Animal Magic: Survival Instincts

Martin Meissner—AP
Martin Meissner—AP
A bee full of pollen sits in a blossom in Gelsenkirchen, Germany, July 18, 2011.

LightBox presents a selection of recent news images that reveal the endless wonders of the animal kingdom.

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.

Also on LightBox: The first and second installments of Animal Magic.

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