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Animals in the News


Time for one last look into the animal kingdom this year, and our interactions with the countless other species that share our planet. Today's photos include a car-driving dog, a genetically-engineered neon pink angelfish, horse-logging in Scotland, and diving pigs in China. These images and many others are part of this roundup of animals in the news from recent weeks, seen from the perspectives of their human observers, companions, captors, and caretakers, part of an ongoing series on animals in the news. The next photo essay here will be posted on Wednesday, January 2nd. [37 photos]

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Bo, a 55-day-old baby Echidna known as a puggle, rests in the hands of veterinary nurse Annabelle Sehlmeier at Taronga Zoo in Sydney November 1, 2012. The puggle was bought to the zoo after it being found by itself on a walking track north of Sydney and will be fed by hand until it is weaned at about six months of age. (Reuters/Tim Wimborne)
Bo, a 55-day-old baby Echidna known as a puggle, rests in the hands of veterinary nurse Annabelle Sehlmeier at Taronga Zoo in Sydney November 1, 2012. The puggle was bought to the zoo after it being found by itself on a walking track north of Sydney and will be fed by hand until it is weaned at about six months of age. (Reuters/Tim Wimborne)
The carcass of a humpback whale is dissected and researched on the island of Texel, The Netherlands, on December 18, 2012. The humpback whale became stranded on December 12, and efforts to save the whale, near the Wadden Sea island of Texel, failed. (Catrinus Van Der Veen/AFP/Getty Images) #
Dogo Ndiaye strokes his ram Papis General as competitors await the judges' final decisions, in the Fann area regional final of the Khar Bii competition, in Dakar, Senegal, on October 6, 2012. In a nation where sheep are given names and kept inside homes as companion animals, the most popular show on television is "Khar Bii," or literally, "This Sheep" in the local Wolof language. It's an American Idol-style nationwide search for Senegal's most perfect specimen. (AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell) #
An elk searches for food on the wooded edge of meadow in Banff National Park near Lake Louise, Alberta, on November 23, 2012. (Reuters/Andy Clark) #
A one month old baby Pudu deer grazes in an artificial environment at an University in Concepcion city, south of Santiago, Chile, on November 12, 2012. The Pudu, the world's smallest deer, was found orphaned in a forest close Concepcion city and inhabits exclusively in southern Chile and part of Argentina. The species is currently in danger of extinction. (Reuters/Jose Luis Saavedra) #
56-year-old Colo poses for a photo as she celebrates her birthday on December 22, 2012, at the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium in Columbus, Ohio. Colo is the oldest gorilla in any zoo. She was born at the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium in 1956. (AP Photo/Columbus Zoo and Aquarium, Grahm S. Jones) #
A stray dog takes advantage of the low traffic to cross an almost deserted boulevard during a spell of sunshine in Bucharest, Romania, on December 26, 2012. (AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda) #
A still photograph taken from video shows a groom striking Anne the elephant in a undated handout photograph received from Animal Defenders International in London on November 23, 2012. Bobby Roberts, a British circus owner was given a conditional discharge for causing unnecessary suffering to the Asian elephant by keeping her chained up and allowing a handler to beat her. Secret film of the beatings taken by rights group Animal Defenders International formed a key part of the prosecution case. (Reuters/Animal Defenders International) #
A tomato frog (Dyscophus antongilii) sits in its terrarium during an animal inventory on December 27, 2012 at the Tierpark Hagenbeck zoo in Hamburg, Germany. (Christian Charisius/AFP/Getty Images) #
A rutting stag bellows in a wildlife park in Aurach near Kitzbuehel, in the Austrian province of Tyrol, on October 11, 2012. (AP Photo/Kerstin Joensson) #
A puppy rests beside the dead body of another dog that local residents said was its mother, days after it was killed in an area burned by violence at East Pikesake ward in Kyaukphyu, Myanmar, on November 5, 2012. (Reuters/Minzayar) #
A man looks at a creation named "Fly Tweet" by artist David Bowen during the news conference for the Digital Art Festival in Taipei, on November 15, 2012. The creation, with the keyboard connected to a computer, will publish what flies type onto Twitter. (Reuters/Pichi Chuang) #
Susan Gell exercises her horse, Shoshoni, in Loch Lomond in Luss, Scotland, on September 19, 2012. Susan lives on Inchtavannaich Island on Loch Lomond and regularly takes her horses to the mainland for exercise by letting the horse swim across the water. Loch Lomond is the largest freshwater loch in Scotland with about thirty islands. (Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images) #
Indian villagers flee as a herd of wild elephants run toward them at Kurkuria village near Digaru, about 45 km from Guwahati, on December 22, 2012. At least 20 wild elephants from the nearby Amchang Wildlife Sanctuary were sighted foraging for food in farms near the village. (Biju Boro/AFP/Getty Images) #
Genetically engineered angelfish (Pterophyllum) glow in a tank during a news conference before the 2012 Taiwan International Aquarium Expo in Taipei, on November 7, 2012. The fish, which are the world's first pink fluorescent angelfish and can be viewed without blacklight, were created by a joint project between Taiwan's Academia Sinica, National Taiwan Ocean University and Jy Lin, a private biotechnology company, according to the organizer. (Reuters/Pichi Chuang) #
A baboon yawns in his enclosure while sitting in the sun at the Hellabrunn zoo in Munich, on November 19, 2012. (Reuters/Michael Dalder) #
Cody Mooney, visiting from Loveland, Colorado, tosses his 17-month-old daughter Willow in the air as snow geese take flight behind, Thursday, December 27, 2012, in the Skagit Valley near La Conner, Washington. Bird watchers took advantage of a day without rain Thursday to gaze at some of the tens of thousands of snow geese that spend the winter near the mouth of the Skagit River there. The geese migrate from their mating grounds in Alaska and Siberia in late November to spend the winter in wetlands and farm fields of the Skagit Valley and other areas of northwest Washington. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson) #
A bisected chimpanzee head, preserved in The Grant Museum of Zoology, photographed on September 4, 2012 in London, England. Containing 67,000 specimens the Grant Museum of Zoology is the only one of it's kind in London. Started as a teaching collection in 1828. The collection displays only about 5% of all the specimens it holds. (Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images) #
A Free Syrian Army fighter plays with a cat in Khan al-Assal area of Syria, on November 10, 2012. (Reuters/Zain Karam) #
This giant eyeball from a mysterious sea creature washed ashore and was found by a man walking the beach in Pompano Beach, Florida, on October 10, 2012. The eyeball was later sent to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Research Institute in St. Petersburg, and was identified as coming from a swordfish, likely cut by a fisherman and tossed into the sea. (AP Photo/Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, Carli Segelson) #
A pig dives into water in Ningxiang county, Hunan province, on November 15, 2012. Villager Huang Demin drives his pigs to dive into the water from a 3-meter-high platform at least once a day, believing that the diving exercises would improve the quality and taste of the meat. He would later sell the meat of his pigs at three times higher than market prices, local media reported. (Reuters/Stringer) #
Kijivu, a western lowland gorilla, holds her two-day-old baby as they rest at the Zoo in Prague, on December 24, 2012. (Michal Cizek/AFP/Getty Images) #
A newborn alpaca named Gipsy, at the zoo in Magdeburg. Germany. Gipsy was born on October 7, 2012. (AP Photo/Jens Schlueter) #
Ice, a 5-month-old North American Puma female cub, plays in the snow at the Royev Ruchey zoo in a suburb of Russia's Siberian city of Krasnoyarsk, on November 20, 2012. (Reuters/Ilya Naymushin) #
Jon Planes holds a large soupfin shark aboard the Ocean Sunset in the Pacific Ocean off of Ucluelet, British Columbia, on June 24, 2012. The Ocean Sunset is a commercial fishing boat that hunts sharks as well as other fish for their meat and fins. After the fishermen catch them, dogfish sharks are sent to a processing plant, the fins are removed and the body is skinned. The bellies are exported to Germany to be smoked for pub food, and the fins are sent to Asia, where they are used in shark fin soup - a delicacy in Chinese culture. Animal rights advocates criticize the shark fin harvest but others say that eating shark fins is an old cultural tradition. (Reuters/Ben Nelms) #
Captive bred Sumatran orangutan "Tsunami" looks on as she wears eye tracking equipment at Malaysia's National Zoo in Kuala Lumpur, on December 8, 2012. A team from the University of Nottingham Malaysia Campus, led by neuroscientist Dr. Neil Mennie, is studying the eye movements of the seven year old orangutan in the last 18 months to explain some of the mysteries of the visual brain and improve the lives of captive bred animals, as reported in a news release. (Reuters/Bazuki Muhammad) #
A potential bidder views a foal at the Magic Millions sales complex on Australia's Gold Coast during an auction of Broodmares from Patinack Farm, on October 30, 2012. (Reuters/Tim Wimborne) #
Porter, a 10-month-old Beardie Cross and New Zealand SPCA dog, drives a modified Mini Countryman on a race track in Auckland, on December 10, 2012. The SPCA said they trained three dogs to drive cars for a series of events to publicize the adoption of animals looked after by the shelter, claiming "you can teach an SPCA dog new tricks". (Reuters/SPCA/Michael Bradley) #
Zac Brown, Reindeer herder at the Cairgorm Herd, feeds the deer on December 22, 2012 in Aviemore, Scotland. Reindeer were introduced to Scotland in 1952 by Swedish Sami reindeer herder, Mikel Utsi. Starting with just a few reindeer, the herd has now grown in numbers over the years and is currently at about 130 by controlling the breeding. (Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images) #
A dog growls in the village of Rtanj, Serbia, on December 21, 2012. A pyramid-shaped mountain in Serbia, believed by some to be a source of unusual electromagnetic waves that could shield it from catastrophe, had attracted record numbers of visitors ahead of the predicted Mayan apocalypse. (Andrej Isakovic/AFP/Getty Images) #
A caiman (left) stands near a capybara at a lagoon at the Hato La Aurora, Casanare province, Colombia, on December 15, 2012. The Hato La Aurora private nature reserve is 17,000 hectares (42,007 acres) and houses more than 350 species of birds, hundreds of wild animals, including cats, pumas, tigers, and thousands of turtles. (Reuters/Jose Miguel Gomez) #
A police dog attacks a man found stealing from ethnic Somali homes during the second day of skirmishes in the Eastleigh neighborhood of Kenya's capital Nairobi, on November 19, 2012. Police fired tear gas to disperse Kenyans who threw stones and broke into the homes and shops of ethnic Somalis in Nairobi's Somali-dominated Eastleigh neighborhood to protest against an earlier bomb attack in the district. (Reuters/Thomas Mukoya) #
Tourists at the Kaziranga National Park take an early morning ride to view one-horned Indian rhinos in the mist in Assam's tea country in Kaziranga, India, on December 3, 2012. (AP Photo/Denis Gray) #
A pet rabbit receives a contrast injection before undergoing a CT scan at the Animal Medical Center in New York City, on December 12, 2012. The non-profit Animal Medical Center, established in 1910, has 80 veterinarians in 17 specialty services that treat up to 40,000 animal visits annually. Clients bring in their pets from around the country and world to the teaching hospital on Manhattan's Upper East Side for specialized high tech treatment. The American Pet Products Association estimates that Americans spent more than $50 billion on their pets in 2012, $14 billion of that in veterinary care alone. (John Moore/Getty Images) #
Simon Lenihan, a full time commercial horse logger, removes a Scots Pine tree from the Balmoral Estate with Sultan De Le Campagne, a 15 year old Belgian Ardennes horse, in Balmoral, Scotland, on December 11, 2012. The Prince of Wales is the Patron of The British Horse Loggers, an association that works to promote horse logging and support professional horse loggers. The horses working at Balmoral are being used in place of large timber machines to minimize any damage to vegetation, soils and water-tables. (Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images) #
A free range Norfolk Black turkey stands in woodland at Church Farm in Ardeley, southern England, on December 12, 2012. (Reuters/Stefan Wermuth) #
A two-year-old macaque is trained to ride a bicycle in a village of Suzhou, Anhui province, China, on October 31, 2012. Thousands of animals are raised and trained by over 300 circus groups in Suzhou, where the circus not only provides a living for more than 10,000 locals but is an officially acknowledged hundred-year-old local cultural heritage. Most of the animals travel with the groups throughout China seeking performance opportunities while the newborns and untamed stay in Suzhou. (Reuters/Stringer) #

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