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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Afghan men watch dogfighting in Kabul, Afghanistan, Friday, January 2, 2015. Dogfighting is a popular form of entertainment during the winter season in Afghanistan as public matches are held every Friday, which is the official weekly holiday in the country. Dogs do not fight until death but rather until one dog pins another, or one of the fighters runs away. (Photo by Rahmat Gul/AP Photo)

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A deer crosses a stream after a snowfall at Bradgate Park in Newtown Linford, central England December 28, 2014. (Photo by Darren Staples/Reuters)

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An adorned elephant displays its skills to the judges during the elephant beauty contest organised at the Elephant Festival event at Sauraha in Chitwan, about 170 km (106 miles) south of Kathmandu December 29, 2014. Elephants and “mahouts”, or elephant riders, from Chitwan are participating in the Elephant festival, which involves elephant races, elephants playing an exhibition soccer match and taking part in various other sporting activities. The event runs from December 26 to December 30. (Photo by Navesh Chitrakar/Reuters)

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A fox is pictured at the snow covered Grunewald forest in Berlin December 29, 2014. (Photo by Fabrizio Bensch/Reuters)

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A journalist takes a photo of a Colorado River toad during the annual inventory in Hagenbeck’s zoo in Hamburg, northern Germany December 29, 2014. (Photo by Fabian Bimmer/Reuters)

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Visitors are reflected in a window as they watch a school of fish during the annual inventory in Hagenbeck’s zoo in Hamburg, northern Germany on December 29, 2014. (Photo by Fabian Bimmer/Reuters)

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White-spotted jellyfishes are pictured during the annual inventory in Hagenbeck’s zoo in Hamburg, northern Germany on December 29, 2014. (Photo by Fabian Bimmer/Reuters)

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The giant guitarfish “Marina” is measured by two divers during the annual inventory in Hagenbeck’s zoo in Hamburg, northern Germany December 29, 2014. (Photo by Fabian Bimmer/Reuters)

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Two polar bears relax in the snow at Schoenbrunn zoo in Vienna December 30, 2014. (Photo by Heinz-Peter Bader/Reuters)

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Associate veterinarian Meredith Clancy (L) collects mucus samples from Nola, a 40-year-old northern white rhino, as keepers Kim Millspaugh and Mike Veale(R) look on during a veterinary exam at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park in California, December 29, 2014. Nola, one of just five northern white rhinoceros left in the world, appeared to be responding to treatment of an unidentified bacterial infection that has veterinarians worried for a subspecies limping toward extinction, San Diego Zoo Safari Park said on December 30, 2014. (Photo by Ken Bohn/Reuters/San Diego Zoo Safari Park)

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The newly described frog L. Larvaepartus, male (L) and female, are pictured from the island of Sulawesi in Indonesia, in this undated handout photo provided by Jim McGuire. This little amphibian from the rain forests of Indonesia’s island of Sulawesi is the world’s only frog that gives birth to tadpoles, eschewing the common froggy practice of laying eggs,scientists said on December 31, 2014. (Photo by Jim McGuire/Reuters)

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A chimpanzee grabs a garland of fruit and vegetables during a Christmas dinner for the animals of the wildlife zoo Safaripark Beekse Bergen in Hilvarenbeek, The Netherlands, 26 December 2014. The food was hung in Christmas trees, on garlands and hidden in festively wrapped boxes. (Photo by Remko de Waal/EPA)

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Magots are pictured at the Vienna Zoo in Vienna on December 29, 2014. (Photo by Christian Bruna/ddp Images/Sipa Press)

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An elephant eats a Christmas tree on December 31, 2014 in a zoo in Cologne. The zoo feeds animals with unsold Christmas trees. (Photo by Henning Kaiser/AFP Photo/DPA)

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A lama eats a Christmas trees on December 31, 2014 in a zoo in Cologne. (Photo by Henning Kaiser/AFP Photo/DPA)

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A wild pony pictured on the Quantock Hills early morning on January 02, 2015 in Somerset, England. (Photo by Vistaphotography/Barcroft Media)

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An orangutan named Sandra looks through a window at a journalist inside her enclosure at the Buenos Aires’ Zoo in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Monday, December 22, 2014. An Argentine court has ruled that Sandra, who has spent 20 years at the zoo, is entitled to some legal rights enjoyed by humans. The ruling would free Sandra from captivity and have her transferred to a nature sanctuary after a court recognized that the primate has some basic human rights. (Photo by Natacha Pisarenko/AP Photo)

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Border Collie Mumpitz shakes himself after taking a bath in the North Sea at the beach in Hedehusum on the island of Foehr, Germany, Friday, January 2, 2015. (Photo by Maurizio Gambarini/AP Photo/DPA)

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A python swallows a wallaby at Nitmiluk National Park in Australia’s Northern Territory, on December 29, 2014. (Photo by Paul O’Neill/AFP Photo/Parks and Wildlife Commission of the Northern Territory)

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Female sea lion “Sarasa” holds a hose with her mouse to help a trainer clean her room at the Shinagawa Aqua Stadium aquarium in Tokyo on December 30, 2014. The aquarium is carrying out year-end general cleaning of their facilities. (Photo by Yoshikazu Tsuno/AFP Photo)

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A sea lion paints a Chinese character for “sheep” in calligraphy as part of a New Year’s Day attraction at the Hakkeijima Sea Paradise aquarium in Yokohama, suburban Tokyo on December 31, 2014. The event, marking the forthcoming Chinese lunar calendar “Year of the Sheep”, is part of the aquarium’s New Year’s attractions until February 1. The actually 2015 lunar new year will begin on February 19. (Photo by Kazuhiro Nogi/AFP Photo)

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A giraffe has an eye on two little children at the zoo in Duisburg, Germany, 2 January 2015. At bad weather, the zoo’s visitor volume is quite manageable. (Photo by Roland Weihrauch/DPA)

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This photo taken on December 28, 2014 shows a red-faced macaque baby monkey playing in its box at a zoo in Hangzhou, in eastern China’s Hangzhou province. The baby monkey, born some two months ago, quickly became popular for its restless movements that resembled a gymnast, local media reported. (Photo by AFP Photo)

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Brennan Vinje laughs while having a lizard on top of his head during a reptile-based demonstration by Richard Ritchey at the Springfield Public Library in Springfield, Ore., Tuesday, December 30, 2014. Ritchey who is based in Molalla, Ore., has been showing snakes and reptiles for 20 years and does about 500 shows each year with snakes and lizards. (Photo by Andy Nelson/AP Photo/The Register-Guard)

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The 13-year-old female giant panda, named Lin Hui rips off present boxes to celebrate New Year at Chiang Mai Zoo, Chiang Mai province, northern Thailand 01 January 2015. The zoo prepares bamboos inside the boxes as the 2015 New Year presents for the panda. (Photo by Watcharapong Jingkaujai/EPA)

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The Walrus Odin at Hagenbeck Zoo in Hamburg, Germany, on December 29, 2014. (Photo by Werner Struss/Startraksphoto)

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Zebras at the Hagenbeck Zoo in Hamburg, Germany on January 2, 2015. (Photo by Werner Struss/StartraksPhoto)

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