A nocturnal male Bilby rests on the leg of a keeper at Sydney Wildlife World. Bilbies are Australia's natural diggers and are well equipped with backward facing pouches and three large central claws on their front feet. The uniquely Aussie Easter icon is one of Australia's most endangered animals and has its own National Bilby Day on Sept. 13.
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A man holds quails in a market in Bara, Pakistan.
Birds feed near the New Point lighthouse on the Chesapeake Bay near Mathews, Va.
An adult Chilean pink flamingo looks over her two week chick at the Bronx Zoo in N.Y. it will take two years for this chick to develop its pink feathers.
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A crane wades through the marsh in search of food at the Chesapeake Bay near Mathews, Va.
Zookeeper Cyndi Ratliff holds Menari, an orangutan born July 10 at the Audubon Zoo in New Orleans. The zoo announced her birth Wednesday, Sept. 9.
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A two-day-old Siamang yawns in its mother's lap at the Central Zoo in Kathmandu, Nepal.
A man waits for clients to have their picture taken with his monkey at a fair in Smederevo, Serbia.
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Police and animal control officers tape the snout of an alligator that they captured at Jordan Park in Allentown. Pa.
A poisonous gaboon viper displays its nostril horns in a serpentarium in Wilmington, N.C. The gaboon viper, from Africa, has the longest fangs in the snake world and is considered quiet deadly as it sits in ambush in its native home. Fully grown, the snake can reach six feet in length.
A garden spider nets a bee in Hohen Neuendorf, Germany.
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A praying mantis clings to the branch of an African sumac tree in Henderson, Nev.
A Thai National Parks, Wildlife and Plant Conversation official photographs a tiger's stripes in a government-run wildlife sanctuary in Ratchaburi province. Officials said accusations that many of the country's private zoos are selling their tigers in the black market spurred an effort to build a database of tigers in captivity.
One of a pair of rare snow leopard cubs romps in its enclosure at the Los Angeles Zoo and Botanical Gardens in Calif. The cubs were born on May 26. Native to remote high mountains in Asia, only about 5,000 to 7,000 snow leopards are believed to remain in the wild. The cats can tolerate temperatures ranging from 40 degrees below zero to as high as 104 degrees.
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Casey Anderson teaches Brutus, his 7-year-old bear, how to swim and catch fish during the filming of a television show in the East Helena, Mont. Anderson's show will air on the National Geographic Channel.
A six-year old Pomeranian named Bobby Gorgeous hangs on to the surfboard as he competes in the 20lbs. and under heat at the Helen Woodward Animal Center "Surf Dog Surf-A-Thon" in Del Mar, Calif. The annual event helps raise awareness and money for orphaned pets while promoting responsible ownership.
A Pomeranian named Bobby Gorgeous waits to compete in his 20lbs and under heat at the annual Helen Woodward Animal Center "Surf Dog Surf-A-Thon" at dog beach in Del Mar, Calif.
A fishing boat sails to catch whales off Taiji, Japan. The Japanese town chronicled in the award-winning film "The Cove" for its dolphin hunt that turns coastal waters red with blood will free much of the season's first catch, following an international outcry over the annual slaughter. The town will sell a handful of the animals to aquariums, as it does every year, but the remainder of the 100 bottlenose dolphins caught will be released.
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Labrador-mix puppies await a flight from Montgomery, Ala., to Tampa, Fla. The charity Pilots N Paws flew the dogs from a shelter to a waiting rescue group in Florida, saving them from euthanasia.
A woman holds onto her $600,000 Tibetan mastiff as they are greeted by a convoy of 30 Mercedes-Benz cars at the airport in Xi'an, China. Local media reported that the woman bought the dog in the Tibetan-populated province of Qinghai.
A cockatoo and its owner wait for clients to have their photo taken with the bird during a fair in Smederevo, Serbia.
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A European bison mother looks at her newborn male calf at the Minsk zoo. The baby was born on Sept. 9.
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Investigators conduct an investigation into whether or not an elephant in Seoul's Grand Park zoo assaulted a woman by throwing a stone at her.
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A hippopotamus sits in a pond at the zoo in Cologne, Germany.
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Grey-headed flying foxes reside in animal trainer Santisak Dulapitak's house in the outskirts of Bangkok September 10, 2009. Santisak, 53, has been training his animals to appear in advertisements and movies for more than two decades. The grey-headed flying fox, a type of fruit bat, is one of many animals Santisak trains. Picture taken September 10, 2009. REUTERS/Sukree Sukplang (THAILAND ANIMALS)
Bats from a cave fly over Wat Khao Cong Phran Temple in search of food during dusk in Ratchaburi province, 130 km (81 miles) west of Bangkok, September 14, 2009. The animals bring the temple a monthly income of $4,800 from the sale of almost 7 tonne of their guano and from tourists visiting the bat cave. Picture taken September 14, 2009. REUTERS/Sukree Sukplang (THAILAND ANIMALS RELIGION SOCIETY IMAGES OF THE DAY)
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