A robot waiter brings dishes of food to customers at a robot restaurant in Harbin, Heilongjiang Province, China. (WANG JIANWEI/CHINE NOUVELLE/SIPA)
Children react as a carnivorous theropod known as the Australovenator dinosaur walks through crowds along the Southbank in London. (Kirsty Wigglesworth/AP)
Australian surfer Marti Paradisis rides a wave near Pedra Branca Rock, south of Tasmania in the Southern Ocean. Paradisis won the ‘Biggest Wave’ section of the Australasian Big Wave Awards, which included $20,000 prize-money. Picture taken November 2012. (REUTERS/Andrew Chisholm/Big Wave Awards)
People shield themselves from the snow as they walk along the Charles Bridge in Prague, Czech Republic. (Vit Simanek/Associated Press)
Paul Nicklen of Canada won 1st Prize in the Nature Stories category for his photographs of Emperor Penguins. Scientists discover that Emperor Penguins are capable of tripling their swimming speed by releasing millions of bubbles from their feathers. These bubbles reduce the friction between their feathers and the icy seawater, allowing them to accelerate in the water. (Paul Nicklen/ National Geographic Magazine)
A stray cat looks through a hole in an iron panel covering a basement window in Minsk. Municipal authorities in Belarus have walled up stray cats in basements in compliance with Soviet-era regulations, dooming them to death of hunger. But some residents make holes for cats to escape. (Sergei Grits/Associated Press)
In this heartwarming photo we see Chendra, an Asian elephant, meeting Gus, a sea lion at the Oregon Zoo. Chendra met Gus while she was on one of her morning walks around the zoo. Photograph by Michael Durham. Posting by laphmore on Reddit.
Large swell forms after severe storm in Sydney (Cameron Spencer / Getty Images News)
Hawaiian surfer Garrett McNamara set the world record for biggest wave ever ridden back in November 2011, when he tamed a 78-foot monster. McNamara reportedly broke his own record by riding this 100-foot wave on Monday in Nazaré, Portugal.
Two chimpanzees hug each other to keep warm at Qingdao Zoo in Qingdao, Shandong province, Eastern China. (Barcroft)
Sao Doan, 5 years old, watched as her mother took a photo of Merrill Hunt, dressed as Spider-Man, washing windows at All Children’s Hospital in St. Petersburg, Fla., Thursday. Three window cleaners dressed up for the day. (Cherie Diez/Tampa Bay Times/Zuma Press)
Trees are decorated with lights to celebrate the upcoming Christmas and New Year at the Garden of Morning Calm in Gapyeong, South Korea. (Ahn Young-joon/Associated Press)
56-year-old Colo celebrates her birthday at the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium in Columbus, Ohio. Colo is the oldest gorilla in any zoo. (Grahm S. Jones/Columbus Zoo and Aquarium)
After a cold night, frost covers plants in a field in Forestburgh, N.Y. (Tom Bushey/Times Herald-Record)