The orphaned gorilla and his warden
Patrick Karabaranga, a warden at the Virunga National Park in Congo, sits with an orphaned mountain gorilla in the gorilla sanctuary.
The deer escaping a wild fire
A deer jumps through a fence along U.S. Highway 24 while escaping the Waldo Canyon Fire in June.
The dog and the water buffalo
A dog sits on water buffalo that were cooling off in the Ravi River in Lahore, Pakistan.
The world's first cloned pashmina goat
Noori, a cloned pashmina goat, stands inside a sheep breeding center at Sher-e-Kashmir University of Agricultural Sciences and Technology in India. Scientists at the university successfully cloned the world's first pashmina goat, prized for its fine wool, according to news reports.
The Shar-Pei and the tiger cub
"Cleopatra" breast-feeds one of two adopted tiger cubs in Russia’s Black Sea resort of Sochi.
The boy and his pet bear
Ghasiram Kisan feeds Buddu, a 1½-year-old sloth bear at the family’s home in Lakhapada, India. The wild bear, which was rescued by wildlife officials, wandered into the village as a cub following a herd of goats and had lived with the family ever since.
The two luckiest people in the world
Workers show off the baby pandas at the Giant Panda Research Base in Chengdu, China.
The leopard stuck in the water tank
A wild leopard climbs a net after it fell into a water reservoir tank at a tea estate in Haskhowa, India. The animal was rescued by the Sukna Forest rescue team by lowering a ladder and a net into the tank.
The Shark Whisperer
Andre "The Shark Whisperer" Hartman touches the snout of a great white shark near ‘Shark Alley’ which holds the highest concentration of great white sharks in the world.
The sun bear who can't take the heat
A sun bear reacts to triple-digit temperatures at the Henry Doorly Zoo in Omaha, Nebraska.
A Turkish woman holds her cat in front of a banner during a march for animal rights in Istanbul. Demonstrators gathered against a proposed amendment to a law that authorizes the removal of stray animals, limiting the number of pets in houses, and the termination of what is termed "dangerous" breeds. Activists fear the regulation will lead to mass killing of cats and dogs regardless of whether they are pets or strays.
This terrifying interaction between a diver and an anaconda
A diver gets up close to a huge anaconda resting on a riverbank. Thankfully, its swollen belly shows it had recently eaten a capybara and would have little interest in feeding again for a while.
The orphaned dogs of the Philippines
Pit bulls and other breeds are chained in their steel drum cages at a coffee farm after being rescued from dog fighting gangs in the Philippines.
The orangutan being released into the wild after years of captivity
A young male orangutan takes his first steps into the wild after years of being kept as an illegal pet by palm oil plantation workers. The ape was released into the forest by rescuers and carers from Borneo.
The world's tallest dog
The world’s tallest dog, Zeus, drinks from the kitchen tap at his home. Standing on his hind legs, Zeus is 7 foot 4 inches tall.
The tiniest deer
This little guy was found orphaned in a forest close to Concepcion, Santiago. The Pudu can only be found in southern Chile and parts of Argentina. The species is currently in danger of extinction.
The helpful dog
An English Pointer named Jack helps his human get a drink of water on the first day of spring in Brisbane, Australia.
The donkey with two pink casts
Three-week-old Primose was saved by vets who put her underdeveloped legs in casts until they were strong enough to support her.
The orphaned elephant
Seven-and-a-half-month-old Moses was found alone and close to death in the Vwaza Wildlife Reserve in Malawi. His parents had been killed by poachers, and he has since been adopted by the Jumbo Foundation where he is being cared for and raised by humans.
The bear falling from the sky
A bear that wandered into the University of Colorado Boulder, Colorado, dorm complex Williams Village falls from a tree after being tranquilized by Colorado wildlife officials.