Newborn Lion Cubs Die in Hamas-run Zoo in Gaza

Gaza authorities say two newborn lion cubs just unveiled by Hamas as prized additions in a zoo they run have died. Mohammad Abdel-Rahman, the acting manager of the Beit Lahiya zoo in northern Gaza, said Thursday the cubs died of an unspecified illness. He said the zoo’s staff was unable to save them because they lacked experience in caring for newborn cubs.

Hamas unveiled the cubs – a male and a female – and named them for last year’s war between Hamas militants and Israel. One was named Fajr after an Iranian-type missile used in the fighting. The other was called Sejil for the name of the campaign. Their mother, a four-year-old African lioness, was smuggled into Gaza via tunnels from Egypt. Gaza zoos have a spotty animal welfare record


A pair of African lions, new parents of a male, Fajer, and a female, Sejeel, rest at Besan Zoo in Beit Lahiya, northern Gaza Strip, Tuesday, November 19, 2013. For the first time in the Gaza Strip, a lion has given birth to two cubs, on Sunday evening. The 6 year-old African lion, which was smuggled through the tunnels four years ago, gave birth in normal conditions according to the northern Gaza Besan Zoo. The manger has named the male cub Fajer in reference to the Iranian made Fajer rockets which were used during 8 days of fighting between Gaza militants and Israel in 2012, and the female Sejeel, the name which Hamas called their offensive. (Photo by Hatem Moussa/AP Photo)

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Couple’s Creative Outfits for Wedding: World of Warcraft Costumes

A couple who got married in Taiwan made their wedding an all-out World of Warcraft extravaganza by forgoing the standard suit and white wedding dress for cosplay outfits. According to an article in Kotaku, the man, Craig, dressed up as King Varien Wrynn, while his wife, Zoe, cosplayed as Tyrande Whisperwind.

They reportedly tied the knot in these costumes and had some post-wedding shots taken in these outfits as well.

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‘Stone Nudes’ Calendar 2014 by Dean Fidelman


Stone Nudes: an extract of the art of climbing. Intended to inspire and celebrate the human form. Stone Nudes draws from the community it represents. Over the last ten years, a body of over one hundred photographs drawing from three generations of climbers has evolved.

Unlike current climbing media, these images do not seek to sell or promote anything beyond the experience. This approach has attracted climbers of all abilities to participate in a project designed to capture the essence of the climbing sprit.

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Batkid saves Gotham City


Five-year-old Miles Scott, who is in remission from leukemia, has the day of his young life as he becomes Batkid, saving Gotham City (really San Francisco) from crime on Friday. The day, which brought out thousands to watch and help, was made possible by the Make-A-Wish Foundation and the City of San Francisco. (Gary Reyes/Bay Area News Group)

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International Balloon Festival in Mexico


Balloons take off over the Palote dam during the Hot Air Balloon Festival in Leon, Mexico, Friday, Nov. 15, 2013. More than 200 balloons from different countries participated in this year’s festival. (AP Photo/Mario Armas)

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Photo of the Day: Snowy Egret


A snowy egret soars over agave plants at sunset at the Don Edwards San Francisco Bay National Wildlife Refuge in Fremont, Calif., on Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2013. (Anda Chu/Bay Area News Group)

World Toilet Day 2013

While a vast majority of the world’s population has access to mobile phones, one third of humanity (2.5 billion people) do not have access to proper sanitation, including toilets or latrines, with dramatic consequences on human health, dignity and security, the environment, and social and economic development. To address these issues, the “Sanitation for All” Resolution was adopted by the United Nations General Assembly in July 2013, designating 19 November as World Toilet Day


Indian social reform activist and founder of Sulabh Sanitation Bindeshwar Pathak (C) presents a 250-kilogram cake in the form of a squat toilet during a function to mark World Toilet Day In New Delhi on November 19, 2013. According to a 2011 census, some 131 million households in India have no latrine in their premises, with eight million using public facilities and 123 million defecating in the open. (Photo by Sajjad Hussain/AFP Photo)

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The Kelpies: Mythological Horses Power Again through Scotland


An extraordinary work of art has just been completed in Scotland. The Kelpies by figurative sculptor Andy Scott surge upwards in steel, whinnying and snorting alongside the banks of the Forth and Clyde Canal near the town of Falkirk. These fantastic beasts from Gaelic mythology have risen again as monuments to the horse-powered industrial heritage of Scotland.

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Icelandic Dinosaur – Hvítserkur


Hvítserkur is 15 meters high cliff and protrudes out of the sea. The sea erosion has carved holes through its foundations and sculptured it in the unique shape it is today. Some say it is in the shape of a petrified monster.

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Lady Gaga Unveils ‘Flying Dress’

Lady Gaga demonstrates the Volantis transport prototype “flying dress” designed by TechHaus – Studio XO during the ARTPOP album release and artRave event at the Brooklyn Navy Yard on Sunday, November 10, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Evan Agostini/AP Photo/Invision)

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Photo of the Day: Batkid


Miles Scott, dressed as Batkid, walks with Batman before saving a damsel in distress in San Francisco, on November 15, 2013. San Francisco turned into Gotham City on Friday, as city officials helped fulfill Scott’s wish to be “Batkid”. Scott, a leukemia patient from Tulelake in far Northern California, was called into service on Friday morning by Police Chief Greg Suhr to help fight crime, The Greater Bay Area Make-A-Wish Foundation says. (Photo by Jeff Chiu/Associated Press)

Pencil Artist Marco Mazzoni

Italian pencil artist Marco Mazzoni‘s work goes far beyond technical perfection. His representation of historical healing women is enigmatic and sublime. Often leaving the eyes blank or covered with an abundance of birds, butterflies and flowers, he gives the impression of a deeper inward focused sight, as well as obscuring the identity of the individual.

Many female healers in the past – both medicine woman and midwives – were brutally persecuted by religion, some even burnt as witches… Mazzoni’s work captures their deep connection with nature and their innate power and femininity with delicacy and beautiful detail.

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National Geographic Photography Contest 2013 Call for Entry

National Geographic invites photographers from around the world to enter the 2013 National Geographic Photography Contest. The grand-prize winner will receive $10,000 (USD) and a trip to National Geographic headquarters in Washington, D.C., to participate in the annual National Geographic Photography Seminar in January 2014.

Eligible contestants can visit www.ngphotocontest.com to submit photographs in one or all of three categories: People, Places and Nature. Entry fee is $15 (USD) per photo, and there is no limit to the number of submissions per entrant. Entries must be in digital format and submitted electronically. The contest, which is now open, ends Saturday, November 30, at 11:59 p.m. ET (U.S.).


“Eastern Screech Owls like to take over woodpecker nests that have been dug out over the years in pine trees, which are the main species of tree at this swamp. Fish and wildlife also paint a white ring around the base of a tree that has active nests in order to avoid when conducting controlled burns. Screech owls can range in height anywhere from 8-10 inches, so you have to have a sharp eye to find these little birds of prey. I spent the first few weeks of April this year photographing the grey morph screech owl that was living in the nest, and had no idea there were three owlets inside”. (Photo and caption by Graham McGeorge/National Geographic Photography Contest)

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Photographer Builds World’s Largest Camera


A woman poses for her husband alongside a giant camera Thursday, November 7, 2013 outside the Historic Green County Courthouse in Monroe, Wis. Chicago photographer Dennis Manarchy created what’s being called the world’s largest camera. It’s 35-feet long and 12-feet tall it’s a working replica of a vintage accordion-style camera that produces 16- by 24-foot prints, the equivalent of a two-story building. The giant camera is on display in Monroe through November 17 because a Monroe company manufactured the specially-built trailer. Manarchy plans to tow the camera around the country to shoot photos of indigenous cultures. (Photo by Mark Hoffman)

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Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show 2013


Elsa Hosk has her hair done backstage before the taping of the 2013 Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show in New York. (Photo by Carlo Allegri/Reuters)

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