Animal Magic

Nancy Chan—Six Flags Discovery Kingdom/Reuters
Nancy Chan—Six Flags Discovery Kingdom/Reuters
Akasha, a two-year-old female Bengal tiger, swims after a chunk of meat thrown into her pool at Six Flags Discovery Kingdom in Vallejo, California, May 5, 2011. Unlike most cats, tigers enjoy the water and with the hot temperatures in the area, the park's cats can often be seen lounging in the water.

Whether cute and cuddly, wild or exotic, animals hold a fascination in all humans. BBC wildlife documentaries and National Geographic stories come to mind when recalling great animal imagery, but animal magic is not only confined to natural habitat—it extends to a life of domesticity or captivity, a life where constant surprises and intriguing photography of our furry and feathered friends can be found on a daily basis.   In the first of an occasional series, LightBox presents a broad selection of recent news images that reveal the endless wonder of the animal kingdom.

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