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Alexander Demianchuk

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In this post, featuring images from the last quarter of 2011, we remember a tumultuous year of change across the globe, the capture of Khadafi, the 10th anniversary of the attacks on the World Trade Center, the passing of Apple icon Steve Jobs, fire, famine, flood and protests. A memorable year, indeed. -- Paula Nelson -- Please see part 1 and part 2 from earlier. (EDITOR'S NOTE: We will not post a Big Picture on Monday, December 26, due to the Christmas Holiday ) (51 photos total)
A defaced portrait of fugitive Libyan leader Moamer Kadhafi in Tripoli on Sept. 1, 2011 as the fallen strongman vowed again not to surrender in a message broadcast on the 42nd anniversary of the coup which brought him to power. (Patrick Baz/AFP/Getty Images)

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PLEDGING ALLEGIANCE: Cadets of St. Petersburg naval technical college took part in a loyalty oath ceremony in St. Petersburg, Russia, Friday. (Alexander Demianchuk/Reuters)

PANNING FOR GOLD: A villager collected sludge that may contain gold, leaking from the pipelines belonging to U.S. Freeport McMoRan Copper & Gold mining, in Kwanki Lama village, Indonesia, on Friday. (Muhammad Yamin/Reuters)

BOXED IN: An Occupy Wall Street protester painted slogans on a box at Zuccotti Park in New York City on Thursday. (Deng Jian/Xinhua/Zuma Press)

AFTER THE STORM: A Filipino boy sat on the roof of a destroyed shanty in Navotas city, north of Manila, Philippines, on Friday. Late last month, the country was struck by Typhoons Nesat and Nalgae. (Francis R. Malasig/EPA)

MAMA BIRD: A hen attacked a stray dog that got too close to her sick chick, on the outskirts of Kathmandu, Nepal, Friday. (Narendra Shrestha/EPA)

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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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