Dogs run in the 3.7 km sprint dogsled race in Walgau Germany, on March 2, 2013. Around 100 participants compete in different distance between 3.7 and 40 kilometers.
A marten bites FC Zurich's Loris Benito as he attempts to remove the animal which was running on the pitch during the Swiss Super League soccer match against FC Thun, in Thun, on March 10, 2013.
Horses near an abandoned Israeli tank in a field along the border between Syria and Israel, in the Golan Heights, on March 8, 2013.
Volunteers try to help rescued dogs at a storage yard near a highway in Chongqing Municipality, China, on March 5, 2013. According to the local media, more than 900 dogs, including pet dogs, were to be transported to restaurants in Guangdong before being rescued by local volunteers at a highway in Chongqing. The driver who was using a truck to transport the dogs testified to be the same person who was stopped for transporting dogs last year. The police released him after he provided animal quarantine certificates for the dogs. Volunteers later sent the dogs for health examinations and will put the dogs up for adoption.
A cat watches passers-by from a pub window in central London, on February 27, 2013. "Ray Brown" is the resident cat at the seventeenth century public house, "The Seven Stars" in the legal district of London.
Aluna, a baby Dik-dik, walks across a computer keyboard in the office of Tim Rowlands, curator of mammals at Chester Zoo, in northern England, on March 12, 2013. The miniature antelope, which is only 8 inches tall (20 cm), is being hand reared by the zoo after failing to bond with its mother.
A dog named Pay de Limon (Lemon Pay) runs, fitted with two front prosthetic legs at Milagros Caninos rescue shelter in Mexico City, on August 29, 2012. Members of a drug gang in the Mexican state of Zacatecas chopped off Limon's paws to practice cutting fingers off kidnapped people, according to Milagros Caninos founder Patricia Ruiz. Fresnillo residents found Limon in a dumpster bleeding and legless. After administering first aid procedures, they managed to take him to Milagros Caninos, an association that rehabilitates dogs that have suffered extreme abuse. The prosthetic limbs were made at OrthoPets in Denver, Colorado, after the shelter was able to raise over $6,000.
A keeper weighs an adult Java Sparrow during the annual bird health check at Chester Zoo in Chester northern England, on March 6, 2013.
Small plastic bags holding fish, turtles and salamanders are displayed for sale at a shopping district in Beijing, on March 7, 2013. According to the vendor, each bag, filled with oxygen and nutritional liquid, can keep the animal it holds alive for two months and is sold for 10 RMB ($1.6). The Chinese believe such charms can bring good luck.
An alpaca looks into a camera at the Alpaca Park in Arendsee, Germany, on February 11, 2013.
A raccoon in its enclosure at the Schwarze Berge wildlife park in Hamburg, Germany, on February 28, 2013.
His hide mounted on a synthetic body with glass eyes, late polar bear Knut is displayed at the Natural History Museum in Berlin, Germany, on February 15, 2013. Still attracting admirers in death, the Natural History Museum on Friday unveiled the statue prepared by taxidermists featuring the famous Berlin Zoo bear's fur and claws. Knut was hand-raised after his mother rejected him. He rose to stardom in 2007 as a cuddly cub, appearing on magazine covers, in a film and on mountains of merchandise. He died in 2011 after suffering from encephalitis.
An Indian forestry worker walks past the body of a tusker elephant after it was struck by a train at the Buxa Tiger Reserve, some 12 km from Alipurduar, on March 5, 2013. The adult tusker was killed by the speeding Guwahati-bound Somporkkranti Express inside the Buxa Tiger Reserve in West Bengal.
Residents watch horses fight in Rongshui Miao autonomous county, Guangxi Zhuang autonomous region, China, on February 20, 2013. Horse fighting is a traditional custom with a 500-year history among the Miao ethnic minority.