It's time once more for a look into the animal kingdom and our interactions with the countless other species that share our planet. Today's photos include a WiFi-enabled donkey, a wayward badger, Slash holding a koala, and a farewell to Bao Bao, the world's oldest male panda. These images and many others are part of this roundup of animals in the news from recent weeks, seen from the perspectives of their human observers, companions, captors, and caretakers, part of an ongoing series on animals in the news.
A bottlenose dolphin leaps for the first time in many months, welcoming spring to Tobermory Bay on the Isle of Mull in the Inner Hebrides, Scotland
Einstein, the world's smallest stallion, stands next to Playboy the horse in Barnstead, New Hampshire, USA. Standing only 20 inches tall, Einstein will mark his first birthday with a book, 'A Friend for Einstein'
An inquisitive beluga whale ends up with a squashed nose as it tries to get closer to visitors at an aquarium. The curious creature swam straight at the glass when he spotted people watching him from the other side, flattening his nose and chin as he struggled to get a better look. The sight was captured by photographer Nicole Perkins at an aquarium in Connecticut, USA.
A stork flips a fish around in its beak to make it easier to swallow. Bruce Robinson the bird feeding in the Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge near Cape Canaveral, Florida.
Not quite old enough to have shed the feathers of his youth, the one brown-headed bald eagle stands out among his family. The juvenile bird looks the odd-one-out as he nestles among the group. Photographer Pam Mullins snapped this shot near her home in Prince Rupert, British Columbia, Canada.
Three stork nests are pictured on the church tower in Kandern-Holzen, Germany
These are two of the seven dingo puppies born at Featherdale Wildlife Park in Sydney. The six girls and one boy born at a NSW wildlife park are almost ready to meet the public after learning the ropes from dad Ernie and mum Tia
Young elephant 'Nelly' kicks a football during an event to predict the result of the upcoming Women's World Cup soccer match between Germany and Canada, at the safari-park in Hodenhagen, Lower-Saxony June 24, 2011. The 'elephant oracle' announced a German victory by 1-0
An elephant distributes a pamphlet to a Thai woman during a promotional event for the general election in Auytthaya province in Auytthaya province, 70 km (44 miles) north of Bangkok June 21, 2011. Thais will go to the polls on July 3 for a general election
These amorous wood pigeons share a tender moment as one gives the other a peck on the beak. The love birds have an involved mating ritual, and the male even slaps the female about the head and body with his wings. Wildlife photographer Colin Varndell snapped the pair at Slimbridge Wildfowl and Wetland Trust in Gloucestershire.
This goose-stepping owl was photograraphed by photographer Austin Thomas near Formby, Lancashire. 'It's quite unusual to see an owl walking along the ground like this,' he explained. 'He would often fly from his nest and perch on a nearby barn where he would look for insects and worms in the grass to feed to his young.'
Two rival male lions fight over a female in front a group of tourists travelling in the Masai Mara park in Kenya. Photographer Olga Kirillova captured the drama on camera.
The picture was taken at the Schoenbrunn Zoo in Vienna by Romashchenko Elena, a maths teacher. She said: "I noticed how a little monkey was sat on the goat's back and was surprised the goat wasn't annoyed. The monkey started looking through the goat's fur with its hands. I presume it was eating any sort of ticks or fleas. Perhaps that's why the goat was happy to have the monkey on its back."
Amateur photographer Vedran Vidak has captured the fighting stallions of the Cincar mountains in Bosnia. They spend the winters hidden in the mountain valleys only reappearing again in the spring to fight for ascendancy on the grassy plains. Vedran has spent days tracking the beautiful stallions over the last few years to them fighting for control of the herd.
Spring has sprung: John the baby goat makes friends with Charlie the chick at Reddish Vale Farm near Stockport
This newborn chick, who is just a few weeks old, has apparently struck up an unlikely friendship with a kitten who helps her from pesky vermin. Sergey Dmitriev, from Barnaul, Russia, said: "We want to help restore the ancient Pavlovskaya hens because they are a very rare breed. Sometimes they can get attacked by rats and mice who get into the coops and kill them. We usually have to protect them like they are our own children - but recently our pet cat Mikeal has protected them for us. He will follow them everywhere they go whenever we let them out to make sure they are safe."
Alison MacLean of the Edinburgh Zoo meets a young Giant Panda at the Bifengxia Panda Centre near the city of Ya'an in Sichuan Province, China. A breeding pair of pandas, Tian Tian and Yang Guang, are being loaned to Edinburgh Zoo in an historic agreement between the Royal Zoological Society of Scotland and the Chinese Wildlife Conservation Society. The breeding pair will be the first Giant Pandas in the UK for 17 years and Alison will be their keeper. It is hoped that the pair will mate during the ten years they spend at Edinburgh. If they mate successfully, the cub will be returned to China once it reaches two years old. The panda in this picture is about 18 months old. Tian Tian translates as 'Sweet Honey' and Yang Guang as 'Sunshine'.
An elephant rears up on her hind legs to pluck some fruit from a tall tree. British photographer Stephen Blake captured the scene in Zambia.
An employee bottle-feeds a one-week-old meerkat cub at the Royev Ruchey zoo in the Siberian city of Krasnoyarsk. The cub is one of a litter of three being hand-reared after they were rejected by their mother.