Wildlife

A marmot emerging from hibernation, a friendly elephant and a baby ring-tailed lemur are among this week’s pick of images from the natural world.

The week in wildlife – in pictures
A fox in the Rostovsky nature reserve in Orlovsky District, Russia. Photograph: Valery Matytsin/Getty Images
The week in wildlife – in pictures
A baby marsh hare eating breakfast, Vero Beach, Florida, US. Photograph: Mark Smith/Alamy
The week in wildlife – in pictures
A bee covered with pollen sits in the blossom of a flower at the Berggarten park in Hanover, Germany. Photograph: Holger Hollemann/AFP/Getty Images
The week in wildlife – in pictures
A black grouse performs courtship rituals in a field near the village of Lovchitsy, Belarus. Photograph: Maxim Malinovsky/AFP/Getty Images
The week in wildlife – in pictures
Adders sunbathe on a bug hotel in Pulborough Brooks nature reserve, UK. Photograph: Stephen Iles/Alamy
The week in wildlife – in pictures
A marmot comes out of hibernation in Vanoise national park, in the French Alps. Photograph: Romain Barca
The week in wildlife – in pictures
Flowering gorse on Ilkley Moor, West Yorkshire, UK. Photograph: Rebecca Cole/Alamy
The week in wildlife – in pictures
A young seal rubs its head on the Isle of Man, UK. Photograph: Mike Radcliffe
The week in wildlife – in pictures
A bear rests in a tree in a suburban area of Paramus, New Jersey, US. Authorities waited for the bear to come down before trying to move it to a less populated area.
Photograph: Seth Wenig/AP
The week in wildlife – in pictures
Passersby feed fruits to an elephant along the Kataragama-Buttala road in Sri Lanka.
Photograph: Ishara S Kodikara/AFP/Getty Images
The week in wildlife – in pictures
Two sandhill cranes perform a mating dance among Canada geese in Rookery View Park, Wausau, Wisconsin, US. Photograph: Michael Tatman/Alamy Stock Photo
The week in wildlife – in pictures
Marcio Cabral’s photograph of an anteater approaching a glowing termite mound at night that was stripped of its Wildlife Photographer of the Year award prize after judges noticed the anteater pictured is almost certainly a stuffed animal. Photograph: Marcio Cabral/Wildlife Photograp/PA
The week in wildlife – in pictures
A wolf at the Arcturos sanctuary in Nymfaio on the slopes of Mount Vitsi, Greece. Photograph: Aris Messinis/AFP/Getty Images
The week in wildlife – in pictures
A baby spider tortoise is measured at Paignton Zoo, which has become the first in Britain to breed one of the world’s smallest and rarest tortoises.
Photograph: Paignton Zoo/PA
The week in wildlife – in pictures
Sardines form a ‘baitball’ under the surface of the water after being tracked by a mega pod of dolphins on the annual sardine run, the biggest migration of marine wildlife on the planet, in Port Elizabeth, South Africa. Forming a spiral formation around the fish, the dolphins were able to compress the baitball by surrounding it anticlockwise, gradually reducing the circle more and more.
Photograph: Rainer Schimpf/Barcroft Images
The week in wildlife – in pictures
The spiral rotation not only confused the sardines but also prevented them from escaping. Bryde’s whales joined in, while gannets and other birds dove down from above. Dusky sharks and bronze whaler sharks also got their cut, swimming up from below the baitball.
Photograph: Silke Schimpf/Barcroft Images
The week in wildlife – in pictures
A baby ring-tailed lemur is one of many animals born in a spring boom at Bedfordshire’s Woburn Safari Park in England. Other new faces include little red-necked wallabies, two addax antelope babies and two eland antelope calves. Members of the public are invited to suggest a name for the new male lemur, via an online competition. Participants have until 7th May to enter.
Photograph: Courtesy of Woburn Safari Park

Source – theguardian.com

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