Animal Portraits by Tim Flach.

Tim Flach, the renowned United Kingdom photographer, is exhibiting a series of animal portraits at the Retina Scottish International Photography Festival, Edinburgh.
His work, which often examines the anthropomorphism of creatures in an abstract way, is often on display.
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A snow white Bengal tiger. Shot against a black background, the animal’s gaze penetrates through you, compelling you to stare back.
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Grace, a great grey owl
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1024Ya Yun, meaning elegant, is a giant panda from the Chengdu panda research base in western China. The centre has successfully bred 120 giant pandas from just six that were rescued in 1987
See more Images via Tim Flach’s fine animal portraiture – in pictures | Art and design | The Guardian.

Hungry Grizzly by Joel Sartore.

Every day at National Geographic, our photo editors look through somewhere between 4,000 and 8,000 images that are uploaded to our photo community. Of those images, 12 are selected to shine in what we call the Daily Dozen.
And from those photos, only one is chosen by you, the community.
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Photograph by Joel Sartore, National Geographic. “Grizzly Survival: Their Fate Is in Our Hands,” July 2001
This month, I wanted to feature animal photos that have made Top Shot during the month of July.
But not because it’s rare for so many wildlife images to end up in the winning spot.
Actually, it’s the opposite.
Wildlife photography is a staple of the Your Shot community.
Your Shot editor Marie McGrory says Your Shot is, “a very international community.
See more Images at National Geographic’s Proof.

http://proof.nationalgeographic.com/

The White Bears are Back. Hudson Bay.

_86133154_nadinelamoureux_003For 15 years, Irish anthropologist Martina Tyrrell has studied the relationship between humans and animals in Arviat, an Inuit community on the west coast of Hudson Bay, where the townspeople are increasingly having to cope with a large and dangerous visitor – the polar bear.
It’s a Sunday afternoon in mid-October. I’m standing near the cemetery at the eastern end of Arviat, with a handful of other people.
All eyes are fixed on the newly formed sea ice where a polar bear bellyflops into the sea, hauls itself back on to the broken ice, and bellyflops again.
Inuit men and women, accustomed to close encounters with polar bears, seem to be no less in awe of this creature than I am.
There are gasps of delight at the bear’s antics, and informed discussion about its age, size and sex – and the reasons why it is behaving like this.
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This is the seventh or eighth bear I have seen in as many days. Daily, I join townspeople on the dock near my house.
Binoculars are passed around as we watch a mother bear and two yearling cubs on the snowy slope on the far side of the town.
Continue reading via The polar bears are coming to town – BBC News

“Chance” the Chimpanzee, Florida.

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Florida animal trainer Pamela Rosaire Zoppe bought Chance from pet owners who could no longer keep him.
He now appears in Hollywood films. ”Chimps are so intelligent that they get bored,”she says.
Photograph by Vincent J. Musi
via Pictures We Love: Our Animal Connection | PROOF.

Derby, Surfing Dog at the World Dog Surfing Championship, USA.

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Image Credit: Photograph by John G. Mabanglo/EPA
Derby the dog surfs while getting a push off by his owner Kentucky during the World Dog Surfing Championships at Linda Mar Beach, Pacifica, California, United States of America.
Source: A surfing dog, extreme sports in Crimea and Gay Pride in Belfast | News | The Guardian

The Maned Wolf of South America.

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The maned wolf is the largest canid in South America, resembling a large fox with reddish fur.
This mammal is found in open and semi-open habitats, especially grasslands with scattered bushes and trees throughout South America.
The maned wolf is the tallest of the wild canids and it’s long legs are most likely an adaptation to the tall grasslands of its native habitat.
Source: 20+ Strange Animals You Probably Didn’t Know Existed