June 20, 2011 4:30 AM EDT

Whether cute and cuddly, wild or exotic, animals hold a fascination in all humans. BBC wildlife documentaries and National Geographic stories come to mind when recalling great animal imagery, but animal magic is not only confined to natural habitat—it extends to a life of domesticity or captivity, a life where constant surprises and intriguing photography of our furry and feathered friends can be found on a daily basis. In the first of an occasional series, LightBox presents a broad selection of recent news images that reveal the endless wonder of the animal kingdom.

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