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2014 Yearend Review

Animals
The most captivating animal pictures of 2014.
GERMANY-ANIMAL
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December 05, 2014
Kamchatka Brown Bear Mascha stands beside a Christmas tree, decorated with fruits and fish, at Hagenbecks...
Hamburg, Germany
Kamchatka Brown Bear Mascha stands beside a Christmas tree, decorated with fruits and fish, at Hagenbecks...
Kamchatka Brown Bear Mascha stands beside a Christmas tree, decorated with fruits and fish, at Hagenbecks zoo in Hamburg, northern Germany on December 5, 2014. REUTERS/Fabian Bimmer (GERMANY - Tags: ANIMALS TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)
PHOTOGRAPHERS-STORY/POY2014
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November 26, 2014
A male red deer with antlers covered in bracken, walks through undergrowth in Richmond Park in south...
London, United Kingdom
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A male red deer with antlers covered in bracken, walks through undergrowth in Richmond Park in south west London, in this October 3, 2014 file photo.

Although Richmond Park is only 3.69 square miles (9.56 square kilometres) wide and 650 deer graze there during the autumn deer rutting season, I spent nine hours on foot with my 500mm lens as well as shorter optics following the haunting and spine tingling barking of the male deer. Trying to find strong images of animal behaviour combined with attractive light and backgrounds.

The mist had long gone and the sun was dipping lower to the horizon when I found the male in the photograph in the undergrowth. I had followed him for roughly an hour before this frame, and an hour afterwards, hoping he would either get an even more impressive head-dress, pick a battle with another male or chase some potential mating partners...but eventually the light went and so did I shortly after. I think the bracken stuck amongst the deer antlers gives the picture a certain appeal by adding a little humour to a natural history photograph, with a hat-like appearance, plus the tongue out looks a little as if the deer is licking his lips! - Toby Melville REUTERS/Toby Melville (BRITAIN - Tags: SOCIETY ENVIRONMENT TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)

ATTENTION EDITORS: THIS PICTURE IS PART OF THE PACKAGE 'PICTURES OF THE YEAR 2014 - THE PHOTOGRAPHERS' STORY'. SEARCH 'PHOTOGRAPHERS' STORY' FOR ALL IMAGES'
AUSTRALIA-ANIMALS/
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October 30, 2014
A Western Lowland Gorilla named Mbeli holds her baby in their enclosure at Sydney's Taronga Zoo October...
Sydney, Australia
A Western Lowland Gorilla named Mbeli holds her baby in their enclosure at Sydney's Taronga Zoo
A Western Lowland Gorilla named Mbeli holds her baby in their enclosure at Sydney's Taronga Zoo October 31, 2014. The baby gorilla was born three days ago, and is the first sired by the zoo's new Silverback who arrived from France in 2012. REUTERS/David Gray (AUSTRALIA - Tags: ANIMALS ENVIRONMENT SOCIETY TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)
USA/
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October 21, 2014
A bald eagle stretches its talons as it sits in a tree in the Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve near Haines,...
HAINES, UNITED STATES
A bald eagle stretches its talons in the Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve near Haines, Alaska
A bald eagle stretches its talons as it sits in a tree in the Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve near Haines, Alaska October 8, 2014. REUTERS/Bob Strong (UNITED STATES - Tags: ENVIRONMENT ANIMALS TRAVEL)
USA-WEATHER/
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January 21, 2014
A Northern Cardinal sits on a tree branch in falling snow in the New York City suburb of Nyack, New York...
NYACK, UNITED STATES
A Northern Cardinal sits on a tree branch in falling snow in the New York City suburb of Nyack
A Northern Cardinal sits on a tree branch in falling snow in the New York City suburb of Nyack, New York January 21, 2014. A fast moving winter storm was forecast to dump as much as a foot of snow on the northeastern United States on Tuesday with winter storm warnings and advisories issued from the central Appalachian Mountains north to southern New England. REUTERS/Mike Segar (UNITED STATES - Tags: ENVIRONMENT ANIMALS TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)
JAPAN/
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January 20, 2014
Japanese Macaques (or Snow Monkeys) groom each other in a hot spring at a snow-covered valley in Yamanouchi...
YAMANOUCHI TOWN, Japan
Japanese Macaques groom each other in a hot spring at a snow-covered valley in Yamanouchi town
Japanese Macaques (or Snow Monkeys) groom each other in a hot spring at a snow-covered valley in Yamanouchi town, central Japan January 20, 2014. REUTERS/Issei Kato (JAPAN - Tags: ANIMALS SOCIETY TRAVEL TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)
FRANCE-ANIMALS/
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August 12, 2014
Two unnamed female Sri Lankan baby leopards (Panthera pardus kotiya) are seen in a zoo in Maubeuge August...
Maubeuge, France
Two unnamed female Sri Lankan baby leopards (Panthera pardus kotiya) are seen in a zoo in Maubeuge
Two unnamed female Sri Lankan baby leopards (Panthera pardus kotiya) are seen in a zoo in Maubeuge August 12, 2014. The Sri Lankan 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. REUTERS/Yves Herman (FRANCE - Tags: ANIMALS TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY SOCIETY)
RUSSIA/
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April 24, 2014
27 year old white polar bear Uslada shakes off water in her pool at the Leningrad Zoo in St. Petersburg,...
St.Petersburg, Russia
27 year old white polar bear Uslada shakes off water in her pool at the Leningrad Zoo in St. Petersburg...
27 year old white polar bear Uslada shakes off water in her pool at the Leningrad Zoo in St. Petersburg, April 24, 2014. REUTERS/Alexander Demianchuk (RUSSIA - Tags: ANIMALS)
USA/
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January 16, 2014
A river otter looks for food stashed in a used Christmas tree at the Buttonwood Park Zoo in New Bedford,...
New Bedford, UNITED STATES
A river otter looks for food stashed in a used Christmas tree at the Buttonwood Park Zoo in New Bedford...
A river otter looks for food stashed in a used Christmas tree at the Buttonwood Park Zoo in New Bedford, Massachusetts January 16, 2014. 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. REUTERS/Brian Snyder (UNITED STATES - Tags: SOCIETY ANIMALS TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)
BRITAIN/
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January 02, 2014
Keeper Ben Baker looks at a Bell's Anglehead Lizard as it sits on the end of his pencil during a photocall...
Chester, United Kingdom
Keeper Baker looks at a Bell's Anglehead Lizard as it sits on the end of his pencil in Chester
Keeper Ben Baker looks at a Bell's Anglehead Lizard as it sits on the end of his pencil during a photocall for the annual stocktake at Chester Zoo in Chester, northern England, January 2, 2014. The annual stocktake is a compulsory count, with the results data shared with zoos around the world and used to manage the international breeding programmes for endangered animals. REUTERS/Phil Noble (BRITAIN - Tags: ANIMALS SOCIETY ENVIRONMENT)
BRITAIN-ANIMALS/
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October 26, 2014
A fox sleeps beside autumn leaves in a garden in London October 26, 2014. REUTERS/Reinhard Krause (BRITAIN...
London, United Kingdom
A fox sleeps beside autumn leaves in a garden in London
A fox sleeps beside autumn leaves in a garden in London October 26, 2014. REUTERS/Reinhard Krause (BRITAIN - Tags: ENVIRONMENT ANIMALS)
AUSTRALIA-ANIMALS/
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December 09, 2014
A family of giraffes look out from their enclosure before taking part in a Christmas-themed feeding session...
Sydney, Australia
A family of giraffes look out from their enclosure before being taking part in a Christmas-themed feeding...
A family of giraffes look out from their enclosure before taking part in a Christmas-themed feeding session at Sydney's Taronga Park Zoo, December 9, 2014. 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. REUTERS/Jason Reed (AUSTRALIA - Tags: SOCIETY ANIMALS)
CHINA-ANIMALS/
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November 14, 2014
A three-month-old macaque bites its toe in front of a fan heater at a wildlife park in Kunming, Yunnan...
Kunming, China
A three-month-old macaque bites its toe in front of a fan heater at a wildlife park in Kunming, Yunnan...
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. REUTERS/Wong Campion (CHINA - Tags: ANIMALS SOCIETY TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)
ZIMBABWE-ANIMALS/
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October 15, 2014
A herd of elephants confronts a hippopotamus at a watering hole in Hwange National Park October 14, 2014....
HWANGE NATIONAL PARK, Zimbabwe
A herd of elephants confronts a hippopotamus at a watering hole in Hwange National Park
A herd of elephants confronts a hippopotamus at a watering hole in Hwange National Park October 14, 2014. 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. Picture taken October 14, 2014. REUTERS/Philimon Bulawayo (ZIMBABWE - Tags: ANIMALS CRIME LAW)
RUSSIA-ANIMALS/
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October 10, 2014
An employee feeds a one-week-old coati cub with a bottle of milk at the Royev Ruchey zoo in the suburbs...
Krasnoyarsk, Russia
An employee feeds a one-week-old coati cub with a bottle of milk at the Royev Ruchey zoo in the suburbs...
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, October 10, 2014. The mother of three cubs refused to nurse them, according to zoo employees. REUTERS/Ilya Naymushin (RUSSIA - Tags: ANIMALS SOCIETY TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)
CANADA/
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December 31, 2013
Taiga the polar bear grabs a tree branch at the Quebec Aquarium in Quebec City, December 30, 2013. REUTERS/Mathieu...
Quebec City, Canada
Taiga the polar bear grabs a tree branch at the Quebec Aquarium in Quebec City
Taiga the polar bear grabs a tree branch at the Quebec Aquarium in Quebec City, December 30, 2013. REUTERS/Mathieu Belanger (CANADA - Tags: ANIMALS SOCIETY TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)
AUSTRALIA-TOURISM/
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December 05, 2014
A camel yawns as a tourist checks images on her camera following a ride on a camel safari alongside the...
LIGHTHOUSE BEACH, Australia
A camel yawns as a tourist checks images on her camera following a ride on a camel safari alongside the...
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, December 4, 2014. For 25 years camel rides on this beach have given visitors to Australia's holiday coast a rare experience available only in a handful of locations in the country. 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. Picture taken December 4, 2014. REUTERS/Jason Reed (AUSTRALIA - Tags: SOCIETY ANIMALS TRAVEL TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)
CHINA-ANIMALS/
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November 30, 2014
Flamingos are seen in a nature reserve park in Panyu district south of Guangzhou, Guangdong province,...
Guangzhou, China
Flamingos are seen in a nature reserve park in Panyu district south of Guangzhou
Flamingos are seen in a nature reserve park in Panyu district south of Guangzhou, Guangdong province, November 30, 2014. REUTERS/Alex Lee (CHINA - Tags: ANIMALS SOCIETY TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)
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