New York Post: 2010 Best Animal Photos

by the Left Coast Rebel

I was chasing a political story over at the New York Post and just happened to notice that they were running a 2010 animal photos slideshow -- a polar bear shot caught my eye -- and I'm always looking for good polar bear pictures for our global warming coverage here (yes, Sam Foster, I'm talking to you).

I love animals and don't think that one has to be a fire-breating, Gaia-worshipping, capitalism-hating environmental nutjob to appreciate the wonder and beauty of nature and the spectacular diversity of the animal kingdom as well.

Here's just a few of the 100 +animal pictures from the New York Post starting with the polar bear shot I mentioned:
EPA: Polar bear Knut rolls around in the snow at the zoo in Berlin, Germany.
(I love this one) REUTERS: A tiger with a tranquilizer dart on its body walks inside the Assam State Zoological Botanical Garden in Guwahati. Two adult tigers on Saturday escaped from an enclosure at the Assam Zoo triggering panic among nearly 10,000 visitors. Both the tigers were later tranquilized and taken to their cages.
AP Photo: A costumed dog with an unusually long tongue
is seen during the dog street carnival parade in Rio de Janeiro.
Hundreds gathered in the streets during one of the many
parades before Carnival, which runs Feb. 12-16.
AFP/Getty Images: Newly-hatched olive ridley turtles make their way to
the ocean at Rushikulya beach in India's Ganjam district. Thousands of
olive ridley sea turtles nest their eggs in parts of the Bay of Bengal, one of the mass nesting sites. This snake looks as if it's bitten off more than it can chew.
A Diamond-Backed Water snake decided to take on the catfish and
pounced on it in the shallows of a river system near Houston, Texas.
REUTERS: A zoo keeper feeds a crocodile during
World Environment Day celebrations at the Malabon
Zoo, in Manila.
Solent News/Splash News: A fisherman was stunned when a cheeky frog jumped into his net - and swallowed his catch whole, in a lake just outside the city of Chernigov, Ukraine.
A pregnant Bull Shark charges in Fiji.
EPA: A member of the Spanish Guardia Civil controls the traffic
as an hippo walks free at the main road A-52 near Benavente in
Zamora province, north-western Spain. The animal was being transported
when its food, consisting of straw, started to burn, which forced the driver to take
the hippo out to ditch and to try to suffocate the fire.
AP:A small fish hangs on the bill of an anhinga after the bird speared it, while fishing underwater in
The Anhinga Trail section of Everglades National Park near Homestead, Fla. The anhinga is one of
the best fresh water diving bird. It slips beneath the water surface quietly, barely making a ripple
and fishes for its food. It eats fish, frogs, eggs, and even small alligators.
AP: A polar bear has a bucket on his head, while a cub swims nearby in the cooling waters of Moscow Zoo.
EPA: A polar bear with a traffic-cone on his head refreshes himself in the water in the Moscow Zoo, Russia.

I have to stop there but wanted to add a link. I did a quick search for authorship of one of the pictures above and came across a Russian website that lists over 50 animal shots, many of them even more spectacular than the ones above. I may post these as well. Here is one that caught my eye from that site:
Russel A. Daniels / AP. Odin, a white Bengal tiger, dives for a piece of meat
at the opening of the new tiger exhibit at Six Flags Discovery Kingdom in Vallejo, Calif.

Here is the link to see the rest at the random Russian website.

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