A lion licks its paw in Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park in South Africa
Kimon, an eight-year-old female long-tailed monkey, grooms a kitten on Bintan Island, Indonesia. Kimon reportedly has such strong maternal instincts that she treats the cat just like one of her own offspring.
Hungary hippo: A three-week-old pygmy hippo calf walks in front of a keeper at Szeged Zoo, near Budapest
A white ibis steals a ring-tailed lemur's food at Zoo Miami, Florida
Two cheetahs groom each other and appear to be kissing after making a kill in the Masai Mara, Kenya
Haui-san, a 14-week-old clouded leopard, reaches out for the camera at the San Diego Zoo
Pope Benedict XVI strokesa lion cub as he greets circus artists and workers, at the Vatican
Japanese macaques, commonly referred to as "snow monkeys", bathe in an open-air hot spring at the Jigokudani (Hell's Valley) Monkey Park in Yamanouchi, Nagano prefecture, Japan
Camels are seen on a snow-covered pasture in Berkenthin, northern Germany. The owner trains the animals for film productions.
A red squirrel feeds on nuts left by visitors in a park in Minsk, Belarus
Swiss Shepherd dog Talli feeds orphaned tiger cubs and her own puppies in the Russian Black Sea resort of Sochi. The little tigers, two male cubs named Olymp and Dar and one female cub Talli, were born last month in the Oktyabrsky Zoo but abandoned by their mother.
A male Hartmann's mountain zebra foal stands with its mother at Blackpool Zoo
An urban fox is harried by a magpie as it looks for food in a Birmingham garden
A woman swims next to a stingray at Stingray City in Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands