Solent News & Photo Agency

A rainbow forms as water from the Yellow River gushes out after being released from Liujiaxia Hydroelectric Power Station, Gansu, China Picture: SHI YOUDONG/CHINE NOUVELLE/SIPA / Rex Features

A rainbow forms as water from the Yellow River gushes out after being released from Liujiaxia Hydroelectric Power Station, Gansu, China
Picture: SHI YOUDONG/CHINE NOUVELLE/SIPA / Rex Features

Feijie the orangutan pretends to play badminton, with a racquet and shuttlecock, at Xiangjiang Safari Park in Guangzhou, China... Picture: KeystoneUSA-ZUMA / Rex Features

Orangutan Badminto!!! Feijie the orangutan pretends to play badminton, with a racquet and shuttlecock, at Xiangjiang Safari Park in Guangzhou, China…
Picture: KeystoneUSA-ZUMA / Rex Features

Orangutan Table Tennis!! Clutches a table tennis bat while wearing a gold medal around his neck Picture: KeystoneUSA-ZUMA / Rex Features

Orangutan Table Tennis!! Clutches a table tennis bat while wearing a gold medal around his neck Picture: KeystoneUSA-ZUMA / Rex Features

 

Now that's a mouthful!! by William Dalton
Now that’s a mouthful!! by William Dalton

Zebras

Mother’s love is peace. It need not be acquired, it need not be deserved.

Waiting for the answer (praying otter) - By Marac @ DP challenge

Waiting for the answer (praying otter) – By Marac @ DP challenge

The King Gets Thirsty!!

The King Gets Thirsty!!

Butterflies/Moths

Butterflies/Moths

Green -Eyed Cat by Alain and Alesha

Green -Eyed Cat by Alain and Alesha

Cat and Kitty!!

Cat and Kitty!!

 

.This is the duckling managed to wriggle free and dropped from the tree tops back into the water. Photographer Paul Hughes captured the incident while walking next to a duck pond in Dublin, Ireland. Picture: Paul David Hughes / Barcroft Med
This is the duckling managed to wriggle free and dropped from the tree tops back into the water. Photographer Paul Hughes captured the incident while walking next to a duck pond in Dublin, Ireland. Picture: Paul David Hughes / Barcroft Med

 

This duckling had a lucky escape when a heron seized it in its jaws and flew up into a tree to swallow it...
This duckling had a lucky escape when a heron seized it in its jaws and flew up into a tree to swallow it. ..The duckling managed to wriggle free and dropped from the tree tops back into the water. Photographer Paul Hughes captured the incident while walking next to a duck pond in Dublin, Ireland.
Pic by Paul David Hughes / Barcroft Med

 

Gobbler!! This duck seemed to have bitten off more than it could when it attempted to swallow a huge bullfrog whole. After a lengthy and dramatic struggle the duck managed to manoeuvre the frog head-first into its bill...  by Mircea Costina / Rex Features
Gobbler!!
This duck seemed to have bitten off more than it could when it attempted to swallow a huge bullfrog whole. After a lengthy and dramatic struggle the duck managed to manoeuvre the frog head-first into its bill…
by Mircea Costina / Rex Features

 

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