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It's time once more for a look into the animal kingdom and our interactions with the countless other species that share our planet. Today's photos include a fiery Spanish festival, a frightening encounter with a leopard in India, a flamingo undergoing laser treatment, a new species named in honor of entertainer Beyonce, and the plight of Ukraine's "vodka bears". These images and many others are part of this roundup of animals in the news from recent weeks, seen from the perspectives of their human observers, companions, captors, and caretakers. [42 photos]

A man rides a horse through a bonfire on January 16, 2012 in the small village of San Bartolome de Pinares, Spain. In honor of San Anton, the patron saint of animals, horses are ridden through the bonfires on the night before the official day of honoring animals in Spain. (Jasper Juinen/Getty Images)

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GO TIME
GO TIME: Republican presidential candidate former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum climbed into a truck after he greeted patrons at MaryAnn’s Diner in Derry, N.H., Monday. The Granite State holds the nation’s first primary Tuesday. (Win McNamee/Getty Images)

PACKED STREETS
PACKED STREETS: Nigerians packed Ikorodu Road in Lagos, Nigeria, Monday. Tens of thousands of protesters participated in a nationwide strike over gas prices that shot up when the government ended a decades-old gas subsidy. (Pius Utomi Ekpei/Agence France-Presse/Getty Images)

PROTECTING TEBOW
PROTECTING TEBOW: The Denver Broncos’ Willis McGahee (23) threw a block on the Pittsburgh Steelers’ Larry Foote (50) as Broncos quarterback Tim Tebow (15) looked to pass the ball during a wild card playoff game in Denver Sunday. The Steelers lost 29-23 in overtime. (Jack Dempsey/Associated Press)

TOPSY-TURVY
TOPSY-TURVY: The Greek-owned cargo ship Rena, which has been grounded off the New Zealand coast since October, broke into two pieces after it was battered by strong waves in Tauranga, officials said Sunday. Oil has been seen leaking from the vessel. (Action Press/Zuma Press)

SCOUTS PRAY
SCOUTS PRAY: Boy Scouts Russ Pierce, left, and Paul Pierce prayed during the annual Religious Freedom Day event in Fredericksburg, Va., Sunday. (Suzanne Carr Rossi/The Free Lance-Star/Associated Press)

LEOPARD ATTACK
LEOPARD ATTACK: A leopard scalped a man, killed another man and injured three other people in Guwahati, India, Saturday. The animal was captured and will be released in the wild. Conservationists say deforestation is increasingly pushing leopards into populated areas. (Agence France-Presse/Getty Images)

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LYING DOWN ON THE JOB
LYING DOWN ON THE JOB: Special Police Officers lay on a road Wednesday in Guwahati, India, during a protest to demand the renewal of their job contracts. (Agence France-Presse/Getty Images)


TOUGH CROWD? Globe Manufacturing Company employees Shirley Smith, left, and Pat Dexter listened as former Utah Governor Jon Huntsman Jr. spoke at their plant in Pittsfield, N.H., Wednesday. The company makes equipment for firefighters. (Matthew Cavanaugh/Getty Images)

RAY OF HOPE
RAY OF HOPE: Willie Stacy, a homeless 19-year-old, tried to keep warm in the sun outside a Red Cross shelter in West Palm Beach, Fla., Wednesday. (Gary Coronado/The Palm Beach Post/Associated Press)

SCENE OF THE CRIME
SCENE OF THE CRIME: Police officers inspected the scene of an explosion in Kandahar, Afghanistan, Wednesday. Three bomb blasts rocked the city Tuesday, killing at least 13 people. (Jangir/Agence France-Presse/Getty Images)

PUT TO THE TEST
PUT TO THE TEST: Australia’s Ricky Ponting dived on day two of the second cricket test against India at the Sydney Cricket Ground Wednesday. He scored his first century in nearly two years. (Greg Wood/Agence France-Presse/Getty Images)

SEEING WITH HIS HANDS
SEEING WITH HIS HANDS: A man read using the Braille system at Sai Junior College for the Blind in Hyderabad, India, Wednesday. Jan. 4, 2012, marked the 203rd birth anniversary of the inventor of the system, Louis Braille. (Noah Seelam/Agence France-Presse/Getty Images)

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TAKING OFF
TAKING OFF: A plane carrying former Bosnian Serb military commander Ratko Mladic took off from Belgrade, Serbia, en route to Rotterdam, Netherlands, Tuesday. Mr. Mladic was extradited to stand trial before a U.N. war-crimes tribunal on charges he oversaw the genocide of thousands of Muslims. (Srdjan Suki/European Pressphoto Agency)

CAMP KISS
CAMP KISS: A couple kissed at their protest camp in a square in Madrid Tuesday. Thousands of Spaniards have been protesting lawmakers’ handling of the country’s economic crisis. (Daniel Ochoa de Olza/Associated Press)

BEACHED WHALE
BEACHED WHALE: A 44-foot long dead sperm whale lay on a beach in Redcar, England, Tuesday. Rescuers were unable to save the whale, which washed ashore alive. (Nigel Roddis/Reuters)

WEDDING DISASTER
WEDDING DISASTER: Rescuers carried a body out of the water after a bus transporting a wedding party plunged 15 feet into a lake west of Guwahati, India, Monday. The would-be groom was among the 28 people killed when a wooden bridge collapsed. (Anupam Nath/Associated Press)

DRINK UP
DRINK UP: A worker paused for a drink of water as he worked on a construction site in New Delhi Tuesday. (Manan Vatsyayana/Agence France-Presse/Getty Images)

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