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A Patas Monkey (Erythrocebus patas) named “Mosi” at the Houston Zoo.

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A young man recovers after going through chemotherapy.

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Veterinarian Robyn Stenner with a koala that was severly injured by a domestic dog. They worked on this animal for five hours and it died on the table. “I sure wish I could have saved you, sweetie,’ Robyn said.

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A vulnerable (IUCN) wolverine (Gulo gulo) named Stinky, a candidate species for federal protection.

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A vulnerable (IUCN) wolverine (Gulo gulo) named Stinky, a candidate species for federal protection.

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Four hours of surgery wasn’t enough to save this female koala, whose abdomen was crushed by dogs. Robyn Stenner, a surgeon at the Australia Zoo Wildlife Hospital, says that the injury is common, “But it always breaks your heart.”

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A young male California sea lion (Zalophus californianus) that was injured severely in the wild after being entangled in discarded ropes and garbage in the sea.

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The town of Saint George a suburban sprawl in southwestern Utah.

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A tearful young man bids good-bye to his family before going to India for a two-year Mormon missionary stint, Mormon Missionary Center, Provo, Utah.

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An orphaned mandrill (Mandrillus sphinx) in the market at Malabo on Bioko island, Equatorial Guinea.

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A young girl holds up before and after drawings of her house after hurricane Andrew destroyed it.

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The snake pit at the 45th annual Mangum Rattlesnake Derby in Mangum, Oklahoma. This rattlesnake festival takes in between 1,500 and 2,000 pounds of western diamondback rattlesnakes (Crotalus atrox) each year. Some 30,000 people come here on the last weekend of April to see such things as a photo booth in which people can pose with a live rattler that’s been defanged and had its mouth stitched shut, a safari bus tour in which folks can pick up a live rattlesnake, a cafe serving rattlesnake meat, and a butcher shop.

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The snake pit at the 45th annual Mangum Rattlesnake Derby in Mangum, Oklahoma. This rattlesnake festival takes in between 1,500 and 2,000 pounds of western diamondback rattlesnakes (Crotalus atrox) each year. Some 30,000 people come here on the last weekend of April to see such things as a photo booth in which people can pose with a live rattler that’s been defanged and had its mouth stitched shut, a safari bus tour in which folks can pick up a live rattlesnake, a cafe serving rattlesnake meat, and a butcher shop.

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The snake pit at the 45th annual Mangum Rattlesnake Derby in Mangum, Oklahoma. This rattlesnake festival takes in between 1,500 and 2,000 pounds of western diamondback rattlesnakes (Crotalus atrox) each year. Some 30,000 people come here on the last weekend of April to see such things as a photo booth in which people can pose with a live rattler that’s been defanged and had its mouth stitched shut, a safari bus tour in which folks can pick up a live rattlesnake, a cafe serving rattlesnake meat, and a butcher shop.

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The snake pit at the 45th annual Mangum Rattlesnake Derby in Mangum, Oklahoma. This rattlesnake festival takes in between 1,500 and 2,000 pounds of western diamondback rattlesnakes (Crotalus atrox) each year. Some 30,000 people come here on the last weekend of April to see such things as a photo booth in which people can pose with a live rattler that’s been defanged and had its mouth stitched shut, a safari bus tour in which folks can pick up a live rattlesnake, a cafe serving rattlesnake meat, and a butcher shop.

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