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In this photo, one meerkat appears to be shielding another while glaring at an unknown subject. Have you ever wondered why some individual meerkats in a mob (that’s the scientific name to describe a group) often stare so intently? It’s to watch for predators.

 meerkat puts his arm around another in Makgadikadi Salt Pan, Botswana. Cub Simba was shown his future kingdom by dad Mufasa in Disney's The Lion King - and here's the same famous scene reenacted by wild MEERKATS. On the plains of Africa - just like in the hit animated movie - an adult meerkat seemed to be saying "One day, all this will be yours" and placed an arm around a juvenile's shoulders as the pair scanned the horizon together. The sidesplitting copy-kat moment was caught on camera by caterer Thomas Retterath, 48, from, Nurburg, Germany. The hobby photographer spotted the comedy duo while on safari at Makgadikadi Salt Pan in Botswana, where he watched a troop of around seven Meerkats patrolling their territory . Thomas was inspired to take the trip after watching the popular Meerkat Manor TV series and said: "It reminded me of drunk men trying to stabilise each other on their way home, but others in my group said it was just like The Lion King."
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This is called sentinel behavior, and it’s fascinated researchers for decades. Meerkats will rotate shifts watching out for the gang, while the other meerkats hunt or play. The squirrel-sized mammals feed on both small game and plants — lizards, bugs, and fruit make up the bulk of their diet. They have to constantly stay on the lookout for jackals and eagles, lest they become meals themselves.

A comfortable spot to perch

A ring-tailed lemur clings to photographer Nick Garbutt in Madagascar, as Nick eyes the primate apprehensively. Ring-tailed lemurs are known for their bug eyes, bushy ears, and the way they scamper across the ground on their hind legs and get into considerable amounts of mischief.

 Nick Garbutt with an orpahned baby Ring-tailed Lemur, near Tsimanampetsotsa National Park in November 2009 in Madagascar. A British photographer has completed an epic 20 year foray into the world's most unique eco-system - described as the 'Noah's Arc of diversity'. Nick Garbutt, 46, from Cumbria, has made an incredible 25 trips deep into the forests of the diverse island - visiting every year since 1991 - with 2011 marking an unrivalled two decades of exploration. Collectively spending over three years - and taking over 250 international and domestic flights to and around the island - pioneer Nick has built an extraordinary collection of wildlife photography revealing some of the islands most stunning species up close.
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Sadly, these loveable animals are one of the most endangered species in the world, largely due to habitat degradation and loss, as well as poaching. But it’s not all bad news — multiple wildlife conservation organizations are taking successful countermeasures in an effort to replenish lemur populations. Collaborative efforts that involve the preservation of the flora and fauna that makes up the lemur’s habitat, and captive breeding programs have shown the most promise.

Crouching lemur, Hidden dragon

No, this lemur isn’t preparing to fight off swarms of attackers — he’s actually moving quickly across a clearing to get to the food-dense area of the deep forest. Unlike most other primates, the lemur prefers to run on their hind-legs rather than use their front legs for support.

A dancing Sifikas lemur in Madagascar, Africa. Moonwalk, The Robot, big-fish-little-fish: these little chaps have all the moves. These dancing Sifakas Lemurs put to shame the furry tribe of King Julien XIII who featured in Disney funny film Madagascar. Far from dancing merely for entertainment the real life members of the lemur family use this technique to travel from their homes in the Ifotaka forest of Madagascar. Each morning they must troop across clearings in the fastest way possible to reach their foraging grounds in the deep jungle. This is achieved through springing onto their hind legs and raising their arm to balance. British wildlife photographers Matt Burrard-Lucas, 21 and brother Will, 27, from London, had to wait a year to gain access to the Safika territory due to political instability in the region before traveling to Madagascar in August.
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The result is a kind of leap and shuffle that resembles a dance. Their powerful legs thrust them forward at incredible speeds, making them difficult for predators to catch as they move through the forest. Though they’re excellent climbers, lemurs lack the prehensile tails of many other primates, making fast travel on the ground a necessity.

Hey, no smoking!

No, despite what it looks like, this red deer in North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany isn’t stepping out for a nicotine fix. He’s actually bellowing at his competition — a fellow stag. If you’ve never heard a stag roar before, it’s quite remarkable to behold. Stags roar to herd their harem of females and to attract the attention of females — who typically swoon over males who roar the loudest and most often.

 NORTH RHINE-WESTPHALIA, GERMANY - UNDATED: Red deer who appears to have been smoking pictured at Sauerland forest in North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany. It seems vaping has become so popular that even members of the animal kingdom are trying it out! Wildlife photographer Ingo Gerlach captured the Stag-Gering shots of the vaping deer as he wandered through the Sauerland forest in the North Rhine-Westphalia region of Germany. A strong stag bellowed at his adversary and its breath appeared like the smoke of a cigar, it was quite a special sight.
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Red deer are the largest of deer species, with adult males reaching sizes of 4 feet, 7 inches tall and weighing up to 496 pounds. Deer are an important part of the ecosystem because they feed on vegetation and provide food for predators.

Pangolin head wrap

Below, a pangolin clings to Phaliot Nkata, a man who has dedicated his life to protecting these strange creatures. Many people aren’t familiar with these adorably-armored animals but they’re actually the most trafficked mammal species in the world. Sadly, these beautiful animals are hunted for their scales.

Tikki Hywood Trust pangolin minder Phaliot Nkata, 13th October, 2016. Incredible portraits of a group of men who dedicate their lives to the most trafficked mammal in the world - the pangolin have been released today as part of a campaign to raise awareness and funds for the protection of the species. Committed minders from the The Tikki Hywood Trust in Zimbabwe work hard to protect the species with a one-on-one care programme. The charity workers are assigned with one pangolin each, where they spend 24 hours a day rehabilitating and walking the majestic mammals so that they can forage naturally. Surprising to most, pangolins are one of the worlds most endangered species, with over one million of them killed every year for their scales, meat and blood. Photographer Adrian Steirn travelled to Zimbabwe to capture the men's complete commitment to the cause they serve and bring much needed awareness to the pangolin.
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Pangolin scales are used in traditional medicines and as a delicacy in certain cultures. The illegal pangolin trade has brought these poor creatures near the brink of extinction. People like Phaliot Nkata are members of a charitable organization that risk their lives to protect pangolins from poachers in Zimbabwe.

Hello, can I ask you about your current cable provider?

Below, a curious polar bear takes a peek into a passenger ship in Norway as some tourists snap a few pictures from the safety of the upper deck. Last year, the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) had a laugh at the Australia’s Smartraveller advisory for releasing a guide for avoiding polar bear attacks.

Curious Polar bear (Ursus maritimus) standing upright and looking through porthole into ship, Svalbard, Spitsbergen, Norway.
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“Thank you #Australia for your concern. We can assure you that in mainland Norway all polar bears are stuffed and poses only limited risk,” the MFA posted to Twitter. Polar bears are considered vulnerable by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN). The main issue threatening the species is the rapid loss of habitat.

Oh, hi! Didn’t see you there!

This adolescent male polar bear enthusiastically greets photographer Steven John Kazlowski after exhausting himself playing with a large stick outside Fairbanks, Alaska. Don’t let his playful demeanor fool you, polar bears are one of the world’s most powerful predators.

 A sub-adult (5-6 years old) male polar bear at the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, Fairbanks, Alaska. Normally a powerful predator, this polar bear shows its playful side. In a series of action shots, the young bear tosses a stick up and down and almost seems to wave to the camera on ice close to Fairbanks, Alaska. The teenage male was captured by Photographer Steven John Kazlowski, who has been photographing polar bears in the region for the past 11 years. It's not known where in the ice the five-year-old found the stick, but he seemed to be fascinated with it, playing with it for three hours at the Arctic National Wildlife refuge.
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Weighing up to 1500 pounds, the polar bear is the largest land carnivore in the world. That said, these impressive beasts spend most of their time at sea. Their enormous size doesn’t hinder their speed — polar bears can run up to 25 miles per hour and swim 6 miles per hour, and their keen sense of smell enables them to sniff out seals up to a mile away.

It’s right behind me, isn’t it?

Photographer David Fleetham snaps a selfie underwater while a great white shark lurks in the background off the coast of Guadalupe Island in Mexico. There are an estimated 170 great whites in the area surrounding the volcanic island. The shark population density combined with crystal clear water makes the island an ideal destination for thrill-seeking tourists.

Photographer David Fleetham clicks a selfie before entering the cage with a great white shark in the background on September, 01, 2015 near Guadalupe Island, Mexico. Great white sharks emerge from the water with their jaws open in the clear blue waters of the Pacific Ocean. The incredible animals were photographed off the the coast of Guadalupe Island- a small volcanic island roughly 150 miles off the coast of Mexico's Baja California peninsula. There is thought to be roughly 170 great white's near the island- making it one of the best places in the world for divers to spot them.
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It’s easy to see why sharks get a bad rap — their powerful jaws, razor sharp teeth, and seemingly supernatural ability to sense prey from miles away make them the most feared sea creatures — but in their defense, shark attacks on humans are extremely rare.

Bear with me

Rove, a four-month-old bear cub unabashedly shows affection to a photographer at the Bear Discovery Center in Cambodia. The center hopes to raise awareness and money for the conservation of bears in Asia. Local bear populations are threatened by poaching and the exotic pet trade.

Male bear Rove, 4 months old, climbs on the head of a Cambodian photographer while he is taking pictures, at Phnom Tamao Zoo in Takeo province some 45 kilometers south of Phnom Penh on March 19, 2008. Wildlife conservationists in Cambodia opened Asia's first centre aimed at preserving local bear populations, which are under severe threat from poachers and exotic pet traders. The Bear Discovery Centre hopes to promote awareness of the plight of Asia's bears, said Mary Hutton, chairwoman and founder of the Australia-based Free the Bears Fund Inc
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Asia hosts two species of bear — the Asiatic black bear and Ezo brown bear. Both species are mostly herbivorous, however their strong jaws, sharp teeth, and claws allow them to hunt prey when the mood strikes. Female Ezo bears often bring their cubs near fisherman. While this sounds dangerous, there have been no reported incidents of attack. Researchers assume mothers bring their cubs near humans to deter aggressive males from approaching them.

Why yes, I’d love a mouse. Thanks for asking!

This snowy owl is hardly able to contain its excitement as volunteer Brenna Morris prepares its next meal at the  Center for Wildlife in Cape Neddick, Maine. Snowy owls are the heaviest owls in North America but that doesn’t slow them down — they are fast and ferocious enough to knock over a grown man.

A very happy Snowy Owl watches as volunteer Brenna Morris leaves mice for dinner in one of many owl houses at the Center for Wildlife in Cape Neddick.
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These birds of prey prefer to fly solo, hunting small game with their powerful talons and strong beaks. They hunt squirrels, prairie dogs, mice, and rabbits, but lemmings make their favorite snacks. As you might expect, the snowy owl thrives in frigid climates and is able to survive even when the temperature drops below -50°C.

Surely he won’t mind sparing some fur for my nest…

A crow takes the liberty of taking some fur from this panda’s backside for some home renovation at a zoo in Beijing, China. Giant pandas are mostly vegetarian — shoots and leaves make up 99% of the bear’s diet — however, they’ve been known to feed on rodents and birds on occasion (a risk this crow is willing to take). 

A Crow plucks fur off panda's back for its nest in a zoo on April 09, 2018 in Beijing, China.
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While the giant panda has had its populations decimated by habitat loss and fragmentation, recently there’s been lots of good news regarding the species. Despite it being notoriously difficult to get them to mate in captivity, the giant panda population has grown tremendously in recent years, upgrading their IUCN status from endangered to vulnerable. On the other hand, crow populations are thriving, in case you were wondering.

Eeek! A car?

A baby elephant eyes a remote controlled car apprehensively as the camera-fitted vehicle approaches for a closer look in Tanzania. The “BeetleCam” enables wildlife photographer William Burrard-Lucas and his brother Matthew to safely approach wildlife for some breathtaking footage of elephant herds, lion prides, and cape buffalo.

BeetleCam (centre of image) gets up close to a baby elephant in August 2009 in Tanzania. Meet BeetleCam - the amazing homemade gadget that allowed two British brothers to venture into a real lions' den and bring you these stunning images of Africa's most dangerous wildlife. The spectacular closeups of lion prides, elephant herds and huge cape buffalo's were all made possible by the cute remote-controlled gizmo who trundled around the roughly-terrained bush on oversized rubber wheels. Brothers Matthew Burrard-Lucas, 20, a student, and William, 26, a wildlife photographer, both from London, constructed BeetleCam last year in their garage and fitted the groundbreaking contraption with a camera. For two weeks in August they let their electronic camouflaged companion loose in the wilds of remote Katavi National Park, South-West Tanzania, and got incredible results. During their excursion tough BeetleCam was almost completely destroyed by a lion but was repaired by the brothers using some bush DIY.
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As you can see in the picture above, some animals didn’t quite know what to make of the homemade device. In fact, one lion got sick of being followed by the BeetleCam and destroyed it. Fortunately, the two brothers were able to fix the gadget and capture more footage from Katavi National Park.

Bon apple-tit!

Here, a young black-capped capuchin monkey munches on an apple in Manu, Peru. Tufted capuchins are remarkably smart primates, exhibiting a keen ability to make and use tools, both in the wild and in captivity. Most commonly, the monkeys will fashion a hammer or chisel to break through barriers, or use a stick as a kind of spoon.

capuchin, monkey, peru, eating an apple
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The tufted capuchin can be found in many different forest types in the upper portion of South America. Capuchins aren’t too picky when it comes to diet — they’ll eat fruit, insects, birds, and maybe even cats. Most notably however, is their fondness for nuts, which they’ll use stones to crack open.

Derpy-looking hyena

Hyenas get a bad rap — they’re one of the most feared animals in the animal kingdom. There’s many cultural, religious, and mythological reasons for this, but the beasts are naturally shy around humans and attacks on people are extremely rare. Recently however, the hyena has been gaining popularity and interest among humans. 

Spotted hyena, laying down, cute animal
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That being said, we wouldn’t recommend giving one belly rubs, no matter how tempting that might be.

Found predominantly in Sub-Saharan Africa, spotted hyenas hunt and travel in large groups called clans, yet their matriarchal social system is more competitive than cooperative. In other words, the strongest and toughest rule their clan.

How’s my hair look?

A Sulawesi black monkey checks himself out in the rearview mirror of a motorcycle in Tangkoko Nature Reserve, Bitung. Apparently, he was unsatisfied with what he saw and tried to block out his reflection. When that didn’t work, the self-conscious monkey and his friends started biting at the bike to the bemusement of its owner.

A Sulawesi black monkey (Macaca nigra) making funny faces at the the rearview mirror of a motorcycle parked in Tangkoko Nature Reserve, Bitung. He then tried block it out by sticking his hands behind the rearview mirror. Upset that his reflection didn't disappear, the male monkeys then bit the mirrors and other motor parts.
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Sadly, the mischievous Celebes crested macaque is listed as critically endangered after being hunted near extinction for bushmeat. Their tendency to devastate crops also hasn’t made them too many friends among humans, either. Despite their IUCN status, the black ape has been able to thrive in Sulawesi’s neighboring islands, due to a scarce human population. 

Can we trouble you for some porridge?

In this photograph from the 1950s, two young black bears approach a tourist’s vehicle in hopes of getting something tasty in Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming. Black bears are anything but picky — they’ll feast on practically anything. For this reason, campers in Yellowstone or other bear-populated areas have to get creative to hide anything edible from the hungry beasts.

STANDING LOOKING IN WINDOWS OF CAR YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK WYOMING USA
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If you are ever approached by bears while driving, it’s best to honk your horn and drive away. Interactions between humans and wild bears can be dangerous, so it’s best to discourage the behavior for the safety of both humans and bears alike.

Getting comfortable

Below, a grey seal pup gets some rest and relaxation in Donna Nook, Lincolnshire, England. The Donna Nook National Nature Reserve is known for their grey seals, who are drawn to the area to breed during the winter. While the seals look cute and cuddly, experts warn against approaching them — the bulls can be protective and aggressive, and even the pups pack quite a bite.

Grey Seal pup, Halichoerus gryphus, in humorous pose, Donna Nook, Lincolnshire
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Predictably, the grey seal’s favorite meal is fish, but they’ll eat practically anything they can get their flippers on. After being over-hunted for oil, meat and skins, their population rebounded after several pieces of legislation were passed to protect the species. Now, their status is listed under “least concern” by the IUCN.

Snacktime

Here, a juvenile green turtle munches on a jellyfish in Byron Bay, Australia. In contrast to all other sea turtle species, adult green turtles are herbivorous. However, the youngsters are far less selective. Juvenile green turtles take what they can get — this includes crabs, sponges and jellyfish in addition to the usual diet of algae and sea grasses. 

A green turtle takes a big bite out of a lone jellyfish, on February 26, 2015 in Byron Bay, Australia. In an unusual sighting an unfortunate jellyfish was snapped up for dinner by two peckish green turtles. While searching for leopard sharks off the coast of Byron Bay, Australia wildlife photographer and videographer Craig Parry came across this odd feeding frenzy. Adult green turtles are a herbivorous marine turtle but juvenile green turtles will feed on invertebrates like crab, sponges and jellyfish if the opportunity arises.
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Sadly, green sea turtles also consume plastic bags — likely because they resemble jellyfish. The outlook for a turtle that consumes plastic is bleak. That’s why the World Wildlife Federation recommends recycling and limiting our use of single-use plastics, as well as legislation to prevent the 8 million metric tons of plastic leaking into the ocean each year.

Don’t mind me

This cheetah found an unlikely vantage point beside the intrepid wildlife photographer Will Burrard-Lucass. Burrard Lucass travels the world to bring us some of the most astounding images of wild animals in their natural habitat. His book, Top Wildlife Sites Of The World, details the incredible amount of work and dedication required to capture these images.

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From camping in the freezing Arctic, to getting up close and personal with gorillas and wolves in the Congo and Ethiopia, Burrard-Lucass is no stranger to peril. In the picture above however, that seems to be the furthest thing from his mind.

Monkeying around can be exhausting

The olive or Anubis baboon is one of 138 different species of Old World Monkeys and spans 25 countries in Africa. These smart and sociable primates are well adapted for life in a variety of habitats, from savanna to rainforests. Despite being hunted as pests in certain areas (they’re known to raid crop fields) the olive baboon population currently is in no great danger.

Olive baboon yawning.
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Researchers have been fascinated by these baboons for many years, studying the social dynamics among the individuals in a group. Female baboons often form platonic, symbiotic friendships with a chosen male. The pair will take turns looking after the children, and they’ll sleep, forage, and fight threats together when conflict arises.

Kitty is not pleased

The Pallas’s cat or manul is a wonderfully expressive wildcat found throughout central Asia. As you might have guessed from its facial expression, the manul prefers to be left alone — these felines spend most of the day in quiet solitude in caves and rock crevices until the evening when it’s dinnertime.

Now, a next Pallas cat picture (we only saw one), with a very funny expression but also typical for these felines!
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The Pallas’s cat’s diet is made up primarily of gerbils, voles, and birds. Manuls aren’t particularly  quick, so they must rely on their camouflage to ambush unsuspecting prey. Their population is listed as “near threatened” by the IUCN, largely due to habitat degradation, loss of prey, and being hunted for their coats.

Compliments to the chimp

Kanzi, a bonobo chimpanzee at the Great Ape Trust in Des Moines, Iowa grins in satisfaction as he eats his dinner from a pan. Even more impressive than his friendly smile, is the fact that the 31-year-old chimp cooks his meals himself. 

Kanzi, 31, eats from the pan on November 11, 2011 in Des Moines, Iowa. It was a pivotal moment in history that separated man from other primates. Over a million years ago humankind began to conquer its fear of fire and use it as a tool. But now one special ape - a 31-year-old bonobo chimpanzee called Kanzi at the Great Ape Trust in Des Moines, Iowa - is showing us just how close we really are. Astonishingly the male chimp's favourite things to do is make campfires. With impressive dexterity 12 stone (170lb) Kanzi collects firewood and breaks it into appropriate sizes. He arranges the sticks in a pile, ignites them with matches or a lighter, and then watches the flames take hold. Then Kanzi erects a grill over his fire so he can cook burgers and marshmallows over it, using a frying pan. According to Dr Sue Savage-Rumbaugh, his main handler and the only scientist ever to conduct language research with bonobos, he does it all because it fascinates him. Watching Kanzi make fire is particularly interesting to scientists at the facility - a world-class research centre dedicated to studying the behaviour and intelligence of great apes - because they are investigating the big cultural events that led to differences between humans and other primates. Because we share 99.5% genes with bonobos - our closest relatives - Dr Savage-Rumbaugh argues our differences are mainly cultural
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He gathers sticks into bundles and sets them alight with matches or a lighter, and then places a grill on top to cook burgers or marshmallows in his frying pan. Kanzi’s remarkable ability to conquer his fear of fire and harness its power suggests that we have more in common with our fellow primates than we previously thought. 

Ready for my close up

This wild river otter climbs out of the River Thet to inspect a camera in Norfolk, England. Eurasian otters are strongly territorial loners, marking their territory along the river to keep members of the same sex from encroaching on their resources.While these otters can swim and hunt in saltwater, they must return to freshwater to clean their fur.

Wild river Otter, Lutra lutra, inspecting camera, River Thet, Norfolk.
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The Eurasian otter is listed as “near threatened” by the IUCN, suffering from a loss of habitat, hunting, and the widespread use of toxic pesticides. The ban of these pesticides and hunting bans has shown promise in replenishing their populations across Europe and Asia.

Photo-bombing beluga

Juno the beluga whale pops in to greet a young girl and smile for the camera at the Mystic Aquarium in Mystic, Connecticut. Beluga whales (sometimes called white whales) are the smallest of the whale species. Their color and unique head shape makes them easy to recognize.

A young girls reacts as she is greeted by Juno, a fifteen year old male Beluga Whale, at the viewing window at Mystic Aquarium. Juno is one of two Beluga Whales at Mystic Aquarium, Mystic, Connecticut. November 28th, 2017
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The social animals typically travel in pods, and communicate to one another through vocalizations. Tragically, beluga whales have been hunted to near extinction — but there’s reason for hope: Belugas are protected species, and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) is committed to replenishing populations in Cook Inlet.

Sure, you can hitch a ride

 Here, a snail climbs atop an unbothered Indonesian White’s Tree Frog’s head, perhaps to get a good look at the surroundings in Sukabumi, Indonesia. Sometimes called the Dumpy Tree Frog or Smiling Tree Frog, these amphibians are native to Australia, Indonesia, and New Guinea, though they’ve recently been introduced to New Zealand.

A snail relaxes on a frog's head in September, 2015, Sukabumi, Indonesia. A SNAIL hitches a ride on a patient frogs back in hilarious photos snapped in Indonesia. The photos show a frog sitting completely still on a twig while a the cheeky hitchhiker slides to the top of its head. In one photo the snail appears to look down for approval before continuing on is journey. Unbothered by the snails presence, the frog smiles for the camera. Graphic designer Kurit Afsheen, 34, snapped these photos while visiting relatives in Sukabumi. My guess is that the snail wanted to go higher up for a better view. When I show people these photos it makes them happy and they laugh - it was a funny moment."
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They’ve earned the name “dumpy” because adults have a tendency to overeat and grow an extra fat layer on the top of their heads. At the moment, the only thing this frog has on his head is an unlikely guest, though this doesn’t seem to annoy our friend too much.

Sharing a banana with mom

Sariska, a gray langur at the Hanover zoo in Germany, shares a snack with her baby. The baby monkey was born in Feb. 2014. Gray langurs are native to the subcontinent of India, and are able to thrive in virtually any setting, from deserts to rainforests. The monkeys are diurnal, typically sleeping through the night in trees or manmade structures — basically anywhere up high.

Gray langur Sariska and her baby enjoy a banana on March 6, 2014 at the zoo in Hanover, central Germany. The baby monkey was born on February 15, 2014 at the zoo.
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Baby gray langurs are raised exclusively by their mothers until they reach about two years old, when other female adults step in to start helping out. The species is not currently listed as threatened or vulnerable by the IUCN, however there are laws preventing capturing or hunting them in India. The monkeys are a common sight near many temples where humans like to feed them.

Strike a pose

A wooly spider monkey stands upright and shows off his impressive acrobatic ability atop a tree in the Atlantic Rainforest in Brazil. These monkeys are the largest primate found in the Americas, though they currently only populate southeastern Brazil. Unfortunately, these marvelous New World monkeys are critically endangered.

Wooly spider monkey, Muriqui or mono-carvoeiro, (Brachyteles arachnoids) the acrobat of the Brazilian forests, the largest primate of the Americas, an endangered species, Atlantic rainforest, Brazil. Former latin name: Brachyteles arachnoids. New latin name: Brachyteles hypoxanthus. Estação Biológica de Caratinga, Fazenda Montes Claros, Minas Gerais State.
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Conservation efforts for the muriqui are an uphill battle. The monkeys face threats of illegal hunting and rapid habitat loss. Currently, there are believed to be only 1,300 of these primates left in the world — all in isolated groups in the Atlantic Rainforest.

How rude!

A baby kinkajou at the Eskisehir Zoo in Turkey sticks out its remarkably large tongue at photographer Ali Atmaca. Kinkajous are tropical animals found in South and Central America. Their species is a bit of an outlier — they are arboreal (tree-dwellers), with prehensile tails, but are more closely related to a raccoon than any primates.

 A baby kinkajou sticks its tongue out at Eskisehir Zoo in Eskisehir, Turkey on January 04, 2018. Total of 70 babies were born from 15 different species at Eskisehir zoo in 2017. Zoo has a staff of 70 including, veterinarian, biologist, agricultural engineer, forest engineer, aquatic engineer, diver, technician and animal nurse. Animals here are fed following special diets depending on the season. According to the authorities, 30 spur-thighed tortoises, 7 Cameroon sheep, 5 wallabies, 4 chinchillas, 4 ostriches, 3 meerkats, 3 deers, 2 gazelles, 2 ring-tailed lemurs, 2 Grivet monkeys, 2 capybaras, 2 kinkajous, 2 blue & yellow Macaw parrotts, 1 Guineafowl and 1 antilope were born in 2017.
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Despite their sharp teeth and classification as carnivora, kinkajous seem to prefer eating fruit above all else though they occasionally snack on insects and ants. Humans have been known to keep kinkajous as exotic pets, but if you’re considering it, beware: they have a nasty bite.

Wait, what time is it?

This sleepy polar bear in Alaska looks ready to hit the snooze button. Did you know that unlike many other bear species, polar bears don’t have the need to hibernate? Scientists now believe that polar bears have a unique skill in regards to nitric oxide production. Where cells in most mammals transform nutrients into energy, polar bears appears to be able to transform nutrients into heat.

Polar Bear, Alaska, Arctic, USA
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While polar bears are known for their snow white fur, which enables them to blend in with their snowy surroundings, underneath they have black skin, which also helps them stay warm by soaking up the sun’s rays.

An age-old riddle is solved

A local resident of Baden-Wuerttemberg, Ertingen, Germany created a humorous chicken crosswalk, complete with signs and stripes. Chickens are a common sight in the town, which neighbors a farm. So why’d the chicken cross the road? 

A zebra crossing with traffic signs for chickens was set up by a local resident as a joke for the neighbouring farm. The chickens cross the road again and again to drink from the village fountain opposite.
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The fowl cross the street to drink from a water fountain located opposite of the farm. Perhaps it’s not the most exciting answer, but hey, even hens need to stay hydrated.