Photos: Animal shots of the week

Killer whale sightings, dogs braving the snow, a two-headed snake and new zoo additions-it's all in this week's animal gallery.

Animal shots of the week

Animal shots of the week

This photo provided by Captain Dave's Dolphin and Whale watching Safari shows the first pods this season of killer whales in Dana Point off the coast off Newport Beach, Calif. Boat Capt. Tom Southern said Saturday's spotting was rare, and the 15 killer whales included a large male and a litt…

Animal shots of the week

Animal shots of the week

Griffey, a French bulldog, plays in the outfield during "Dog Day at the Park" as the San Diego Padres play the Texas Rangers in an exhibition spring training baseball game Saturday, March 9, 2013, in Peoria, Ariz. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)

Animal shots of the week

Animal shots of the week

Houston Hardy made sure to bundle up his dog Amor before taking her out for a walk, Tuesday, March 5, 2013, along South Second Street in Elkhart, Ind. The National Weather Service called for 4 to 7 inches of snow through Tuesday evening with winds up to 15 to 20 mph throughout much of Northe…

Animal shots of the week

Animal shots of the week

Four-time Iditarod champion Martin Buser drives his dog team up the wind-swept Yukon River as he nears Kaltag, Alaska, on Saturday, March 9, 2013. (Bill Roth/Anchorage Daily News/MCT)

Animal shots of the week

Animal shots of the week

This photo provided by the Cincinnati Zoo on Friday, March 1, 2013, shows Ron Evans, Primate Center Team Leader at the zoo, stretchiing a baby gorilla named Gladys the way a mother Western Lowland Gorilla would with her young. The baby gorilla was born Jan. 29 at a Texas zoo to a first-time …

Animal shots of the week

Animal shots of the week

A California brown pelican flies over Anacapa Island during a tour given by the National Park Service to show the success of a rat eradication program on Thursday, March 7, 2013. The rats were killed to save rare sea birds, and officials are declaring victory. (Anne Cusack/Los Angeles Times/MCT)

Animal shots of the week

Animal shots of the week

Stephanie Sage offers a treat to Hugo, a camel she's caring for who went out for a short adventure a day ago, Monday, March 4, 2013 in Yelm, Wash. Hugo set out on his own and wandered off on Sunday. After a 911 call was placed, the camel was quickly found close to his Danico Lane abode by hi…

Animal shots of the week

Animal shots of the week

In this April 17, 2009 file photo, polar bears, Bill, right, and Lara, react each other at their first meeting at the Zoom Erlebniswelt Zoo in Gelsenkirchen, Germany. Elephants, rhinos, sharks and manta rays are among the animals that could be getting more international protection at the tri…

Animal shots of the week

Animal shots of the week

Three 2-month old Oriental Pied Hornbills are displayed at the Jurong Bird Park's Breeding and Research Center in Singapore, Friday March 8, 2013. These three birds were hatched after successful artificial incubation at the bird park when their eggs were rescued on an off-shore island in Sin…

Animal shots of the week

Animal shots of the week

One month-old endangered Bornean Orang Utan sleeps on his mother named Miri on Wednesday, March 6, 2013, in Singapore. The Singapore Zoo is renowned for its flagship animal, the Orang Utan, and exhibits both the endangered Bornean and critically endangered Sumatran sub-species in a social se…

Animal shots of the week

Animal shots of the week

Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick holds two male black bear cubs being evaluated and weighed by the state Division of Fisheries and Wildlife Monday, March 4, 2013, in Conway, Mass. The cubs' mother was sedated and examined before all three were returned to their den. The agency began its stud…

Animal shots of the week

Animal shots of the week

This Feb. 19, 2013 photo provided by the Lincoln Park Zoo in Chicago shows a Moholi bushbaby that was born at the zoo in January and has recently ventured from its nest. The tiny primate weighed just 0.3 ounces when it was born. The primates, native to Southern Africa, are very rare in zoos.…

Animal shots of the week

Animal shots of the week

In this photo provided by the Florida Keys News Bureau, Bill Ochse, 76, blows a conch shell while holding his dog Riley after learning he had won the men's division of the 51st annual Conch Shell Blowing Contest Saturday, March 2, 2013, in Key West, Fla. Ochse, a visitor from Ocean City, Md.…

Animal shots of the week

Animal shots of the week

Morgan Cabral, 8, holds a stuffed tiger toy as he takes a tour at Project Survival's Cat Haven in Fresno, Calif., Sunday, March 10, 2013. At left is a jaguar. The California animal sanctuary where an African lion killed a 24-year-old intern reopened to the public Sunday with the support of t…

Animal shots of the week

Animal shots of the week

Young Malayan tapir (Tapirus indicus) stands in a pool in its enclosure in ' in the zoo in Leipzig, Germany, Sunday March 10, 2013. The tapir was born on Feb. 9 and has no name yet. (AP Photo/Jens Meyer)

Animal shots of the week

Animal shots of the week

A young Malayan male tapir (Tapirus indicus) stands in the enclosure in the zoo in Leipzig, Germany, Sunday March 10, 2013. The tapir was born on Feb. 9 and has no name yet. (AP Photo/Jens Meyer)

Animal shots of the week

Animal shots of the week

A mahout dusts an asiatic elephant inside the Kaziranga national park, about 250 kilometers (156 miles) east of Gauhati, India, Saturday, March 9, 2013. The wildlife reserve provides refuge to more than 2,200 endangered Indian one-horned rhinoceros, in the northeastern Indian state of Assam.…

Animal shots of the week

Animal shots of the week

Deer rest at the Kaziranga national park, east of Gauhati, India, Saturday, March 9, 2013. The wildlife reserve provides refuge to more than 2,200 endangered Indian one-horned rhinoceros, in the northeastern Indian state of Assam. (AP Photo/Anupam Nath)

Animal shots of the week

Animal shots of the week

Eva Longoria kicks-off the SHEBA. Feed your passion. Contest, in which cat lovers can enter for the chance to have the SHEBA brand help feed one of their passions in a big way, Thursday, March 7, 2013, in New York. (Photo by Diane Bondareff/Invision for SHEBA/AP Images)

Animal shots of the week

Animal shots of the week

In this photo provided by veterinarian Brittney Barton, Skinny the cat reclines in Barton's Dallas home Friday, March 8, 2013. The obese stray cat found wandering six months ago near Dallas has slimmed down from 41 to 34 pounds and has been adopted by the Barton, who has been overseeing his …

Animal shots of the week

Animal shots of the week

Caroline Kim, daughter of social media expert Peter Kim, leads her dog, Max, through an agility course during Purina Pro Plan Bark by Bark West, Saturday, March 9, 2013, in Austin, Texas. The event was held to demonstrate the great potential in all dogs through training techniques and nutrit…

Animal shots of the week

Animal shots of the week

Pro Plan Performance Team member Melissa Heeter throws a disc for her dog, Faith, during Purina Pro Plan Bark by Bark West, Saturday, March 9, 2013, in Austin, Texas. The event was held to demonstrate the great potential in all dogs through training techniques and nutritional information fea…

Animal shots of the week

Animal shots of the week

A rare two-headed Californian Kingsnake on exhibition at the Moscow Zoo in Moscow, Russia, Thursday, March 7, 2013. Zoo officials said that the occurrence of two-headed snakes are one in a million and they usually don't survive in the wild. (AP Photo/Misha Japaridze)

Animal shots of the week

Animal shots of the week

This undated photo provided by the Oregon Coast Aquarium shows a northern sea otter, rescued in Alaska as a pup, who died Wednesday, March 6, 2013 at the aquarium at age 14. Officials at the Oregon Coast Aquarium in Newport say cutting edge surgery performed on a northern sea otter from Alas…

Animal shots of the week

Animal shots of the week

A cat seen with a referee during an international competition in Belgrade, Serbia, Sunday, March 10, 2013. About 100 cats are entered into the two day competition. (AP Photo/Darko Vojinovic)

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