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Time once more for a look at the animal kingdom and our interactions with the countless species that share our planet. Today's photos include Iranian dog owners under pressure, a bloom of mayflies, Kim Jong-un visiting Breeding Station No. 621, animals fleeing recent fires and floods, and a dachshund receiving acupuncture therapy. 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, part of an ongoing series on animals in the news. [38 photos]

James Hyslop, a Scientific Specialist at Christie's auction house holds a complete sub-fossilised elephant bird egg on March 27, 2013 in London, England. The massive egg, from the now-extinct elephant bird sold for $101,813 at Christie's "Travel, Science and Natural History" sale, on April 24, 2013 in London. Elephant birds were wiped out several hundred years ago. The egg, laid on the island of Madagascar, is believed to date back before the 17th century. (Oli Scarff/Getty Images)     

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A couple's happy day made more memorable as fans descend on historic Lviv for their teams EURO 2012 qualifier and join in the celebrations, and both parties get into the spirit.

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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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RISING WATER RISING WATER: Li Dawu stood in a flooded building in Wuhan, China, Friday. More flooding across central China has killed 41 people, state media reported Friday, bringing the total killed in seasonal flooding this year to at least 95. (Zuma Press)

AMERICAN DREAM AMERICAN DREAM: Homeowners seeking to modify their mortgages spoke with loan servicers at the Neighborhood Assistance Corp. of America’s ‘Save-the-Dream Tour’ at the Colorado Convention Center in Denver Thursday. (Matthew Staver/Bloomberg)

MAN SHOT MAN SHOT: A still video image shows a man identified as Sarfaraz Shah, left, holding the barrel of a paramilitary Ranger’s weapon at a park in Karachi, Pakistan, shortly before he was shot dead Wednesday. The incident triggered fresh criticism of Pakistan’s human rights record and an unpopular government many say has failed to rein in the police and army, who seem to act with impunity. (Reuters)

HOT HORSE HOT HORSE: Master of Hounds got a cool breeze from a pair of fans as he rested in his stall Thursday at Belmont Park in Elmont, N.Y. Master of Hounds, trained in Ireland, is entered in Saturday’s Belmont Stakes. (Mark Lennihan/Associated Press)

GOING GREEN GOING GREEN: Aslam Hazrat, 63, carried a customer’s vegetables over his head at a wholesale fruit and vegetable market on the outskirts of Islamabad, Pakistan, Friday. (Muhammed Muheisen/Associated Press)

GETTING CLEAN? A man bathed in water from a broken water pipeline in a slum in the northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh Friday. (Parivartan Sharma/Reuters)

ARMS RAISED ARMS RAISED: Soldiers who joined sides with anti-regime protesters chanted slogans during a demonstration demanding the resignation of Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh in San’a Friday. Nearly 100,000 Yemenis protested Friday in a main square of the capital. (Ammar Awad/Reuters)

UNDER CONTROL UNDER CONTROL: A firefighter sprayed water over charred ground Friday after a blaze affecting over five square miles of Upton Heath was brought under control overnight near Poole in southwest England. (Stefan Wermuth/Reuters)

MORE PROTESTS MORE PROTESTS: A vegetable market worker stood beside a police cordon during a protest in front of the labor ministry in Athens Friday. (Yannis Behrakis/Reuters)

BITTER END BITTER END: Police investigators examined the scene near the body of disgraced Russian army colonel Yuri Budanov in Moscow Friday. Mr. Budanov, who was convicted of murdering a Chechen teenage girl in 2000, was gunned down in a brazen, contract-style killing. (Natalia Kolesnikova/AFP/Getty Images)

AIR HAZARD AIR HAZARD: Smoke and ash rose from the Puyehue volcano in Chile Friday. The volcano has been disrupting air traffic in South America for days. (Ivan Alvarado/Reuters)

TIED UP TIED UP: Fishing boats were tethered together at fisheries Friday in Karachi, Pakistan, because of a cyclone in the Arabian Sea. (Fareed Khan/Associated Press)

STUDENT PROTEST STUDENT PROTEST: A college student chanted slogans as he was detained after he and his fellow college students held a sudden demonstration to demand tuition fees cuts near the presidential Blue House in Seoul Friday. (Truth Leem/Reuters)

DEADLY DAY DEADLY DAY: A demonstrator ran during a street protest in Mogadishu, Somalia, Friday. An explosion in the home of Somalia’s interior minister killed him and the suspected bomber as violent demonstrations swept the capital. Security guards and soldiers opened fire on protesters, killing two. (Omar Faruk/Reuters)

ROSE-COLORED GLASSES ROSE-COLORED GLASSES: A man looked at an art installation titled “Sea Pink” during the Sculpture by the Sea exhibition in Aarhus, Denmark, Friday. (Darren Staples/Reuters)

BLUE MAN GROUP BLUE MAN GROUP: Anti-corruption demonstrators wearing blue costumes symbolizing the color of Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono’s ruling Democratic Party rested on a police truck during a protest outside the Corruption Eradication Commission in Jakarta, Indonesia, Friday. (Romeo Gacad/AFP/Getty Images)

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