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In Friday’s pictures, a young reveler gets ready for a parade in El Salvador, a Russian ballerina rests before a show in India, people try to salvage food from a flooded store in Brooklyn, and more.

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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 researchers dressed in panda costumes, a massage given by an African snail, a 39-pound cat named Meow, a Japanese macaque with hay fever, and orangutans having a playdate using FaceTime on an iPad. 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. [41 photos]

Polar bear cub Anori explores the outdoor enclosure at the zoo in Wuppertal, Germany, on Monday, April 23, 2012. Anori was born on January 4 and is becoming a visitor's highlight. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein)

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MARK OF FAITH: A Catholic man’s forehead was marked with ash for Ash Wednesday in San Salvador, El Salvador. (Jose Cabezas/Agence France-Presse/Getty Images)

LOOKING AFTER LOOTING: A man peered into a closed shop after it was looted by people who were protesting against the cost of living on the island of Réunion Wednesday. (Grondin Emmanuel/Maxppp/Zuma Press)

GUN READY: An Afghan police officer patrolled in Kabul as people gathered for another day Wednesday to demonstrate against the burning of Qurans at a U.S. military base in Afghanistan. At least seven people were killed and dozens injured in violent clashes in several cities. (Ahmad Masood/Reuters)

MONOCHROMATIC: Carnival revelers performed at the Sambadrome in Rio de Janeiro Tuesday. (Vanderlei Almeida/Agence France-Presse/Getty Images)

CENTRAL SPOT: A farmer fed buffaloes at a farm in Lahore, Pakistan, Wednesday. (Arif Ali/Agence France-Presse/Getty Images)

NEW POINT OF VIEW: Nepalese man Chandra Bahadur Dangi, 72 years old, flew to the capital, Katmandu, Wednesday. Guinness World Records representatives were going to measure Mr. Dangi, who claims to be the world’s shortest man at 22 inches tall. (Prakash Mathema/Agence France-Presse/Getty Images)

MANY MIRRORS: A man looked at mirrors displayed for sale outside a car-accessories shop in Rawalpindi, Pakistan, Wednesday. (Muhammed Muheisen/Associated Press)

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Around the world, the LGBT community celebrates in environments ranging from welcoming to tolerant to violently hostile. Many cities stage gay pride parades on or around June 28, the anniversary of New York's Stonewall Inn uprising in 1969 -- what many consider the beginning of the gay rights movement. New York enjoyed its parade this year on June 26, a celebration given added spirit with the legalization of gay marriage in New York state two days earlier. Some communities in the world still meet with resistance, with activists assaulted and arrested in Russian cities, and an Indian health minister describing homosexuality as a "disease" three days after the New Delhi pride parade on July 2. Collected here are photographs of people celebrating lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgendered pride around the world.

The Big Picture offers special thanks to Charles Meacham for making his photographs available. -- Lane Turner (43 photos total)

People take part in the gay pride parade on Istiklal Avenue in Istanbul on June 26, 2011. (Mustafa Ozer/AFP/Getty Images)

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