Two female North American River Otters at the Seneca Park Zoo in Rochester, New York – trained by zookeeper Catina Wright – take empty bottles and place them into recycling bins. (Democrat & Chronicle, Annette Lein/AP)
A cut-down tree hovers over houses as it is transported away by a helicopter in Hannoversch Muenden, central Germany. (UWE ZUCCHI/AFP/Getty Images)
Photographer Dan Dinu had a close encounter with a curious fox that was definitely ready for its close-up. Luckily his pal Cristian Goga was able to snap the moment. Dan was making his way to St Ana Lake in central Romania when he encountered the male fox. Dan says: The behaviour is due to the fact that it has been raised by a forest ranger, therefore it was used to people. Yet, it is not right to encourage such a behaviour, as animals must remain wild. It cannot be sure that next time, instead of looking at a camera, it will not look into a rifle. (Dan Dinu/Cristian Goga/Rex Features)
A telephone pole near Upington in South Africa is covered by nests made of twigs and grass by sociable weaver birds. Photographer Dillon Marsh’s ‘Assimilation’ project shows how the birds make good use of the manmade poles in a landscape with few real trees. We will have a gallery of his photos on the Telegraph site later today. (Dillon Marsh/Rex Features)
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)