Friday, November 30th, 2012
Dawn breaks over phosphorescent blue waves on Stanwell Park beach, south of Sydney, after algae, noctiluca scintillans, forced swimmers and surfers out of the water at Sydney’s Bondi and a number of neighbouring beaches. Beaches around southeastern Australia’s coastline reopened after a red algal bloom forced them to close to the public.
Picture: Matt Smith/vieu.com.au/AFP/Getty Images
- A baby mountain gorilla hitching a lift with its mother in the Bwindi impenetrable forest, Uganda.
Picture: Kelvin Lack
An albino wallaby is pictured in the frost at the Auchingarrich Wildlife Park in Comrie, Scotland.
Picture: Alex Todd / Barcroft Media
A seal plays in the sea foam on the east coast of Scotland
Picture: Anna Henly / Barcroft USA
Two orphaned wombats, called Turtle-belle and Phoenix, are all packed and ready for San Diego. Here they will become some of the first animals to move into the city zoo’s new Australian habitat. The cuddly marsupials will travel in style, boarding a Qantas flight in comfortable custom-built crates, complete with a bed of hay.
Picture: Jay Town/Newspix / Rex Features
- Lion cub plays with dad !!
Lions waterhole trio!!
- A three-day-old Asian Elephant born at Chester zoo takes a walk outside for the first time
Picture: Peter Byrne/PA
- An angry lioness launches herself at a male – but ends up sitting on his head, looking like a lion hat. She pounced at the male when he tried to discipline her cubs, but misjudged the distance. Park ranger Jacques Matthysen photographed the moment at a game reserve in South Africa.
Picture: JACQUES MATTHYSEN / CATERS NEWS
Gangnam Style Leopard Dance!!
The leopard may look like he’s doing the moves from popular music video Gangnam Style, by standing on his back legs and dancing, but he’s trying to impress a female. Mohammed Alnaser photographed the dancing big cat in the Londolozi Private Game Reserve in Sabi Sands, South Africa.
Picture: MOHAMMED ALNASER / CATERS NEWS
A baboon gives a young goat a piggyback as they play together in the afternoon sun. South African wildlife photographer captured the scene in Namibia. Orphaned baboons are sometimes used to protect livestock from predators on farms.
Picture: Martin Harvey/Photoshot/Solent News
This banana leaf tree frog was determined not to become a tree snake’s lunch. It struggled and tried to kick free for several minutes, hanging on to a branch while the snake continued to bite its leg and drag it up a tree. But the struggle was in vain as the painted bronze back tree snake eventually got its meal. The ordeal was caught on camera by photographer, Syaiful Arif, who watched the scene in a forest of Jombang, East Java. Indonesia.
Picture: Syaiful Arif/Rex Features
A mother and her daughter check out a red algal bloom in the water at Clovelly Beach in Sydney. A number of beaches in Australia have been closed after the sea turned blood red. The thick red bloom sits on the surface of the water and is accompanied by a ‘fishy smell’. Testing is currently being conducted to discover the cause of the algae, with one suggestion that it has been caused by an upwelling of colder nutrient-rich water. The algae in question is actually thought to be blue-green algae, which is often brown, red or pink in colour.
Picture: Newspix / Rex Features
A red squirrel jumps over a brook on a sunny day in Lazienki park in Warsaw, Poland
Picture: Alik Keplicz/AP
A diver dressed as Santa Claus swims with dolphins at Hakkeijima Sea Paradise in Yokohama, south of Tokyo
Picture: REUTERS/Yuriko Nakao
A mallard duck loses his balance on the ice and is sent sliding across the surface of a frozen pond in Dortmund, Germany
Picture: UDO SCHLOTTMANN / CATERS NEWS
Three chimpanzees study an orange peel closely after their keeper had thrown some oranges into their enclosure. They stared at it for a long time, but in the end they decided it wasn’t going to be very tasty. They were photographed at Zoo Miami by photographer Adrian Tavano.
Picture: Adrian Tavano/Solent News & Photo Agency
A baby monkey heads out to explore the jungle – but is yanked back by its protective mother. The pigtail macaque was constantly grabbed back by its hind leg as it played near Pariaman, in West Sumatra, Indonesia.
Picture: Siljori Images / Barcroft Indi
PCSO Steve Huxtable coaxes an emu into a police car after it had escaped and was seen walking around Barnstaple in North Devon
Picture: Devon and Cornwall Police /PA
A a great white shark leaps out of the water clutching a decoy seal in its jaws. The picture of the shark hovering in mid-air above the water was taken by Dana Allen in False Bay, off Cape Town in South Africa. Dana’s team spent three days trying to set up the shot by using a rubber ‘decoy’ seal to tempt the sharks out. He said: “The strike, when it happens, takes just over a second, up and out and back into the water. If you flinch, you can miss it. We were getting ourselves settled, preparing for a long wait and then whoosh! In an instant the four metre great white shark was up and out of the water, right in front of our eyes. The water was streaming off its body and I pressed my trigger button. It almost seemed like slow motion and I remember seeing the eyes and the teeth as the shark leapt up.”
Picture: DANA ALLEN / CATERS NEWS
A close-up of a kingfisher emerging from the water with a fish in its beak. The moment was captured by wildlife photographer Sam Stewart, 21, near his home in Wimborne, Dorset. Sam spent hours patiently watching the kingfisher on the banks of a river to record the dive.
Picture: Sam Stewart / Barcroft Media
A bed and breakfast owner who reckons he has found the world’s smallest hen’s egg confessed he took it in his pocket to show his pals at the pub. Paul Rae found the 20p piece-sized egg on Sunday morning alongside three normal-sized ones in his henhouse at the business he runs with wife Margaret in Humshaugh, Northumberland. He is hoping to get confirmation that his is the smallest egg, beating a previous claim which weighed 7.3g, as his is just 5g, 2.5cm high and 2cm across.
Picture: Owen Humphreys/PA
A fox curls up for a snooze on fur coats that were donated by former fur-wearers who have had a change of heart for Kent-based The Fox Project, which takes in and nurtures hundreds of red foxes that have been injured because of hunting, traffic accidents and pest control, as well as orphaned cubs. We may not be able to bring back animals ruthlessly killed for their coats, but we can put these products of cruelty to good use as bedding to comfort injured or orphaned animals, among other things, says PETA Associate Director Mimi Bekhechi.
Picture: Rosie Barnett / www.foxproject.org.uk
- A grey seal appears to be striking a pose like a model on the beach…
Picture: Thorsten Milse/Robert Harding/Barcroft Media
A grey seal appears to be striking a pose like a model on the beach much to the amusement of the other seals. German wildlife photographer Thorsten Milse captured the happy marine mammals in Heligoland, Germany.
Picture: Thorsten Milse/Robert Harding/Barcroft Media
A black rhinoceros calf strikes a cheeky pose at Berlin Zoo
Picture: Imago / Barcroft Media
A monkey licks a block of ice with fruits encased in it during the annual Monkey Buffet Festival, in front of the Pra Prang Sam Yot temple in Lopburi province, Thailand
Picture: REUTERS/Chaiwat Subprasom
A young orphaned gorilla is cared for by Dawn Zimmerman and another gorilla doctor in a sanctuary in Rwanda. WHEN zoologist Dian Fossey was murdered in 1985 there were just 250 mountain gorillas left in Africa’s Virunga mountains. But thanks to The Gorilla Doctors she inspired, they have doubled in number. The multi-national group operates in the heart of the jungle, treating maimed and critically ill gorillas.
Picture: Molly Feltner/Gorilla Doctors/Barcroft Media
A cat named Bleugems Believe-in-me waits to be exhibited at the Supreme Championship Cat Show at the NEC in Birmingham
Picture: Oli Scarff/Getty Images
- Male Weedy Sea Dragon!!
Photograph by Richard Wylie
This mother cheetah, with five cubs nearby, made it clear that her limits had been met (or exceeded).
Photograph by Scott Belt
This is a photo of a “family” of pink anemonefish in and around their host anemone. If you look closely you can also see the small anemone shrimp (tiny white eyes) in and around the anemone.
Photograph by Mike Ricciardi
Bear Cub, Brooks Falls,Alaska
Photograph by Douglas Croft
This pheasant is proudly calling to mark its territory spotted with poppies, and seems to like to wear one of them as a mask—the right face at the right place for the right shot.
Photograph by Michel Giaccaglia
Oryx, Dunes, Namibia
Oryx captured in Namib-Naukluft National Park in Namibia just after sunset. They are heading through the dunes in search of food and water.
Photograph by Mikael Stiller
These are tentacles from freshwater mollusks known as bryozoa, similar to soft coral in the sea. They are aquatic colonial animals that grow on the rocks, branches, and leaves under the water.
Photograph by Yuanqi Wu
Great Horned Owl, Florida
Photograph by Ken Blye
Zebra Fight, Masai Mara, Kenya
Photograph by Justin Bowen
A local stray cat prepares to strike but the brave lizard decides to fight back and shows showed no fear facing up to the massive moggy. The battle was caught on camera by amateur photographer Adzrin Taib on a patch of grass in Malaysia.
Picture: ADZRIN TAIB / CATERS NEWS
- Lion at Mombo Camp, Okavango Delta, Botswana by Sergey Gorshkov https://www.facebook.com/gorshkov.photo
Welcome to Russia (Red Foxes) by Sergey Gorshkov https://www.facebook.com/gorshkov.photo
Leopard, Okavango Delta, Botswana
by Sergey Gorshkov https://www.facebook.com/gorshkov.photo
- Fox Cub Cutie!!
White Rhinos at Mala Mala, South Africa
Lion Talker Kevin Richardson hanging out with the lion kings
Black footed cat stretch!!
Black footed cat II
Lion ready to pounce!!
Monochrome Lion Roar
by Modisa Wildlife Project
The Four Kings!!
Black footed cat III
- Over the rainbow: The incredible image of the leopard hiding in a tree against a stunning rainbow backdrop was taken in Kenya by British wildlife photographer Paul Goldstein
Patience: A leopard hides steathily on a tree branch while a lion patrols below
Picture: Paul Goldstein
- Feeding the Almost Extinct Mountain Bongo at the William Holden Animal Orphanage Nanyuki, Kenya.
Report says only 103 remaining in the Wild..
Photograph: Onesmus Ole Irungu