Animal photos of the month (30 photos)

Rockhopper penguins take a shower
Rockhopper penguins take a shower underneath a freshwater spring on Saunders Island in the Falkland Islands. (Photo: Burrard-Lucas/ Barcroft Media)
A rabbit gets stuck
A rabbit trying to eat food gets stuck to the bottom of a cup during a snow carnival in Beijing, China (Photo: AP)
Three baby badgers
Three baby badgers nestle in the hands of Pauline Kidner at Secret World Wildlife Rescue in Somerset. They were found abandoned in a barrel when floods battered Wales a week ago. (Photo: Nick Obank / Barcroft Media)
Gentoo penguins at Edinburgh Zoo
Gentoo penguins at Edinburgh Zoo (Photo: Getty)
A black-and-white colobus monkey feeds its baby
A black-and-white colobus monkey feeds its baby at Drusillas Park in Alfriston, East Sussex. (Photo: Vic Sharratt)
A baby orangutan clings to her mother
A baby orangutan clings to her mother at an enclosure in Ragunan zoo in Jakarta, Indonesia. (Photo: AFP/Getty)
Green finches fighting
Two Green finches fighting. (Photo: Caroline Broad/Telegraph)
Three birds get into a scuffle over a nest
Three birds get into a scuffle over a nest, forming a chain link. (Photo: Krishnan Venkitachalam/Solent)
A capybara sits under stream of hot water
A capybara sits under stream of hot water cascading onto it to keep warm during a snowy day at Saitama children’s zoo near Tokyo (Photo: AP)
Baby giraffes
Baby giraffes Karl (top) and Luke are pictured together at the Opelzoo in Kronberg in the Taunus region, western Germany (Photo: AFP/Getty)
Two goldfinches have a mid-air fight
Two goldfinches have a mid-air fight after struggling to get enough space on a bird feeder in a British back garden. (Photo: Laurie Campbell/Solent)
A one-week-old two-toed sloth clings to its mother
A one-week-old Hoffmans two-toed sloth clings to its mother at Lincoln Park Zoo in Chicago (Photo: AP)
The four bear cubs
A bear at a Chinese zoo has given birth to an unusually large litter of four, with all of the cubs having survived their first 30 days of life. The four cubs, three males and one female, are now a month old and are all healthy. (Photo: Quirky China News / Rex Features)
Thoughtful bear
Thoughtful bear (Photo: Judih Malloch / Barcroft Media)
Chihuahua licks a Siberian Husky
A Chihuahua licks a Siberian Husky during the Second National Canine Championship in Santo Domingo de Heredia on the outskirts of San Jose, Costa Rica (Photo: AFP/Getty)
dog-cat-rat family
Ticket the rat cuddles up to Tuxedo the cat, while Scarface the Pit Bull Terrier looks on. The harmonious inter-species dog-cat-rat family are owned by “Animal Whisperer” Brian Cottrill in Venice, California. (Photo: Splash News)
A baby giraffe sticks out its tongue
A baby giraffe sticks out its tongue at the Opelzoo in Kronberg, western Germany (Photo: AFP/Getty)
Tiny gorilla baby
Alice the tiny gorilla baby at Zoo Miami stands on her hind legs mimicking her father, while being watched by proud parents JJ and Fredirika. (Photo: Ron Magill / Caters)
Grizzly bears
Grizzly bears on Kodiak Island in Alaska. (Photo: Judith Malloch / Barcroft Media)
Young panda Su Lin rolls in fake snow
Young panda Su Lin rolls in fake snow at San Diego Zoo. (Photo: Karl Drilling / Barcroft USA)
Young panda Su Lin stuck her tongue out
Young panda Su Lin stuck her tongue out like a toddler and looked like she was smiling at one point. (Photo: Karl Drilling / Barcroft USA)
Giant pandas play in the snow
Giant pandas play in the snow at Jinbao Park in Weifang, Shandong province, China (Photo: Reuters)
Parrot skates
A parrot trained by the Italian trainer Anthonie Zattu performs wearing a pair of rollerskates during an international circus festival in Prague (Photo: AFP/Getty)
A mother pig feeds her piglets in the middle of a road
A mother pig stops traffic as she feeds her piglets in the middle of a road. The amusing sight was captured on camera by photographer Michele Molinari in Saranda, Albania. (Photo: Michele Molinari/Solent)
A three-month-old polar bear cub
A three-month-old polar bear cub presses his paw and nose against the glass as he encounters snow for the first time, at Aalborg Zoo in Denmark. (Photo: Sussi Kober/Aalborg Zoo)
Two newborn polar bear cubs
Two newborn polar bear cubs hide underneath their mother Freedom while being out of their enclosure for the first time at the Ouwehands Zoo in Rhenen, Netherlands (Photo: Reuters)
A polar bear sleeps
A polar bear sleeps in the sunshine at Gelsenkirchen zoo, Germany (Photo: AP)
A red squirrel looks for food in the snow
A red squirrel looks for food in the snow at Rothiemurchus Estate, Scotland. (Photo: Danny Green / Rex Features)
Funny Tree Frog
Tree Frog comically hauling itself up with both arms and legs. (Photo: Veronika Leonarth / Barcroft Media)
Groundhog siblings
Groundhog siblings in a green meadow near Ontario, Canada (Photo:Stephen J. Krasemann/Corbis)

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