Animals in the News

It's time once again for a look at the animal kingdom and our interactions with the countless species that share our planet. Today's photos include Beluga whales, Highland cows, rappelling dogs, a close encounter with a lion, Menswear Dog, a bull with flaming horns, Yaks on Mount Everest, and much more. These images and many others are part of this roundup of animals in the news from recent months, seen from the perspectives of their human observers, companions, captors, and caretakers, part of an ongoing series on animals in the news. [31 photos total]

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A dog wipes out at the 6th Annual Surf City surf dog contest in Huntington Beach, California, on September 28, 2014. (Reuters/Lucy Nicholson) #
A bald eagle flies near a rainbow over Chilkoot Inlet near Haines, in southeastern Alaska, on October 6, 2014. (Reuters/Bob Strong) #
An Afghan man leads a goat ahead of the sacrificial Eid al-Adha festival at the animal market during sunset on the outskirts of Herat on October 2, 2014. (Aref Karimi/AFP/Getty Images) #
A dog sits on the catwalk before the presentation of designer Ronaldo Fraga's 2015 winter collection during Sao Paulo Fashion Week on November 5, 2014. The placard reads, "Animal is not a brand, Adopt not buy". (Reuters/Nacho Doce) #
Yaks carrying mountaineering equipments return to base camp after Mount Everest expeditions were cancelled in Solukhumbu district April 27, 2014. There was fury among the roughly 400 sherpas at base camp after an April 18 accident on the perilous Khumbu icefall, the single deadliest disaster on the world's highest mountain. Chanting, pumping their fists and threatening violence, a group of young sherpas forced an expedition boycott for the first time, to write off a whole season for hundreds of would-be summiteers. (Reuters/Phurba Tenjing Sherpa) #
A bull with its horns set on fire, during the El Novillo de Bombas festival in Mira, north of Quito, on August 16, 2014. Thousands of residents in Mira participate in the yearly event which originated from Spain many centuries ago. (Reuters/Guillermo Granja) #
A dog known as "Menswear Dog", a 5-year-old Shiba Inu, poses for photos during the 24th Annual Tompkins Square Halloween Dog Parade in New York on October 25, 2014. Hundreds of dog owners dress their dogs and compete for fun and prizes during the parade. (Reuters/Carlo Allegri) #
Fang Jianguo sits in a wheelchair as his dogs, Beier and Laer, pull it along a street in Longyou, Zhejiang province, China, on November 9, 2014. Fang, 47, was paralyzed from the waist down after an accident at work in 1987, following which, he developed muscle atrophy in his arms. Thirteen years ago, he adopted Beier and Laer and trained them to help pull his wheelchair to facilitate his mobility. (Reuters/William Hong) #
Children inside a cage watch a lion above them at the Safari Lion Zoo in Rancagua, Chile, on October 30, 2014. (Martin Bernetti/AFP/Getty Images) #
A grey crowned crane (balearica pavonina gibbericeps) stands in its enclosure at Zoo Berlin on October 14, 2014. (Sean Gallup/Getty Images) #
Red deer graze following the end of the rutting season on November 12, 2014 in Glen Etive, Scotland. (Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images) #
A municipal worker captures a stray dog during an operation against strays in the village of San Salvador Atenco near Mexico City on September 9, 2014. (Reuters/Henry Romero) #
A group of orca whales swim in the waters off San Juan Island near Friday Harbor, Washington, with Mt. Baker in the distance, on September 13, 2014. (AP Photo/Rachel La Corte) #
A child, cuddling a cat, rests under a shelter at the earthquake zone in Ludian county, Zhaotong, Yunnan province, China, on August 5, 2014, following and earlier earthquake that triggered landslides and killed more than 400 people. (Reuters/Stringer) #
A female Alpine Ibex, a species of wild goat that lives in the mountains of the European Alps, licks stones on the wall of a dam at Lake Cingino, with her young, on September 22, 2014, near Antrona Piana. (Olivier Morin/AFP/Getty Images) #
Alaa, an ambulance driver, feeds cats in Masaken Hanano in Aleppo, Syria, on September 24, 2014. Alaa buys about $4 of meat everyday to feed about 150 abandoned cats in Masaken Hanano, a neighborhood in Aleppo that has been abandoned because of shelling from forces loyal to Syria's president Bashar Al-Assa. Alaa said that he had been feeding and taking care of the cats for over 2 months. (Reuters/Hosam Katan) #
A lizard peeks out from vegetation in a traffic island in Naypyitaw, Burma, on November 11, 2014. (Reuters/Soe Zeya Tun) #
A polar bear swims at a zoo in Mulhouse, France, on November 13, 2014. (Sebastien Bozon/AFP/Getty Images) #
A cutter slices through skin and blubber atop a bowhead whale in a field near Barrow, Alaska, on October 7, 2014. Following tradition, a section of the skin and blubber will be reserved for the captain of the boat, who will open his home to the community for a feast in the coming days. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull) #
Alexander Kharatokin shaves near a 9-month-old brown bear named Masha on the bank of the Yenisei River outside Krasnoyarsk, Siberia, on September 19, 2014. Kharatokin, a homeless man and a watchman of a mooring, lives in a wooden hovel near the river. Under the permission of his employer, Kharatokin adopted the orphan bear that was found this spring. He plans to continue living with the bear, whom will be moved to a new larger enclosure after it is constructed. (Reuters/Ilya Naymushin) #
Fish jump past a tourist during sunset by the island of Koh Tao, Thailand, on September 20, 2014. (Reuters/Chaiwat Subprasom) #
Colored powder is flies above participants in the annual Holi Run in Madrid, Spain, on on October 19, 2014. (Gonzalo Arroyo Moreno/Getty Images) #
Tanda, 22, a two-ton rhinoceros, wears a mask at the Zoological Center of Tel Aviv-Ramat Gan near Tel Aviv, Israel, on November 4, 2014. Israeli specialists are helping Tanda, who has a chronic eye infection, to fend off flies that are worsening its condition with a custom made mask. (AP Photo/Ariel Schalit) #
A Colombian Army Special Forces soldier rappels with a dog during a military exercise during the visit of US Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel and Colombian Defense Minister Juan Carlos Pinzon at a military base in Tolemaida, Colombia, on October 10, 2014. (Guillermo Legaria/AFP/Getty Images) #
A Highland cow stands on a hillside on the Isle of Lewis in the Outer Hebrides, Scotland, on September 13, 2014. (Reuters/Cathal McNaughton) #
A bird covered in spilled oil perches on the banks of the San Juan river in Cadereyta August 26, 2014. An oil pipeline spill contaminated the river in the northern Mexican state of Nuevo Leon. The 24-inch Madero-Cadereyta pipeline, owned by national oil company Pemex, was ruptured when thieves attempted to tap into it, the company said. (Reuters/Daniel Becerril) #
Horse whisperer Martin Tata sits on his five-year-old horse "Primavera" as he performs a demonstration of "Indian taming" at the Polo Club Puesto Viejo ranch in Canuelas, northeast of Buenos Aires, on September 9, 2014. Tata says the techniques that he uses to tame unbroken horses avoids unnecessary violence and helps build a more harmonious relationship between humans and the horses. (Reuters/Enrique Marcarian) #
Pigs sit trapped in a partially submerged pig pen after heavy rainfall hit Youyang county of Chongqing municipality, China, on September 11, 2014. (Reuters/Stringer) #
Hope runs using a wheelchair in Vienna on September 3, 2014. Hope was found with missing back legs in the countryside and brought to an animal asylum when it was four months old. The dog was taken home two months later by Regine Grosinger who had a wheelchair manufactured for it. (Reuters/Heinz-Peter Bader) #
A Beluga whale named Zhuoya gives birth to her first offspring at an aquarium in Changsha, Hunan province, China, on October 29, 2014. (Reuters/China Daily) #
Zhang Xiaomi, a cat raised by Li Zhen and her husband, who was aboard Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 which disappeared on March 8, 2014, is seen while Li has an interview with Reuters in Beijing on August 21, 2014. Li said her only wish now is that her husband comes home alive no matter how much he has changed. (Reuters/Kim Kyung-Hoon) #

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