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Photo of the Day : Animals

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Picture of dog sitting in field in Chino Hills, California

Golden Hills

Photo of the Day, August 20, 2016

Your Shot photographer Hannah Overeem captured this shot of her dog, Badger, an Australian cattle dog, in Chino Hills, California ...

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Picture of hand holding eagle feather with eagle flying in background, India

'You Dropped Something!'

Photo of the Day, August 17, 2016

Your Shot photographer Suyash Mehta gained a souvenir from a passing eagle in Satara, India: a long feather. India is ...

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Picture of a giant panda in a forested enclosure in Wolong Nature Reserve, China

A Walk on the Wild Side

Photo of the Day, August 13, 2016

Ye Ye, a 16-year-old giant panda, lounges in a wild enclosure at a conservation center in China’s Wolong Nature ...

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Picture of whale shark flanked by smaller fish underwater in Qatar

Whale of a Time

Photo of the Day, August 10, 2016

A whale shark—the biggest fish in the sea—swims along, “extremely curious” about his observers. Your Shot photographer David ...

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Picture of a pair of horses in a desert landscape in Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park, Arizona

Western Spirit

Photo of the Day, August 8, 2016

Framing an expansive blue sky, desert buttes, and a pair of majestic horses, Your Shot member Nora Feddal captures the ...

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Picture of an elephant in Madikwe Game Reserve, South Africa

A Walk in the Park

Photo of the Day, August 5, 2016

Photographer Graham De Lacy captured this shot of an African elephant taking a sunny-day stroll in South Africa’s Madikwe ...

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Picture of a flock of pelicans seen from above on the Colorado River, Mexico

Pelican Party

Photo of the Day, August 4, 2016

Pelicans, seen from above in this aerial shot submitted by Your Shot community member Stas Bartnikas, congregate on the Colorado ...

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Picture of men pushing and pulling a camel into the back of a truck in Cairo, Egypt

Pushed for Time

Photo of the Day, July 30, 2016

“One of the best places [to photograph] in Cairo, Egypt, is the camels market,” writes Your Shot member Nader Saadallah ...

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Picture of a manta ray off the coast of Mayotte

Gentle Giant

Photo of the Day, July 28, 2016

A manta ray pokes a fin through the water’s surface off the French island of Mayotte, in the Indian ...

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Picture of buffalo in Li River, China

Soak in the Scenery

Photo of the Day, July 24, 2016

The Li River in China offers a grand view of towering karst peaks—and a cool place to rest for ...

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Picture of a year-old panda in a tree in China

Social Climber

Photo of the Day, July 19, 2016

Although giant pandas spend most of the day eating and sleeping, they love to climb and play. Here a year-old ...

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Picture of macaws in Manú National Park, Peru

A Salty Snack

Photo of the Day, July 16, 2016

Clay cliffs just outside Peru's Manú National Park form a natural salt lick that attracts various animals, including these ...

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Picture of gorillas in Virunga National Park

Jewels of the Jungle 

Photo of the Day, July 13, 2016

A silverback from the 22-member Mapuwa family in Virunga National Park emerges from the jungle to keep an eye on ...

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Picture of a seal near water on Isle of Skye, Scotland

The Water's Fine

Photo of the Day, July 8, 2016

A seal readies itself to dive into the waters near Dunvegan Castle on Scotland’s Isle of Skye. The pinnipeds ...

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Picture of a daddy longlegs walking across a leaf in Michigan

Larger Than Life

Photo of the Day, July 1, 2016

A harvestman cuts an intimidating figure, here silhouetted against a sunlit leaf in the Hofma Preserve in Grand Haven, Michigan ...

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Picture of Atlantic green sea turtles swimming in the Canary Islands

I Sea You

Photo of the Day, June 29, 2016

Scuba diving off Tenerife in the Canary Islands afforded Your Shot member G. Lecoeur an opportunity to capture this sharp ...

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Picture of a stretching lioness in Masai Mara National Reserve, Kenya

A Slow Stretch

Photo of the Day, June 27, 2016

As ominously low clouds loom over the savanna, a lioness stretches—seemingly in no hurry to take cover—in Kenya ...

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Picture of a young tiger shark in Hawaii

Showing Its Stripes

Photo of the Day, June 21, 2016

A newborn pup captured by scientists in Hawaii (a tiger shark hub) has the distinct striped markings along its three-foot ...

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Picture of bat hanging on branch in rain in Melbourne, Australia

Hangin' Around

Photo of the Day, June 17, 2016

“After the rain, it sometimes rains again, and when it does, what else is one to do except just hang ...

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Picture of elephants from the air in the Okavango Delta

A Maze of Grass

Photo of the Day, June 14, 2016

A herd of elephants makes its way through Botswana’s Okavango Delta. “These animals move through the shallow waters of ...

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Picture of a seven-gill shark near Cape Town, South Africa

Underwater Wonderland

Photo of the Day, June 12, 2016

“You don’t need to travel far from cities to visit Narnia,” Your Shot member Tracey Jennings reminds us. This ...

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Picture of buffalo drinking water at night

A Nightcap

Photo of the Day, June 6, 2016

Under a starry night sky in Zimanga Private Game Reserve in South Africa, a group of buffalo finds a cool ...

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Picture of a sea horse

Horse of Another Color

Photo of the Day, June 1, 2016

Using an underwater snoot, Your Shot community member Davide Lopresti made this bright photo of a sea horse. These delicate ...

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Picture of a pharaoh eagle-owl in a scrape

Desert Perch

Photo of the Day, May 29, 2016

From its preferred nesting environment—a scrape constructed within a rocky cliff or outcrop—this pharaoh eagle-owl scans the terrain ...

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Picture of an ermine and melting snow in spring

Dressed for the Weather

Photo of the Day, May 25, 2016

An ermine, also known as a stoat or short-tailed weasel, emerges in its springtime coat. In the winter, these animals ...

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Picture of a lioness in Botswana

Happy Hunting Grounds

Photo of the Day, May 21, 2016

An African lioness rests in the rosy light of the setting sun in Botswana’s Okavango Delta. Lionesses are the ...

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Picture of an ocelot in Manú National Park

On the Prowl

Photo of the Day, May 16, 2016

A camera trap caught this ocelot on a nighttime prowl. Ocelots weigh up to 33 pounds; their diet includes rodents ...

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Picture of elephants in Tanzania

Protective Pachyderm

Photo of the Day, May 11, 2016

Elephants stroll the Serengeti Plain in Tanzania. Photographer Yaron Schmid was able to capture this image as the herd passed ...

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Picture of trout in the Gros Ventre River in Wyoming

A Good Catch

Photo of the Day, May 8, 2016

Cutthroat trout, seen here spawning in the Gros Ventre River in Wyoming, are highly prized by anglers. Adapted to cold ...

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Picture of tigers playing in India

Full Stomachs, Happy Hearts

Photo of the Day, May 6, 2016

Bengal tigers spar playfully in Rajasthan, India. “I came across this tiger family one chilly, foggy January morning as they ...

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Picture of zebras at the Mara River in Kenya

Bug's-Eye View

Photo of the Day, May 1, 2016

Zebras gather at the Mara River on the Masai Mara National Reserve in Kenya. Your Shot member Manoj Shah, who ...

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Picture of a cougar walking at night in Yellowstone National Park

On the Prowl

Photo of the Day, April 27, 2016

Notoriously elusive, cougars vary their range in response to their prey, mostly elk and deer. In winter they favor the ...

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Picture of a seaweed blenny, Brazil

Blenny Blind

Photo of the Day, April 24, 2016

A seaweed blenny—a small and usually bottom-dwelling fish recognizable by the branchlike cirri above its eyes—watches from the ...

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Picture of a grizzly bear caught by a camera trap in Yellowstone National Park

Bearly Noticeable

Photo of the Day, April 22, 2016

A camera trap caught a grizzly reaching for fruit in the branches of an apple tree. Grizzlies are frequent visitors ...

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Picture of spiders on moss in Minnesota

Spring Housekeeping

Photo of the Day, April 20, 2016

Over 93 days in 2014, National Geographic photographer Jim Brandenburg shot springtime images in his home state of Minnesota. This ...

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Picture of a lion standing on a rock in Serengeti National Park

Pride and Power

Photo of the Day, April 18, 2016

To Your Shot member Bjorn Persson, the majestic pose struck by this lion in Tanzania's Serengeti National Park recalls ...

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