Richard Farrell has produced and written articles for Discovery Web sites since 2010. He has edited technology trade magazines and programmed and directed multiple publication Web sites. He lives in Northern Virginia and is an expat Red Sox fan.
A cancerous great white shark and a panda bear on its naming day also make appearances in this week's gallery.
This week's gallery also features lions getting an early Christmas and a frog in grave danger.
Autumn brings with its chill in the air the sight of birds on the wing toward their winter homes.
Other animals striking a pose include a smart poison-dart frog, wild parrots in Germany, and a sea slug with a bizarre twist to its mating life.
Also on tap: a baby baboon, a rarely-seen feline, and a red panda on the climb.
Which dolphin type has a new species? What does a fly's face look like up really close? Find out in this week's animal photos.
This year's Nikon Small World Competition winners showed how fascinating small things can be if you just zoom in a little.
Other animals in this week's collection include storks on the move, a mouse that feels no pain, and monkey in the mirror.
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