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Photo of the Day : Animals

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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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Picture of a wolf pack in Yellowstone National Park

Back on Track

Photo of the Day, April 15, 2016

The Mollie’s wolf pack investigates grizzly bear tracks in Yellowstone’s Pelican Valley. Wolves were reintroduced into the park ...

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Picture of a horse looking over a gate in Ireland

Gatekeeper

Photo of the Day, April 9, 2016

“As I biked about the Aran Islands in Ireland,” writes Danielle Lussier, who submitted this photo, “I came across this ...

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Picture of a swallowtail butterfly on a birch tree in Minnesota

Springing Back to Life

Photo of the Day, April 7, 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 white pelican in Bern, Switzerland

Prim Pelican

Photo of the Day, April 5, 2016

This white pelican casts a demure, sidelong glance in the direction of Your Shot member Marco Schaffner’s lens. The ...

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Picture of elephants at sunrise in Surin, Thailand

Shake the Dust Off

Photo of the Day, April 3, 2016

Dust stirred by heavy elephant footsteps is shot through with light as the sun rises over Surin, Thailand. Communities in ...

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Picture of a stingray from underwater in the Cayman Islands

The Calm Below

Photo of the Day, April 2, 2016

A southern stingray appears to float gently in the shallows of Stingray City, a popular tourist attraction in the Cayman ...

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Picture of a blue dyeing poison frog

Tiny but Mighty

Photo of the Day, March 30, 2016

A dyeing poison frog (Dendrobates tinctorius) is perched atop a coconut shell in this photo submitted by Your Shot community ...

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Picture of two foxes chasing each other in the snow in Hokkaido, Japan

Wild Abandon

Photo of the Day, March 28, 2016

“Early spring is in the air,” writes Hiroke Inoue, a Your Shot community member who snapped this photo of red ...

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Picture of coho salmon fry in an aquarium

Small Fry

Photo of the Day, March 19, 2016

“Coho salmon fry peer out of their tank at an elementary school,” writes Your Shot member Eiko Jones, who submitted ...

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Picture of a mother and baby baboon in Kibale National Park, Uganda

A Light Burden

Photo of the Day, March 16, 2016

A young olive baboon (Papio anubis) clings to its mother’s back in Uganda’s Kibale National Park. The park ...

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Picture of cranes flying in Israel

Rest Stop

Photo of the Day, March 13, 2016

In the golden light of morning, cranes take flight in Israel’s Hula Valley nature reserve. Millions of migrating birds ...

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Picture of a silvereye on flowers in New Zealand

Simply Irresistible

Photo of the Day, March 9, 2016

A New Zealand silvereye stretches toward a Puya alpestris, a dramatically colored flowering plant that is native to Chile and ...

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Picture of two purple glossy starlings at the Kansas City Zoo in Missouri

Pearlescent Pair

Photo of the Day, March 3, 2016

This portrait of a pair of purple glossy starlings (Lamprotornis purpureus) at the Kansas City Zoo in Missouri was taken ...

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Picture of horses and a dog in a snowy pasture in Bucovina, Romania

Harmonious Horseplay

Photo of the Day, March 2, 2016

While a little dog frolics past, horses nuzzle in a snowy pasture in Bucovina, Romania. Photographer Mihaela Jurca, who submitted ...

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Picture of giant tortoises on the island of Grande Terre, Seychelles

A Daytime Retreat

Photo of the Day, March 1, 2016

Aldabra giant tortoises escape searing daytime heat by taking refuge in caves within the rugged coral rock of the island ...

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Picture of a red-eyed tree frog in Costa Rica

Don't Blink

Photo of the Day, February 28, 2016

While exploring in Vara Blanca, Costa Rica, Your Shot photographer Sammantha Fisher captured this image of the nocturnal red-eyed tree ...

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Picture of a detail of a southern ground-hornbill's eye

An Exquisite Eye

Photo of the Day, February 24, 2016

Vertebrate eyes—like this eye of a juvenile female southern ground-hornbill (Bucorvus leadbeateri)—are all variations on the same basic ...

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Picture of two herons in a tree in Florida

A Peck on the Beak

Photo of the Day, February 21, 2016

Yellow-crowned night herons (Nyctanassa violacea) are usually dormant during the day, but Your Shot member Christine Sandberg caught these two ...

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Picture of a gecko in a terrarium in Warsaw

Peekaboo

Photo of the Day, February 19, 2016

This pet Mediterranean house gecko (Hemidactylus turcicus) that lives with Your Shot members Dariusz Kucharski and Kornelia Kucharska is a ...

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Picture of a white tern flying near a beach in the Seychelles

Taking Flight

Photo of the Day, February 18, 2016

A white tern flits through regenerating native forest on Cousine, a private island off the coast of Praslin and one ...

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Picture of a red panda inside a zoo enclosure in Darjeeling, India

A Ponderous Panda

Photo of the Day, February 15, 2016

A red panda appears to be deep in thought at the Darjeeling Zoo in West Bengal, India, home to a ...

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Picture of a robin in snow in Halland, Sweden

Winter Flight

Photo of the Day, February 12, 2016

A little snowfall didn’t deter this robin from taking to the sky, nor did it stop Your Shot member ...

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Picture of an eastern screech-owl vocalizing in North Carolina

Birdcall

Photo of the Day, February 7, 2016

While at a fund-raiser at the Carolina Raptor Center in North Carolina, Your Shot member Matt Cuda snapped this dramatic ...

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Picture of fish in the Andaman Sea in Thailand

A Wash of Color

Photo of the Day, February 4, 2016

While engaged in a prosaic activity—waiting—Your Shot community member Eduard Paravyan took a moment to examine his surroundings ...

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