In Photos: Animals who grabbed headlines this week
From a baby elephant, to a rhinocerous killed by poachers and Sully, President Bush's service dog, here are animals who were in news. (Photos: AP)
An alligator floats at dusk in the Davis Pond Diversion in Luling, La. With prices less than half the usual amount for alligator skins, the recent wild harvest in Louisiana was slow. Totals aren't yet in, but the head of the state's alligator program estimates that about 18,000 were taken from the wild.
Photo by STROOP a documentary film about rhino poaching, shows a rhino that was killed by poachers in the metropolitan area around the city of Pretoria, home to the main offices of the South African presidency. The documentary movie about rhino poaching won awards at film festivals in Europe and the United States in 2018, but the slaughter of African wildlife continues fuelled by consumers of the illegal rhino horn products.
A zoo worker plays with a 5-month-old panda at the Malaysia Zoo in Kuala Lumpur. The female panda, which has not yet been named, is the second offspring of giant pandas Liang Liang and Xing Xing, who have been on a 10-year loan to Malaysia from China since 2014.
Sully, the yellow Labrador retriever who was former President George H.W. Bush's service dog during a departure ceremony at Ellington Field
Polar bear Nanook plays with a ball as she celebrates her first birthday in the zoo in Gelsenkirchen, western Germany.
People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) President Ingrid Newkirk wears a fish costume during a demonstration to raise awareness about veganism, ahead of Animals Rights Day in Mumbai. (PTI)
A Himalayan Griffon vulture, one of the largest birds of the Himalaya flies in Dharmsala. This bird has been listed as near threatened species according to International Union for Conservation of Nature.
An Asian elephant, born Thursday, Dec. 6, 2018 in Powell, Ohio. Its sex has not yet been determined because the Columbus Zoo is giving it time to bond with its mother, Phoebe. It is the first elephant born at the zoo in almost 10 years and joins a herd of six at the zoo.