An African spurred tortoise with two heads and five legs is displayed in Slovakia.
A black rhino is transported by helicopter in South Africa. This was all part of a relocation plan for black rhinos, meant to move the endangered species to less populated areas so that they have a better shot at survival.
Researchers dressed in panda costumes put a panda cub into a basket before transferring it to a new living environment at the Hetaoping Research and Conservation Center on February 20. The panda costumes are part of a new plan to reintroduce captive giant pandas back into the wild. (Reuters)
A kitten is given oxygen after being saved in a house fire in Missoula, Montana. “He wasn’t breathing too well,” said Firefighter Brett Cunniff, who scooped up the tiny body and gently carried it outside into the fresh, cool air. “So I put some oxygen on him.” Minutes later, the kitten was in the back of an ambulance, cradled in the arms of emergency medical technician Paige Ostanhowski, who held an oxygen mask to a button nose turning a healthy shade of pink. He survived and is doing well.
Two-year-old chimpanzee “Do Do” feeds milk to “Aorn”, a 60-day-old tiger cub.
Famous cross-eyed opossum Heidi inspects her new home at the newly built tropical hall of the Zoo in Leipzig, Germany. Unfortunately, Heidi passed away in September.
From photographer Amy Sly: “Amid the crowds of protestors and media in Zuccotti Park, this little guy was just hanging out on Danielle’s shoulder. She found the squirrel a few months ago under a tree near her house after a heavy storm. Its legs were broken and a veterinarian told her it likely wouldn’t recover. Instead of putting the squirrel down, Danielle adopted it and nursed it back to health. Now they go everywhere together. The squirrel’s name is Hazelnut, she likes peanut butter, and her leash is made of braided hemp.”
This little orange seal has been ostracized by his fellows for being ginger. Also, unfortunately, he is almost blind. He was found waiting for his mother under a log on Tyuleniy Island in Russia. He was picked up and taken by staff at a dolphinarium to keep him from anymore emotional stress. Good news though, the seal is doing much better. Now named Nafanya – after a lookalike Soviet cartoon character – the seal was given VIP treatment and has now moved into a plush new home at the country’s leading aquarium.
Loukanikos, the riot dog, watches as riot policemen try to avoid an exploding petrol bomb thrown by protesters during a demonstration in Athens, Greece.
A boy plays with a cat while his father works on their shack at the slum of Las Mayas in Caracas, Venezuela on May 31.