Pictures of the Year: Animals

  • A man shaves his monkey with a razor before it performs tricks for money in Lahore REUTERS

  • A leopard yawns inside its enclosure at the Madrid Zoo REUTERS

  • Dan McManus and his service dog Shadow hang glide together outside Salt Lake City, Utah REUTERS

  • Dogs look out from a canine car in Mexico City REUTERS

  • Grey seals play underwater by the Farne Islands off the Northumberland coast REUTERS

  • Three year old, Stella Ferruzola poses with a Blue Morpho butterfly on her nose at the Sensational Butterflies Exhibition at the Natural History Museum in London REUTERS

  • Miniature poodle Kobe poses for a picture at the grooming salon of owner Catherine Opson in Capistrano Beach REUTERS

  • A baby capuchin monkey hangs upside down from its mother at the Parque del Este in Caracas REUTERS

  • A waxy monkey tree frog is weighed in a measuring device during a photocall to publicize the annual measuring of all the animals at the London Zoo, in central London REUTERS

  • Zebras leap after drinking from a water source in Nairobi national park REUTERS

  • A flock of starlings fly over an agricultural field near the southern Israeli city of Netivot REUTERS

  • A Free Syrian Army fighter feeds a cat in the old city of Aleppo REUTERS

  • Patient Stadella hughs Joca, a therapeutically trained dog, during a therapy session in Sao Paulo REUTERS

  • A rabbit hops to avoid a five-month-old leopard cub during a test of cubs' wild natural instincts at a wildlife park in Qingdao REUTERS

  • A veterinarian examines a Sumatran tiger suffering from a chronic ear infection, at the Ramat Gan Safari near Tel Aviv REUTERS

  • Roosters participate in a traditional Malagasy cockfighting contest in Ambohimangakely REUTERS

  • Giant panda cubs lie in a crib at Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding in Chengdu REUTERS

  • Hysek trims Yorkshire Terrier "Puppi" on a social day in his dog grooming salon "The dog care company" in Vienna REUTERS

  • Gorilla mother N'Gayla holds her twins at the Burgers' Zoo in Arnhem REUTERS

  • The piglet known across the internet as Chris P. Bacon examines his new wheelchair on the office floor of veterinarian and owner Lucerno in Clermont, Florida REUTERS

  • Anfisa, a 8-year-old female chimpanzee, washes a window of her enclosure where she lives with a male chimpanzee named Tikhon, at the Royev Ruchey zoo in Krasnoyarsk REUTERS

  • Gophers line city sidewalks after their homes were flooded in the East Village area of Calgary REUTERS

  • Poodle dogs and their tamer perform during a show presenting the new program "From Heart to Heart" at the National circus in the Ukrainian capital Kiev REUTERS

  • A Crowned Crane grazes at a hotel compound in Nairobi REUTERS

  • A lion stretches early morning at Nairobi's National Park REUTERS

  • A veterinarian holds Kabang, a mongrel dog, during a news conference, after her return to the Philippines after surgery and treatment in the U.S., in Makati REUTERS

  • Performer inserts live snake through his nose and mouth during a performance celebrating Chinese Lunar New Year in Beijing REUTERS

  • A member of the "Ranetka" private family club takes a medical-cosmetic massage using the Achatina fulica snail, in Krasnoyarsk REUTERS

  • Zoo owner Emmanuel Tangco reads a book to his snakes in his bedroom in Malabon REUTERS

  • Shirwane, an Indian Lion, growls as her six-week-old cubs are approached at the Budapest Zoo REUTERS

  • Flamingos stand in their enclosure during snowfall in winter in Jerusalem's Biblical Zoo REUTERS

  • A tortoise makes its way through mud in Kfar Kila village near the Lebanese-Israeli border, in south Lebanon REUTERS

  • A dog prepares to compete in the Surf City surf dog competition in Huntington Beach REUTERS

  • Recaptured crocodiles lie in pens after about 15000 of the animals escaped from a crocodile farm during flooding near Mussina REUTERS

  • An Afghan man washes his horse in Kabul REUTERS

  • A female Rothschild giraffe, named Sandy Hope, stands next to its mother at the LEO Zoological Conservation Center in Greenwich, Connecticut REUTERS

  • Cows lie in grass in front of Hafelekar mountain on a hot summer day in Innsbruck REUTERS

  • Genetically engineered Pterophyllum Scalara fish glow in a tank under a blacklight while being displayed at the 2013 Bio Expo in Taipei REUTERS

  • India's BSF soldiers ride their camels in front of India's presidential palace during a rehearsal for the "Beating the Retreat" ceremony in New Delhi REUTERS

  • Solomon of Prairie View, Texas flips a calf in the tie-down roping event during the finals of the 101st Calgary Stampede rodeo in Calgary. REUTERS