It’s time for a look at the animal kingdom and our interactions with the countless species that share our planet. Today’s photos include Vladimir Putin with reindeer, a hang gliding service dog, a golden eagle attacking a deer, and a record-setting alligator in Mississippi. 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.
A child watches jellyfish swim in a large tank at the Vancouver Aquarium in Vancouver, British Columbia, on May 16, 2013. The tank contains around 2,000 spotted jellyfish and is part of a major display of 15 various species from around the world.
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A dog fitted with two front prosthetic legs runs at Milagros Caninos rescue shelter in Mexico City. According to Milagros Caninos founder Patricia Ruiz, members of a drug gang chopped off the dog’s paws to practice cutting fingers off kidnapped people. [Image: Tomas Bravo/Reuters]
Why is it so important to protect bird species that are endangered by New Zealand’s cats?
Because our natural environment is arguably our greatest asset. And because the economic value of [our environment] has hardly been capitalized on, and it is continuing to rise at an exponential rate, as the rest of the world cursed by high population density sits in its own nest.
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"Based on our research, we found that cats distinguish between the low- to mid-light wave spectrum — meaning purple, blue, yellow, and green, with blue and green being the strongest colors they see," says Hutton. The architects beta-tested their design with their own cats, he adds: "They weren’t too fond of the power tools, but as soon as the assembly started they were all over the outdoor carpet we used for the interior insulation and began climbing in and out of the boxes."
Read more. [Images: I HAVE CAT]
This photo of a wild Alaskan brown bear digging on a game trail was taken with a homemade motion-controlled triggering device hooked up to my DSLR. Location: Bear Creek, Lake Aleknagik, Alaska.
[Image: Jason Ching/National Geographic Photo Contest]
Aaand it’s Friday afternoon.
Nothing, just nothing, can match the mechanical grace and force of a cheetah running at full speed.