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Thursday, March 14, 2013

Animals In News
Abayed, whose name means "white", was hospitalised and treated after a bullet pierced his spine and paralysed him some two years ago. He now walks with a specially-made wheeled walking aid
A Standard poodle has her hair straightened during the Crufts dog show in Birmingham
A jackal and a vulture fight for food in the Giant's Castle Nature Reserve in the Drakensberg region of South Africa. Wildlife photographer Mitchell Krog captured the fighting as the creatures scrapped over scattered bones...
...Mitchell Krog also captured a group of black-backed jackals that arrived on top of the mountain in the late afternoon to come and steal the meaty bones that were placed out for the vultures.
An orangutan plays at Hagenbeck zoo in Hamburg, Germany
A llama seeks shelter from the snow next to an abandoned school bus at Cox Farms in Centreville, Virginia
A male southern elephant seal appears to chuckle in the waves at Gold Harbour, South Georgia, Antarctic Peninsula
A male baby Bornean orangutan clings to his mother at the Singapore Zoo
Lindsay Knutson plays with her dog Aspen and daughter Flora, as her husband Bob shovels snow, in Minneapolis
Meet the woman on a mission to dispel the myths about one of the world's most feared ocean predators by swimming with great white sharks without protection. Shark conservationist Ocean Ramsey said: "It's difficult to express the incredible joy and breathtaking emotion experienced locking eyes with a great white shark. Watching the shark acknowledge and observe me, while I peacefully and calmly allowed it to swim towards me, and then experiencing it accepting my touch. The connection I felt as I repeatedly petted and hitched a ride on these sharks reminded me of my experience with horses. A lot can be said between two creatures that don't speak the same language."
Four bear cubs climb up a tree for safety as an alpha male approaches them. Fearing for her cub's lives the mother bear urged them to scramble up the nearest tree trunk while she kept watch on the ground. The scene was captured by photographer Lauri Tammik in woods in north Finland.
A spring lamb gambols in a field near Berkel en Rodenrijs, the Netherlands, during a bout of sunny weather
A web-footed gecko licks its eyeball in the Namib desert of Namibia. The elusive reptile spends most of the day buried in the sand, and uses its long tongue to both clean its eyes of dust and drink the moisture which collects on its eyes when the morning mist rolls in from the sea.
Ron Evans, Primate Centre Team Leader at the zoo in Cincinnati, lies with a baby gorilla named Gladys the way a mother Western Lowland Gorilla would with her young. The baby gorilla was born on January 29 at a Texas zoo to a first-time mother who wouldn't care for her. Zoo workers and volunteers are acting as surrogate mothers to prepare the baby to be introduced to two female gorillas at the Cincinnati Zoo who might accept her.
elegraph reader and regular pix of the day contributor Darren Moston writes: "I went to Walton Gardens near Warrington as the weather was so lovely and decidded to visit the farm to see what animals were there. I'm glad I did, as one of the peacocks was doing his display for the ladies." 

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