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    The Week in Pictures: Animals March 23 – March 29 2013


    Parts of the skeleton and organs of a horse are painted on a horse at the equestrian fair Equitana in Essen, western Germany, on March 24, 2013. Under the motto [horses inside out], the white horse advertises a book by Gillian Higgins, which is about the anatomy of horses. (Photo by Bernd Thissen/AFP Photo/DPA)


    Parts of the skeleton and organs of a horse are painted on a horse at the equestrian fair Equitana in Essen, western Germany, on March 24, 2013. Under the motto [horses inside out], the white horse advertises a book by Gillian Higgins, which is about the anatomy of horses. (Photo by Bernd Thissen/AFP Photo/DPA)




    Mother giraffe Gambela licks her baby inside their enclosure at the Zoo in Dortmund, Germany, on March 26, 2013. (Photo by Bernd Thissen/AFP Photo)


    Mother giraffe Gambela licks her baby inside their enclosure at the Zoo in Dortmund, Germany, on March 26, 2013. (Photo by Bernd Thissen/AFP Photo)




    Endre Sos, chief veterinarian of the Budapest zoo, examines Siberian tiger [Manu] on March 27, 2013 at the Budapest Zoo and Botanic Garden as preparations are under way for the transport of three Siberian tigers to their new home, the ZOOM Erlebniswelt in Gelsenkirchen, western Germany. The tigers were born on May 10, 2011 here at the zoo of the Hungarian capital Budapest. (Photo by Attila Kisbenedek/AFP Photo)


    Endre Sos, chief veterinarian of the Budapest zoo, examines Siberian tiger [Manu] on March 27, 2013 at the Budapest Zoo and Botanic Garden as preparations are under way for the transport of three Siberian tigers to their new home, the ZOOM Erlebniswelt in Gelsenkirchen, western Germany. The tigers were born on May 10, 2011 here at the zoo of the Hungarian capital Budapest. (Photo by Attila Kisbenedek/AFP Photo)




    An African fishing eagle catches a fish in Lake Baringo, Kenya on March 24, 2013. The African fishing eagle in Lake Baringo is under threat as goat farmers in the area have taken to throwing fish laced with poison into the river to kill off crocodiles which eat their cattle. The fish eagles see the fish and consume them first leading to a fall in their population. (Photo by Carl de Souza/AFP Photo)


    An African fishing eagle catches a fish in Lake Baringo, Kenya on March 24, 2013. The African fishing eagle in Lake Baringo is under threat as goat farmers in the area have taken to throwing fish laced with poison into the river to kill off crocodiles which eat their cattle. The fish eagles see the fish and consume them first leading to a fall in their population. (Photo by Carl de Souza/AFP Photo)




    Farmer Donald O'Reilly searches for sheep or lambs trapped in a snow drift near weakened animals that had just been rescued, in the Aughafatten area of County Antrim, Northern Ireland March 26, 2013. At least 140,000 homes and businesses in Northern Ireland were left without power over the weekend following heavy snowfall, causing snowdrifts of up to 5 metres (18 feet). (Photo by Cathal McNaughton/Reuters)


    Farmer Donald O'Reilly searches for sheep or lambs trapped in a snow drift near weakened animals that had just been rescued, in the Aughafatten area of County Antrim, Northern Ireland March 26, 2013. At least 140,000 homes and businesses in Northern Ireland were left without power over the weekend following heavy snowfall, causing snowdrifts of up to 5 metres (18 feet). (Photo by Cathal McNaughton/Reuters)




    Melati (R), a four year old Sumatran Tiger and Jae Jae, her five year old male companion, face off in their new 2,500 square meter enclosure at London Zoo March 22, 2013. The zoo hopes that Melati and Jae Jae, will breed in captivity. (Photo by Andrew Winning/Reuters)


    Melati (R), a four year old Sumatran Tiger and Jae Jae, her five year old male companion, face off in their new 2,500 square meter enclosure at London Zoo March 22, 2013. The zoo hopes that Melati and Jae Jae, will breed in captivity. (Photo by Andrew Winning/Reuters)




    Two people died and many others were injured while running with the bulls during a festival in northern Colombia on March 24, 2013, officials said. Local officials said the two people died from injuries they sustained while in the bullring, including reports of one being gored in the heart, during a festival Sunday in Arjona near Cartagena, Colombia Reports reported Monday. There were conflicting reports on the number of people injured, with some sources saying up to 44 people were wounded, Colombia Reports said. (Photo by Joaquín Sarmiento/Reuters)


    Two people died and many others were injured while running with the bulls during a festival in northern Colombia on March 24, 2013, officials said. Local officials said the two people died from injuries they sustained while in the bullring, including reports of one being gored in the heart, during a festival Sunday in Arjona near Cartagena, Colombia Reports reported Monday. There were conflicting reports on the number of people injured, with some sources saying up to 44 people were wounded, Colombia Reports said. (Photo by Joaquín Sarmiento/Reuters)




    Shepherds lead their flocks of sheep and cattle along on the Guozigou segment of the Lianyungang-Horgos expressway, China, on March 24, 2013. (Photo by Reuters/China Daily)


    Shepherds lead their flocks of sheep and cattle along on the Guozigou segment of the Lianyungang-Horgos expressway, China, on March 24, 2013. (Photo by Reuters/China Daily)




    A dog stands on a flight of stairs at the Alfama neighborhood in Lisbon March 25, 2013. (Photo by Rafael Marchante/Reuters)


    A dog stands on a flight of stairs at the Alfama neighborhood in Lisbon March 25, 2013. (Photo by Rafael Marchante/Reuters)




    Shirwane, an Indian Lion, growls as her six-week-old cubs are approached at the Budapest Zoo March 28, 2013. (Photo by Bernadett Szabo/Reuters)


    Shirwane, an Indian Lion, growls as her six-week-old cubs are approached at the Budapest Zoo March 28, 2013. (Photo by Bernadett Szabo/Reuters)




    A giant river otter, the world's largest otter species, looks out of its enclosure at the newly completed River Safari in Singapore, on March 25, 2013. (Photo by Wong Maye-E/Associated Press)


    A giant river otter, the world's largest otter species, looks out of its enclosure at the newly completed River Safari in Singapore, on March 25, 2013. (Photo by Wong Maye-E/Associated Press)




    A gaucho falls from a wild horse during the annual celebration of Criolla Week in Montevideo, March 28, 2013. Throughout Easter Week, [gauchos], the Latin American equivalent of the North American cowboy, from all over Uruguay and neighboring Argentina and Brazil will visit Montevideo to participate in the Criolla Week to win the best rider award. The competition is held from March 24 to March 30 this year. (Photo by Andres Stapff/Reuters)


    A gaucho falls from a wild horse during the annual celebration of Criolla Week in Montevideo, March 28, 2013. Throughout Easter Week, [gauchos], the Latin American equivalent of the North American cowboy, from all over Uruguay and neighboring Argentina and Brazil will visit Montevideo to participate in the Criolla Week to win the best rider award. The competition is held from March 24 to March 30 this year. (Photo by Andres Stapff/Reuters)




    A female Sumatran tiger is examined at the San Francisco Zoo on March 23, 2013. The unnamed cub was born on February 10. (Photo by Marianne V. Hale/San Francisco Zoological Society via EPA)


    A female Sumatran tiger is examined at the San Francisco Zoo on March 23, 2013. The unnamed cub was born on February 10. (Photo by Marianne V. Hale/San Francisco Zoological Society via EPA)




    Charlie, a golden retriever with the world loudest bark according to Guinness World Record, barks at the Royal Easter Show in Sydney March 29, 2013. Charlie owns the Guinness World Record for the loudest bark, registering at 113.1 decibels. (Photo by Daniel Munoz/Reuters)


    Charlie, a golden retriever with the world loudest bark according to Guinness World Record, barks at the Royal Easter Show in Sydney March 29, 2013. Charlie owns the Guinness World Record for the loudest bark, registering at 113.1 decibels. (Photo by Daniel Munoz/Reuters)




    An animal handler gives food to a southeast asian Binturong during a media tour ahead of the opening of River Safari at the Singapore Zoo on March 25, 2013 in Singapore. The River Safari is Wildlife Reserves Singapore's latest attraction. Set over 12 hectares, the park is Asia's first and only river-themed wildlife park and will showcase wildlife from eight iconic river systems of the world, including the Mekong River, Amazon River, the Congo River through to the Ganges and the Mississippi. The attraction is home to 150 plant species and over 300 animal species including 42 endangered species. River Safari will open to the public on April 3. (Photo by Chris McGrath)


    An animal handler gives food to a southeast asian Binturong during a media tour ahead of the opening of River Safari at the Singapore Zoo on March 25, 2013 in Singapore. The River Safari is Wildlife Reserves Singapore's latest attraction. Set over 12 hectares, the park is Asia's first and only river-themed wildlife park and will showcase wildlife from eight iconic river systems of the world, including the Mekong River, Amazon River, the Congo River through to the Ganges and the Mississippi. The attraction is home to 150 plant species and over 300 animal species including 42 endangered species. River Safari will open to the public on April 3. (Photo by Chris McGrath)




    Cats sit on a branch of a cherry tree as cherry blossoms are in full bloom at a park in Tokyo Friday, March 29, 2013. (Photo by Shuji Kajiyama/AP Photo)


    Cats sit on a branch of a cherry tree as cherry blossoms are in full bloom at a park in Tokyo Friday, March 29, 2013. (Photo by Shuji Kajiyama/AP Photo)




    Male walrus Odin is pictured in the Polar Sea enclosure at the Hagenbeck Zoo in Hamburg, Germany, on March 26, 2013. After long preparations four walruses have been brought from the zoo in Moscow to Hamburg. (Photo by Christian Charisius)


    Male walrus Odin is pictured in the Polar Sea enclosure at the Hagenbeck Zoo in Hamburg, Germany, on March 26, 2013. After long preparations four walruses have been brought from the zoo in Moscow to Hamburg. (Photo by Christian Charisius)




    The last relief flight in Dromara Hills, County Down as an RAF Chinook makes the final drop of emergency food supplies for animals cut-off by the deep snow drifts, on March 29, 2013. All air support has now been withdrawn from the relief operation to animals stranded in the snow in Northern Ireland. RAF Chinook and Irish Air Corps helicopters had been dropping emergency food supplies to farms in high-ground areas of counties Antrim and Down. The Department of Agriculture said it was now re-directing resources to the ground. DUP MLA Paul Frew has said it is too soon to end aerial support. [This has always been about speed and the helicopters and the Chinooks would be able to speedily get to those farmers and those livestock far quicker than any snow plough or track machine], he said. [This decision by the Department of Agriculture minister will cost farmers more livestock]. The helicopters made food drops to thousands of animals stranded, mostly in the Glens of Antrim, which has been one of the areas worst affected by the snow. (Photo by Alan Lewis)


    The last relief flight in Dromara Hills, County Down as an RAF Chinook makes the final drop of emergency food supplies for animals cut-off by the deep snow drifts, on March 29, 2013. All air support has now been withdrawn from the relief operation to animals stranded in the snow in Northern Ireland. RAF Chinook and Irish Air Corps helicopters had been dropping emergency food supplies to farms in high-ground areas of counties Antrim and Down. The Department of Agriculture said it was now re-directing resources to the ground. DUP MLA Paul Frew has said it is too soon to end aerial support. [This has always been about speed and the helicopters and the Chinooks would be able to speedily get to those farmers and those livestock far quicker than any snow plough or track machine], he said. [This decision by the Department of Agriculture minister will cost farmers more livestock]. The helicopters made food drops to thousands of animals stranded, mostly in the Glens of Antrim, which has been one of the areas worst affected by the snow. (Photo by Alan Lewis)




    Two baby Bactrian camels explore their enclosure for the first time at West Midlands Safari Park, Bewdley, on Thursday, March 28, 2013. (Photo by Joe Giddens/PA Wire)


    Two baby Bactrian camels explore their enclosure for the first time at West Midlands Safari Park, Bewdley, on Thursday, March 28, 2013. (Photo by Joe Giddens/PA Wire)




    African lion Kayli plays with her cubs in the sun at West Midlands Safari Park, Bewdley, UK, on Thursday, March 28, 2013. (Photo by Joe Giddens/PA Wire)


    African lion Kayli plays with her cubs in the sun at West Midlands Safari Park, Bewdley, UK, on Thursday, March 28, 2013. (Photo by Joe Giddens/PA Wire)




    Rescue volunteers attend to a whale at Noordhoek beach near the city of Cape Town, South Africa, on March 24, 2013. South African officials say 19 pilot whales have beached in Cape Town and five of them have died. Police and other rescue workers are hosing down the surviving whales try to keep them alive. (Photo by Schalk van Zuydam/Associated Press)


    Rescue volunteers attend to a whale at Noordhoek beach near the city of Cape Town, South Africa, on March 24, 2013. South African officials say 19 pilot whales have beached in Cape Town and five of them have died. Police and other rescue workers are hosing down the surviving whales try to keep them alive. (Photo by Schalk van Zuydam/Associated Press)




    Bedouins shepherd their camels along the beach from Deir Al-Balah in the central Gaza Strip towards Gaza City on March 25, 2013. The camels are driven to fertile fields to graze and return home at the end of the day. (Photo by Mohammed Abed/AFP Photo)


    Bedouins shepherd their camels along the beach from Deir Al-Balah in the central Gaza Strip towards Gaza City on March 25, 2013. The camels are driven to fertile fields to graze and return home at the end of the day. (Photo by Mohammed Abed/AFP Photo)




    Penguins enjoying the severe snow conditions at Belfast Zoo, on March 29, 2013 – Belfast Zoo is likely to remain closed over the Easter holidays due to snow which is still lying on the site. Snow is lying up to two feet deep and has caused significant damage to the zoo's facilities. (Photo by Justin Kernoghan)


    Penguins enjoying the severe snow conditions at Belfast Zoo, on March 29, 2013 – Belfast Zoo is likely to remain closed over the Easter holidays due to snow which is still lying on the site. Snow is lying up to two feet deep and has caused significant damage to the zoo's facilities. (Photo by Justin Kernoghan)




    Jae Jae, a male Sumatran Tiger scratches a tree, as the public watch from behind glass, at London Zoo, Wednesday, March 27, 2013. Tiger Territory is a newly opened tiger enclosure designed by keepers and conservationists, the zoo is hoping the Indonesian inspired enclosure with climbing trees, a pool for swimming and 2,500square metres to roam will encourage the two tigers to breed. (Photo by Kirsty Wigglesworth/AP Photo)


    Jae Jae, a male Sumatran Tiger scratches a tree, as the public watch from behind glass, at London Zoo, Wednesday, March 27, 2013. Tiger Territory is a newly opened tiger enclosure designed by keepers and conservationists, the zoo is hoping the Indonesian inspired enclosure with climbing trees, a pool for swimming and 2,500square metres to roam will encourage the two tigers to breed. (Photo by Kirsty Wigglesworth/AP Photo)




    An African fishing eagle catches a fish in Lake Baringo, Kenya on March 24, 2013. The African fishing eagle in Lake Baringo is under threat as goat farmers in the area have taken to throwing fish laced with poison into the river to kill off crocodiles which eat their cattle. The fish eagles see the fish and consume them first leading to a fall in their population. (Photo by Carl de Souza/AFP Photo)


    An African fishing eagle catches a fish in Lake Baringo, Kenya on March 24, 2013. The African fishing eagle in Lake Baringo is under threat as goat farmers in the area have taken to throwing fish laced with poison into the river to kill off crocodiles which eat their cattle. The fish eagles see the fish and consume them first leading to a fall in their population. (Photo by Carl de Souza/AFP Photo)




    Seagulls fly over blooming cherry blossoms along the Oka river in Yokohama, Japan, on March 24, 2013. (Photo by Koji Sasahara/AP Photo)


    Seagulls fly over blooming cherry blossoms along the Oka river in Yokohama, Japan, on March 24, 2013. (Photo by Koji Sasahara/AP Photo)




    Laura Moretz watches her dog Hustle jump over four kids to catch a Frisbee during the Purina Incredible dog trick show at the 15th annual Mighty Texas Dog Walk, an event fundraiser for Texas Hearing and Service Dogs, on March 23, 2013. THSD rescues dogs and trains them to be service animals for people with hearing loss and physical disabilities. (Photo by Ricardo B. Brazziell/American-Statesman)


    Laura Moretz watches her dog Hustle jump over four kids to catch a Frisbee during the Purina Incredible dog trick show at the 15th annual Mighty Texas Dog Walk, an event fundraiser for Texas Hearing and Service Dogs, on March 23, 2013. THSD rescues dogs and trains them to be service animals for people with hearing loss and physical disabilities. (Photo by Ricardo B. Brazziell/American-Statesman)




    A Rodrigue fruit bat hangs on a perch in the Masoala rainforest hall at the Zoo in Zurich, on March 26, 2013. (Photo by Arnd Wiegmann/Reuters)


    A Rodrigue fruit bat hangs on a perch in the Masoala rainforest hall at the Zoo in Zurich, on March 26, 2013. (Photo by Arnd Wiegmann/Reuters)




    A meerkat looks out as it enjoys the sun on a cold day at the Zoo in Gelsenkirchen, Germany, on March 26, 2013. (Photo by Martin Meissner/AP Photo)


    A meerkat looks out as it enjoys the sun on a cold day at the Zoo in Gelsenkirchen, Germany, on March 26, 2013. (Photo by Martin Meissner/AP Photo)




    A fieldfare sits next to an apple in a snow-covered garden in Eichwalde, Germany, on March 26, 2013. (Photo by Tim Brakemeier/AFP Photo)


    A fieldfare sits next to an apple in a snow-covered garden in Eichwalde, Germany, on March 26, 2013. (Photo by Tim Brakemeier/AFP Photo)




    A mink eats a fish at the Nalibokskaya Forest Reserve near the village of Rum, west of Minsk, Belarus, on March 25, 2013. (Photo by Vasily Fedosenko/Reuters)


    A mink eats a fish at the Nalibokskaya Forest Reserve near the village of Rum, west of Minsk, Belarus, on March 25, 2013. (Photo by Vasily Fedosenko/Reuters)




    The yet unnamed male koala joey sits next to a toy Koala, in an attempt to make weighing him easier, at the Zoo in Duisburg, western Germany on Wednesday March 27, 2013. The little Koala left his mother's pouch after six months for the first time and is one of two newborn joeys. The Duisburg Zoo is one of the major breeding units for Koalas in Europe. (Photo by Frank Augstein/AP Photo)


    The yet unnamed male koala joey sits next to a toy Koala, in an attempt to make weighing him easier, at the Zoo in Duisburg, western Germany on Wednesday March 27, 2013. The little Koala left his mother's pouch after six months for the first time and is one of two newborn joeys. The Duisburg Zoo is one of the major breeding units for Koalas in Europe. (Photo by Frank Augstein/AP Photo)




    A common marmoset has a close encounter with a green iguana at the Zoo in Straubing, Germany, on March 25, 2013. (Photo by Armin Weigel/EPA)


    A common marmoset has a close encounter with a green iguana at the Zoo in Straubing, Germany, on March 25, 2013. (Photo by Armin Weigel/EPA)




    Two manatees lean against each other at the newly completed River Safari on March 25, 2013 in Singapore. (Photo by Wong Maye-e/AP Photo)


    Two manatees lean against each other at the newly completed River Safari on March 25, 2013 in Singapore. (Photo by Wong Maye-e/AP Photo)




    A ring-tailed lemur opens its mouth at the Tierpark Zoo in Straubing, Germany, on March 25, 2013. (Photo by Armin Weigel/AFP Photo)


    A ring-tailed lemur opens its mouth at the Tierpark Zoo in Straubing, Germany, on March 25, 2013. (Photo by Armin Weigel/AFP Photo)


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The Week in Pictures: Animals March 23 – March 29 2013


Parts of the skeleton and organs of a horse are painted on a horse at the equestrian fair Equitana in Essen, western Germany, on March 24, 2013. Under the motto [horses inside out], the white horse advertises a book by Gillian Higgins, which is about the anatomy of horses. (Photo by Bernd Thissen/AFP Photo/DPA)


Parts of the skeleton and organs of a horse are painted on a horse at the equestrian fair Equitana in Essen, western Germany, on March 24, 2013. Under the motto [horses inside out], the white horse advertises a book by Gillian Higgins, which is about the anatomy of horses. (Photo by Bernd Thissen/AFP Photo/DPA)




Mother giraffe Gambela licks her baby inside their enclosure at the Zoo in Dortmund, Germany, on March 26, 2013. (Photo by Bernd Thissen/AFP Photo)


Mother giraffe Gambela licks her baby inside their enclosure at the Zoo in Dortmund, Germany, on March 26, 2013. (Photo by Bernd Thissen/AFP Photo)




Endre Sos, chief veterinarian of the Budapest zoo, examines Siberian tiger [Manu] on March 27, 2013 at the Budapest Zoo and Botanic Garden as preparations are under way for the transport of three Siberian tigers to their new home, the ZOOM Erlebniswelt in Gelsenkirchen, western Germany. The tigers were born on May 10, 2011 here at the zoo of the Hungarian capital Budapest. (Photo by Attila Kisbenedek/AFP Photo)


Endre Sos, chief veterinarian of the Budapest zoo, examines Siberian tiger [Manu] on March 27, 2013 at the Budapest Zoo and Botanic Garden as preparations are under way for the transport of three Siberian tigers to their new home, the ZOOM Erlebniswelt in Gelsenkirchen, western Germany. The tigers were born on May 10, 2011 here at the zoo of the Hungarian capital Budapest. (Photo by Attila Kisbenedek/AFP Photo)




An African fishing eagle catches a fish in Lake Baringo, Kenya on March 24, 2013. The African fishing eagle in Lake Baringo is under threat as goat farmers in the area have taken to throwing fish laced with poison into the river to kill off crocodiles which eat their cattle. The fish eagles see the fish and consume them first leading to a fall in their population. (Photo by Carl de Souza/AFP Photo)


An African fishing eagle catches a fish in Lake Baringo, Kenya on March 24, 2013. The African fishing eagle in Lake Baringo is under threat as goat farmers in the area have taken to throwing fish laced with poison into the river to kill off crocodiles which eat their cattle. The fish eagles see the fish and consume them first leading to a fall in their population. (Photo by Carl de Souza/AFP Photo)




Farmer Donald O'Reilly searches for sheep or lambs trapped in a snow drift near weakened animals that had just been rescued, in the Aughafatten area of County Antrim, Northern Ireland March 26, 2013. At least 140,000 homes and businesses in Northern Ireland were left without power over the weekend following heavy snowfall, causing snowdrifts of up to 5 metres (18 feet). (Photo by Cathal McNaughton/Reuters)


Farmer Donald O'Reilly searches for sheep or lambs trapped in a snow drift near weakened animals that had just been rescued, in the Aughafatten area of County Antrim, Northern Ireland March 26, 2013. At least 140,000 homes and businesses in Northern Ireland were left without power over the weekend following heavy snowfall, causing snowdrifts of up to 5 metres (18 feet). (Photo by Cathal McNaughton/Reuters)




Melati (R), a four year old Sumatran Tiger and Jae Jae, her five year old male companion, face off in their new 2,500 square meter enclosure at London Zoo March 22, 2013. The zoo hopes that Melati and Jae Jae, will breed in captivity. (Photo by Andrew Winning/Reuters)


Melati (R), a four year old Sumatran Tiger and Jae Jae, her five year old male companion, face off in their new 2,500 square meter enclosure at London Zoo March 22, 2013. The zoo hopes that Melati and Jae Jae, will breed in captivity. (Photo by Andrew Winning/Reuters)




Two people died and many others were injured while running with the bulls during a festival in northern Colombia on March 24, 2013, officials said. Local officials said the two people died from injuries they sustained while in the bullring, including reports of one being gored in the heart, during a festival Sunday in Arjona near Cartagena, Colombia Reports reported Monday. There were conflicting reports on the number of people injured, with some sources saying up to 44 people were wounded, Colombia Reports said. (Photo by Joaquín Sarmiento/Reuters)


Two people died and many others were injured while running with the bulls during a festival in northern Colombia on March 24, 2013, officials said. Local officials said the two people died from injuries they sustained while in the bullring, including reports of one being gored in the heart, during a festival Sunday in Arjona near Cartagena, Colombia Reports reported Monday. There were conflicting reports on the number of people injured, with some sources saying up to 44 people were wounded, Colombia Reports said. (Photo by Joaquín Sarmiento/Reuters)




Shepherds lead their flocks of sheep and cattle along on the Guozigou segment of the Lianyungang-Horgos expressway, China, on March 24, 2013. (Photo by Reuters/China Daily)


Shepherds lead their flocks of sheep and cattle along on the Guozigou segment of the Lianyungang-Horgos expressway, China, on March 24, 2013. (Photo by Reuters/China Daily)




A dog stands on a flight of stairs at the Alfama neighborhood in Lisbon March 25, 2013. (Photo by Rafael Marchante/Reuters)


A dog stands on a flight of stairs at the Alfama neighborhood in Lisbon March 25, 2013. (Photo by Rafael Marchante/Reuters)




Shirwane, an Indian Lion, growls as her six-week-old cubs are approached at the Budapest Zoo March 28, 2013. (Photo by Bernadett Szabo/Reuters)


Shirwane, an Indian Lion, growls as her six-week-old cubs are approached at the Budapest Zoo March 28, 2013. (Photo by Bernadett Szabo/Reuters)




A giant river otter, the world's largest otter species, looks out of its enclosure at the newly completed River Safari in Singapore, on March 25, 2013. (Photo by Wong Maye-E/Associated Press)


A giant river otter, the world's largest otter species, looks out of its enclosure at the newly completed River Safari in Singapore, on March 25, 2013. (Photo by Wong Maye-E/Associated Press)




A gaucho falls from a wild horse during the annual celebration of Criolla Week in Montevideo, March 28, 2013. Throughout Easter Week, [gauchos], the Latin American equivalent of the North American cowboy, from all over Uruguay and neighboring Argentina and Brazil will visit Montevideo to participate in the Criolla Week to win the best rider award. The competition is held from March 24 to March 30 this year. (Photo by Andres Stapff/Reuters)


A gaucho falls from a wild horse during the annual celebration of Criolla Week in Montevideo, March 28, 2013. Throughout Easter Week, [gauchos], the Latin American equivalent of the North American cowboy, from all over Uruguay and neighboring Argentina and Brazil will visit Montevideo to participate in the Criolla Week to win the best rider award. The competition is held from March 24 to March 30 this year. (Photo by Andres Stapff/Reuters)




A female Sumatran tiger is examined at the San Francisco Zoo on March 23, 2013. The unnamed cub was born on February 10. (Photo by Marianne V. Hale/San Francisco Zoological Society via EPA)


A female Sumatran tiger is examined at the San Francisco Zoo on March 23, 2013. The unnamed cub was born on February 10. (Photo by Marianne V. Hale/San Francisco Zoological Society via EPA)




Charlie, a golden retriever with the world loudest bark according to Guinness World Record, barks at the Royal Easter Show in Sydney March 29, 2013. Charlie owns the Guinness World Record for the loudest bark, registering at 113.1 decibels. (Photo by Daniel Munoz/Reuters)


Charlie, a golden retriever with the world loudest bark according to Guinness World Record, barks at the Royal Easter Show in Sydney March 29, 2013. Charlie owns the Guinness World Record for the loudest bark, registering at 113.1 decibels. (Photo by Daniel Munoz/Reuters)




An animal handler gives food to a southeast asian Binturong during a media tour ahead of the opening of River Safari at the Singapore Zoo on March 25, 2013 in Singapore. The River Safari is Wildlife Reserves Singapore's latest attraction. Set over 12 hectares, the park is Asia's first and only river-themed wildlife park and will showcase wildlife from eight iconic river systems of the world, including the Mekong River, Amazon River, the Congo River through to the Ganges and the Mississippi. The attraction is home to 150 plant species and over 300 animal species including 42 endangered species. River Safari will open to the public on April 3. (Photo by Chris McGrath)


An animal handler gives food to a southeast asian Binturong during a media tour ahead of the opening of River Safari at the Singapore Zoo on March 25, 2013 in Singapore. The River Safari is Wildlife Reserves Singapore's latest attraction. Set over 12 hectares, the park is Asia's first and only river-themed wildlife park and will showcase wildlife from eight iconic river systems of the world, including the Mekong River, Amazon River, the Congo River through to the Ganges and the Mississippi. The attraction is home to 150 plant species and over 300 animal species including 42 endangered species. River Safari will open to the public on April 3. (Photo by Chris McGrath)




Cats sit on a branch of a cherry tree as cherry blossoms are in full bloom at a park in Tokyo Friday, March 29, 2013. (Photo by Shuji Kajiyama/AP Photo)


Cats sit on a branch of a cherry tree as cherry blossoms are in full bloom at a park in Tokyo Friday, March 29, 2013. (Photo by Shuji Kajiyama/AP Photo)




Male walrus Odin is pictured in the Polar Sea enclosure at the Hagenbeck Zoo in Hamburg, Germany, on March 26, 2013. After long preparations four walruses have been brought from the zoo in Moscow to Hamburg. (Photo by Christian Charisius)


Male walrus Odin is pictured in the Polar Sea enclosure at the Hagenbeck Zoo in Hamburg, Germany, on March 26, 2013. After long preparations four walruses have been brought from the zoo in Moscow to Hamburg. (Photo by Christian Charisius)




The last relief flight in Dromara Hills, County Down as an RAF Chinook makes the final drop of emergency food supplies for animals cut-off by the deep snow drifts, on March 29, 2013. All air support has now been withdrawn from the relief operation to animals stranded in the snow in Northern Ireland. RAF Chinook and Irish Air Corps helicopters had been dropping emergency food supplies to farms in high-ground areas of counties Antrim and Down. The Department of Agriculture said it was now re-directing resources to the ground. DUP MLA Paul Frew has said it is too soon to end aerial support. [This has always been about speed and the helicopters and the Chinooks would be able to speedily get to those farmers and those livestock far quicker than any snow plough or track machine], he said. [This decision by the Department of Agriculture minister will cost farmers more livestock]. The helicopters made food drops to thousands of animals stranded, mostly in the Glens of Antrim, which has been one of the areas worst affected by the snow. (Photo by Alan Lewis)


The last relief flight in Dromara Hills, County Down as an RAF Chinook makes the final drop of emergency food supplies for animals cut-off by the deep snow drifts, on March 29, 2013. All air support has now been withdrawn from the relief operation to animals stranded in the snow in Northern Ireland. RAF Chinook and Irish Air Corps helicopters had been dropping emergency food supplies to farms in high-ground areas of counties Antrim and Down. The Department of Agriculture said it was now re-directing resources to the ground. DUP MLA Paul Frew has said it is too soon to end aerial support. [This has always been about speed and the helicopters and the Chinooks would be able to speedily get to those farmers and those livestock far quicker than any snow plough or track machine], he said. [This decision by the Department of Agriculture minister will cost farmers more livestock]. The helicopters made food drops to thousands of animals stranded, mostly in the Glens of Antrim, which has been one of the areas worst affected by the snow. (Photo by Alan Lewis)




Two baby Bactrian camels explore their enclosure for the first time at West Midlands Safari Park, Bewdley, on Thursday, March 28, 2013. (Photo by Joe Giddens/PA Wire)


Two baby Bactrian camels explore their enclosure for the first time at West Midlands Safari Park, Bewdley, on Thursday, March 28, 2013. (Photo by Joe Giddens/PA Wire)




African lion Kayli plays with her cubs in the sun at West Midlands Safari Park, Bewdley, UK, on Thursday, March 28, 2013. (Photo by Joe Giddens/PA Wire)


African lion Kayli plays with her cubs in the sun at West Midlands Safari Park, Bewdley, UK, on Thursday, March 28, 2013. (Photo by Joe Giddens/PA Wire)




Rescue volunteers attend to a whale at Noordhoek beach near the city of Cape Town, South Africa, on March 24, 2013. South African officials say 19 pilot whales have beached in Cape Town and five of them have died. Police and other rescue workers are hosing down the surviving whales try to keep them alive. (Photo by Schalk van Zuydam/Associated Press)


Rescue volunteers attend to a whale at Noordhoek beach near the city of Cape Town, South Africa, on March 24, 2013. South African officials say 19 pilot whales have beached in Cape Town and five of them have died. Police and other rescue workers are hosing down the surviving whales try to keep them alive. (Photo by Schalk van Zuydam/Associated Press)




Bedouins shepherd their camels along the beach from Deir Al-Balah in the central Gaza Strip towards Gaza City on March 25, 2013. The camels are driven to fertile fields to graze and return home at the end of the day. (Photo by Mohammed Abed/AFP Photo)


Bedouins shepherd their camels along the beach from Deir Al-Balah in the central Gaza Strip towards Gaza City on March 25, 2013. The camels are driven to fertile fields to graze and return home at the end of the day. (Photo by Mohammed Abed/AFP Photo)




Penguins enjoying the severe snow conditions at Belfast Zoo, on March 29, 2013 – Belfast Zoo is likely to remain closed over the Easter holidays due to snow which is still lying on the site. Snow is lying up to two feet deep and has caused significant damage to the zoo's facilities. (Photo by Justin Kernoghan)


Penguins enjoying the severe snow conditions at Belfast Zoo, on March 29, 2013 – Belfast Zoo is likely to remain closed over the Easter holidays due to snow which is still lying on the site. Snow is lying up to two feet deep and has caused significant damage to the zoo's facilities. (Photo by Justin Kernoghan)




Jae Jae, a male Sumatran Tiger scratches a tree, as the public watch from behind glass, at London Zoo, Wednesday, March 27, 2013. Tiger Territory is a newly opened tiger enclosure designed by keepers and conservationists, the zoo is hoping the Indonesian inspired enclosure with climbing trees, a pool for swimming and 2,500square metres to roam will encourage the two tigers to breed. (Photo by Kirsty Wigglesworth/AP Photo)


Jae Jae, a male Sumatran Tiger scratches a tree, as the public watch from behind glass, at London Zoo, Wednesday, March 27, 2013. Tiger Territory is a newly opened tiger enclosure designed by keepers and conservationists, the zoo is hoping the Indonesian inspired enclosure with climbing trees, a pool for swimming and 2,500square metres to roam will encourage the two tigers to breed. (Photo by Kirsty Wigglesworth/AP Photo)




An African fishing eagle catches a fish in Lake Baringo, Kenya on March 24, 2013. The African fishing eagle in Lake Baringo is under threat as goat farmers in the area have taken to throwing fish laced with poison into the river to kill off crocodiles which eat their cattle. The fish eagles see the fish and consume them first leading to a fall in their population. (Photo by Carl de Souza/AFP Photo)


An African fishing eagle catches a fish in Lake Baringo, Kenya on March 24, 2013. The African fishing eagle in Lake Baringo is under threat as goat farmers in the area have taken to throwing fish laced with poison into the river to kill off crocodiles which eat their cattle. The fish eagles see the fish and consume them first leading to a fall in their population. (Photo by Carl de Souza/AFP Photo)




Seagulls fly over blooming cherry blossoms along the Oka river in Yokohama, Japan, on March 24, 2013. (Photo by Koji Sasahara/AP Photo)


Seagulls fly over blooming cherry blossoms along the Oka river in Yokohama, Japan, on March 24, 2013. (Photo by Koji Sasahara/AP Photo)




Laura Moretz watches her dog Hustle jump over four kids to catch a Frisbee during the Purina Incredible dog trick show at the 15th annual Mighty Texas Dog Walk, an event fundraiser for Texas Hearing and Service Dogs, on March 23, 2013. THSD rescues dogs and trains them to be service animals for people with hearing loss and physical disabilities. (Photo by Ricardo B. Brazziell/American-Statesman)


Laura Moretz watches her dog Hustle jump over four kids to catch a Frisbee during the Purina Incredible dog trick show at the 15th annual Mighty Texas Dog Walk, an event fundraiser for Texas Hearing and Service Dogs, on March 23, 2013. THSD rescues dogs and trains them to be service animals for people with hearing loss and physical disabilities. (Photo by Ricardo B. Brazziell/American-Statesman)




A Rodrigue fruit bat hangs on a perch in the Masoala rainforest hall at the Zoo in Zurich, on March 26, 2013. (Photo by Arnd Wiegmann/Reuters)


A Rodrigue fruit bat hangs on a perch in the Masoala rainforest hall at the Zoo in Zurich, on March 26, 2013. (Photo by Arnd Wiegmann/Reuters)




A meerkat looks out as it enjoys the sun on a cold day at the Zoo in Gelsenkirchen, Germany, on March 26, 2013. (Photo by Martin Meissner/AP Photo)


A meerkat looks out as it enjoys the sun on a cold day at the Zoo in Gelsenkirchen, Germany, on March 26, 2013. (Photo by Martin Meissner/AP Photo)




A fieldfare sits next to an apple in a snow-covered garden in Eichwalde, Germany, on March 26, 2013. (Photo by Tim Brakemeier/AFP Photo)


A fieldfare sits next to an apple in a snow-covered garden in Eichwalde, Germany, on March 26, 2013. (Photo by Tim Brakemeier/AFP Photo)




A mink eats a fish at the Nalibokskaya Forest Reserve near the village of Rum, west of Minsk, Belarus, on March 25, 2013. (Photo by Vasily Fedosenko/Reuters)


A mink eats a fish at the Nalibokskaya Forest Reserve near the village of Rum, west of Minsk, Belarus, on March 25, 2013. (Photo by Vasily Fedosenko/Reuters)




The yet unnamed male koala joey sits next to a toy Koala, in an attempt to make weighing him easier, at the Zoo in Duisburg, western Germany on Wednesday March 27, 2013. The little Koala left his mother's pouch after six months for the first time and is one of two newborn joeys. The Duisburg Zoo is one of the major breeding units for Koalas in Europe. (Photo by Frank Augstein/AP Photo)


The yet unnamed male koala joey sits next to a toy Koala, in an attempt to make weighing him easier, at the Zoo in Duisburg, western Germany on Wednesday March 27, 2013. The little Koala left his mother's pouch after six months for the first time and is one of two newborn joeys. The Duisburg Zoo is one of the major breeding units for Koalas in Europe. (Photo by Frank Augstein/AP Photo)




A common marmoset has a close encounter with a green iguana at the Zoo in Straubing, Germany, on March 25, 2013. (Photo by Armin Weigel/EPA)


A common marmoset has a close encounter with a green iguana at the Zoo in Straubing, Germany, on March 25, 2013. (Photo by Armin Weigel/EPA)




Two manatees lean against each other at the newly completed River Safari on March 25, 2013 in Singapore. (Photo by Wong Maye-e/AP Photo)


Two manatees lean against each other at the newly completed River Safari on March 25, 2013 in Singapore. (Photo by Wong Maye-e/AP Photo)




A ring-tailed lemur opens its mouth at the Tierpark Zoo in Straubing, Germany, on March 25, 2013. (Photo by Armin Weigel/AFP Photo)


A ring-tailed lemur opens its mouth at the Tierpark Zoo in Straubing, Germany, on March 25, 2013. (Photo by Armin Weigel/AFP Photo)


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