Saturday, December 10, 2011

[] Animals In News


A ram named Changmao has formed an inseparable bond with a female deer named Chunzi at the Yunnan Wild Animal Park in Kunming, Yunnan Province, China. The animal park handlers say that Changmao has integrated itself into the deer herd and is now the dominant male. The male sheep now mates with the six female deer of the herd, although Chunzi is his favourite.

A fearless warthog turns the tables on a cheetah who wanted it for dinner, at the Tshukudu Private Game Reserve in South Africa. As the big cat sprinted towards its prey, the warthog performed a u-turn and charged towards the baffled cheetah who quickly bolted in the opposite direction. The cheetah was left embarrassed and hungry and loped off with its tail between its legs in search of an easier meal. The shots were captured by wildlife photographer Stu Porter.

Elephant baby Soraya shows some tricks on her first birthday at the zoo in Hanover, Germany

A tame golden eagle approaches a hunter during an annual hunting competition outside Almaty, Kazakhstan

A white tigress named Yamuna looks after her 30-day-old cubs Luv and Kush at Gandhi Zoological Park in Gwalior, Madhya Pradesh, India

Snow leopards Sarani, left, and Sabu in their outdoor habitat at The Fragile Kingdom at Brookfield Zoo in Brookfield, Ill.

A white tiger cub is pictured with its mother Lisa at the zoological park of Cerza in Hermival-les-Vaux, northern France

A Great White Shark slams into a cage containing photographer Julian Cohen off Neptune Island, just off the coast of South Australia. He said: "I took these photos to demonstrate the magnificent power of these animals, not to make them look like crazed killers." We're not sure he succeeded in that aim.

"Scuba Santa" feeds a giant blotched fantail ray named Khudsiah at an aquarium in Kuala Lumpur

A three-month-old orangutan baby peeks out from inside a wooden box in East Kutai, East Kalimantan province. It was rescued after becoming separated from its mother. Experts say there are about 50,000 to 60,000 orangutans left in the wild, 80 percent of them in Indonesia and the rest in Malaysia.

Sumatran orangutan Dewi licks pavlova from her hands on her birthday at Melbourne Zoo

Baby gorilla baby Tano sits on his keeper's lap at Wilhelmina Zoo in Stuttgart, Germany

This photo by the Danau Girang Field Centre with the Sabah Wildlife Department shows rare proboscis monkeys. Expanding palm-oil plantations in Malaysian Borneo are rapidly eating into the habitat of the rare proboscis monkey and causing its numbers to decline sharply. The reddish-brown primate, which is named for its distinctive large and fleshy nose, is found only on Borneo, a large island divided up between Malaysia, Indonesia and Brunei.

A giant panda named Yang Guang chews on bamboo stems at its new home in the Edinburgh Zoo

Two giant pandas, Qinchuan and Lele, play at the Jinle zoo after a snowfall in Weifang, east China's Shandong province

In this December 24, 2010 photo, Pusuke, the world's oldest living dog according to Guinness World Records, is shown in Sakura in Tochigi Prefecture, north of Tokyo. The fluffy tan Shiba-mix dog, recognised as the world's oldest living dog last December, died on Monday after suddenly falling ill and refusing to eat or go on his morning walk, owner Yumiko Shinohara told reporters at her home in Sakura. Pusuke died at the age of 26 years and eight months.

Four-year-old Pekinese Zhu Zhu (Pearl) walks backwards on her hind legs with owner Hu Xianwei in Handan, Hebei Province, China. Hu Xianwei says that when they go out his Zhu Zhu insists on walking backwards and can keep going for over 2km. Hu was given Pearl by a neighbour in 2008. "She was small but very smart". Since then Hu has taught Zhu Zhu a number of commands. "She has learnt more than 20 skills in only 8 months." Hu says: "Her best skill is simulating war scenes. When she sees me pointing at her with a gun-shaped hand she will stare at me motionlessly; when she hears a "bang" sound she will instantly hit the ground." When they go for a walk Zhu Zhu stands on her hind legs and strolls backwards. Hu comments: "She never skips a day of walking backwards". Hu said someone offered him a good price for Pearl, but he refused. "I won't sell her no matter how much the price is."

A cat plays with a mouse in Arnsberg, western Germany

A giraffe licks its lips at the Houston Zoo in Texas

Walker the polar bear plays with a hard hat on his third birthday at the Highland Wildlife Park in Kingussie, Scotland

This ant appears to be attempting to burst a bubble, not realising it is a glass marble. The image was captured by amateur snapper Teguh Santosa outside his home in Indonesia. Teguh had placed marbles on a wall wet with rain to try and divert the marching ants towards him so that he could photograph them close-up. But this ant refused to be moved and instead tried to 'burst' the glass ball, before storming over the top, pausing on top to look at the view.

A blue tit perches on branch in snow, at the Cairngorms National Park, Scotland

A tiny Willie Wagtail bird swoops at a crow to defend its nest. Leon Geljon photographed the encounter at a campsite in Dubbo, Australia. He says: "I found it quite amusing to see such a small bird defending its nest - it was continuously dive bombing the crow. This went on for at least ten minutes, giving me plenty of time to grab the camera and capture some interesting shots. It got to the point that the crow simply gave up and flew off."

A black-headed gull tries to catch a piece of food in Kunming, capital of southwest China's Yunnan Province. As winter falls, tens of thousands of black-headed gulls migrate from Siberia to Kunming.

An aquarium in China has given a 'gay' penguin couple a newborn to raise. Twin baby penguins were born at Harbin Polar Land in northeast China's Heilongjiang Province at the end of November. To ensure both babies were taken care of staff decided to hand one of the newborns over to a 'gay' penguin couple. This couple are notorious in the aquarium's penguin community as they have been caught many times stealing eggs during the hatching season.

Mongolian tribesmen take part in a camel race during the winter Naadam festival in Hulun Buir, north China's Inner Mongolia region

Zookeepers feed a three-week-old Eland antelope at the Buenos Aires Zoo

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