Wednesday, December 16, 2009


Out of the box
Rehabilitated African Penguins await their release at a breeding colony at Boulders Beach in Cape Town, South Africa. The release was part of a national African Penguin Day event organized by Southern African Foundation for the Conservation of Coastal Birds. The group specializes in the conservation and rehabilitation of endangered birds that are either abandoned chicks, injured birds or birds that have been affected by oil spills.

Grabbing a bite
A chipmunk nibbles a snack at Mount Asahi, the tallest mountain in Japan's nothern island of Hokkaido.

Web developer
A spider hangs from its web at Richmond Park in west London.

Wanna be startin' somethin'?
Jackson, a 3-month-old jaguar cub, plays with a zoo worker at the Attica Zoological Park in Athens, Greece. The cub was born the day after Michael Jackson died, and was named after him, zoo officials said.

A little nibble
A 3-month-old baby crocodile is fed fish in its aquarium at the Budapest Zoo.

How bazaar
Merchants sell livestock at the animal bazaar in Kashgar, part of China's Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region.

On a wing and a prayer
A dragonfly sits on a twig in Studencice, Slovenia.

Sea change
Sea turtles crawl toward the Adriatic Sea and away from Patok Beach in northwestern Albania after biologists inserted electronic transmitter chips to locate their movements as part of a study to track their breeding itineraries.

Up in the air
An air force cadet holds up an eagle during the Mexican Air Force Academy's 50th anniversary ceremony in Guadalajara, Mexico.

Little debutante
A female panda cub named Lin Ping is carried by a Thai veterinarian during her public debut in an enclosure at Chiang Mai Zoo in northern Thailand's Chiang Mai province.

Jumping through hoops
A dog trained in anti-drug operations jumps through a ring of fire during a visit from the U.S. Director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy Gil Kerlikowske at a school in Bogota, Colombia.

Lounge lizard
A Cat Ba leopard gecko crawls around Cat Ba Island National Park in northern Vietnam.

Cuddle buddy
A female rhino baby lies between two keepers in her indoor enclosure in the Allwetter Zoo in Muenster, western Germany. The rhino baby was rejected by her mother, Emmi, and will now be raised by the zoo keepers.

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