2014 Review: Animal pictures of the year

Cute polar bear cubs, a whale splashing water at people, an escaped leopard, and a pig stuck in a well. These are just some of our favourite animal photos of 2014.

February 12, 2014: A flock of migrating starlings perform a manoeuvre near the southern Israeli village of Tidhar(Menahem Kahana/AFP)
February 23, 2014: A man jumps out of the way as a wild leopard leaps across an under-construction structure in Meerut, northern India(AFP)
February 26, 2014: Winnie, a three-week-old baby pygmy hippo calf, walks towards the pool in her enclosure at Bristol Zoo Gardens(Matt Cardy/Getty Images)
March 1, 2014: A pet squirrel owned by an anti-government protester is pictured at one of the blockade camps in Bangkok(Manjunath Kiran/AFP)
March 6, 2014: A dog owner holds her Great Dane on the first day of the Crufts dog show at the NEC in Birmingham, England(Matt Cardy/Getty Images)
March 16, 2014: A judge inspects a hairless Sphynx cat during the International Feline Fair in Medellin, Colombia(Raul Arboleda/AFP)
March 19, 2014: Twin 14-week-old polar bear cubs play outside in their enclosure at Tierpark Hellabrunn in Munich(Michael Dalder/Reuters)
March 26, 2014: An eagle owl fluffs out its feathers as it sits on one foot on a branch in its enclosure at the Grugapark in Essen, Germany(Ina Fassbender/Reuters)
April 2, 2014: A child runs alongside a polar bear during the opening day of a new Arctic area at the zoo in Mulhouse, France(Sebastien Bozon/AFP)
April 16, 2014: An alpaca looks out from a car on a busy street in Changchun, Jilin province, China(Reuters)
April 16, 2014: A vet at the Sumatran Orangutan Conservation Programme examines a 14-year-old male orangutan found with air gun metal pellets embedded in his bodyin a small patch of forest(Sutanta Aditya/AFP)
April 24, 2014: A polar bear named Uslada shakes off water in her pool at the Leningrad Zoo in St. Petersburg(Alexander Demianchuk/Reuters)
April 25, 2014: Firefighters try to pull a pig out of a well at a farm in Huanghua township, Leqing, Zhejiang province, China(Reuters)
May 19, 2014: Rizki, a 10-month-old orphaned Bornean orangutan starts learning to eat leaves at Surabaya Zoo, Indonesia, in preparation for being released into the wild(Robertus Pudyanto/Getty Images)
June 12, 2014: Two jaguars fight over a football at the Santa Fe zoo in Medellin, Colombia(Raul Arboleda/AFP)
June 17, 2014: A baby poison dart frog sits on the end of a pencil at the London Aquarium(Andrew Cowie/AFP)
July 9, 2014: Sea World marine rescue workers try to rescue a humpback whale beached at Palm Beach on Queensland's Gold Coas, Australia(Patrick Hamilton/AFP)
August 1, 2014: A whale shark is carried on a tractor at a seafood wholesale market in Xiangzhi township, Quanzhou, east China's Fujian province(AFP)
August 6, 2014: A beluga whale sprays water onto visitors at the Hakkeijima Sea Paradise aquarium in Yokohama, Japan(Yoshikazu Tsuno/AFP)
August 7, 2014: A cyclist carries a dog on his back in Berlin's Tiergarten district(Tobias Schwarz/AFP)
August 12, 2014: An orphaned baby elephant feeds itself, during World Elephant Day at the David Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage in Nairobi, Kenya(Simon Maina/AFP)
August 17, 2014: A family of swans make their way through a field in Popielarze, a village outside Warsaw(Janek Skarzynski/AFP)
August 17, 2014: Newborn giant panda triplets are seen inside an incubator at the Chimelong Safari Park in Guangzhou, Guangdong province, China(Reuters)
July 19, 2014: Two dogs play in the Massapequa Dog Park in East Massapequa, New York(Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
August 22, 201: Polar bear twins Nobby and Nela sleep in their enclosure at the Tierpark Hellabrunn in Munich(Stephan Jansen/AFP)
August 23, 2014: A giant panda named Bao Bao is pictured on her first birthday at the US National Zoo in Washington, DC(Mandel Ngan/AFP)
September 3, 2014: A three-week-old female white rhinoceros calf runs with her mother Tanda at the Ramat Gan Safari, an open-air zoo near Tel Aviv(Jack Guez/AFP)
September 7, 2014: A male walrus named Seita blows a bubble ring during a performance at the Yokohama Hakkeijima Sea Paradise aquarium in Yokohama(Toshifumi Kitamura/AFP)
September 28, 2014: Tillman the bulldog rides a wave during the 6th Annual Surf Dog competition at Huntington Beach, California(Mark Ralston/AFP)
October 2, 2014: A horse nuzzles a little girl at Piazza di Spagna in Rome(Alberto Pizzoli/AFP)
October 3, 2014: A red deer stag with antlers covered in bracken walks through undergrowth during the rutting season in Richmond Park, London(Toby Melville/Reuters)
October 20, 2014: Two three-week-old white lion cubs play with a stuffed donkey toy at Belgrade Zoo(Andrej Isakovic/AFP)
October 25, 2014: A pug takes part in the 24th Annual Tompkins Square Halloween Dog Parade in New York(Carlo Allegri/Reuters)
October 29, 2014: Beluga whale Zhuoya gives birth to her first offspring at an aquarium in Changsha, Hunan province, China(Reuters)
October 30, 2014: A male lion stands on a cage with children inside it the Safari Lion Zoo in Rancagua, Chile(Martin Bernetti/AFP)
October 31, 2014: A Western Lowland Gorilla named Mbeli holds her three-day-old baby in their enclosure at Sydney's Taronga Zoo(David Gray/Reuters)

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