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Photo of the Day : Animals

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Picture of a great grey owl camouflaged in a nest

Knot an Owl

Photo of the Day, January 3, 2014

A camouflaged gray owl protects its nest in this Your Shot picture chosen for the Daily Dozen roundup of editors ...

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Picture of a sea lion in the Sea of Cortez

Shy Sea Lion

Photo of the Day, December 26, 2013

This Month in Photo of the Day: National Geographic Photo Contest Images

The Midriff Islands in the Sea of Cortez ...

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Picture of elephants at an orphanage in Sri Lanka

There's Always One

Photo of the Day, December 23, 2013

This Month in Photo of the Day: National Geographic Photo Contest Images

Elephants at the elephant orphanage in Pinnawala, Sri ...

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Picture of a rhinoceros in Zimbabwe’s Matopos National Park

Imperiled Rhino

Photo of the Day, December 20, 2013

This Month in Photo of the Day: National Geographic Photo Contest Images

Zimbabwe's Matopos National Park had 86 white ...

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Picture of a deer in Richmond Park, London

Deer, Richmond Park

Photo of the Day, December 11, 2013

This Month in Photo of the Day: National Geographic Photo Contest Images

This was taken in early morning at Richmond ...

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Picture of a bird flapping its wings reflected in a pool of water in Hungary

Reflection, Hungary

Photo of the Day, December 8, 2013

This Month in Photo of the Day: National Geographic Photo Contest Images

Misty summer photo, Nagykanizsa, Hungary

(This photo and ...

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Picture of a trio of eastern screech owlets in a woodpecker nest

Eastern Screech Owlets

Photo of the Day, December 4, 2013

This Month in Photo of the Day: National Geographic Photo Contest Images

Eastern screech owls like to take over woodpecker ...

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Picture of a flock of seagulls over Alaska

Seagulls, Alaska

Photo of the Day, December 2, 2013

This Month in Photo of the Day: National Geographic Photo Contest Images

This image was taken while flying in a ...

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Picture of a cheetah after a kill in the Serengeti

Cheetah, Serengeti

Photo of the Day, November 17, 2013

This Month in Photo of the Day: Your Shots

A gazelle's blood stained the cheetah's mouth. Taken in ...

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Picture of swans gathered on the surface of the water in Slovakia

Swans, Slovakia

Photo of the Day, November 15, 2013

This Month in Photo of the Day: Your Shots

Swans and ducks, Piešťany, Slovakia

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Picture of a pair of penguins in Antarctica

Penguin Pair, Antarctica

Photo of the Day, November 11, 2013

This Month in Photo of the Day: Your Shots

I took this picture at Port Lockroy during my trip to ...

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Picture of a flock of starlings in the United Kingdom

Starlings, United Kingdom

Photo of the Day, November 9, 2013

This Month in Photo of the Day: Your Shots

A flock of starlings takes flight at the moment of shutter ...

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Picture of a leopard sitting in a baobab tree in Botswana

Leopard, Okavango Delta

Photo of the Day, October 30, 2013

This Month in Photo of the Day: The Power of Photography

A leopard sits in an ancient baobab tree in ...

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Picture of a female cassowary in Australia

Cassowary, Australia

Photo of the Day, October 23, 2013

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A cassowary peers through foliage in northeast Queensland, Australia ...

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Picture of two male lions in the Serengeti

Lions, Serengeti

Photo of the Day, October 17, 2013

This Month in Photo of the Day: The Power of Photography

For male Serengeti lions like Hildur and C-Boy, teamwork ...

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Picture of an alligator in the Okefenokee Swamp

Alligator, Okefenokee Swamp

Photo of the Day, October 14, 2013

This Month in Photo of the Day: The Power of Photography

An alligator walks in the Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge ...

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Picture of a pride of lions on an evening hunt in the Serengeti, Tanzania

Lions, Serengeti

Photo of the Day, October 11, 2013

This Month in Photo of the Day: The Power of Photography

Dusk is a busy time for the Vumbi pride ...

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Picture of twin red pandas at the Lincoln Children's Zoo, Nebraska

Red Pandas, Lincoln Children's Zoo

Photo of the Day, October 7, 2013

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Twin three-month-old red pandas (Ailurus fulgens fulgens) huddle together ...

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Picture of a Diana monkey at the Omaha Zoo in Nebraska

Diana Monkey, Omaha Zoo

Photo of the Day, October 6, 2013

This Month in Photo of the Day: The Power of Photography

Sartore photographed this female Diana monkey (Cercopithecus diana) at ...

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Picture of an Indian rhinoceros with her calf at the Fort Worth Zoo

Greater One-Horned (Indian) Rhinoceroses, Fort Worth Zoo

Photo of the Day, October 5, 2013

This Month in Photo of the Day: The Power of Photography

Four-month-old Asha (Hope in Hindi) will stick close to ...

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Picture of a pink cockatoo in Queensland, Australia

Pink Cockatoo, Parrots in Paradise

Photo of the Day, October 4, 2013

This Month in Photo of the Day: The Power of Photography

This Major Mitchell's cockatoo (Lophochroa leadbeateri), also known ...

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Picture of two golden snub-nosed monkeys at Ocean Park Hong Kong

Golden Snub-Nosed Monkeys, Ocean Park

Photo of the Day, October 3, 2013

This Month in Photo of the Day: The Power of Photography

Golden snub-nosed monkeys (Rhinopithecus roxellana) pose at Ocean Park ...

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Picture of an African elephant at the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo

African Elephant, Cheyenne Mountain Zoo

Photo of the Day, October 2, 2013

This Month in Photo of the Day: The Power of Photography

A female African elephant (Loxodonta africana) curls her trunk ...

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Picture of a Florida panther at Tampa's Lowry Park Zoo, Florida

Panther, Tampa's Lowry Park Zoo

Photo of the Day, October 1, 2013

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Rescued as a kitten after being abandoned in the ...

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Picture of canvasback ducks at dawn on the Chesapeake Bay, Maryland

Canvasback Ducks, Maryland

Photo of the Day, September 27, 2013

This Month in Photo of the Day: The Stories Behind Your Shots

A private tidal pond in Maryland's Chesapeake ...

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Picture of an owl face, Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park, Florida

Owl, Florida

Photo of the Day, September 24, 2013

This Month in Photo of the Day: The Stories Behind Your Shots

Having never seen a sleeping owl, Barbara Motter ...

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Picture of a garden lizard in a garden in India

Garden Lizard, India

Photo of the Day, September 21, 2013

This Month in Photo of the Day: The Stories Behind Your Shots

No more than five inches long, a baby ...

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Picture of a flock of sheep in China

Sheep Encounter, China

Photo of the Day, September 16, 2013

This Month in Photo of the Day: The Stories Behind Your Shots

Steven Chou was on his way back to ...

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Picture of kangaroos in a rain shower in Australia

Kangaroos, Australia

Photo of the Day, September 15, 2013

This Month in Photo of the Day: The Stories Behind Your Shots

Kangaroos retreat to the leeward side of a ...

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Picture of cheetahs on the roof of a tourist vehicle in Masai Mara National Reserve

Cheetahs and Tourists, Kenya

Photo of the Day, September 10, 2013

This Month in Photo of the Day: The Stories Behind Your Shots

When Yanai Bonneh saw a pair of cheetahs ...

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Picture of dolphins swimming near the surface of the Red Sea

Dolphins, Red Sea

Photo of the Day, September 4, 2013

This Month in Photo of the Day: The Stories Behind Your Shots

"Wild dolphins normally go hunting in deeper waters ...

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Picture of a tiger in India

Tiger, Brahmaputra Valley

Photo of the Day, July 31, 2013

This Month in Photo of the Day: Animal Pictures

A tiger's stripes leave it well camouflaged among tall grass ...

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Picture of a male lion in the Serengeti

Lion, Serengeti

Photo of the Day, July 30, 2013

This Month in Photo of the Day: Animal Pictures

In the Serengeti, life is hard for the greatest of African ...

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Picture of kinkajou and flower in Panama

Kinkajou, Panama

Photo of the Day, July 29, 2013

This Month in Photo of the Day: Animal Pictures

A kinkajou’s pollen-dusted cheek tells of a late-night nectar binge ...

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Picture of dovekies flying in Norway

Dovekies, Svalbard

Photo of the Day, July 28, 2013

This Month in Photo of the Day: Animal Pictures

Small auks called dovekies dive for copepods and nest on rocky ...

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Picture of a North American beaver in Canada

Beaver, Vancouver

Photo of the Day, July 27, 2013

This Month in Photo of the Day: Animal Pictures

A North American beaver (Castor canadensis) waterproofs its fur by combing ...

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