GOES SWIMMINGLY A three-month-old Sumatran tiger cub named Bandar shows his displeasure after being dunked in the tiger exhibit moat for a swim reliability test at the National Zoo in Washington. FYI, Bandar passed and will now be allowed to roam through his enclosure. (Photo: Manuel Balce Ceneta / AP via The Telegraph)
FREEZE OF ACCESS A penguin dives into freezing water from a giant iceberg near the Petermann Island, Antarctica. (Pnoto: Justin Hofman / Solent News & Photo Agency via The Telegraph)
I think this flock of starlings in Gretna, Scotland is trying to tell us something.
(Photo: Fiona Exon / Caters via The Telegraph)
Morning News Read 23 October 2013.
A red squirrel darts along a stone wall in Kielder Forest, Northumberland, England. (Photo: Owen Humphreys / PA via The Telegraph)
A young emperor penguin appears to point thataway on Snow Hill Island, Antarctica. (Photo: Jan Vermeer / Minden Pictures / Solent News via The Telegraph)
For all the shit Florida’s put us through lately, here’s some karma.
ARF-TUNG A man rides with his dog through Berlin on Wednesday. (Photo: Markus Schreiber / AP via The Guardian)
Gus the Polar Bear, denizen of the Central Park Zoo, “a great source of joy for our visitors and staff” and “an important ambassador for his species, bringing to attention the problems these bears face in the wild,” was euthanized on Tuesday after doctors found an inoperable tumor near his thyroid. He was 27.
Here’s a loving tribute from the New York Times.
(Photo: Susan Watts / The New York Daily News)
"The cat with the longest fur is Colonel Meow of Los Angeles, California, USA." So says the Guinness Book of World Records. And Colonel Meow looks so happy about it, too. (Photo: Press Association via The Telegraph)
RIBBIT PLAYER A waxy monkey tree frog, Phyllomedusa sauvagii, was weighed at a media event at the London Zoo Wednesday. (Photo: Suzanne Plunkett / Reuters via The Wall Street Journal)
IT’S ALWAYS SUNNY… First Dog Bo (right) now has new company in the White House: another Portuguese water dog named Sunny. (Photo: Rex Features via The Telegraph)
NEW KID Scientists have identified a new species of carnivore: the olinguito, a two-pound-ish, rust-colored furry mammal that lives in the Andes. It’s the “most petite member of the raccoon family,” according to the Washington Post and the first new species of new mammal found in the Western Hemisphere in 35 years. (Photo: Mark Gurney / The Smithsonian via The Washington Post)
A frog tries to shelter from a rainstorm at Knowsley safari park in Liverpool. (Photo: Mark Bridger / HotSpot Media via The Telegraph)
A burrowing owl appears to observe a photographer from a palm tree in Brazil. (Photo: Leonardo Casadei / Solent News & Photo Agency via The Telegraph)