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 a sloth hanging around in Panama, reindeer herders in far northern Russia, an orangutan taking a wheelbarrow ride in Indonesia, a wild horse roundup in Spain, dolphins in the Mediterranean, flying foxes in India, orcas in Puget Sound, a leopard with its head stuck in a pot in India, 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, as part of an ongoing series on animals in the news.
Boulder County Sheriff’s Deputy Sophie Berman crouches over a small owl, making a brief video before the bird flew away, near Rainbow Lakes, outside Nederland, Colorado, on July 21, 2015. Berman came across the raptor on a dirt road as she patrolled the area.
Dan Walter / Boulder County Sheriff’s Office via AP
A herder works among reindeer at a camping ground, some 200 kilometers (124 miles) northeast of Naryan-Mar, the administrative center of Nenets Autonomous Area, far northern Russia, on August 2, 2015. People, including local herders and members of their families, gathered at the site to mark Reindeer Day, a professional holiday of reindeer-breeding workers, which is celebrated annually on August 2.
Sergei Karpukhin / Reuters
An orca whale breaches in view of Mount Baker, some 60 miles distant, in the Salish Sea in the San Juan Islands, Washington, on July 31, 2015. The Southern Resident killer whales living in the area have lost about 20 percent of their population since the 1990s, likely because of dwindling food sources and contamination. This particular group of whales, now numbering at 81, is endangered.
Elaine Thompson / AP
A man catches a wild horse during the “Rapa Das Bestas” event in Mougas, Spain, on June 14, 2015. Throughout the summer hundreds of wild horses are rounded up, trimmed, and groomed in different villages in Galicia.
Miguel Vidal / Reuters
A spider is silhouetted against the full moon in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan, on September 26, 2015.
Vyacheslav Oseledko / AFP / Getty
A leopard walks through a field after getting its head stuck in a pot in the Indian village of Sardul Kheda in the Rajasthan district of Rajsamand on September 30, 2015. The leopard spent between four and five hours wearing the pot, but was eventually freed after being tranquilized by the forestry department.
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Simone Arrigoni of Italy attempts to set an apnea diving record while being pushed by a dolphin in Torvaianica, near Rome, Italy, on May 28, 2015. According to Arrigoni's publicist, he completed seven loops in 1 minute and 30 seconds to set the record.
Tony Gentile / Reuters
A participant wrestles with a pig in the greased pig contest at the Festival du Cochon, or “Pig Festival,” in Sainte-Perpetue, Quebec, on August 8, 2015.
Christinne Muschi / Reuters
Flying foxes fly above a garden in Amritsar, India, on September 12, 2015.
Narinder Nanu / AFP / Getty
A man applies kohl eye makeup to his pet monkey, named Gulabo, or “Pinky,” before it performs tricks for money along streets in Karachi, Pakistan, on May 31, 2015.
Akhtar Soomro / Reuters
Pelusa and Huellas, paraplegic dogs in wheelchairs, play at Pescadores beach in Chorrillos, Lima, Peru, on September 7, 2015. Sara Moran has an animal shelter in Lima called Milagros Perrunos, where she cares for stray dogs and shelters dogs injured from traffic accidents or domestic abuses.
Mariana Bazo / Reuters
A hunter holds a shot pheasant in the back pocket of his jacket during the first day of the hunting season in Castell'Azzara, Tuscany, Italy, on September 20, 2015. The number of hunters in Italy has been decreasing, from 1,701,853 in 1980 to 751.876 in 2007, with a percentage reduction of 55.8 percent, according to the latest available numbers from the national statistics bureau ISTAT.
Max Rossi / Reuters
Buffaloes escape a fire, which is spreading on a patch of land by the Yamuna river, on a hot summer day in New Delhi, India, on June 9, 2015.
Anindito Mukherjee / Reuters
Dairy cows nuzzle a barn cat as they wait to be milked at a farm in Granby, Quebec, on July 26, 2015.
Christinne Muschi / Reuters
Dolphins swim in front of the German navy frigate ship Werra in the southern Mediterranean sea, on September 28, 2015. The frigate, part of the European external action service Eunavfor-Med, an EU naval operation against human smugglers in the Mediterranean, enables participants to board, search, seize, and divert vessels suspected of being used for human smuggling or trafficking on the high seas, in line with international law.
Alberto Pizzoli / AFP / Getty
Indian police officials watch a confused wild male elephant, who got separated from his herd, walking in a compound on the outskirts of Gauhati, India, on August 20, 2015. The herd of wild elephants was coming down from a nearby hill of India’s northeastern state of Meghalaya. As the pressure of population pushes human habitation closer to forests, incidents of wild animals straying into cities are increasingly reported. No incident involving the wild elephant was reported.
Anupam Nath / AP
In this photo, taken on July 7, 2015, a lion sits with other members of the pride in the early morning, in the Savannah of the Maasai Mara in southwestern Kenya.
Ben Curtis / AP
Angora rabbit Emilson sits next to its freshly shaved hair at Georgia Spausta's small farm in Herzogbirbaum, Austria, on March 10, 2015. Spausta produces hand-spun yarn from some 25 angora rabbits, which is sold in small scale to enthusiasts or at local markets. The rabbits are clipped four times a year, each time giving some 300 grams of wool, about the amount needed to knit one pullover.
Heinz-Peter Bader / Reuters
Wild horses are gathered during the “Rapa das Bestas” traditional event in the village of Sabucedo, Spain, on July 5, 2015.
Miguel Vidal / Reuters
A newborn silvery gibbon baby is held by its mother, Alangalang, at Prague Zoo, Czech Republic, on July 30, 2015. The baby silvery gibbon, an endangered species, was the first one born in captivity in the Czech Republic, according to the zoo.
David W Cerny / Reuters
A Manx Loaghtan sheep looks out from its pen at the annual Masham Sheep Fair in Masham, England, on September 27, 2015. The Sheep Fair, which is marking its 30th anniversary, was founded to commemorate the sheep-market history of Masham’s market square, where, historically, as many as 70,000 sheep were sold each year.
Oli Scarff / AFP / Getty
Child jockeys compete in a traditional horse race as part of the Moyo festival on September 15, 2015 in Sumbawa Island, West Nusa Tenggara, Indonesia. The horseback-racing tradition involves child jockeys aged 5-10 years riding bareback. For each race, the jockeys get paid around 50,000 rupiahs, or $5.
Ulet Ifansasti / Getty
A white heron takes flight over exposed fish nests, normally inches below the waterline, in La Plata reservoir in Toa Alta, Puerto Rico, on June 19, 2015. Thanks to El Nino, a warming of the tropical Pacific Ocean that affects global weather, less rain fell to help refill Puerto Rico’s La Plata reservoir, as well as La Plata river in the central island community of Naranjito.
Ricardo Arduengo / AP
Omer, from Syria, carries his cat, Johnny, on his shoulders at a collection point for migrants in the village of Roszke, Hungary, on September 9, 2015.
Marko Djurica / Reuters
A worker of the Sumatran Orangutan Conservation Program wheels a tranquilized Sumatran orangutan as it's being prepared to be released into the wild at a rehabilitation center in Kuta Mbelin, North Sumatra, Indonesia, on July 10, 2015. The orangutans at the center were mostly rescued from palm oil plantations or confiscated from homes where they were kept as pet animals. Orangutan populations in Indonesia's Borneo and Sumatra island are facing severe threats from habitat loss, illegal logging, fires. and poaching. Conservationists predict that without immediate action, orangutans are likely to be the first great ape to become extinct in the wild.
Binsar Bakkara / AP
Dogs, big and small, and some in tandem or with their owners, participate in the 7th annual Surf City Surf Dog contest in Huntington Beach, California, on September 27, 2015.
Frederic J. Brown / AFP / Getty
A herder drives his sheep through a gate of the ancient town of Yongtai in Jingtai County, Gansu Province, China, on June 20, 2015.
China Daily / Reuters
Pakistani men slaughter a camel on the second day of the Eid al-Adha festival in Karachi on September 26, 2015. Muslims across the world are celebrating the annual festival of Eid al-Adha, or the Festival of Sacrifice, which marks the end of the Hajj pilgrimage to Mecca and commemorates the prophet Abraham’s readiness to sacrifice his son to show obedience to God.
Rizwan Tabassum / AFP / Getty
Seagulls cast shadows on the roof of the media center during the third round of the British Open golf championship on the Old Course in St. Andrews, Scotland, on July 19, 2015.
Phil Noble / Reuters
A sloth hangs from power lines in El Valle, Cocle Province, Panama, on September 12, 2015.
Carlos Jasso / Reuters
An ethnic Tibetan nomad woman stands with her Yak herd at their summer grazing area on July 24, 2015, on the Tibetan Plateau in Yushu County, Qinghai, China. Tibetan nomads face many challenges to their traditional way of life, including political pressures, forced resettlement by China's government, climate change, and rapid modernization. The Tibetan Plateau, often called "the Roof of the World," is the world's highest and largest plateau.
Kevin Frayer / Getty
Xing Hui, a 6-year-old giant panda born in China, eats bamboo at the Pairi Daiza wildlife park in Brugelette, Belgium, on September 28, 2015.