Friday, April 7, 2017

3 Worth a Second Look



Chobe national park, Botswana The lion gently holds a foal after it became separated from its herd while migrating through the lions’ territory. When the foal started to move away, within minutes it was caught and killed by the rest of the pride. The likelihood is the lion was playing with its young prey, but there are rare instances of lionesses taking the young of their prey and keeping them alive. Photograph: Adrian Bailey


Chambal River, India  A female gharial hangs out in the water while her babies use her head as a basking perch. She is one of a colony of gharials that have nested at this riverbank site. The mothers keep watch from the river, with the female acting as chief guard for 100 or so hatchlings. Adults will protect the young for at least a month until the monsoon rains arrive and they move down river to feed in deeper water. Gharials are under pressure from illegal sand‑mining in nesting areas, illegal fishing, egg collection and pollution. Photograph: Udayan Rao Pawar


A flying fish cruises over the Atlantic waters, off the coast of Mauritania, north Africa. Photograph: Anthony Pierce


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