The world’s most famous polar bear Knut yawns in his enclosure at the zoo in Berlin.
Some of the 45 snails have been beaten, battered, sprayed with graffiti, and thrown into Biscayne Bay since they were installed in mid-November by an international artistic collective Cracking Art Group and Italy’s Galleria Ca d’Oro. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
Acrobats perform during the Opening Ceremony for the 2nd Asian Beach Games Muscat at Al-Musannah Sports City in Muscat, Oman. (Photo by Ian Walton/Getty Images)
Nikica, a two-ton hippopotamus, swims through flood waters, in Plavnica, south of the capital Podgorica. The hippopotamus had to leave her flooded pen in a private zoo.
Dai Haifei, 24, from China’s Hunan province, looks out from his egg-shaped mobile house where he has been living for the last two months, located near his office in Beijing. The house cost about 1,000 USD to build, and is made of bamboo strips and mattress, covered by a layer of heat preservation and water-proof material, with patches of bags stuffed with processed wood peels and grass seeds that could grow grass when spring comes, covering the house like a quilt.
A military policeman stands guard during the raid in the Morro do Alemao shantytown in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. After days of preparation, Brazilian security forces early Sunday launched a raid against a slum where between 500 and 600 drug traffickers are holed up and refuse to surrender. About 2,600 airborne troops, marines and members of elite police units were taking part in the operation targeting a lawless group of slums dubbed Complexo de Alemao.
A monkey drinks from a can in front of an ancient temple during the annual ‘monkey buffet’ in Lopburi province, some 150 kms north of Bangkok. More than 4,000 kilos of fruits and vegetables were offered to monkeys during the annual festival to help promote tourism in the area.
A Christmas tree made entirely of recycled bicycles is unveiled at the Rocks in Sydney, Australia. The bikes and parts for the tree were provided by recycling group, CMA Corporation, and will remain on display until 28 December when it will be returned to the corporation for recycling.
A woman gestures as she stands beside a stork in St James’s Park in central London.