Thousands of Jaffas are rolled down Baldwin Street in Dunedin – the steepest street in the world – as part of the annual Cadbury Chocolate Carnival.. Tourism Dunedin
Trees are cocooned in spider webs, a result of spiders escaping flood waters in Sindh, Pakistan. But it may reduce the risk of malaria, with locals reporting fewer mosquitoes.. REUTERS
Clown ‘Trampita’ takes part in the annual International Convention of Clowns in Mexico City 15 October 2007. Over 300 clowns from across Mexico and Latin America are taking part in the event.. LUIS ACOSTA/AFP/Getty Images
A dolphin plays with a basketball underwater at the Nuremberg zoo.. REUTERS/Alexandra Beier
An elephant wears paint on its face in preparation for the Thai New Year, on April 10, 2008 in Ayutthaya, Thailand.
A diver body-painted as a sea creature demonstrates for a cast-off-ban of bycatch on November 3, 2008 at a swimming pool in Berlin’s Schoeneberg district. Activists of the environmental protection organisation WWF called on the German government to plead for modern fishing techniques, which could considerably reduce bycatch in the North Sea.. MICHAEL GOTTSCHALK/AFP/Getty Images
Pupils create the national flag on a canvas by using their hands dipped in red paint at a primary school in Jinan, Shandong province. China will celebrate the 60th anniversary of its founding on October 1 this year.
Newborn wild ducklings take cues from their mother as they paddle behind her on the Nora River in La Fresnada, near Oviedo.
A monkey along with its baby walks on top of a gate in the ruins of the Feroz Shah Kotla mosque in New Delhi.
Dancers perform with Heather Small at the official Olympic Games handover party outside Buckingham Palace on August 24, 2008 in London, England. Around 40,000 people turned up to watch live the handing over of the Olympic flag and celebrate as Great Britain became the hosts of the 30th modern Olympiad set for 2012.. Dan Kitwood/Getty Images
Picture taken on September 9, 2008 at the Chateau de Versailles, western Paris shows ‘Hanging Heart’, a sculpture of top-selling US artist Jeff Koons. Fifteen monumental sculptures by Koons go on display at the Chateau de Versailles from September 10 till December 14, 2008 despite protests from French traditionalists and questions over who will benefit from the high-profile show.. STEPHANE DE SAKUTIN/AFP/Getty Images
Manchester artist Jo Vickers puts the finishing touches to her flower installation in the city’s Albert Square on July 16, 2008, Manchester, England. Over 60,000 flowers have been used to create the intricate Damask pattern on the floor of Albert Square as part of the Manchester in Bloom festival.. Getty Images
Nepalese devotees pull a wooden chariot as they take part in Bisket Jatra, a historic festival in Bhaktapur, 12km east of Kathmandu.. Pedro Ugarte / AFP / Getty
A bear performs horse-riding at the Xiongsen Bear and Tiger Park on April 17, 2008 in Guilin of Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, China. The Xiongsen Bear and Tiger Park, which was built in 1993, is an entertainment center with about 1,300 tigers and 400 bears. The center stages animal performances and live feeding shows every day. The shows have come under scruntiny by many international animal rights organizations. (Photo by China Photos/Getty Images)
It’s a garden fit for a king – literally. A model strikes a pose in the World Vision Garden at this year’s Hampton Court Palace Flower Show.. Reuters
A young boy competes in a parlour game trying to move a coin from his
forehead to his mouth. The game is part of street festivities to mark the
Feast Day of St Rita of Cascia in Paranaque, suburban Manila.. Getty Images
The musical event titled “Luminous” by Brian Eno, is projected onto the Sydney Opera House as part of the Vivid Festival in Sydney, Australia.. REUTERS/Daniel Munoz
Chinese workers clean the exterior of the National Aquatics Center, better known as the Water Cube in Beijing on July 17, 2008 ahead of the start of the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games.. Getty Images
A worker climbs up stacked sacks of rice in a National Food Authority (NFA) warehouse in Manila.. REUTERS/Romeo Ranoco
Warriors demonstrate their traditional skills on May 3, 2008 during the procession of the 30th Popo carnival of Bonoua, 60 km south of Abidjan.. AMBOU SIA/AFP/Getty Images
A man wears a home made costume at the Gay Pride parade on July 5, 2008 in London, England. The parade consists of celebrities, floats, and performers celebrating the UK’s largest gay and lesbian festival.. Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images
A model walks the runway during the Maison Martin Margiela show part of Paris Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2009 on September 29,2008 in Paris,France.. Karl Prouse/Catwalking/Getty Images
People splash about in the water at an indoor surf pool, claimed to be the largest one in China, on July 27, 2008 in Suining, Sichuan province, southwest China.. Getty Images
Dancers take part in the Carnival of Cultures street festival on May 11, 2008 in Berlin. Participants from all over the World took part in the parade in Berlin’s Kreuzberg district. The carnival presents the cultural and ethnic diversity of the German capital, a city with a large international population.. MICHAEL GOTTSCHALK/AFP/Getty Images
A Cirque du Soleil performer appears during the grand opening reception for The Art of Richard MacDonald presented by Cirque du Soleil gallery at the Bellagio April 17, 2008 in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Ostrich chicks look for food at a hatchery in Villa de Leyva. Colombia is looking to expand its fledgling ostrich business because the industry takes advantage of every part of the bird from their meat and eggs for food to their skin for leather articles and their feathers for ornamental and cleaning articles.. REUTERS/Daniel Munoz
A woman displays a peacock made of waste papers during a creative bazaar to promote environmental protection at the Jiefang Park on May 1, 2008 in Wuhan of Hubei Province, China. China’s government announced in December that the May Day holiday, normally seven days long, was being reduced to three days. (Photo by China Photos/Getty Images)
White pelicans try to catch a fish thrown by a visitor at Yokohama Hakkeijima Sea Paradise aquarium in Yokohama Bay.
Two security guards salute each others as a thick haze of heat, dust and pollution is seen in the Olympic green area during the China Athletics Open on May 23, 2008 held at Beijing National stadium also known as the ‘Bird’s nest’. The China Athletics Open is the first ever Track and Field competition held in the newly built stadium that will host the star event of the Beijing 2008 Olympic games.. FRANCOIS-XAVIER MARIT/AFP/Getty Images
Wild horses tussle at the Curro or traditional corral during the Rapa Das Bestas festival on July 5, 2008 in Sabucedo, Spain. Wild horses are caught in the hills and taken down to the Corral of Sabucedo where they are sheared and tagged in the Rapa Das Bestas or ‘Shearing of the Beasts’.. Denis Doyle/Getty Images
1,600 paper mache pandas set up by members of WWF (World Wildlife Fund) are pictured on October 18, 2008 on the Parvis des droits de l’Homme at Paris Trocadero esplanade to symbolize there are only 1600 pandas left on earth and to call people to do their part in helping to reverse the deterioration of our natural environment.. FRANCOIS GUILLOT/AFP/Getty Images
Burned-out cars at Hitachi Harbour in notheastern Japan following the devastation on March 11 caused by a massive earthquake and tsunami.. Reuters
Contestants in the 40th annual Kinetic Grand Championship race their people-powered kinetic sculpture, “The Kinetic Chicken”, across the beach in Manila, California, May 23, 2009. The championship is a three-day 42- mile bicycle race over land, sand, mud and water from Arcata to Ferndale.. REUTERS/Kimberly White
Native to New Zealand, the Tui is one of the largest members of the honeyeater family. These incredible birds are known for their melodic songs as well as their beauty.. Mark Hughes/Hedgehog House
A gigantic mechanical spider walks through crowds of people at the Albert Dock in Liverpool city centre, north west England on September 5, 2008. The spider which was commissioned for the city’s European Capital of Culture celebrations will explore the city over the next few days. The show is the work of the French company La Machine, the spider weighs 37 tonnes and is 15,24 meter high, moves and took one year to build.. ANDREW YATES/AFP/Getty Images
A tourist poses at the world’s dirst sand hotel on Weymouth Beach. The sand structure features twin and double rooms.
Ron Mueck’s ‘Mask II’ is displayed at the British Museum Statuephilia Exhibition on October 2, 2008 in London. The exhibition opens to the public on October 4, 2008 and runs until January 25, 2009.. Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images
The moon passes between the sun and the earth during a total solar eclipse as seen in Suining, Sichuan province July 22, 2009. A total solar eclipse began its flight on Wednesday across a narrow path of Asia, where it was expected to darken the skies for millions of people for more than six minutes in some places.. REUTERS
Cattle stand in the cold after a weekend of freezing temperatures brought snow to parts of the North Island, cuasing the closure of roads around Mount Ruapehu.
Monks play volleyball at Rabdey Dratsang in the southeastern district of Samdrup Jongkhar in Bhutan. Five decades ago, Bhutan was a feudal, medieval place with no roads, proper schools or hospitals and scarcely any contact with the outside world. Today education and healthcare are free and life expectancy has risen to 66 years from less than 40.
Two Black Backed Jackals clean each other in the Masai Mara Game Reserve, Kenya.. Dan Kitwood/Getty Images
Part of sculpture titled Innerscape on the Move by Zadok Ben-David stands in the gardens of Chatsworth House on 4 September, 2008, Chatsworth, England. The exhibition Beyond Limits is the third display of modern and contemporary sculpture in the gardens of Chatsworth by Sotherby’s. More than 20 works will be on display from 9 September to 2 November 2008. In past years acclaimed artists Damien Hirst, Antony Gormley, Salvador Dali and Henry Moore have had work exhibited.. Christopher Furlong/Getty Images
Children play inside a huge carp-shaped streamer in the town of Kusu, in Oita prefecture, western Japan, to celebrate Japan’s Children’s Day.. STR/AFP/Getty Images
Giant Panda Tai Shan after a cautious approach inspects treats placed in his habitat in honor of his third birthday at the National Zoo July 9, 2008 in Washington, DC. About a hundred people gathered to watch Tai Shan recieve his birthday treat.. KAREN BLEIER/AFP/Getty Images
A zookeeper checks the penguin enclosure during the annual stocktake at London Zoo. Each animal must be accounted for by the zookeepers.. Getty
An African penguin dives into the water and grabs a fish during a feeding session at the Servion Zoo near Lausanne in Switzerland.. Reuters
A female diver swims with a moray eel beside the carp-shaped streamers during the feeding show to celebrate Children’s Day at the SunShine International Aquarium in Tokyo.. TOSHIFUMI KITAMURA/AFP/Getty Images
Visitors take photographs in the Mayfield Organic Lavender field on July 1, 2008 near Sutton, England. The Mayfield organic lavender crop, at 25 acres – the largest in Britain, is harvested at the end of July and made into essential oils, fudge and biscuits. Lavender has been grown in this area of Surrey from as long ago as the 17th century.. Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images
Carly Smith, 6, of Charleston, West Virginia, plays in the confetti after a rally for Democratic presidential hopeful Sen. Hillary Clinton (D-NY) at the Charleston Civic Center May 13, 2008 in Charleston, West Virginia. Despite Clinton’s strong victory in the West Virginia Democratic primary, her rival Sen. Barack Obama (D-IL) is still leading the race with the most pledged delegates.. Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images
A worker at the Tramshed gallery stands in beams of light created for an interactive light installation in London, England. The installation on the theme of the red green and blue light emitted by televisions has been made by artist Paul Cocksedge. The London born designer has exhibitions all over the world and has worked with Swarovski and the V&A.. Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images
Indigenous Zoque men carry baskets containing flowers and candles as offerings inside the cave of Villa Luz, during a ritual called “The fishing of the blind Sardine” in Tapijualpa March 28, 2010. The ceremony is held during Holy week and is of pre-Hispanic origin when people asked deities for permission to fish inside the cave.. REUTERS/STRINGER Mexico
A Harlequin frog is seen at the El Nispero Zoo in El Valle town, Panama. More than 32 species of amphibians in danger of extinction are being held in captivity to protect them against the contamination of their environment and the Chytrid fungus that has killed a great percentage of amphibia worldwide, the Zoo revealed.. REUTERS/Alberto Lowe
Anglers mark the opening of the salmon fishing season on the River Tay at Kenmore January 15, 2007 in Kenmore, Scotland. New guidelines have been recommended by the Tay District Fisheries Board, warning that stringent conservation measures are needed. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images). Getty Images
A nightingale bird (Luscinia megarhynchos) is pictured at it’s egg clutch at the Kosovo village of Jezerc, some 50 km (31 miles) west of Kosovo’s capital Pristina.. REUTERS/Hazir Reka
Tomatoes are thrown from a truck during La Tomatina, an annual food-gith festival in BuÃ±ol that attracts 20,000 visitors to the town.
A chocolate easter egg made by Belgian chocolate maker Dominique Persoone is seen at his Chocolate-Line Shop in Antwerp March 30, 2010.. REUTERS/Thierry Roge
An albino baby turtle swims with green sea babies turtle in a pond at Khram island, about 30 km (19 miles) from Pattaya, east of Bangkok. Special care is given to around 15,000 green and hawksbill baby turtles hatched and housed at the navy’s conservation center each year. Once the baby turtles’ shells are big and strong enough to protect them from various predators at about six-months-old the young turtles are released to the sea.. REUTERS/Chaiwat Subprasom
Albino siblings Esthefany Caroline (L) and Kauan Fernandes (R) play with their cousin Taina (C) outside their home in the V9 slum of Olinda, in the northeastern state of Pernambuco. Three of five of the Fernandes family’s children are albinos, which according to genetics professor Valdir Balbino of the Federal University of Pernambuco is a very rare occurrence considering the parents and two children are dark-skinned Afro-Brazilians.
Free-range geese are herded together at a farm in the eastern German town of Kuhhorst on November 4, 2008. Goose is a popular dish in Germany for the Christmas day meal.. MICHAEL URBAN/AFP/Getty Images
Students play in the snow in their school playground, creating a kind of aerial artwork. Snow blanketed downtown Tokyo for the first time this winter.. Reuters
A Californian seal nurses its young in their enclosure at the Tierpark (Animal Park) in the southern German city of Munich on June 13, 2008. The Californian seals are normally found living in groups from 5 to 20 off the west coast of the USA and Mexico.. PHILIPP GUELLAND/AFP/Getty Images
Sculptures made of sand inspired by farytales are seen at the Annual Sea Sculpture Festival on June 28, 2008 in Middelkerke, Belgium.. Mark Renders/Getty Images
Villagers hold pieces of red cloth to form the Chinese character “love” at a photo opportunity to welcome the upcoming Lantern Festival on the outskirts of Taiyuan, Shanxi province.
In the yard of a primary school in Jinan, Shandong province, pupils take a deep breath as they attend a health lecture on how to relax.. Reuters
Willow trees and nearby hills are reflected in the clear still water of Blue Lake. The man-made lake is the result of extensive mining in the area.. Colin Monteath/Hedgehog House
50,000 balloons in the colors of the Swedish flag, yellow and blue, are being released into the air to celebrate Sweden national day on June 6, 2008, in Stockholm.. MAJA SUSLIN/AFP/Getty Images
International performance artist David Blaine (in sphere) waves to the crowd before he performed his final stunt, May 8, 2006 in New York City. Blaine has been in the 8-foot water filled sphere since last Monday. (STEPHEN CHERNIN/Getty Images)
Ms. Vera of the Verasphere looks on before joining other revelers taking part in the 38th Annual San Francisco Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender (LGBT) Pride Celebration & Parade on Market Street June 29, 2008 in San Francisco, California. The parade was a special celebration this year after the California Supreme Court recently ruled on June 16, 2008 that same sex couples can legally marry in the State of California.. David Paul Morris/Getty Images
A silent protest, perhaps? Rather, a group of Charlie Chaplins takes to the streets in London to shoot a short film, marking the launch of a short-film competition.. BARCROFT PACIFIC
A competitor crosses the Start/Finish line during the Northern Ireland Bog Snorkeling Championships in Peatlands Park, Dungannon, County Tyrone July 26, 2009.. REUTERS/Cathal McNaughton
Dancers of Italy Aterballetto rehearse ‘Romeo and Juliet’ ahead of their forthcoming performance at Sofia Dance Week on September 29, 2008, in Sofia.. DIMITAR DILKOFF/AFP/Getty Images
Italian dancer Sonia Brunelli performs in ‘Barok’ choreographed by Simon Vincenzi on July 17, 2008 in Avignon, as part of the 62nd international theatre festival.. Getty Images
People pose against a re-creation of an untitled mural painted by artist Keith Haring on the corner of Houston Street and Bowery in Manhattan May 2, 2008 in New York City. Marking the 50th anniversary of Haring’s birth on May 4, a team of artists recreated the mural which was originally done in 1982 as Haring’s first major outdoor project. The original mural only existed for a few months before the Day-Glo colors began to decompose in the sun and Haring painted over the piece.. Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images
Greek Orthodox clergy release a dove during a ceremony for the upcoming holiday of Easter at the baptismal site known as Qasr el-Yahud, where it is believed John the Baptist baptised Jesus Christ, near the West Bank city of Jericho March 31, 2010.. REUTERS/Darren Whiteside
A boy blows flour from a plastic cup as he competes for prizes during the feast of Saint Rita of Cascia, the town’s patron saint, in Baclaran.. REUTERS/John Javellana
South Koreans walk beneath cherry blossoms at the Youido blossom festival near the national assembly April 12, 2008 in Seoul, South Korea. Cherry blossoms are in full-bloom at mid-April in South Korea.
A meercat (Suricata suricatta) investigates an insect-filled Christmas package left in its desert themed habitat at Taronga Zoo in Sydney on December 23, 2008. The Christmas presents are part of the zoo’s behavioural enrichment programme which teaches the animals to forage and work for their meals.. TORSTEN BLACKWOOD/AFP/Getty Images
The government have began clearing squatters along the Philippine railway as part of Chinese-funded project to reform the country’s decrepit railway line. The Export-Import (Ex-Im) Bank of China is funding a 400-million USD loan for the North Luzon Railways Project (NorthRail) one of several massive infrastructure projects in Philippines that China is funding.. JAY DIRECTO/AFP/Getty Images
A competitor goes head over heels while trying to run down Coopers Hill in pursuit of a round Double Gloucester cheese on May 26, 2008 during the annual cheese rolling and wake near Gloucester. The competition involves hordes of fearless participants chasing a 8lb Double Gloucester cheese down a death-defyingly-steep hill.. ADRIAN DENNIS/AFP/Getty Images
Performers are seen on stage during a rehearsal at the Crazy Horse cabaret in Paris.. REUTERS/Charles Platiau
A model displays a creation by Belarussian designer Nikolai Schetko during the Vanguard fashion festival ‘Mammoth-2008′ in Minsk on November 16, 2008.. Getty Images
Picture taken inside of the French pavilion at the Expo 2008 in Zaragoza on the theme of ‘Water and Sustainable Development’ on June 14, 2008. The expo is hoping to attract 6.5 million visitors and draw the world’s attention to one of the great environmental challenges of the 21st century.. PHILIPPE DESMAZES/AFP/Getty Images
A model presents a creation by French designer Pierre Cardin during the spring/summer 2009 ready-to-wear collection show in Theoule-Sur-Mer, southern France, on October 6, 2008.. VALERY HACHE/AFP/Getty Images
Afghanistan faces serious food shortages in the coming months as increased global demand along with a boom in growing crops for fuel instead of food has pushes up prices
Monastic lifestyle in Bhutan has remained unchanged as democracy takes hold
A sculpture by Spanish artist Juan Munoz on show at the Guggenheim museum in Bilbao, northern Spain on May 26, 2008. The Guggenheim is presenting ‘Juan Munoz – a retrospective’, the museum’s latest exhibition.. RAFA RIVAS/AFP/Getty Images
A truck burns down on highway A24 on May 30, 2008 in Wittstock, Germany. The police is still investigating on the reason of the accident.. Friedemann Vogel/Getty Images
Girls from the polytheistic Kalash tribe huddle during prayers at the Joshi spring festival May 15, 2008 in the remote Chitral village of Rumbur in northwestern Pakistan. The tiny minority group, in a Muslim nation of more than 165 million people, holds the annual spring festival, featuring dance, music and special prayers to bring good crops and honey to its agricultural communities.. John Moore/Getty Images
A woman walks into the “mirror room” during the press launch of the exhibition SHOWStudio:Fashion Revolution at Somerset House in London. Somerset House will host London Fashion Week from September 18.
Visitors watch a turtle at Durban’s Ushaka Marine World, November 1, 2009. Durban is one of nine South African cities hosting the 2010 Fifa Soccer World Cup
A lion yawns at a nature reserve on the outskirsts of Pretoria in South Africa.
A three-year-old panda takes a look out at the Panda Breeding Center, June 11, 2008 in Chengdu. Tourism is at an all time low at the Panda center after the devastating earthquake that killed more than 69,000 people almost one month ago, with 17,500 classified as missing. In the Wolong Giant Panda Reserve yesterday workers buried, Mao Mao, a 9 year old panda killed in a landslide during the quake. Mao Mao is the only Panda confirmed dead while another one Xiao Xiao is still missing.. Paula Bronstein/Getty Images
A deer is pictured in a local park in the Surrey town of Camberley, England. The United Kingdom has suffered its heaviest snowfall since the 1990s. The heavy snow has disrupted many parts of the London transport network, and hundreds of school have been forced to close.. Warren Little/Getty Images
A dog participates at the 3rd Annual Loews Coronado Bay Resort surf dog competition in Imperial Beach, south of San Diego, California, on June 28, 2008. This is the largest surfing competition for dogs.. GABRIEL BOUYS/AFP/Getty Images
Contortionist Alexey Goloborodko representing Firebird Productions of the USA performs at the 8th China Wuhan International Acrobatics Art Festival on October 26, 2008 in Wuhan of Hubei Province, China. The festival, one of the major acrobatics events in the country, is scheduled to run from October 25 to 31, attracting performers from over 12 countries.. China Photos/Getty Images
Demonstrators form a peace sign at Monastiraki Square in Athens. The gathering was planned b y the organistaion ‘World Without Wars’.
Balloon Lumpfish (Eumicrotremus pacificus) attach themselves to a balloon at the Epson Shinagawa Aqua Stadium on July 9, 2008 in Tokyo, Japan. The deep-sea fish have ventral sucker disks which help them to cling to rocks in the water.. Kiyoshi Ota/Getty Images
Flowers in full bloom on this field near the Keukenhof flower show in Voorhout, the Netherlands
A giraffe inspects the car of visitors at the Serengeti Park in Hodenhagen, northwestern Germany, on April 23, 2008. Around 1,500 animals live in the park with an area of 110 hectares. (NIGEL TREBLIN/AFP/Getty Images)
Indian sand-sculpture artist Sudarshan Pattnaik gives the finishing touches to a work depicting US President-elect Barack Obama on the beach at Puri, some 70 Kms from Bhubaneshwar.. STR/AFP/Getty Images
A Christian pilgrim stands inside the Jordan River during a ceremony for the upcoming holiday of Easter at the baptismal site known as Qasr el-Yahud, where it is believed John the Baptist baptised Jesus Christ, near the West Bank city of Jericho March 31, 2010.. REUTERS/Darren Whiteside
Yoga enthusiasts from across the country participate in the annual ‘Summer Solstice in Times Square Yoga-thon’ as taxis drive past June 21, 2007 in New York City. The summer solstice is the first official day of summer and the longest day of the year.. Getty Images
henyang students cheer for the Beijing Olympic Games on June 18, 2008 in Shenyang, Liaoning Province of China. Tomorrow is 50-day countdown to the Beijing Olympic Games. Students take part in many of the Olympic theme activities to help celebrate.. Zhang Wenkui/ChinaFotoPress/Getty Images
Chinese workers hang traditional lanterns in preparation for a Chinese New Year temple fair on January 30, 2008 in Beijing, China. The Chinese New Year of the Rat begins on February 7.. China Foto Press/Getty Images
A gorilla named Josy lays in her enclosure with her newly born baby at the zoo in the northern German city of Hanover on May 30, 2008. Josy was born at the zoo two-days earlier weighing 2 kg.. NIGEL TREBLIN/AFP/Getty Images
Newly born black panther twins Baturgai and Ormilia are presented to the world at east Berlin’s zoological garden Tierpark.
A woman and a boy walk past the Coney Island Cyclone roller coaster during a morning snow storm in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. A larger than expected snowfall is expected to dump up to ten inches of snow on New York City causing airport delays of up to seven hours.. Getty Images
A Kenyan man demonstrates in the Kibera slums on January 17, 2008 in Nairobi, Kenya. International mediators have attempted to unlock political gridlock in the East African nation has had at least 600 people killed in severe post-election violence, amid allegations that the incumbent president manipulated the December elections.. Getty Images
A Bangladeshi girl rests in a queue whilst waiting for an allotted 5 kgs of rice in Dhaka on April 8, 2008. Poor households, who spend at least 70% of their income on food, are forced to queue for hours on end for a maximum of 5 kgs of rice.
A man dressed as the devil jumps over babies in an event known as El Colacho on May 25, 2008 in the village of Castrillo de Murcia, Spain. Since 1620 El Colacho has been celebrated in Castrillo de Murcia to mark Corpus Christie with the devil incarnate supposed to clense the babies of sin.. Denis Doyle/Getty Images
Two youngsters enjoy diving in tomatoes during the ‘IV Tomatina Colombiana’ festival on June 1, 2008, in Sutamarchan, department of Boyaca, Colombia. According to the organizers 10 tons of tomatoes were thrown by the participants.. MAURICIO DUENAS/AFP/Getty Images
A two-month-old lion dozes on the back of a jaguar cub of the same age at Puerto Vallarta’s zoo in the western Mexican state of Jalisco.
A solar halo is seen around the sun in the Yemeni port city of Aden on April 22, 2008. The optical phenomenon is mostly caused by ice crystals in cold cirrus clouds located in the upper troposphere. (KHALED FAZAA/AFP/Getty Images)
Sophia, a twenty-seven-year-old Bornean orangutan, holds her newborn in her enclosure at Brookfield Zoo October 23, 2008 in Brookfield, Illinois. The female infant, which was born October 6, is one of only two orangutan births expected in North American zoos this year. There are an estimated 61,000 orangutans remaining in the wild, a 50 percent decline since 1990.. Scott Olson/Getty Images
A horse sculpture called ‘Atlantis’ made from fallen Dartmoor oak by artist Heather Jansch, is displayed at the Recycled Sculpture Show at London Zoo on May 29, 2008 in London, England. Twenty sculptors have used everyday waste and scrap to create works of art that will remain on show until September 5, 2008 at the Zoo.. Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images
It takes more than 145 tons of fruit and 300 professionals to create the giant designs, made only of citrus fruits, at the 78th Lemon Festival.. Getty
A model displays Olympics-themed body-painting during the 13th North China Travel Fair on June 29, 2008 in Yanji of Jilin Province, China. The fair, jointly hosted by tourism authorities and associations from ten provinces, autonomous regions and cities, is aimed to promote the development of tourism industry in northern China.. China Photos/Getty Images
Schoolgirl Bhargavi, 7, arranges garlands made from marigold flowers at a roadside stall on the eve of the Hindu festival of Diwali in the southern Indian city of Hyderabad. Flowers are offered to Hindu gods and goddesses on the occasion of Diwali, the annual festival of lights that will be celebrated across the country on Saturday.
People participate and dance in the 2008 World Roma Festival Khamoro May 29, 2008, in Prague, Czech Republic. The Festival is celebrating its tenth year by extending the festivities an extra day.. isifa/Getty Images
A two-month-old giant anteater sticks out its tonuge as he is presented to the press at Berlin’s Zoologischer Garten Zoo, on July 8, 2008. ‘Adolpho’ was born in captivity of Brazilian-born mother ‘Griseline’, and already weighs 3.3 kilos.. MICHAEL KAPPELER/AFP/Getty Images
Two sand cats born on April 15, 2008 are pictured on April, 25, 2008 at the Amneville’s zoo, eastern France. Sand cats are one of the smallest of the wild cats, ranging from Sahara in North Africa to the arid regions of Iran and Pakistan in West and South Asia. (JOHANNA LEGUERRE/AFP/Getty Images)
A mounted archer, dressed as a samurai warrior, aims at a target from a galloping horse during the Yabusame festival in Tokyo. Yabusame is a traditional form of archery performed on horseback.. REUTERS/Toru Hanai
Snow falls in front of Big Ben on October 28, 2008 in London, England. A sudden cold snap brought wintery weather including snow and sleet across large parts of England.. Dan Kitwood/Getty Images
A Chengdu resident gets caught in the deluge as floodwater pours down a garage stairway amid recent heavy rainfalls.. Reuters
A young woman participating in an annual Wave-Gothic festival poses on May 9, 2008 in Leipzig, eastern Germany.. SEBASTIAN WILLNOW/AFP/Getty Images
The sculpture ‘nobody knows, what we feel’ by Paule Hammer from the eastern German city of Leipzig depicts late German actor Klaus Kinski at the Open Space Forum of the Art Cologne fair in Cologne.. REUTERS/Wolfgang Rattay
Major Sumner of the Ngarrindjeri Aboriginal tribe conducts a Smoking Ceremony at the University of Edinburgh’s McEwan Hall, in Scotland, on July 7, 2008. This ceremony is part of a cleansing ritual to mark the end of a decade-long handover of human remains to the Aboriginal cultures from which they were originally taken.. ED Jones/AFP/Getty Images
Members of the Beltane Fire Society celebrate the coming of summer by participating in the Beltane Fire Festival on Calton Hill April 30, 2008 in Edinburgh, Scotland. The procession which celebrates the ending of winter is a revival of the ancient Celtic festival of Beltane, the Gaelic name for the month of May. First organized in the mid 1980s the Beltane Fire Festival has become a popular feature of Edinburgh. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)
Clocks are seen during the performance “tck tck tck” by Global Campaign for Climate Action at the Barcelona Climate Change Talks.
Christian Petersen looks out of a window of his bicycle shop, which advertises its goods with about 120 bicycles on the building’s exterior in lieu of a sign.
Women wearing traditional costumes walk in paddy fields, September 7, 2008 in Duyun, southwest China’s Guizhou Province. People of the Shui ethnic group worship their ancestors, sing traditional songs and watch horse races during the Duan Festival, or new year’s day of the Shui people, as they wish for a new year full of happiness.. Qin Gang/ChinaFotoPress/Getty Images
Australian scultptor Andrew Rogers attends the unvieling of his new stone sculpture of a Celtic horse next to Spis Castle on May 31, 2008, in Spisske Podhradie, Slovakia. The 100 x 100 metre geoglyph was re-created from a Celtic coin found under Spis castle. Rogers’ monumental geoglyphs from his project ‘Rhythms of Life’ have been constructed already in nine countries; Israel, Chile, Bolivia, Sri Lanka, Australia, Iceland, China, India and Turkey.. Maria Zarnayova/isifa/Getty Images
Performers take part in an exhibition game of Maya Ball during an intercultural event in Guatemala City.. REUTERS/Daniel LeClair
St Paul’s Cathedral is floodlit during the City Salute sunset pageant on May 7, 2008 in London.. Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images
Members of the Australian dance group ‘Strange Fruit’ perform on five-meter high flexible poles in front of Japanese spectators for the fifth anniversary of the Roppongi Hills shopping mall in Tokyo on April 26, 2008. The Melbourne-based performance group, founded in 1994, has performed in over 40 countries. AFP PHOTO / Yoshikazu TSUNO (Photo credit should read YOSHIKAZU TSUNO/AFP/Getty Images)
Two black-tailed prairie dogs (Cynomys ludovicianus) share a carrot on June 11, 2008 at the Tierpark Friedrichsfelde zoo in Berlin. In nature, the animals live in the prairies of western Texas and Kansas.. BARBARA SAX/AFP/Getty Images
A musician from the West Australian Symphony Orchestra performs a ‘Symphony in the Sea’ at North Cottesloe Beach in Perth, Australia. Dressed in full orchestral attire and wielding their own instruments, the performance is the latest in a series of ‘surreal human sculptures’ by artist Andrew Baines.. Paul Kane/Getty Images
People cool off at a crowded indoor wave pool, claimed to be the country’s largest, in the Sichuan province.
‘Freddie’ is displayed at the ‘View Basket: Art Bought Online’ exhibition at the Hayward Gallery, in London, on August 28, 2008. View Basket comprises everything from Victorian paintings to original comic art, from customized action figures to ephemera by leading art world figures. The exhibition runs until September 28, 2008.. Leon Neal/AFP/Getty Images
People walk their dogs in Prospect Park during an unexpected morning snow storm in the New York City borough of Brooklyn. Daniel Barry/Getty
Two three-week-old meerkats at the Chester Zoo stand in the sunshine for the first time after spending the first weeks of their life underground.
The ‘Band of The Scots Guards’ brass band plays in the pouring rain on July 19, 2008 on the place in front of the St. Marien Church in Osnabrueck. With a parade and a last post, around 500 British soldiers and officers of the 21st Engineer Regiment took their leave of the northwestern German city.. Getty Images
US Senator Barack Obama’s step-grandmother Sarah Obama is pictured with her son Said Obama in her house on January 12, 2008 in Kogelo, western Kenya. Barack Hussein Obama, father of US presidential candidate hopeful Obama, was born and raised in Kogelo. He died in a car accident in 1982. Senator Barack Obama’s parents separated when he was young.. Getty Images
A Harp seal pup lays on an ice floe in the Gulf of Saint Lawrence near Charlottetown, Canada. Canada’s annual seal hunt is in its fourth day and the government has said this year 275,000 harp seals can be harvested.
Alyssa Braun, age 12, of Canton, Michigan, jokes around with her mother while lying in a giant lake of mud at the annual Mud Day celebration July 8, 2008 in Westland, Michigan. Sponsored by the Wayne County Parks Department, the event consists of 200 tons of topsoil mixed with 20,000 gallons of water, and about 1000 children 12 and under.. Bill Pugliano/Getty Images
Sand artist Peter Donnelly’s creation on Christchurch’s New Brighton Beach.
Penitents prepare their costumes before a procession during Holy Week in Bilbao March 29, 2010. Hundreds of Easter processions take place around the clock in Spain during Holy Week, drawing thousands of visitors.. REUTERS/Vincent West
The “Pasture on water” installation piece by Bulgarian artist Pavel Koichev is displayed on the surface of a small lake near the village of Osikovitsa, some 70km (43 miles) north-east of Sofia.. REUTERS/Stoyan Nenov
White pelicans battle to catch a little fish thrown by a visitor at the Hakkeijima Sea Paradise aquarium at Yokohama city in Kanagawa prefecture, suburban Tokyo on July 13, 2008.. YOSHIKAZU TSUNO/AFP/Getty Images
South Korean anglers cast lines through holes into a frozen river during a contest to catch Mountain Trout on January 13, 2008 in Hwacheon, South Korea. The ‘Hwacheon Sancheoneo Ice Festival’ is a wintertime celebration that draws nearly a million visitors every year. Sancheoneo (Mountain trout in English) is a fish in the Salmonidae genus of the Salmoniformes family which only inhabit cool, pure streams of 20 degrees Farenheit or below. Getty Images
A baboon family enjoys the sun in their enclosure at the Hagenbeck Zoo.. Reuters
A delegate yawns as he attends the fourth plenary meeting of the CPPCC (Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference) at the Great Hall of the People on March 13, 2008 in Beijing, China. Jia Qinglin was reelected chairman of the CPPCC, the top political advisory body to the National People’s Congress, or parliament during the session.. China Photos/Getty Images
A fighting bull leaps over two fallen runners at the Mercaderes curve during the third San Fermin running of the bulls on July 9, 2008 in Pamplona, Spain. Fighting bulls are run through the historic heart of Pamplona for eight days in this fiesta made famous by the 1926 novel of U.S. writer Ernest Hemmingway called ‘The Sun Also Rises’.. Denis Doyle/Getty Images
Huge pumpkins are displayed at the botanical exhibition area of the Changchun Agricultural Expo Park prior to the opening of the Seventh Changchun International Agriculture And Food Fair on August 25, 2008 in Changchun of Jilin Province, China. The event will be held from August 26 to September 1 at the Agricultural Expo Park.
Guests dine at a table suspended from steel cables approximately 50m above the ground for an event called Dinner in the Sky.
Emily Keogh poses for a photograph inside the world’s first sand hotel on Weymouth beach, on July 23 2008 in Weymouth, England. The sand structure, which features twin and double bedrooms, can be booked on a first-come, first-served basis and has been built to celebrate the resurgence in British beach holidays.. Getty Images
Waves hit the stricken ferry ‘Riverdance’ as it sits on a sandbank at Blackpool’s North Shore on February 1, 2008, Blackpool, England. Fourteen people were rescued after it sent out a Mayday signal in bad weather last night. HM Coastguard are watching the ferry from the beach in Blackpool as weather conditions deteriorate.. Getty Images
The Shadow Robot company’s dextrous hand robot holds an apple at the Streetwise Robots event held at the Science Museum’s Dana Centre on May 6, 2008 in London, England. The Dextrous Robotic Hand has a bank of 40 Air Muscles which make it capable of 24 movements.. Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images
A female guest gets a massage after she is covered with pure gold foil during a gold facial treatment by Japan’s beauty company Umo for anti-aging treatment at the Beautyworld Japan exhibition in Tokyo.. OSHIKAZU TSUNO/AFP/Getty Images
A huge recreation of the Chinese national flag is displayed on the beach on September 25, 2008 in Panjin, northeast China’s Liaoning province. The sea-blite plants living in the mud flat of Panjin start to grow in every April or May. They start off green in colour, and turn red gradually.. Cai Bing/ChinaFotoPress/Getty Images
A biker performs in front of the Great Pyramids of Giza during Red Bull Fighters International Freestyle Motocross 2009 Exhibition Tour on the outskirts of Cairo.. REUTERS/Goran Tomasevic
Members of the Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) honour guard stand at attention before a welcoming ceremony on 7 April 2008 for visiting New Zealand Prime Minister Helen Clark at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing.
A reveler dressed as a mermaid poses for a photo at the 25th annual Coney Island Mermaid Parade June 21, 2008 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. One mermaid will launch a hunger strike following the parade to protest proposed development plans that critics say will ruin the amusement mecca’s kitschy charm.. Mario Tama/Getty Images
Fair hostess Tanja has her hair electrified as she touches a Van de Graaff generator to promote the enertec International Trade Fair for Energy at the fair grounds in Leipzig, eastern Germany.. JENS SCHLUETER/AFP/Getty Images
The sculputure ‘Broken Chair’ by Daniel Berset is seen in front of the United Nations Office (UNOG) on June 8, 2008 in Geneva, Switzerland. The art work was commissioned by Handicap International and installed 18 August 1997 to urge all countries to sign the Mine Ban Treaty and to honor their commitments to help mine victims and to clear mined areas.. Johannes Simon/Getty Images
Two frill-necked lizrds, presented at a museum in Germany, find themselves a long way from home. The lizards are native to Australia and New Guinea.. Getty
Chefs prepare thousands of falafel balls to create the world’s largest serving of the fried treat, at Kafaayat University in Ain Saadeh, northeast of Beirut.
In this composite image, a tin-plate portrait of former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher (R), by artist Dylan Hammond is unveiled in the Welsh assembly, on May 21 2008 in Cardiff, Wales. The portrait, part of an art installation that will sit alongside one of Labour and Socialist figure Aneurin Bevan (L) for three months, has caused controversy in the Welsh capital where Margaret Thatcher remains, in some eyes, a unpopular political figure.. Matt Cardy/Getty Images
A model wears body art by John Vargas of U.S. during the 2008 World Body Painting Festival Asia at World Cup Stadium on August 29, 2008 in Daegu, South Korea. The festival is the largest event in the field of body painting and spreads the art form to thousands of interested visitors each year.. Getty Images
Dancers perform during the opening ceremony ahead of the kick off of the Euro 2008 Championships Group A football match Switzerland vs. Czech Republic at St. Jakob-Park stadium in Basel, Switzerland, on June 7, 2008. The Euro 2008 Football Championship kicks off in Basel on June 7, 2008.. VALERY HACHE/AFP/Getty Images
A macaque monkey drinks water from a puddle at a zoo in Zhengzhou, Henan province.. REUTERS/Donald Chan
Hindu devotees travel in an overcrowded passenger train after taking a holy dip and offering prayers in the waters of Brahma Sarovar, a sacred pond, during a solar eclipse in the northern Indian city of Kurukshetra. Thousands of people gathered for a dip in the Ganges and other water bodies, an act considered as leading to salvation from the cycle of life and death.. REUTERS/Ajay Verma
A general view of the festivities in Beijing National Stadium during the Closing Ceremony for the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games on August 24, 2008 in Beijing, China.. Ezra Shaw/Getty Images
A creation made with wind cones and designed by French conceptual artist Daniel Buren is seen as a part of Beaufort 03 Contemporary Art by the Sea exhibition in De Haan.. REUTERS/Thierry Roge
The Royal Air Force (RAF) Red Arrows fly in formation with four Typhoon aircraft over central London on April 1, 2008 in England. The flypast marks the start of a year of events commemorating 90th anniversary of the formation of the RAF in 1918
An aerial view shows a labyrinth in the form of a cow that is cut into a corn and hemp field in Marienfelde outside Berlin. The labyrinth was created by the Federal Institute of Risk Assessment to raise awareness for healthy eating and dangers from harmful substances in food as well as to explain the digestion process in the stomach of a cow.
Students train at the Shenyang Qianjin Acrobatic School in Shenyang, Liaoning province in China.
A baby kangaroo named Tijana peers from the incubator in its enclosure in Belgrade zoo.Her mother, after being scared by an emu bird, ran away and Tijana fell out from the pouch. Now Tijana, who cannot survive outside a pouch, must stay in a special incubator, where the temperature remains a constant 35 degrees Celsius. Biologists made a set of canvas pouches for Tijana who is also fed every two hours with a special milk that arrived from US and Germany.. REUTERS/Ivan Milutinovic
An indigenous boy belonging to the Nukak-Maku ethnic group, the last nomadic people of Colombia, smiles on April 7, 2008, in a provisional settlement in Agua Bonita, about 25 km from San Jose del Guaviare. Around half of their population lives in the Nukak National Park, in the Colombian Amazonia, while the other half has come out of the jungle asking for assimilation.
A giant panda cub is cared for in an incubator at the Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding in the Sichuan Province.
Two bulls go head to head at Ojiya bullfighting park on May 3, 2008 in Ojiya, Niigata, Japan.There are several theories about the origin of organised bullfighting in Japan, e.g. that it developed in the early 19th Century when farmers saw an opportunity to generate additional income by charging an entrance fee for spectators to watch their cattle fight.. Koichi Kamoshida/Getty Images
Gerhardt Knapp, category ‘Full Beard – Freestyle’ poses as he competes in the International German Beard Championships in Eging am See, southern Germany on April 19, 2008.
Wade Handeland test fishes an area of Gull Lake ahead of the Brainerd Jaycees Ice Fishing Extravaganza fishing tournament January 25, 2008 in Brainerd, Minnesota. The tournament, which will be held January 26 and billed as the world’s largest ice fishing tournament, is expected to draw 10,000 to 14,000 participants competing for $150,000 in prizes.. Getty Images
A Chihuahua named Elwood sits with his tongue out before the start of the 20th Annual Ugliest Dog Competition at the Sonoma-Marin Fair June 20, 2008 in Petaluma, California. Owners of ugly dogs travel to Petaluma from all over the country to participate in the annual contest.. Justin Sullivan/Getty Images
Thousands of people make their way from Maloja to S-Chanf in Switzerland as they participate in the annual Engadin skiing marathon.. AAP
The two helmets, which have been re-imagined by street artists Niagara and Eelus and will go on display at Lyon & Turnbull, are from a collection of 100 from The Vader Project which are to be auctioned in Phiadelphia in the U.S.
An elderly Aldabra Giant Tortoise munches on its meal of fresh vegetables at the Safari Park as the popular attraction prepares for the upcoming Jewish festival of Pesach (Passover) on April 14, 2008 in Ramat Gan near Tel Aviv, Israel.
A child rows a boat made of recycled plastic bottles during a competition in Shanghai, China.. REUTERS/Aly Song
Ten-year-old African spurred tortoise ‘Arava’ is seen at Jerusalem’s Biblical Zoo on August 19, 2008. Arava the turtle may never walk again, but a makeshift wheelchair has given the reptile wings by helping her to find a mate at an Israeli zoo, her keepers said today. A spokesman for the Jerusalem Biblical Zoo said the 25-kilo (55 pound) African spurred tortoise has, since arriving at the zoo, rolled into the heart of a male who was apparently shell-shocked by her new wheels.. Getty Images
Members of “Medaman-Madaman” walk along Ginza fashion street in Tokyo as part of a festival that celebrates the Golden week holiday.. Getty
A monkey rests on a wall as another grooms it at the rock fortress ruins in Sigiriya, near Dambulla.. REUTERS/Vivek Prakash
A model walks the runway at the Mercedes Benz Fashion week spring/summer 2009 ready-to-wear fashion show of Scherer Gonzales on July 19, 2008 in Berlin, Germany.. Getty Images
A fine arts student gives last-minute touches to a bicycle tree he built out of junk materials in front of the Cultural Center in Manila in preparation for Earth Day Celebrations.. REUTERS/Romeo Ranoco
Colourful cabins reflect the midnight sun in the early morning of Midsummer on June 21, 2008 in Longyearbyen, Norway. Longyearbyen is the seat of Norwegian local administration in Svalbard, 620 miles south of the North Pole.. Chris Jackson/Getty Images
The Guizer Jarl is silhouetted as members of his Viking Squad walk around a long boat with burning torches during the annual Up Helly Aa Festival, Lerwick, Shetland Islands, 29 January 2008. Up Helly Aa celebrates the influence of the Scandinavian vikings in the Shetland Islands and has employed this theme in the festival since 1870. The event culminates with up to 1000 “guizers” (men in costume) throwing flaming torches into a Viking longship.. AFP/Getty Images
A reveller of the Porta da Pedra samba school performs suspended by a balloon on the Sambadrome as part of the legendary Carnival parades.. Getty
Wang Junru of China performs hand balancing during the final dress rehearsal of Cirque du Soleil’s ‘Dralion’ in Sydney on July 15, 2008. The show, which combines the ancient art of Chinese circus with traditional Western slapstick, is the Canadian troupe’s 12th production and will open on July 16.. TORSTEN BLACKWOOD/AFP/Getty Images
US ‘cardstacker’ Bryan Berg knocks down his Guinness World Record for the largest house of freestanding cards.
Three men lie on top of an inflatable dome entitled ‘Observatory, Air-Port-City, 2008′ by the artist Thomas Saraceno at the Hayward Gallery on May 27, 2008 in London, England. ‘Psycho Buildings, Artists Take on Architecture’ marks the Hayward Gallery’s 40th anniversary, exhibiting installations of ten international artists from May 28 to August 25, 2008.. Cate Gillon/Getty Images
Spanish matador Jose Tomas is gored by a bull on May 28, 2008 at the ‘El Coso de los Califas’ Bullring in Cordoba.. CRISTINA QUICLER/AFP/Getty Images
A Tibetan child in exile has his head shaved as a mark of protest to condemn the situation in Tibet during a protest in New Delhi on April 7, 2008.
Taxis line up to get their tanks filled on a viaduct in Chongqing municipality. Central and eastern Chinese provinces faced the worst natural gas shortage in years as supplies were diverted to snowstorm-hit northern China, while producers lacked incentives to expand output because of poor margins, a state broadcaster said on Tuesday.
A crow drinks from a leaking standpipe at Tata Zoological Park in Jamshedpur on April 23, 2008. Temperatures across northern and eastern India are on the rise as the summer season begins. Temperatures in India’s capital New Delhi have reached 40C. (STRDEL/AFP/Getty Images)
Summer campers wear 4D glasses to experience Cinema 4D’s ‘Planet Earth: Shallow Seas’ at the opening of Madame Tussauds Cinema 4D July 1, 2008 in New York City.. Brad Barket/Getty Images
A plane flies in front of the sun over the Damyns Hall Aerodrome during a partial eclipse on August 1, 2008 in Essex, England. The sun was totally eclipsed today over Canada, Russia and China.. Getty Images
An East African Crested Crane looks is pictured while on display at the animal orphanage in Nairobi’s National Park on October 3, 2008. The Grey Crowned Crane is about 1 m (3.3 ft) tall and weighs 3.5 kg (7.7 lbs). Its body plumage is mainly grey. The wings are also predominantly white, but contain feathers with a range of colours.. ROBERTO SCHMIDT/AFP/Getty Images
Swiss professional pilot Yves Rossy, the world’s first man to fly with fitted jet fuel powered wings strapped to his back, flies during his first official demonstration, on May 14, 2008 above Bex. Rossy realeased from a plane at altitude of 2438 meters, and completed several loops at a speed of 300 km/h using only his body to change position during five minutes over the Swiss Alps.. FABRICE COFFRINI/AFP/Getty Images
Florence the new baby zebra foal,runs in its enclosure at Edinburgh zoo September 4, 2008 in Edinburgh, Scotland. This latest arrival at the zoo is particularly important as the Grevy’s zebra is listed as endangered, with only an estimated 1,500 to 2,000 remaining in the wild.. Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images
Orangutans in Taekwondo (R) and boxing (L) outfits perform during an event in support of South Korean Olympic athletes in Busan, 450 kilometers southeast of Seoul on July 22, 2008. The event is part of efforts to boost support for South Korean team ahead of the Beijing Olympic in China.. Getty Images
Chinese paramilitary police practise a performance for the closing ceremony of the Beijing Olympic Games in Beijing, China.. Guang Niu/Getty Images
The Bulgarian team competes in the 3 Hoops and 2 Clubs rotation in the Group All-Around Final held at the Beijing University of Technology Gymnasium during Day 16 of the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games on August 24, 2008 in Beijing, China.. Ezra Shaw/Getty Images
A model presents a creation by Indian designer Manish Arora as part of his Fall/Winter 2009/10 women’s ready-to-wear fashion collection during Paris Fashion Week.. REUTERS/Pascal Rossignol
A hot air balloon in the shape of Darth Vader flies with others during the Hot Air Balloons Festival in Leon, Mexico.
The south eastern pylon of the Sydney Harbour Bridge serves as the canvas for a unique light and image celebration of football on May 30, 2008 in Sydney, Australia. The light show is being staged to coincide with the FIFA Congress meeting in Sydney this week. The images are the largest projections ever cast onto the bridge pylons, filling the face of the south eastern pylon completely with images of Australian and international football legends.. Ezra Shaw/Getty Images
A 16 foot high sculpture of a polar bear and cub, afloat on a small iceberg, passes in front of the Houses of Parliament on the River Thames in London, England. The sculpture was launched to provide a warning to members of parliament of the dangers of climate change and to launch Eden, a new natural history television channel.. Oli Scarff/Getty Images
Biggest Loser Trainer Shannan Ponton and Model Jamie Wright during the Cosmopolitan Neutrogena Underwater Fashion Shoot in Sydney, September 10, 2008.. Getty Images
The Colosseum Is Lit Up to mark World Refugee Day on June 20, 2008 in Rome, Italy. Italy is participating by projecting the symbol of the UN’s Refugee Agency for the next three evenings, turning the Colosseum into a billboard for the cause.. Franco Origlia/Getty Images
Acclaimed sculptor Andy Scott stands with ‘Barron’ a Clydesdale horses in his workshop on July 1, 2008 in Glasgow, Scotland. Andy is currently working on two horse heads ‘The Kelpies’ which will soon be placed at the entrance to the Forth and Clyde Canal. The two horses were provided to help the sculptor finalise his drawings and make the anatomy of his project accurate.. Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images
A sealion wears a pair of protective glasses during a publicity stunt set up by the Sunshine International Aquarium in Tokyo, during a solar eclipse viewing event. Visitors watched the solar eclipse with the sealion as part of the promotional event.. REUTERS/Yuriko Nakao
A Burmese Star Tortoise hatches at the Taipei Zoo. These tortoises have been deemed critically endangered by the International Union for Conservation of Nature.. Reuters
Romi attends a tea party in the Oxo Tower restaurant on May 14, 2008 in London, England. The Blue Cross animal charity is starting a UK fundraising initiative to help animals in its care.. Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images
Mount Semeru and Maount Batok, where the Tenggerese Hindu Yadnya Kasada Festival is held, in east Java, Indonesia, for one month every year.
Five week old hippopotamus calf nicknamed ‘Muddy’ is watched carefully by her mother Primrose at her enclosure where she has trebled her weight to 60kgs since her birth at the Werribee Open Range Zoo.. WILLIAM WEST/AFP/Getty Images
Luxury ocean liner the Queen Victoria sails past the Sydney Opera House as she arrives in Sydney Harbour February 23, 2008 in Sydney, Australia. This is the Queen Victoria’s inaugural visit to Australia, where she will also rendezvous with sister ship the Queen Elizabeth II.. Getty Images
Andrew Collinge’s couture show ‘Shapes and Shadows’ at the L’Oreal Professional Colour Trophy Grand Final on June 2, 2008 in London, England. The evening involves the staging of 3 fashion catwalk shows, a competitors parade for the future stars of hairdressing and an award presentation for the winners of the L’Oreal Professional Colour Trophy Award Grand Final.. Cate Gillon/Getty Images
A fun runner dressed as Sonic the Hedgehog prepares for the London Marathon during the 2008 Flora London Marathon on April 13, 2008 in London, England.
A woman sits in her house in the countryside near Qingdao, China. The city of Qingdao is preparing to host the Olympic Sailing Regatta during the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games.
Aurora, a 20-year-old Beluga whale, swims with her newborn calf after giving birth at the Vancouver Aquarium in Vancouver, British Columbia.. REUTERS/Andy Clark
Mohammad Alishan drives a car on the walls of a ‘Well of Death’. Performers earn their livelihoods by mastering daredevil stunts such as this.. Reuters
A girl runs as boys throw water at her as part of traditional Easter celebrations during a media presentation in Holloko, 100km east of Budapest, March 26, 2010. Locals from the World Heritage village of Holloko, northeast Hungary, celebrate Easter with the traditional “watering of the girls”, a fertility ritual rooted in Hungarian tribes’ pre-Christian past, going as far back as the second century after Christ.. REUTERS/Laszlo Balogh
Pilar Ordovas of Christie’s inspects Jeff Koons’ stainless steel work of art ‘Balloon Flower (Magenta), 1995-2000′ from the Rachofsky Collection, is exhibited in Saint James’ Square on June 19, 2008 in London, England. The sculpture is estimated in the region of 12 million GBP and will be auctioned at Christie’s Post -War and Contemporary Art Evening Sale on June 30, 2008.. Cate Gillon/Getty Images
A competitor vies during the world’s biggest pizza-competition as part of the 17th World Pizza Championship 2008 in Salsomaggiore Terme near Parma on April 23, 2008. (GIUSEPPE CACACE/AFP/Getty Images)
A boy plays the violin at Sulaimaniya Music Institute in Sulaimaniya, northeast of Baghdad. Sulaimaniya Music Institute has not been restored since the war, but teacher Azad Maaruf continues to teach young children music for a nominal fee. He now teaches music to about 100 children.. REUTERS/Julie Adnan
A scared boy pulls his hat over his face while being vaccinated in Rotterdam, the Netherlands. Approximately 3,500 children are being vaccinated against infectious diseases such as tetanus and measles in Rotterdam.. Robin Utrecht/AFP/Getty Images
Inside Westminster Abbey where Prince William and Kate Middleton plan to marry on April 29. It is also where Princess Diana’s funeral was held.. Getty
Women show their hands decorated with henna paste during the ‘Teej’ festival in the northern Indian city of Amritsar. Teej falls on the third day of the bright fortnight of the month of Shrawan (July-August) and welcomes the advent of the monsoon as women decorate their hands and feet with henna in delicate designs.. REUTERS/Munish Sharma
Two Leopard Lacewing caterpillars forage on a passiflora plant in Singapore.. REUTERS/David Loh
Coloured chicks are displayed for sale in Jerusalem’s Old City.
A farmer walks past a terrace of traditional Chinese herbs in Min county, in the Gansu province.. Reuters
Jaguar Rosa Salvaje (meaning ‘wild rose’) cuddles up to her one-week-old cub after a good grooming at Nicaragua’s National Zoo in Managua, Nicaragua.. AP/ESTEBAN FELIX
Yaks are seen at the media center at the Rongbuk Base Camp as organisers prepare to cover the ascent of the Beijing Olympic flame to the world’s hightest peak on April 29, 2008 in Qomolangma, Tibet. The torch bearers are waiting for some good wather before they start the relay. (Photo by Cui Jun/ChinaFotoPress/GettyImages)
The National Cathedral is illuminated by Gerry Hofstetter for his ‘Lighting to Unite’ project on May 8, 2008 in Washington.. NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP/Getty Images
Water and sand is sluiced from the Xiao Lang Di Dam on the Yellow River June 19, 2008 in Jiyuan, Central China’s Henan Province, China. A fresh round of sand washing in the Yellow River started today aimed at removing sand and dirt from China’s second longest river.. ChinaFotoPress/Getty Images
A worker cleans the floor in the Ground Transportation Center (GTC), connecting the Beijing airport light rail line, in the new terminal building T3 (Terminal Three) at the Beijing Capital International Airport on February 1, 2008 in Beijing, China. T3 is reported as the largest and most advanced airport terminal in China and will have an initial capacity of 35 million annual passengers. The project is completed and scheduled to be trial operated on Febuary 29.. China Photo/Getty Images
An aerial view shows a house with a sandbag levee is surrounded by floodwaters south of Fargo, North Dakota March 29, 2009. A dike holding back the swollen Red River failed early on Sunday and swamped a school in Fargo, North Dakota, but a backup dike contained the spill as cold weather favored flood fighting and evacuation efforts.. Reuters Pictures
Models showcase outifts by designer Romance Was Born on the catwalk during the third day of the Rosemount Australian Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2008/09 Collections at the Overseas Passenger Terminal on April 30, 2008 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Ian Waldie/Getty Images)
A vintage car drives past elephant sculptures made of metal displayed along Havana’s seafront boulevard El Malecon April 1, 2009. Cuban artist Fonseca has been placing the elephants in different places around Havana as part of the 10th Havana Biennial of Contemporary Art.. Reuters Pictures
A giant sculpture of a seven-month-old baby by artist Marc Quinn entitled ‘Planet’ contrasts against the stately grandeur of Chatsworth House on 4 September, 2008, Chatsworth, England. The bronze sculpture painted white is part of the Beyond Limits exhibition of modern and contemporary sculpture displayed in the gardens of Chatsworth by Sotherby’s. More than 20 works will be on display from 9 September to 2 November 2008.. Christopher Furlong/Getty Images
A model displays a creation by fashion designer Sandra Straukaite on the catwalk of the ‘Bridge of Fashion’ beside the sea in the northern German town of Heringsdorf on July 5, 2008.Works from 12 fashion labels were presented at the open air gala.. JENS KOEHLER/AFP/Getty Images
Eight-year-old Peter Wajda of Mount Laurel, New Jersey, poses for photographs on top of 10,512 sneakers tied by their laces and laid heel-to-toe in the courtyard at National Geographic Society headquarters July 2, 2008 in Washington, DC. Assembled by National Geographic Kids magazine, the string of shoes was certified Wednesday by Guinness World Records as the longest chain of shoes, measuring 8,700 feet or nearly 1.65 miles.. Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images
Horses walk through the snow in Hyde Park, London
Space shuttle Endeavour lifts off on a mission to the International Space Station from Cape Canaveral, Florida.. REUTERS/Scott Audette
Kylie Minogue performs on June 26, 2008 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. The concert is part of her KYLIE X 2008 Tour.. Dave Hogan/Getty Images
A gold statue of supermodel Kate Moss entitled ‘Siren’ by British artist Marc Quinn is pictured at the opening of the ‘Statuephilia: Contemporary Sculptors at the British Museum’ exhibition in central London, on October 2, 2008. The 50kg solid gold statue is the largest gold statue produced since Ancient Egyptian times. Statuephilia will run from October 4, 2008 to January 25, 2009.. Leon Neal/AFP/Getty Images
2,008 people participate in a choreographed dance in Trafalgar Square on July 12, 2008 in central London, England. 2008 people participated in the world’s largest dance, The Big Dance, a specially commissioned new work by award-winning London choreographer Aletta Collins.The event was the climax of Big Dance 2008, a nationwide celebration of dance, showcasing the nation’s dance scene.. Daniel Berehulak/Getty Images
A Pakistani Hindu bride (right) and groom sit during a mass marriage ceremony of 60 couples, organised by the Pakistan Hindu Council.. Getty
An elephant stands during Maha Kumbhabhishekam ceremonies at the Hindu Temple Society of North America in New York. The five day celebration is expected to draw thousands joining living Hindu saints and an elephant for the temple’s reconsecration ceremony.. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton
Earlier this week the world seemed to lose its mind over...