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A sand gazelle is seen at the Arabian Oryx Sanctuary in Umm Al-Zamool, some 290 kilometres south of Abu Dhabi near the border with Oman and Saudi Arabia
Young seals waiting to be fed at the seal sanctuary in Norden, Germany
A female member of an acrobatic team looks from behind the curtains as she waits backstage before the start of her performance at the Rambo Circus in Mumbai, India. The Rambo circus travels all over the country throughout the year. It has a seating capacity of 2,000 people and tickets are priced from 350 rupees ($5.60). According to Rambo Circus owner Sujit Dilip, the ban on the use of wild animals, the lack of new artists and various restrictions by the government have resulted in the drastic decline of the circus industry in India.
Herders dressed in traditional lederhosen lead cattle returning from summer alpine grazing during the annual cattle drive in the Allgaeu region in Bad Hindelang, Germany. Every year cattle herders bring the animals to Bavarian mountain meadows in the spring and remain their through the summer before bringing them back to farms in the villages below for the winter. The herders spend the summer living in a mountain hut called an Alm, often without electricity in a tradition going back centuries. This year brought an unusually high number of cattle fatalities during the summer, which farmers attribute to poisoning from natural causes. In the last few months there have also been several cases of fatal attacks by cattle against hikers, also an unusual occurrence.
Zoo owner Manny Tangco kisses his Japanese koi carp at the Malabon Zoo, north of Manila, Philippines. The zoo is one of the largest in the country, created from a hobby and passion for animals.
Twin polar bear cubs stand with their mother Giovanna in their enclosure at Tierpark Hellabrunn in Munich. The 14-week-old cubs, who made their first public appearance on Wednesday, have yet to be named.
A shepherd with his flock of goats at the banks of Mahanadi River in Cuttack district, near the eastern Indian city of Bhubaneswar.
A cat hisses at a Great Dane dog while waiting to be anointed outside the San Anton church in Madrid on Friday. It is the animal’s patron saint day in which thousands of people all over Spain bring their pets to churches to be blessed.
Zookeeper Carl Ashworth counts the number of penguins in his enclosure during London Zoo’s annual stock take
Afghan men tend their animals at a livestock market set up for the Muslim holiday of Eid al-Adha, or “feast of sacrifice”, in Kabul, Afghanistan. Muslims all over the world celebrate the three-day Eid al-Adha, which starts on Monday, by sacrificing sheep, goats, cows and camels, to commemorate the Prophet Abraham’s readiness to sacrifice his son, Ismail, on God’s command.
A young calf stands next to a full grown giraffe while trying to reach food at the zoo in Dortmund, Germany
An African bullfrog is weighed on a scale during a photocall to publicize the annual measuring of all the animals at the London Zoo.
Fare game: Gray geese go for a wander in Dusseldorf, Germany
Two Ankole-Watusi bulls lock horns in their enclosure at the zoo in Duisburg, Germany.
Hamadryas baboons at the Emmen Zoo in Emmen, in the Netherlands, on Wednesday. The baboons have not eaten and sit close together in the trees and in a small corner of their island. A few years ago the same group of baboons showed a similar behaviour of mass apathy that could not be explained by their keepers.