Two lion cubs play-fighting on the Masai Mara in Kenya
Picture: Ed Brown / Rex Features
A cheetah named Dubai gave birth to 7 cubs 12 weeks ago which are said to B̶̲̥̅ε extremely playful & their mum is doing a great job to bring them up!!!
- Two white-tailed kites exchange their prey in mid-air. Photographer Steve Shinn captured the sight in rural Orange County, California. He says: “The male goes hunting and returns with loud chirps to alert the waiting female. She flies up to meet him and takes the prize from his talons. She then goes to a nearby branch to rip into it. Occasionally the male will return to eat one himself, but sometimes the female will fly over and take it from him by force and eat it while sitting next to him.”
Picture: Steve Shinn / Rex Features
Aurora Scotland, GB !!
An Aurora Borealis display is captured over Royal Deeside in Aberdeen, Scotland
Picture: Jim Henderson / Barcroft Media
Aurora Alaska !!
The Aurora Borealis is seen above houses in Chugach Foothills Park in Anchorage, Alaska
Picture: Anchorage Daily News, Bill Roth/AP
This small bird made sure this sambar deer knew who was boss, by resting its foot on the deer’s nose. The cheeky black drongo (Dicrurus macrocercus) perched on several deer at Thailand’s Huai Kha Kheang Wildlife Sanctuary.
Picture: Nate Chappell / Rex Features
- Orangutan Mother And Baby Rescued From Isolated Patch Of Forest, SUMATRA, INDONESIA
A wide-eyed baby orangutan screams with fear as a charity worker plucks him to safety from imminent death. The emaciated baby and his mother had become terrified of humans after palm oil workers bulldozed their habitat. The desperate pair had been on the brink of starvation and had just days left before their home was wiped out for good by encroaching deforestation.
Picture: Hanna Adcock / Barcroft USA
These ants proved their strength when they caught a dragonfly after it fell out of a spider’s web. The tiny trio were dwarfed by the winged insect but they appeared to make light work of holding it upright while balancing on a very narrow twig…Photographer Adhi Prayoga spotted the action in a tree close to his home on the island of Lombok, Indonesia.
Picture: Adhi Prayoga/Solent News & Photo
Twin Crocs !!
Staff at a crocodile park in Xiamen, southeast China’s Fujian Province, were surprised when twin baby crocodiles hatched from the same egg. Keeper Xiao Zeng said: I have witnessed the birth of thousands of baby crocodiles, but it’s first time for me to see two crocodiles in one egg.
Picture: Quirky China News / Rex Features
Two green-fingered brothers have grown a huge pumpkin weighing more than 1,100 pounds. Twins Ian and Stuart Paton, 51, have spent the last six months nurturing the giant orange squash to make it the largest for miles around…Toddler Bailey Martin, nearly two, had fun clambering over the massive gourd, which is over a metre high, at their nursery near Lymington, Hampshire, Hants.
Picture: Simon Czapp/Solentnews.biz
Zookeeper Jeff Harwell dives into a pool closely followed by 450lb Bengal tiger Akasha during the Tiger Splash Show at Out of Africa Wildlife Park in Camp Verde, Arizona
Picture: Kathleen Reeder/Solent News
Left: A giant panda named Qing Feng looks at a big moon cake at Nanshan Zoo. Right: A panda eats a specially-baked moon cake at Suzhou Taihu National Wetland Park to mark China’s traditional Mid-Autumn Festival
Picture: Xinhua /Landov / Barcroft Media
Fur Flies In Otter Fish Fight !!
Two European river otters fight in the waters off the Isle of Mull, Scotland. The brothers first indulged in a spot of aquatic wrestling in an apparent attempt to dunk one another. Things got more heated when one lucky otter managed to get their paws on a fishy treat. As he tried to swallow the morsel down the other appeared to do its best to steal it clean from out of his moth.
However, after all of the fun and games the pair showed there were no hard feelings by curling up together for a rest.
Despite their name, European river otters can also be found living along the coast near salt water.
However, they are not true sea otters and still require regular access to fresh water for drinking and to clean their fur.
Typically, river otters are nocturnal, but on Mull they are more dependent on the tide and can be spotted during the day.
Due to their high metabolic rate, which keeps them warm, otters must consume a large amount of food.
As such European river otters need to consume about 15% of their body weight per day and spend between 3 and 5 hours a day feeding.
Picture: Danny Green/2020VISION / Rex Featrues
Owl Always Love You !!
A male burrowing owl tries to win the affection of a female. The female owl was perched in a meadow when the male owl flew over to her. Photographer Steve Shinn captured many entertaining poses of the owls in Orange County, California. He said: Eventually the female turned towards the male but only to warn him to go away.
Picture: Steve Shinn / Rex Features
A beluga whale wears a wreath at the Hakkeijima Sea Paradise aquarium in Yokohama, near Tokyo
Picture: Itsuo Inouye
Daredevil Crocodile Handlers Put On A Show !!
Joko Tingkir chews a betel leaf inside a crocodile’s mouth at the Crocodile Park Cibarusah in Indonesia
Picture: Sinar Sakti Images / Barcroft Media
Sunrise Silhouette !!
A couple walk hand in hand along Tynemouth beach, North Tyneside, as the sun rises after a week of bad weather
Picture: Owen Humphreys/PA Wire
- Elephants gather at dusk to drink at a watering hole in Tsavo East national park, Kenya. WWF has enlisted religious leaders in the fight to end the slaughter of Africa’s elephants and rhinos by poachers
Photograph: Ben Curtis
Illegal Ivory trade in the Philippines !!
A Filipino wildlife official shows seized elephant tusks and dried sea turtles estimated to be worth more than $2m from a shipment that came from Tanzania in 2009. The Philippines has launched an investigation into the alleged involvement of Catholic priests in the illegal trade of African ivory in the country, officials said. Elephant tusks are commonly used in the manufacture of statues, figurines and image replicas of saints
Photograph: Dennis M. Sabangan/EPA
Penguins swim in the ocean after their release by workers from the South African Foundation for the Conservation of Coastal Birds, Cape Town. More than 200 penguins found covered in oil following a spillage were washed clean, fed and restored to health. Thirty birds were released last week
Photograph: Schalk van Zuydam
Villagers look at a wounded end !!
Indian veterinarians are struggling to save the life of a rare one horned rhinoceros that was shot and dehorned by poachers in the jungle of Parku hills after it wandered out of a flooded Kaziranga national park
Photograph: Biju Boro/AFP/Getty Images
- Sumatran Elephants !!
Ayu Rosalina, a Sumatran elephant calf that was born on Tuesday, stands near her mother at the Conservation Response Unit (CRU) Sampoiniet, in Aceh Jaya, Indonesia. The Sumatran elephant could be extinct in the wild in under 30 years unless immediate steps are taken to protect its rapidly diminishing habitat, environmental group WWF said on Tuesday. IUCN, the International Union for Conservation of Nature, raised its listing of the Sumatran elephant subspecies from endangered to critically endangered after nearly 70% of its habitat and half its population has been lost in one generation
Photograph: Heri Juanda/
Satellite and acoustic tags onto the dorsal fin of a great white shark !!
Captain Brett McBride places his hand on the snout of his crew’s first specimen while scientists collect blood, tissue samples and attach tracking devices on the research vessel Ocearch off the coast of Chatham, US. Before release, the 15ft, 2,292lb shark was named Genie for the famed shark researcher Eugenie Clark. The Ocearch team baits the fish and leads them on to a lift, tagging and taking blood, tissue and semen samples up close. The real-time satellite tag tracks the shark each time its dorsal fin breaks the surface, plotting its location on a map
Photograph: Stephan Savoia
Ivan, a four-year-old lion, in private roadside zoo in Novi Pazar, Serbia. Three lions were acquired from Belgrade zoo by a private citizen in 2009, before the legislation came into force that prohibits possession of dangerous wild animals. Serbian wildlife authorities confiscated the animals and asked Four Paws Animal Welfare Foundation to transfer them to Africa. This week the three lions from Serbia were released alongside two tigers from Germany into Lionsrock big cat sanctuary in South Africa
Photograph: Mihai Vasile/Four Paws/Reuters
A whale shark in the Galapagos Islands, Ecuador. The Galapagos national park, Charles Darwin Foundation (CDF) and the University of California are satellite tagging whale sharks – the world’s largest species of fish – in order to understand migration patterns
Photograph: Jonathan Green/Galapagos National Park/REUTERS
A black-tufted marmoset (Callithrix penicillata) monkey walks on electric cables in an urban area in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Photograph: Sergio Moraes/Reuters
A squirrel (Sciuridae) sits on a tree during an autumn day
Red squirrels have been wiped out from a large swath of northern Italy, threatening a further biodiversity crisis for the species on a par with its near extinction in the British Isles. There are now no red squirrels left in an area of more than 1,150 square kilometres in Piedmont, according to research from the universities of Turin, Genoa and Varese
Photograph: Mikhail Metzel/
Leopard Skins Recovered From Poacher In India !!
At least four leopards have been poached and their body parts entered into illegal wildlife trade every week for at least 10 years in India, according to the latest report from the wildlife trade monitoring body Traffic
Photograph: Raj K Raj/Getty Images
A manatee is seen near an outlet in Riviera Beach, Florida !!
A manatee known as Lil Joe was rescued from a river near Orlando, Florida, where he had become trapped. This is the second time that the 23-year-old has been rescued by authorities since he was set free early last year. He was taken in as a newborn orphan and raised in zoos and aquariums for more than two decades
Photograph: Carlos Barria/Reuters
Great egrets (Ardea alba) enjoy sunny weather on a lake in Antonin, central Poland
Photograph: Janek Skarzynski/AFP/Getty Images
- Valley of Flowers National Park in Chamoli District !!
Funghi on a fallen tree seen in the Valley of Flowers national park
Photograph: Harish Tyagi/
A male Robinson Crusoe firecrown perched on a branch on Robinson Crusoe Island. Invasive species are crowding out the unique native plants and birds that evolved during more than a million years of isolation before the first people moved into the Juan Fernández archipelago, composed of three remote islands; Robinson Crusoe, Alejandro Selkirk and Santa Clara, about 416 miles west of the Chilean mainland
Photograph: Julio Leiva
This was released in advance of World Rhino Day last Saturday, campaigners called on Vietnam to increase efforts to address the illegal trade of rhino horn, which is threatening rhino populations in both Africa and Asia. This year nearly 400, possibly more South African rhinos have been poached to meet demand in Asian consumer markets, particularly Vietnam
Photograph: Ding Haitao/Corbis
One of the ZSL animal photography prize 2012 winning pictures, Last Chance To See, of two manatees taken by Ibrahim Roushdl. The competition, the first of its kind run by the Zoological Society of London, launched in April in a bid to inspire amateur and professional photographers to capture the wonders of the natural world
Photograph: Ibrahim Roushdl/ZSL
Red river hog mother Dagamba cuddles her baby Tonka !!
Red river hog mother Dagamba with her baby Tonka at the Zoologischer Garten zoo in Berlin. Tonka was born on 1 September 2012 at the zoo. In the wild, the pigs live in Africa, preferring areas close to rivers or swamp
Photograph: Ole Spata/AFP/Getty Images
- Blue poppies (Papaveraceae) in the Valley of Flowers national park high in the Himalayas in the Chamoli district, India. The remote valley is famous for its meadows of alpine flowers and stretches over an area of 87.5 square kilometres. With more than 300 varieties of flowers, it was declared a national park in 1982 and a Unesco world heritage site in 1988Photograph: Harish Tyagi
A stag among a herd of deer in a forest in Rambouillet, near Paris. Autumn marks the start of the rutting season when the large red deer stags can be heard roaring and barking in an attempt to attract femalesPhotograph: Kenzo Tribouillard/AFP/Getty Images
A brown bear cub walks in an area of taiga near the village of Ust-Mana, Russia
Photograph: Ilya Naymushin/Reuters
The male purple-rumped sunbird has a dark maroon upper side with a blue-green crown that is visible in some angles. The species is endemic to the Indian subcontinent
Photograph: Firoz Ahmed/Corbis
WESTERN INDIAN OCEAN IS HOME TO SECOND MOST DIVERSE CORAL REEFS
The results of a decade-long study have shown that the northern Mozambique Channel has the highest diversity of corals in the central, northern and western Indian Ocean
Photograph: Sterling Zumbrunn/CI
A rescued baby river dolphin is cared for by biologists on the Pailas River in Santa Cruz, Bolivia. Bolivian president, Evo Morales, announced a new a law to protect Amazon river dolphins. The law bans fishing for the freshwater dolphins and encourages programmes to protect them and their habitats, which have been damaged by erosion, pollution and woodcutting in the river basins
Photograph: Dado Galdieri/
Two suspected wildlife smugglers are pictured standing next to their car, along with two plastic crates containing four tiger cubs, and endangered pangolins, after they were arrested, at a police station in the central province of Ha Tinh, Vietnam. The IUCN-SSC PangolinSG was re-established in February 2012 in recognition of widespread global threats to pangolins and to address the lack of understanding of the species and their conservation needs.
Photograph: STR/AFP/Getty Images
A Brazilian three banded armadillo (Tolypeutes tricinctus), also known as tatu-bola in Portuguese, in Rio de Janeiro. The tatu-bola – an endangered species – was chosen as the mascot of the Fifa World Cup Brazil 2014
Photograph: Vanderlei Almeida/AFP/Getty Images
Oddie Translates Tweets on Twitter !!
Bill Oddie translates bird call into tweets at ZSL London zoo. According to Oddie, trained ears can pick up on the subtle differences that alter the meaning of a bird call. ‘Every bird has a bit of a vocabulary. They have seven different areas of sound, and they will all have meaning. It might be a young bird asking for food, or a bird saying this is my territory,’ he said
Photograph: Jeff Moore