From an orphaned joey and a working military dog to a penguin visiting an art museum, we put together slices of these adorable animal stories as captured by Cover Images photographers.
Orphan joey gets second chance at life
Australian Reptile Park staff came to the rescue of perhaps the sanctuary’s cutest resident this week - a bouncing baby Parma wallaby joey. The four-month old male joey is being hand raised by keepers after being found abandoned by Mum in the Park’s Parma wallaby exhibit.
Staff have named the joey “Bouddi” with the name meaning ‘heart’ in various indigenous languages. It is also the name of the largest national park on the Central Coast, Bouddi National Park.
Hand raising a wallaby joey is no easy task! Keepers have to provide Bouddi with round the clock care and attention, ensuring he is warm, cosy and is given a bottle 5 times a day. This includes waking up at 3am for a bottle feed and ensuring he is gaining weight, growing fur and blossoming into a healthy Parma wallaby.
Thankfully, Bouddi is thriving and will be back with the family of Parma wallabies at the Australian Reptile Park in a few months time.
(AAP/Cover Images/The Australian Reptile Park)
Tourists capture a picture illusion showing a headless giraffe
On 11 June, 2020, a tourist captured this picture of a giraffe that looked like it didn’t have a head. Bristol-based Nathaniel Davies explains: “I was on a safari near Murchison Falls in Uganda as part of a volunteering trip there. Quite literally perfect location and timing, as the giraffe bent its neck to the side.”
(AAP/Cover Images/Nathaniel Davies)
Military working dogs wear protective equipment for live fire exercise
U.S. Army Spc. Joe Lane and his military working dog, Nick, of the 1st Battalion, 5th Infantry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, pose for a photo at Al Asad Air Base, Iraq, May 29, 2020.
U.S. Army Spc. David Sheriff and 1st Lt. Steele Sessions of the 1st Battalion, 5th Infantry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, play with Ddagmar, a military working dog, at Al Asad Air Base, Iraq, May 29, 2020.
(AAP/Cover Images/US Army)
Photographer captures charming wildlife pictures in a London park
Amanda Cook took these stunning images of wildlife at dawn, in Bushy Park, London, on the morning of Sunday, 7 June, 2020.
(AAP/Cover Images/Amanda Cook)
Expressive shots of Burrowing Owls, California
Wildlife photographer Saurin Munshaw captured these scenes of Burrowing Owls in Southern California. He has been documenting the amusing behaviour of the birds over the last two years, with his most recent pictures taken this May.
These pictures show the animated antics of the owls, ranging from seemingly angry-looking expressions to open beaks that make them look like they are talking or singing. Images taken in Los Angeles, California, United States, 2 May, 2020.
(AAP/Cover Images/Saurin Munshaw)
Penguins take a day trip to a closed art museum during lockdown
An art museum in Missouri closed due to lockdown has given a private viewing to some special visitors: three Peruvian penguins from a nearby zoo. Kansas City’s Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, welcomed Bubbles (5), Maggie (7), and Berkley (8) in to wander its empty halls as the state’s lockdown measures keep public spaces closed to humans.
CEO Julián Zugazagoitia welcomed the “special friends” from the zoo, who waddled around quietly in a two-foot-tall phalanx to peruse the works on display, stopping here and there.
According to the zoo’s CEO, Randy Wisthoff, a trip to the museum, it seems, was just the thing to lift their spirits and open their minds. “Taking care of wild animals at the Kansas City Zoo, we’re always looking to enrich their lives and stimulate their days,” he said. “And during this shutdown period, our animals really miss having visitors come out and see them.” Mr Zugazagoitia said they made their feelings clear enough. “We’re seeing how they’re reacting to art. They seem to react much better to Caravaggio than Monet."
(AAP/Cover Images/The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art)
Koala and wombat become best of friends while in isolation
A koala and wombat have struck up an unlikely friendship during the coronavirus lockdown. Elsa the koala and Hope the wombat surprised zookeepers when they became inseparable during a temporary closure of the Australian Reptile Park through April and May.
Elsa and Hope's friendship began when the wombat was allowed into the koala enclosure to enjoy new leaves left by the zoo supervisors.
(AAP/Cover Images/Australian Reptile Park)
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