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MOVING ON: A woman carried her baby and possessions through debris after a fire razed several shacks in Durban, South Africa, Monday. More than 100 people were left homeless in the Jadhu Place informal settlement. (Rogan Ward/Reuters)

FITTING: A shopkeeper adjusted traditional headgear of a bridegroom on the eve of the Akshaya Tritiya festival in Bhopal, India, Monday. More than 50,000 marriages will occur during the festival. (Sanjeev Gupta/European Pressphoto Agency)

CHECKMATE: Taxi drivers played chess as their cars lined a street during a strike Monday over tariffs for journeys to and from a new Berlin airport. (Thomas Peter/Reuters)

IN GERMANY: A vendor looked on as Chinese Prime Minister Wen Jiabao and German Chancellor Angela Merkel visited the industrial Hanover Fair in Hanover, Germany, Monday. China is the fair’s official partner country this year; about 500 of the 5,000 exhibitors coming from there. (John MacDougall/Agence France-Presse/Getty Images)

SURROUNDED: Police kicked and beat a suspected informal settler accused of resisting a demolition operation in Parañaque, Philippines, Monday. At least 20 people were arrested, local media reported. (Rolex Dela Pena/European Pressphoto Agency)

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We humans share this planet with countless other species, interacting with many of them daily, others rarely. We treat some as sources of food and others as sources of companionship, entertainment, or education. We experiment with them at a genetic level, try to understand their overall behavior, and bond with them on an intimate scale. Most animals live their lives independently of us, but they dwell in habitats that we shape profoundly. Gathered below are images of animals in the news from the past several weeks, seen from the perspectives of their human observers, companions, captors, and caretakers. [42 photos]

A monkey who survived the Ivorian post-electoral crisis at the Abidjan Zoo. Three lions named Lea, Simba and Loulou, "died of hunger", said Claude-Sie Kam, a zoo employee, to an AFP reporter. About forty animals perished due to lack of food at the Abidjan Zoo during the Ivorian crisis. (Issouf Sanogo/AFP/Getty Images)

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HITCHCOCK REDISCOVERED: The New Zealand Film Archive released a still Wednesday from what is thought to be a lost film made in 1923 by the acclaimed British director Alfred Hitchcock. (New Zealand Film Archive/Agence France-Presse/Getty Images)

LIGHTING UP: A migrant worker lit up a cigarette as he took a break at a garbage dump site in Taizhou, China. (Reuters)

BOMB THREAT: Police waited outside a home Wednesday in Mosman, Australia, where an 18-year old woman was held hostage with a bomb tied around her neck. Police were able to secure her safe release. (Ryan Pierse/Getty Images)

A SUMMER SNOGGING: A young couple kissed behind a row of beach huts Wednesday in Whitstable, England. (Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images)

HEAD FIRST: A boy jumped from a diving platform above a swimming pool Wednesday in Hanover, Germany. (Julian Stratenschulte/Agence France-Presse/Getty Images)

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The source of an E. coli outbreak in Europe that has killed 22 people and sickened more than 2,200 is still not known. German authorities at first blamed it on cucumbers grown in Spain, causing outrage among Spanish farmers. They are claiming they lost tens of millions of dollars due to a slump in demand. Tests showed that Spanish cucumbers did not contain the dangerous strain. Bean sprouts from a farm in Germany are now being tested, though the first tests did not find the contamination. Cases have shown up in at least 10 countries and have left more than 600 in intensive care.(30 photos total)
A nurse cares for a patient infected with the virulent E. coli bacteria and undergoing dialysis treatment at an intensive care unit of Hamburg's UKE university clinic on June 1, 2011. The number of people sickened by a mysterious killer bacteria grew, two weeks after the outbreak in Germany, while fears over tainted vegetables hit European farmers hard. Scientists and health officials say they have identified the E. coli bacteria responsible for the outbreak, which has mainly affected northern Germany, but are unable to say what caused it or who was responsible. (Angelika Warmuth/AFP/Getty Images)

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HORSE FAIR HORSE FAIR: A boy walked his horses down the street at the Appleby Horse Fair Friday in Appleby, England. The fair is one of the key gathering points for the Romany, gypsy and traveling communities, and is attended by about 5,000 people who come to buy and sell horses. (Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)

UP IN THE AIR UP IN THE AIR: A laborer worked on a steel structure at a financial building construction site in Jefei, China, Friday. The cityscape below was obscured by smoke from burning straw. (Reuters)

SAYING GOODBYE SAYING GOODBYE: Relatives of a German soldier killed in Afghanistan comforted each other after a funeral at the Evangelische Epiphanias Church in Hanover, Germany, Friday. (John MacDougall/AFP/Getty Images)

SURROUNDED SURROUNDED: An Egyptian policeman, center, tried to protect a female reporter as people tried to attack her during a protest in Tahrir Square in Cairo Friday. Hundreds of Egyptians gathered to call for speeding up the pace of democratic transition. (Mohamed Omar/European Pressphoto Agency)

SOCRATIC METHOD SOCRATIC METHOD: Portugal’s interim Prime Minister Jose Socrates responded to supporters in downtown Lisbon on the last day of election campaigning Friday. General elections are Sunday. (Paulo Duarte/Associated Press)

SNAKE OR SNACK? Fishermen skinned a sea snake on Girgaum beach in Mumbai Friday. (Danish Siddiqui/Reuters)

ARMS AFLAME ARMS AFLAME: A television image shows balls of fire and columns of smoke rising from an arms depot in the Udmurtia region in central Russian early Friday. Fire raged through the facility, where artillery shells and rockets were stored. Tens of thousands of people were evacuated from nearby homes. (AFP/Getty Images)

YEMEN TURMOIL YEMEN TURMOIL: During a funeral Friday in San’a, Yemen, for dead fighters loyal to opposition Hashed tribal chief Sheikh Sadeq al-Ahmar, a solider stood between the men’s bodies and gathered antigovernment protesters. (Ammar Awad/Reuters)

HIGH WATER HIGH WATER: Members of the South Dakota Army National Guard filled sandbags in Dakota Dunes, S.D., Friday. The southeast South Dakota city is threatened by Missouri River flooding, a result of record rainfall across the northern Plains. (Nati Harnik/Associated Press)

LOW WATER LOW WATER: A fishing boat sat abandoned on the bottom of the dried-up Poyang Lake, a vast wetland turned dry by China’s worst drought in decades, in Xingzi, Jiangxi Province, China, Thursday. (Eugene Hoshiko/Associated Press)

MANGO MANIA MANGO MANIA: A laborer carried a basket of mangoes at a wholesale mango market in Bangalore, India, Friday. India recognizes mango as its national fruit and is the world’s largest mango producer, growing about 13 million tons each year. (Aijaz Rahi/Associated Press)

THAILAND ARRESTS THAILAND ARRESTS: People accused of crimes wore handcuffs at a news conference in Bangkok Friday. Metroplitan police arrested 1,752 suspects in criminal cases between May 30 and June 3. (Sukree Sukplang/Reuters)

ON TO THE NEXT ROUND ON TO THE NEXT ROUND: As a ballboy scrambled into place, Spain’s Rafael Nadal, in background, reacted after a point to Britain’s Andy Murray during their men’s semi-final match in the French Open tennis championship at the Roland Garros stadium in Paris Friday. Nadal won the match 6-4, 7-5, 6-4. (Jacques Demarthon/AFP/Getty Images)

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