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Sally Jo, a Bichon mix at the Capital Humane Society in Lincoln, nibbles on a treat.

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A California sea lion (Zalophus californianus) with its trainer at the Houston Zoo.

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Unplanned product of a foster-parent program for endangered whooping cranes (Grus americana), a “whoopill” was sired out of a whooper out of a great Sandhill crane (Grus canadensis canadensis). Having failed to produce a single breeding female, biologists have abandoned their efforts to create a viable flock of whooping cranes, whose numbers in the wild have crept from 51 in 1973 to about 165 today. Many think that, rather than struggling to restore a creature so near extinction, efforts should be concentrated on species in the early stages of danger.

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A woman feeds 23 cats that are now homeless after hurricane Andrew, which she has adopted.

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Central newts (Notophthalmus viridescens louisianensis) with southern leopard frog (Rana sphenocephala) eggs, a favorite food source, at Bennett Springs State Park near Lebanon, Missouri.

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Central newts (Notophthalmus viridescens louisianensis) with southern leopard frog (Rana sphenocephala) eggs, a favorite food source, at Bennett Springs State Park near Lebanon, Missouri.

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Central newts (Notophthalmus viridescens louisianensis) with southern leopard frog (Rana sphenocephala) eggs, a favorite food source, at Bennett Springs State Park near Lebanon, Missouri.

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Red-headed woodpeckers (Melanerpes erythrocephalus) feed their young high in the forest canopy at Spring Creek Prairie near Denton, Nebraska.

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Red-headed woodpeckers (Melanerpes erythrocephalus) feed their young high in the forest canopy at Spring Creek Prairie near Denton, Nebraska.

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Mexican free-tailed bats (Tadarida brasiliensis) swirl out of the Eckert James River Bat Cave at sunset to feed on insects. This maternity colony builds to more than 6 million bats in late July, making it one of the largest in the world. It is owned and managed by The Nature Conservancy.

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Red-headed woodpeckers (Melanerpes erythrocephalus) feed their young high in the forest canopy at Spring Creek Prairie near Denton, Nebraska.

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Red-headed woodpeckers (Melanerpes erythrocephalus) feed their young high in the forest canopy at Spring Creek Prairie near Denton, Nebraska.

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Mexican free-tailed bats (Tadarida brasiliensis) swirl out of the Eckert James River Bat Cave at sunset to feed on insects. This maternity colony builds to more than 6 million bats in late July, making it one of the largest in the world. It is owned and managed by The Nature Conservancy.

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Endangered (US and IUCN) golden-cheeked warblers (Dendroica chrysoparia) Killeen, Texas.

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Endangered (US and IUCN) golden-cheeked warblers (Dendroica chrysoparia) Killeen, Texas.

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Two Sandhill cranes (Grus canadensis) feed on waste grain in near the Rowe Audubon Sanctuary in Gibbon, Nebraska.

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A sea turtle that was rescued from the deep water horizon oil spill being rehabilitated at the Audubon Nature Institute in New Orleans, Louisiana.

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Marsh deer (Blastocerus dichotomus) forage in grassland in Brazil’s Pantanal region. (IUCN: Vulnerable)

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Coatimundi (Nasua nasua) forage in Brazil’s Pantanal region.

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A black vulture picks at a caiman that was poached for its tail near Paso do Lontra in Brazil’s Pantanal region.

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A black vulture picks at a caiman that was poached for its tail near Paso do Lontra in Brazil’s Pantanal region.

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Egrets feed in the marshy near Pouso Alegre ranch in Brazil’s Pantanal.

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Egrets feed in the marshes of Brazil’s Pantanal region.

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Egrets feed in the marshes of Brazil’s Pantanal region.

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A trainer feeds whooping cranes, (Grus americana), at the International Crane Foundation in Baraboo, WI.

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Four juvenile condors, (Gymnogyps californianus), feed on a partial dairy calf provided for them by biologists at Los Padres National Forest in California. These one-year-old birds are the first to be released into the wild after being reared by their own parents, rather than puppets. (IUCN: Critically endangered, US: Endangered)

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A polar bear feeds on the jaws of a bowhead whale harvested by natives along the coast of ANWR.

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A polar bear feeds on the jaws of a bowhead whale harvested by natives along the coast of ANWR.

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A mother feeds her two young children at a scout camp near Humbolt, Nebraska.

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A Sandhill crane (Grus canadensis) at the Sutton Avian Research Center.

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A Sandhill crane (Grus canadensis) at the Sutton Avian Research Center.

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A wolf at the International Wolf Center in Ely, MN, snarls over a road-killed deer, defending its meal from other wolves.

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