Animal photos of the month (35 photos)

Laughing goat
This goat appears to be laughing for the camera. (Picture: Dejan Smaic / Rex Features)

Newborn lion cubs
Maria Diaz holds three newborn lions at the Joya Grande Zoo and Eco Park in Santa Cruz de Yojoa in Honduras. (Picture: Orlando Sierra/AFP/Getty images)

A week-old monkey head massage
A week-old monkey makes its delight known as its mum gives it a grooming head massage. (Picture: Mitsuaki Iwago/Minden/Solent)

One-year-old female macaque monkey Jaeda puts a protective arm around her new furry best friend, two-week-old kitten Lily. (Picture: BARCROFT/Laurentiu Garofeanu)

Bald penguin
A bald penguin abandoned by its parents just days after its birth has been accepted back into the family thanks to the efforts of keepers at an aquarium in China’s Liaoning Province. (Picture: Quirky China News / Rex Features)

Baby penguin
…The aquarium set up a penguin group to care for the youngster around the clock. After a month of hand-feeding the little penguin was much stronger and, to the delight of keepers, even grew hair. It was then successfully re-introduced to its family group. (Picture: Quirky China News / Rex Features)

Two red panda cubs
Two red panda cubs are presented to the media at the Berlin Tierpark zoo. The twin pandas named Kit and Kitty were born in June in the German capital. (Picture: Reuters / Tobias Schwarz)

Surfing dogs
Luigi leads the way as six dogs attempt to break the Guinness World Record for most dogs on a surfboard, during the Surf City Surf Dog event held in Huntington Beach, California. (Picture: Orange County Register, Cindy Yamanaka/AP)

Tasmanian devils
Six-month-old Tasmanian devil joeys Tinker and Scooter play at Devil Ark in the Barrington Tops, New South Wales, Australia (Picture: Newspix / Rex Features)

Albino seal
This albino seal knows hes not like other seal pups…and just like the Ugly Duckling this lonely little seal was rejected by his family and left to fend for himself. Photographer Anatoly Strakhov spotted the sad seal hiding under some logs on Tyuleniy Island, Russia (Picture: CATERS)

Newborn lion
Veterinarian Doctor Maria Diaz gives milk to a newborn lion at the Zoo and Eco Park ‘Joya Grande’ in the Santa Cruz de Yojoa municipality, department of Cortes, Honduras, on September 17, 2011. (Picture: Orlando Sierra / AFP – Getty Images)

A Bichon Frise dog
A Bichon Frise dog, dressed in Ukraine’s top division soccer club’s Shakhtar Donetsk t-shirt, sits in the club’s shop at their home ground, Donbass Arena, in Donetsk (Picture: Reuters / Gleb Garanich)

A cheeky robin plays peek-a-boo with a photographer
A cheeky robin plays peek-a-boo with a photographer trying to take its picture. (Picture: Edwin Kats / Solent)

Kitten peek-a-boo
This ginger kitten named Garfield seemed to believe it was invisible as it covered one eye with a paw and sat in a flower pot to hide from a large dog. (Picture: Iveta Novotna / Solent)

Dogs shopping
A chihuahua named Frivel pushes its friend Merlian in a mini shopping trolley in Treptow Park, Berlin, Germany. (Picture: Action Press / Rex Features)

Drunk moose
A seemingly drunk moose was discovered entangled in an apple tree by a Swede in Goteborg, Sweden. Per Johansson, 45, says he heard a roar from his vacationing neighbour’s garden and went to have a look. There, he found a female moose kicking about in the tree. The animal was likely drunk from eating fermented apples. (Picture: Per Johansson/AP)

Flying squirrel
A red and white giant flying squirrel is pictured in the zoo in Wroclaw, Poland. (Picture: EPA/Maciej Kulzynski)

Fox cubs cuddle
Fox cubs cuddle up together to stay warm after sunset. (Picture: Lise De Serres / Solent)

Cute fox cub
This cute fox cub lost its footing while playing with its mum near a lake – and tumbled comically backwards into muddy water. (Picture: Konrad Wothe / MINDEN / Solent)

Giant snake
Niall McCann (right) and Rob Pickles (second from left) struggle to lift the 18ft anaconda they caught in a jungle in Guyana. The jungle giant weighed around 100kg and had a girth of 27ins. (Picture: Rewa Expedition / Barcroft Media)

Lizard eats a pastry
A lizard eats a pastry during the 68th Venice Film Festival. (Picture: Getty images / Gareth Cattermole)

Orange monkey
A baby Silvered Leaf Monkey is pictured with two adult monkeys in Kuala Selangor Nature Park in West Malaysia. (Picture: Thomas Marent / Barcroft USA)

Otters fighting
This frisky otter ended up with a slap in the face after making a flirtatious advance towards a female. (Picture: Suzi Eszterhas/Minden/Solent)

Giant panda with basketball
Long Fei the giant panda sits in a bath and plays with the basketball given to it as an 11th birthday gift at Fuzhou Panda World in southern China. (Picture: Quirky China News / Rex Features)

Panda cubs Po and De De discover their birthday cake
Panda cubs Po and De De discover their birthday cake during celebrations for their first birthday at Madrid’s Zoo (Picture: AFP photo/ Dominique Faget)

Goosander training her six ducklings to dive
Goosander training her six ducklings to dive for small fish in the River Almond near Edinburgh. (Picture: Dennis Connolly)

Nemo flashes a smile
Nemo flashes a smile. Snapped in the Philippines, this clownfish living amid the stinging tentacles of a huge sea anemone was photographed by Steve De Neef. (Picture: Steve De Neef/Solent)

Two male Sumatran tiger cubs
Two male Sumatran tiger cubs are seen at the Los Angeles Zoo. Three cubs were born at the zoo on August 6. (Picture: AP/Los Angeles Zoo, Tad Montaya)

Aldabra giant tortoises fight
Two Aldabra giant tortoises fight for a carrot during feeding time at the Singapore Zoo (Picture: REUTERS/David Loh)

Turtle and alligator
This turtle shows no fear as it hitches a ride on an alligator. Photographer Connie Lemperle captured the chums at play while at the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden. (Picture: Connie Lemperle / Solent)

A Beluga whale
A Beluga whale has become a sensation at an aquarium after learning how to blow halo-shaped bubbles. (Picture: Hiroya Minakuchi/Minden/Solent News)

 The Longest Ears on a Living Dog
A Black and Tan Coonhound named Harbor, aged 8, from Boulder, Colorado, USA, has earned a spot in the upcoming Guinness World Records 2012 Edition for having the Longest Ears on a Living Dog. Owned by Jennifer Wert, Harbor’s left and right ears measure 12.25 inches and 13.5 inches respectively. (Picture: AP/Ryan Schude/Guinness World Records)

Balancing bird
A bird perches precariously between two reeds to catch its prey. (Picture: Edwin Kats / Rex Features)

Mexican chihuahua
Chinoe, a Chihuahua dressed in Mexico’s national colours, sits during the annual Expo-Can 2011 International Dog Competition in Mexico City (Picture: Raquel Cunha/AP)

Deer with ferns wrapped around its antlers
A young red deer is pictured with ferns wrapped around its antlers amongst the undergrowth in Bushy Park, London. (Picture: Dave Stevenson / Rex Features)