Silverback Gorilla numbers growing in Republic of Congo.

A silverback gorilla in the Republic of Congo’s Nouabalé-Ndoki national park.
Researchers now estimate that there are more than 360,000 western lowland gorillas in the wild, approximately one-third higher than earlier figures.
Image credit: Photograph by Zanne Labuschagne/WCS
Source: The week in wildlife – in pictures | Environment | The Guardian

Golden Eagle sees off Red Fox Thief.

Snatch and Grab.
Stefan hiked for five kilometres in thick snow in the Sinite Kamani National Park in Bulgaria to reach a hide known to be a golden eagle hotspot.
It was one of the coldest winters in recent years, and using a vehicle was out of the question.
On the second day, he spent a long while watching a golden eagle eating a carcass. ‘I was able to get some great portrait shots,’ says Stefan, ‘but what happened next took me by surprise.’
A red fox sidled up and tried to snatch the meal, but the eagle was having none of it.
“After a short, fierce spat, the fox fled with the eagle literally hard on its heels.”
A golden eagle can kill prey even bigger than a fox, but with a carcass to defend, the eagle was almost certainly just trying to scare the fox away rather than grab it.
Source: Gallery: Top wildlife photographs in 2012

Rare Clouded Leopard Cub, Denver Zoo.

clouded-leopard-cubWhat could be better than two tiny leopard cubs? Three tiny leopard cubs, of course!
At least, that’s the attitude of administrators at Denver Zoo, who welcomed the addition of a female, clouded leopard cub to join the zoo’s two existing cubs of the same species. Zookeepers hope this addition will increase the chances that these rare cats will one day breed successfully.
The new cub joined a male, clouded leopard cub named Pi, and a female named Rhu, both born at the Denver Zoo.
Despite their name, these clouded leopard cubs are not actually leopards at all. They belong to their own genus, Neofelis, and are considered a bridge species between typical big cats (like lions and tigers) and small cats (like pumas, lynx and ocelots).
The clouded leopard cubs living at Denver Zoo will grow to between two to four feet long and will likely weigh between 24 to 50 pounds.
As to the celestial part of their name, the cats have distinctive, cloud-shaped blotches on their coats, which provide excellent camouflage in their native forest habitat.
Read on via Rare Clouded Leopard Cub Welcomed to Denver Zoo | LiveScience.

The Running Board was Perfect for your Dog in the 1930s.

Back in the 1930s if you didn’t want your dog riding inside your car, it could ride “safely” on a running board attached to the car.
When we debate the history of automobiles in America and around the world, we rarely hear anyone discussing the history of man’s best friend traveling alongside him. Actually, there weren’t many that put dogs in the front seat, which was probably the safest spot for their furry friends.
Much like the pooch in these pictures below, transport systems in early vehicles involved the running board. Some were simple running board–based boxes and shields while others, such as the Bird Dog’s Palace, were sturdy external steel enclosure

The latter were quite elaborate. They came in several sizes and included a barred door that could be released without the driver leaving his seat and an oilcloth cover that could be unrolled and buttoned into place if the weather got bad.
The most terrifying and dangerous pet carrier must have been the dog sack, an actual canvas sack that (thankfully) had a head hole and was hooked and clamped to the side of the car.
via Running Boards: Traveling in Cars With Your Dogs in the 1930s ~ vintage everyday

Hyena under a Starry Night.

Natural world category, winner:
Image Credit: Photograph by Will Burrard-Lucas
‘To show hyenas in their element, I wanted to photograph them at night,’ Burrard-Lucas says.
‘The stars in Africa are so beautiful that I also wanted to include them in my image.
I used a remote-control “BeetleCam” to position my camera on the ground so I could photograph the hyena with the beautiful starry sky behind.
This is a single exposure.
I lit the hyena with two wireless off-camera flashes and used a long shutter speed to expose the stars’
Source: The winners of the Sony world photography awards 2017 – in pictures | Art and design | The Guardian