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Animal & Wildlife
Best animal photos of 2014
From the cutest to the endangered, IBTimes picks the finest animal photos of the year
December 28, 2014 15:30 GMT
Newborn giant panda triplets, which were born to giant panda Juxiao (not pictured), are seen inside an incubator at the Chimelong Safari Park in Guangzhou, Guangdong province, China in August August. These were the fourth set of giant panda triplets born with the help of artificial insemination procedures in China, and the birth is seen as a miracle due to the low reproduction rate of giant pandas.
A Western Lowland Gorilla named Mbeli holds her baby in their enclosure at Sydney's Taronga Zoo October. The three-day-old baby is the first gorilla sired by the zoo's new Silverback who arrived from France in 2012.
Uslada, a 27-year-old white polar bear, shakes off water in her pool at the Leningrad Zoo in St Petersburg in April
Two unnamed female Sri Lankan baby leopards
(Panthera pardus kotiya)
are seen in a zoo in Maubeuge, Sri Lanka, in August. The leopards, reported as an endangered animal species by the International Union for Conservation of Nature, were born on July 1, according to the zoo media office.
A firefighter holds a red panda
from its tail while removing it from a tree at a residential area in Kunming, Yunnan province, China, in July 3. The animal was spotted in the residential area and was brought down from the tree after residents reported its sighting to the police, local media reported.
Japanese Macaques (or Snow Monkeys) groom each other in a hot spring at a snow-covered valley in Yamanouchi town, central Japan, in January
A river otter looks for food stashed in a used Christmas tree at the Buttonwood Park Zoo in New Bedford, Massachusetts in January. A resident of Provincetown, Massachusetts collected and donated used Christmas trees to the zoo, where the animals play with, and in some cases eat, the trees.
A much-maligned urban fox sleeps beside autumn leaves in a garden in London October 26, 2014
A family of giraffes look out from their enclosure before taking part in a Christmas-themed feeding session at Sydney's Taronga Park Zoo, in December. The giraffe enclosure at the zoo has panoramic views of Sydney's harbour and allows visitors the chance to get close and feed the zoo's tallest animals which are native to Africa.
A three-month-old macaque bites its toe in front of a fan heater at a wildlife park in Kunming, Yunnan province, November 13, 2014
An employee feeds a one-week-old coati cub with a bottle of milk at the Royev Ruchey zoo in the suburbs of Krasnoyarsk, Siberia, in October. The mother of three cubs refused to nurse them, according to zoo employees. Coati are part of the racoon family.
A herd of elephants confronts a hippopotamus at a watering hole in Hwange National Park, Zimbabwe, in October. The watering hole was one of several that were contaminated by poachers with cyanide in 2013, leading to the death of at least 100 animals, according to Zimbabwean authorities.
A camel yawns as a tourist checks images on her camera following a ride on a camel safari alongside the Pacific Ocean on Lighthouse Beach, north of Sydney, in December. Australia's long history with the 'ships of the desert' goes back to the 1800s when they were imported from Afghanistan and India for use as transportation across Australia's vast deserts, before being released into the wild following their replacement by motorised transport.
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