Living both in and out of reserve boundaries, Rhinopithecus roxellana, whose Latin name was allegedly inspired by the snub-nosed concubine of a 1500s sultan, has made great adaptations to survive, subsisting on low-protein lichens and bark when trees are bare. Large social networks help fend off predators, like clouded leopards.
A two-headed albino garter snake is seen at an exhibition of animal oddities in Basel, Switzerland. Snake owner Tom Beser explained: “There are eight known two-headed snakes in the world, but this is the only snake which is both two headed and albino.”
Maned Wolves are not closely related with any other living Canid (wolf, dog or fox) and one study suggests that they may be the sole South American surivivor of the mass extinction of large Canids at the end of the last ice age.
A two-week-old Little Penguin rests against a stuffed animal in an incubator at the Cincinnati Zoo.
Three birds get into a scuffle over a nest, forming a chain link. With its brightly coloured yellow crown, the male, who had built the nest, attempted to break up the disagreement between the two females. Photographer Krishnan Venkitachalam saw the squabble kicking off and trained his lens on the action to capture the scenes before the birds flew off.
This lioness, covered from head to paw in thick mud, is one of three lionesses who got stuck in mud at a partially dried-up water hole in the Madikwe Game Reserve, South Africa. The sight was snapped by photographer Andy Biggs while on a photographic safari.
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