January 3 – 10: Animals

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In this January 3, 2015 photo, a monkey carries her cub inside Machia Park in Villa Tunari in Bolivia’s department of Cochabamba. Machia Park is a state park that serves as a refuge for wildlife, and is the beginning of Bolivia’s section of the Amazon rainforest. (Photo by Juan Karita/AP Photo)

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Cat and Mouse Metal Body Armour by Jeff de Boer

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Jeff de Boer is a Canadian artist and he started a sculpting project over 30 years ago. He creates impressive metal armour suits for cats and mice based on different historical eras. He has everything covered from Ancient Rome gladiator armor, to Renaissance knight armor suits. Jeff sculpts with a variety of metals but mostly bronce and copper. Just to give you an idea of his dedication, one tiny mouse armour suit takes from 10 to 40 hours to make, and a cat armor takes from 50 to 200 hours.

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The London Zoo’s Annual Stocktake of Animals

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Sumatran tiger cubs and their parents walk around their enclosure at London Zoo in London, January 5, 2015. The annual stock take and animal count, a requirement of London Zoo’s license, included additions to the international conservation breeding programme such as the three tiger cubs and Philippine crocodiles. (Photo by Toby Melville/Reuters)

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Riding a Snail

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Frog legs it! Indonesian flying frog tries to hitch a ride on snail’s back before realising it would be quicker to hop it alone. A tiny frog struck up an unlikely friendship with a giant African land snail after clambering onto its shell to catch a ride. The bright green Wallace’s flying frog was spotted giving the snail a quick kiss before it hopped onto its back where it sat for a few minutes. Photographer Hendy Mp, 25, captured the unusual antics in the woods near his home in Sambas, Indonesia, and sat just 30cm away from the friendly pair while they played. “I couldn’t help but laugh when I saw them, it was very funny. I haven’t seen anything else like it”, he said. (Photos by Hendy Mp/SOLENT/Visual Press Agency)

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Sunny Butterflies of Winter California

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A monarch butterfly rests on a visitor’s hand at the Monarch Grove Sanctuary in Pacific Grove, California December 30, 2014. Monarch butterflies may warrant U.S. Endangered Species Act protection because of farm-related habitat loss blamed for sharp declines in cross-country migrations of the orange-and-black insects, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service said. (Photo by Michael Fiala/Reuters)

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December 27 – January 2, 2015: Animals

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An injured hippo lies on the street after jumping off from a truck in Miaoli county, December 26, 2014. One witness said she rushed outside after hearing a loud commotion as she was watching TV at home and saw the hippo butting its head furiously against a parked car. The hippo was eventually overcome with exhaustion and lay down on the ground, appearing to be suffering from injuries including broken teeth and a broken leg. Witnesses said the hippo had tear-like watery secretions coming from its eyes. Staff at the farm said it was one of two hippos that was being transported from a temporary shelter to their renovated home at the farm. Staff members suggested that the hippo must have been startled at some point in the trip, leading it to jump through a ventilation window in their container and collide with a parked car. As the owner could not provide legal import documents for the hippo, an internationally protected wild animal, Miaoli police decided to turn him in to prosecutors for breaching the Wildlife Conservation Act. The Miaoli County government will also slap a fine of NT$15,000 (US$472.45) -NT$75,000 (U$2,365) on the owner for his failure to protect the animal. New transportation arrangements have been made to return the two hippos back to their habitat in Taichung, this time under sedation by veterinarians, according to a farm official. (Photo by Reuters/Stringer)

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December 20 – 27, 2014: Animals

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A baby orangutan plays with a Christmas costume at the zoo in Dvur Kralove nad Labem, 146 kilometers east of Prague, Czech Republic, Sunday, December 21, 2014. Christmas Day came early for some animals in the zoo, where the employees prepared presents for them filled with dried fruit, nuts, clothes or dishes. (Photo by David Tanecek/AP Photo/CTK)

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Seth Casteel’s Cute Puppies Learning To Swim

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Seth Casteel‘s underwater puppies are the perfect portrait subjects: Full of personality, snuggle-worthy, and ready to play ball.

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Amazing Polar Bear Photos by David Jenkins

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These adorable images of new born polar bears are bound to warm the hearts of even the biggest Ba-humbugs this Christmas. The stunning collection of photographs, taken over the space of ten years, manage to capture the tender bond between both mother and child as they emerge from their den for the very first time. But this photo opportunity isnt just available to anyone, photographer David Jenkins, 42, had to first apply for a special permit to enter the denning area in Wapusk National Park, Canada, an opportunity only given to the most accomplished of wildlife photographers. Whether they are hitching a ride on mums back, playing in the snow, or coming in close for a cuddle, Irish photographer David, managed to show a softer side to the huge polar predators. But if the experience wasnt special enough, David even managed to capture such magical moments as seeing a mother with three surviving cubs, a sight rarely scene in the wild, as well as a mother and cub snuggling in front of a gorgeous winter sunset. Here: a Polar bear with its cub. (Photos by David Jenkins/Caters News)

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December 13 – 20, 2014: Animals

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A northern white rhinoceros named Angalifu that died on Sunday is seen in this San Diego Zoo Safari Park handout photo released on December 15, 2014. Angalifu, one of only six northern white rhinoceros left on earth, died over the weekend at a San Diego zoo, bringing the species closer to extinction, zoo officials said on Monday. (Photo by Ken Bohn/Reuters/San Diego Zoo)

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Hearwarming Dog Photographs by 19-Year-Old Polish Photographer

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The Poland-based photographer Alicja Zmyslowska takes the most adorable pictures of dogs we’ve ever seen. Photos she takes look supremely happy and relaxed, as if they are being photographed by their best human friend. To shoot these lively photos, Zmyslowska uses a variety of photo gear, such as her Canon 70-200mm, 85mm and 50mm lenses.

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These Animals Will Teach You How To Be a Good Parent

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It’s amazing, if you think about it, that dogs get along with children as well as they do. Creatures large and small teach, delight, and offer a special kind of companionship. Parental love knows no boundaries — this simple truth is equally valid for both humans and for our little brothers. Animals have the same emotions and feelings — tenderness, anxiety, desire to care for their kids and protect them.

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Orphaned Kangaroo and Wombat Are Friends

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Cute baby animals, kangaroo Anzac and wombat Peggy became stars on the Internet. Both orphans wound up in a cage in the wildlife rescue center in Victoria, Australia. And there they became friends.

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Puppies with Guns Calendar 2015

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Initially the project started when I was working in Atlanta. About four years ago, a roommate of mine had a Yorkie and we thought it would be funny to take some photos of this really cute dog with a few handguns. Once my friends saw the photos they started asking me to take pictures of their dogs with other firearms. I moved back to Vermont, where I’m from, and it kept going on like this, and the series has been slowly growing. People see the photos and keep asking if I could take pictures of their puppies. As the series goes on, I’d like to start matching the dogs to firearms that match their personality or heritage. People really seem to like it; most people that I talk to think that it is hilarious. There have been a few people that have negative things to say, but with anything there are going to be people that don’t like it. The haters are the best, the reactions I get from completely irrational people are the most amusing part of the project. Photos from Kickstarter for Puppies with Guns calendar. Photos and caption by Ben Haulenbeek.

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14 Pets That Destroy Christmas

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If you think that your cat or dog might be the most adorable and innocent creature in the world, think again. As soon as the holiday season comes around, they can suddenly turn and become wild, beastly destroyers. Your decorated home in all of its glory soon becomes their playground. Here is a compilation of images capturing some of the worst pets that destroy Christmas.

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