2017 Year in Pictures: Animals

The best animal photographs captured this past year were at times arresting, charming and inspiring. The silhouette of stag deer through the early morning mist of Richmond Park in London, a mother giraffe caring for her 3-day-old baby in Opel Zoo outside Frankfurt, Germany, and flocks of seagulls circling a man’s boat on the Yamuna River in New Delhi were all captivating for their own reasons and rank among the best animal pictures of 2017. (AP/Reuters/Getty)

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2017 Year in Pictures: Animals

The best animal photographs captured this past year were at times arresting, charming and inspiring. The silhouette of stag deer through the early morning mist of Richmond Park in London, a mother giraffe caring for her 3-day-old baby in Opel Zoo outside Frankfurt, Germany, and flocks of seagulls circling a man’s boat on the Yamuna River in New Delhi were all captivating for their own reasons and rank among the best animal pictures of 2017. (AP/Reuters/Getty)

2017 Year in Pictures: Animals

A Barbary lion cub stands next to its father at the zoo in Neuwied, Germany, June 26, 2017. (Photo: Thomas Frey/AP)

2017 Year in Pictures: Animals

The black rhinoceros Kalusho, born 30 years ago in Zimbabwe, walks in its enclosure in the zoo in Frankfurt, Germany, Feb. 3, 2017. (Photo: Michael Probst/AP)

2017 Year in Pictures: Animals

Two stags are seen through the mist during the annual rutting season in Richmond Park in London. (Photo: Toby Melville/Reuters)

2017 Year in Pictures: Animals

A 3-day-old giraffe, Kimara, is nuzzled by its mother, Katharina, during its first way out in the Opel Zoo in Kronberg near Frankfurt, Germany, Jan. 3, 2017. (Photo: Michael Probst/AP)

2017 Year in Pictures: Animals

Men feed seagulls along the Yamuna River on a smoggy morning in New Delhi, Nov. 17, 2017. (Photo: Saumya Khandelwal/Reuters)

2017 Year in Pictures: Animals

Huskies wait for practice at a forest course ahead of the Aviemore Sled Dog Rally on Jan. 24, 2017, in Feshiebridge, Scotland. (Photo: Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)

2017 Year in Pictures: Animals

Kevin Richardson, known locally as “the lion whisperer,” interacts with one of his friends while out for a walk in the Dinokeng Game Reserve, near Pretoria, South Africa, March 15, 2017. (Photo: Denis Farrell/AP)

2017 Year in Pictures: Animals

One of the 6-month-old Sumatran tiger cubs (Achilles or Karis) plays with a blackboard during a photo call for the annual stock take at the London Zoo, Jan. 3, 2017. (Photo: Kirsty Wigglesworth/AP)

2017 Year in Pictures: Animals

A white wagtail holds an insect it caught on the terrace of a restaurant in Markkleeberg, Germany, on July 1, 2017. (Photo: Sebastian Willnow/AP)

2017 Year in Pictures: Animals

The feet of a swan along the banks of the river Main in Frankfurt, Germany, May 3, 2017. (Photo: Michael Probst/AP)

2017 Year in Pictures: Animals

A lesser flamingo is seen at the Le Cornelle Animal Park in Valbrembo, near Milan, Italy, Feb. 17, 2017. (Photo: Antonio Calanni/AP)

2017 Year in Pictures: Animals

Malaysian tiger cubs play with resident nursery dog Blakely at the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Gardens, March 29, 2017. (Photo: John Minchillo/AP)

2017 Year in Pictures: Animals

A squirrel monkey rests on a tree branch on a hot day at a zoo in Zhengzhou, Henan province, China July 19, 2017. (Photo: Reuters/Stringer)

2017 Year in Pictures: Animals

Rocco, a dachshund, peeks his head through the trunk of a tree in Salem, Ky., June 1, 2017. (Photo: Kentucky State Police/AP)

2017 Year in Pictures: Animals

A little Siberian tiger hisses in the outdoor enclosure at the Animal Park Hagenbeck, in Hamburg, Germany, Oct. 12, 2017. (Photo: Christian Charisius/AP)

2017 Year in Pictures: Animals

A right whale at El Doradillo Beach, Patagonia, Argentina, Oct. 11, 2017. (Photo: Maxi Jonas/AP)

2017 Year in Pictures: Animals

A gorilla eats matzo, the traditional unleavened bread for Passover, at the Ramat Gan Safari, near Tel Aviv, Israel, April 6, 2017. (Photo: Sebastian Scheiner/AP)

2017 Year in Pictures: Animals

Flamingos at the Hellabrunn zoo in Munich, Germany, July 17, 2017. (Photo: Matthias Schrader/AP)

2017 Year in Pictures: Animals

A dog found wandering the streets in the aftermath of a 7.1-magnitude earthquake looks out from an animal shelter in Mexico City, Sept. 22, 2017. (Photo: Natacha Pisarenko/AP)

2017 Year in Pictures: Animals

A cat swims in search of dry ground around an apartment complex after it was flooded following Hurricane Harvey on Aug. 30, 2017 in Houston. (Photo: Scott Olson/Getty Images)

2017 Year in Pictures: Animals

A newly born eastern black rhino runs in its enclosure at the zoo in Dvur Kralove, Czech Republic, Oct. 25, 2017. (Photo: Petr David Josek/AP)

2017 Year in Pictures: Animals

Georgina, an endangered snow leopard, watches as her new twin cubs play in their enclosure during their public debut at the Los Angeles Zoo, Sept. 12, 2017. (Photo: Richard Vogel/AP)

2017 Year in Pictures: Animals

An olive-backed sunbird feeds an insect to its two chicks in their nest in Klang, Selangor, Malaysia, on Jan. 21, 2017. (Photo:Vincent Thian/AP)

2017 Year in Pictures: Animals

A lemur licks a block of ice containing fruit at Rome’s Bioparco, on July 5, 2017. (Photo: Gregorio Borgia/AP)

2017 Year in Pictures: Animals

A 4-year-old macaque, Niv, holds a few-weeks-old chick at the Ramat Gan Safari near Tel Aviv, Israel, on Aug. 24, 2017. (Photo: Tsafrir Abayov/AP)

2017 Year in Pictures: Animals

Thousands of wading birds form a murmuration as they fly onto dry sandbanks during the month’s highest tide at the Wash estuary, near Snettisham in Norfolk, England, Oct. 10, 2017. (Photo: Toby Melville/Reuters)

2017 Year in Pictures: Animals

A man carries his pet cat as he walks under the cherry blossoms at Tongji University in Shanghai, April 4, 2017. (Photo: Aly Song/Reuters)

2017 Year in Pictures: Animals

Giant panda cub Xiang Xiang, left, is pulled by her mother, Shin Shin, at Ueno Zoo in Tokyo, Dec. 19, 2017. (Photo: Kyodo News/AP)

2017 Year in Pictures: Animals

Mykh, a 1-year-old great gray owl, flies through a window during a training session which is a part of Royev Ruchey Zoo’s program of taming wild animals for research, education and interaction with visitors, in a suburb of the Siberian city of Krasnoyarsk, Russia, Oct. 17, 2017. (Photo: Ilya Naymushin/Reuters)

2017 Year in Pictures: Animals

Meerkats congregate under a heating lamp in their enclosure in the Opel Zoo in Kronberg near Frankfurt, Germany, Dec. 19, 2017. (Photo: Michael Probst/AP)

2017 Year in Pictures: Animals

Orphans interact with Bengal tigers during a Christmas visit to the Malabon Zoo on Dec. 21, 2017, in Malabon city, north of Manila, Philippines. (Photo: Bullit Marquez/AP)

2017 Year in Pictures: Animals

Rumor, a German shepherd, leaps to lick her handler and co-owner Kent Boyles on the face after winning Best in Show at the 141st Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show, Feb. 15, 2017, in New York. (Photo: Julie Jacobson/AP)

2017 Year in Pictures: Animals

1-day-old Gus at Noah’s Ark farm on May 12, 2017, in Bristol, England. (Photo: Matt Cardy/Getty Images)

2017 Year in Pictures: Animals

A black cormorant settles on a high-tenison power line wire in Meles delta of Izmir, Turkey, on Oct. 05, 2017. (Photo: Mahmut Serdar Alakus/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)

2017 Year in Pictures: Animals

A horse stands in front a bullet-riddled wall at the Beirut Hippodrome in Lebanon, April 30, 2017. (Photo: Jamal Saidi/Reuters)

2017 Year in Pictures: Animals

One of the two chimpanzee babies from the Novosibirsk Zoo in Russia, on Feb. 2, 2017. (Photo: Kirill Kukhmar/TASS via Getty Images)

2017 Year in Pictures: Animals

George Lewys, 5, with owl butterflies during an event to launch the “Sensational Butterflies” exhibition at the Natural History Museum in London, March 30, 2017. (Photo: Stefan Wermuth/Reuters)

2017 Year in Pictures: Animals

A stork nest at the LIPU Stork Centre in Racconigi, near Cuneo, Italy, on June 9, 2017. (Photo: Marco Bertorello/AFP/Getty Images)

2017 Year in Pictures: Animals

A dachshund with three heads competes in the Best Dressed Dachshund Costume Competition during the annual Teckelrennen Hophaus Dachshund Race on Sept. 23, 2017, in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo: Scott Barbour/Getty Images)