Amazing animal photos captured in 2018

Cheetah mother Isantya looks at her three babies at their enclosure at the zoo in Muenster, Germany on Nov. 9, 2018. The triplets were born on Oct. 4, 2018, (Photo: Martin Meissner/AP)
Cheetah mother Isantya looks at her three babies at their enclosure at the zoo in Muenster, Germany on Nov. 9, 2018. The triplets were born on Oct. 4, 2018, (Photo: Martin Meissner/AP)

The best animal photographs captured this year are by turns arresting, charming and inspiring. Images of a cheetah and her three babies at their enclosure at the zoo in Germany; a black-capped squirrel monkey looking into a broadcast crew’s camera and lens at London Zoo; and a man and his kitten, Survivor, being rescued from floodwaters after Hurricane Florence were all captivating for their own reasons and rank among the best animal pictures of 2018. (Yahoo News)

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A black-capped squirrel monkey looks into a broadcast crews camera and lens at London Zoo in London in June 2018. (Photo: Toby Melville/Reuters)
A black-capped squirrel monkey looks into a broadcast crews camera and lens at London Zoo in London in June 2018. (Photo: Toby Melville/Reuters)
Robert Simmons Jr. and his kitten, Survivor, are rescued from floodwaters after Hurricane Florence dumped several inches of rain overnight, on Sept. 14, 2018, in New Bern, N.C. (Photo: Andrew Carter/The News & Observer via AP)
Robert Simmons Jr. and his kitten, Survivor, are rescued from floodwaters after Hurricane Florence dumped several inches of rain overnight, on Sept. 14, 2018, in New Bern, N.C. (Photo: Andrew Carter/The News & Observer via AP)
A herd of some 120 buffaloes are driven in Kiskunsag National Park from their winter habitat in Szabadszallas to the animal farm of Fulop Szallas, south of Budapest, Hungary, on Jan. 4, 2018. (Photo: Sandor Ujvari/MTI via AP)
A herd of some 120 buffaloes are driven in Kiskunsag National Park from their winter habitat in Szabadszallas to the animal farm of Fulop Szallas, south of Budapest, Hungary, on Jan. 4, 2018. (Photo: Sandor Ujvari/MTI via AP)
Guanacos sit together during a signing ceremony in Patagonia Park, Chile, Jan. 29, 2018. Chilean President Michelle Bachelet signed decrees Monday creating vast new national parks using lands donated by U.S. conservation organization Tompkins Conservation. (Photo: Esteban Felix/AP)
Guanacos sit together during a signing ceremony in Patagonia Park, Chile, Jan. 29, 2018. Chilean President Michelle Bachelet signed decrees Monday creating vast new national parks using lands donated by U.S. conservation organization Tompkins Conservation. (Photo: Esteban Felix/AP)
Elephant named Anchali lifts a Christmas tree at the zoo in Berlin on Jan. 2, 2018. Every year, discarded Christmas trees are offered to the elephants as snacks. (Photo: Michael Sohn/AP)
Elephant named Anchali lifts a Christmas tree at the zoo in Berlin on Jan. 2, 2018. Every year, discarded Christmas trees are offered to the elephants as snacks. (Photo: Michael Sohn/AP)
Three Iceland horses put their heads together in their paddock in Wehrheim, Germany, Jan. 16, 2018. (Photo: Michael Probst/AP)
Three Iceland horses put their heads together in their paddock in Wehrheim, Germany, Jan. 16, 2018. (Photo: Michael Probst/AP)
A freshly hatched chick rests after its efforts to break out of its eggshell in the zoo in Frankfurt, Germany, Jan. 23, 2018. (Photo: Michael Probst/AP)
A freshly hatched chick rests after its efforts to break out of its eggshell in the zoo in Frankfurt, Germany, Jan. 23, 2018. (Photo: Michael Probst/AP)
Several female Gelada baboons, also known as bleeding-heart baboons, cuddle together with their young ones to keep warm at the Wilhelma zoo in Stuttgart, Germany, on Jan 3, 2018. (Photo: Sebastian Gollnow/dpa via AP)
Several female Gelada baboons, also known as bleeding-heart baboons, cuddle together with their young ones to keep warm at the Wilhelma zoo in Stuttgart, Germany, on Jan 3, 2018. (Photo: Sebastian Gollnow/dpa via AP)
Keeper Zachariah Mutai attends to Fatu, one of only two female northern white rhinos left in the world, at the Ol Pejeta Conservancy in Laikipia county in Kenya on March 2, 2018. (Photo: Sunday Alamba/AP)
Keeper Zachariah Mutai attends to Fatu, one of only two female northern white rhinos left in the world, at the Ol Pejeta Conservancy in Laikipia county in Kenya on March 2, 2018. (Photo: Sunday Alamba/AP)
A squirrel eats grain from a bird feeder in Lazienki park on a cold sunny day in Warsaw, Poland, Feb. 28, 2018. (Photo: Alik Keplicz/AP)
A squirrel eats grain from a bird feeder in Lazienki park on a cold sunny day in Warsaw, Poland, Feb. 28, 2018. (Photo: Alik Keplicz/AP)
Sally Manikian, of Shelburne, N.H., gets a high-five as her Alaskan huskies charge from the start of the Irving Woodlands Can Am Crown 100-mile sled-dog race, March 3, 2018, in Fort Kent, Maine. (Photo: Robert F. Bukaty/AP)
Sally Manikian, of Shelburne, N.H., gets a high-five as her Alaskan huskies charge from the start of the Irving Woodlands Can Am Crown 100-mile sled-dog race, March 3, 2018, in Fort Kent, Maine. (Photo: Robert F. Bukaty/AP)
A zebra stands inside her enclosure at the eco-park in Buenos Aires, Argentina, on Aug. 7, 2018. The zoo was inaugurated in 1875 on what was then a quiet patch on the outskirts of Buenos Aires. (Photo: Natacha Pisarenko/AP)
A zebra stands inside her enclosure at the eco-park in Buenos Aires, Argentina, on Aug. 7, 2018. The zoo was inaugurated in 1875 on what was then a quiet patch on the outskirts of Buenos Aires. (Photo: Natacha Pisarenko/AP)
The little newborn wombat baby Apari sits in its mothers pouch at the zoo in Duisburg, Germany, on March 29, 2018. Its mother, Tinsel, was found in the pouch of her dead mother on a street in Australia and raised by zookeepers before she was brought to Germany. The zoo tried for 40 years in vain to breed a wombat, and the first, Apari, was born last week. (Photo: Martin Meissner/AP)
The little newborn wombat baby Apari sits in its mothers pouch at the zoo in Duisburg, Germany, on March 29, 2018. Its mother, Tinsel, was found in the pouch of her dead mother on a street in Australia and raised by zookeepers before she was brought to Germany. The zoo tried for 40 years in vain to breed a wombat, and the first, Apari, was born last week. (Photo: Martin Meissner/AP)
The female gorilla named Fatou eats a rice cake to celebrate her 61st birthday at the zoo in Berlin on April 13, 2018. According to zoo officials, Fatou, who is with another gorilla, Trudy, at a zoo in Little Rock, Ark., in the U.S., is one of the two oldest female gorillas in the world. Both are around 61 years old. (Photo: Markus Schreiber/AP)
The female gorilla named Fatou eats a rice cake to celebrate her 61st birthday at the zoo in Berlin on April 13, 2018. According to zoo officials, Fatou, who is with another gorilla, Trudy, at a zoo in Little Rock, Ark., in the U.S., is one of the two oldest female gorillas in the world. Both are around 61 years old. (Photo: Markus Schreiber/AP)
The little polar bear baby Nanook takes the first steps with her mother outside their cave at the compound at the zoo in Gelsenkirchen, Germany, on April 13, 2018. The cub was born last December and stayed inside with its mother, Lara, until today. (Photo: Martin Meissner/AP)
The little polar bear baby Nanook takes the first steps with her mother outside their cave at the compound at the zoo in Gelsenkirchen, Germany, on April 13, 2018. The cub was born last December and stayed inside with its mother, Lara, until today. (Photo: Martin Meissner/AP)
Three goslings walk in a meadow near the river Main in Frankfurt, Germany, on a sunny day in April. (Photo: Michael Probst/AP)
Three goslings walk in a meadow near the river Main in Frankfurt, Germany, on a sunny day in April. (Photo: Michael Probst/AP)
British shorthair cat Amber von der Feenlichtung waits during an international dog and cat exhibition in Erfurt, Germany, June 16, 2018. More than 4,000 dogs and100 cats and their owners from 21 countries take part at the exhibition and the competitions. (Photo: Jens Meyer/AP)
British shorthair cat Amber von der Feenlichtung waits during an international dog and cat exhibition in Erfurt, Germany, June 16, 2018. More than 4,000 dogs and100 cats and their owners from 21 countries take part at the exhibition and the competitions. (Photo: Jens Meyer/AP)
A zoo worker plays with a baby panda at Malaysia Zoo in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, May 26, 2018. The panda, born in a Malaysian zoo five months ago, was making her first media appearance. (Photo: Vincent Thian/AP)
A zoo worker plays with a baby panda at Malaysia Zoo in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, May 26, 2018. The panda, born in a Malaysian zoo five months ago, was making her first media appearance. (Photo: Vincent Thian/AP)
A puma cools off with an ice cube made with frozen meat juice at the Zoo of Vincennes in Paris on Aug, 2, 2018. Hot air from Africa brought a heatwave to Europe, prompting health warnings about Sahara Desert dust and exceptionally high temperatures that are forecast to peak at 116.6F in some southern areas. (Photo: Michel Euler/AP)
A puma cools off with an ice cube made with frozen meat juice at the Zoo of Vincennes in Paris on Aug, 2, 2018. Hot air from Africa brought a heatwave to Europe, prompting health warnings about Sahara Desert dust and exceptionally high temperatures that are forecast to peak at 116.6F in some southern areas. (Photo: Michel Euler/AP)
Two 4-month-old white lion cubs play at the Altiplano Zoo in Tlaxcala, Mexico, Aug. 7, 2018. Just over a dozen white lions remain in the wild, according to the Global While Lion Protection Trust, based in South Africa, though several hundred are in zoos around the world, including several in Mexico. (Photo: Rebecca Blackwell/AP)
Two 4-month-old white lion cubs play at the Altiplano Zoo in Tlaxcala, Mexico, Aug. 7, 2018. Just over a dozen white lions remain in the wild, according to the Global While Lion Protection Trust, based in South Africa, though several hundred are in zoos around the world, including several in Mexico. (Photo: Rebecca Blackwell/AP)
A jackass penguin dives in the zoo in Kronberg near Frankfurt, Germany, Aug.7, 2018. (Photo: Michael Probst/AP)
A jackass penguin dives in the zoo in Kronberg near Frankfurt, Germany, Aug.7, 2018. (Photo: Michael Probst/AP)
A penguin reacts with a zoo keeper as it stands on a scale for the zoo’s annual weigh-in in London, Aug. 23, 2018. Zookeepers regularly record the heights and weights of all the creatures at ZSL London Zoo to monitoring their well-being. (Photo: Frank Augstein/AP)
A penguin reacts with a zoo keeper as it stands on a scale for the zoo’s annual weigh-in in London, Aug. 23, 2018. Zookeepers regularly record the heights and weights of all the creatures at ZSL London Zoo to monitoring their well-being. (Photo: Frank Augstein/AP)
A Kyrgyz boy holds a golden eagle for an eagle hunt during the Third Nomad Games, in Cholpon-Ata, 156 miles from Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan, on Sept. 6, 2018,. The Central Asian nation of Kyrgyzstan held its biennial Nomad Games to promote and celebrate traditional sports of nomadic people. (Photo: Vladimir Voronin/AP)
A Kyrgyz boy holds a golden eagle for an eagle hunt during the Third Nomad Games, in Cholpon-Ata, 156 miles from Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan, on Sept. 6, 2018,. The Central Asian nation of Kyrgyzstan held its biennial Nomad Games to promote and celebrate traditional sports of nomadic people. (Photo: Vladimir Voronin/AP)
A 3-week-old female rhino walks in the Ramat Gan Safari Park near Tel Aviv, Israel, Sept. 17, 2018. The center’s spokeswoman, Sagit Horowitz, said this was the 30th birth of a rhinoceros in the safari park. (Photo: Ariel Schalit/AP)
A 3-week-old female rhino walks in the Ramat Gan Safari Park near Tel Aviv, Israel, Sept. 17, 2018. The center’s spokeswoman, Sagit Horowitz, said this was the 30th birth of a rhinoceros in the safari park. (Photo: Ariel Schalit/AP)
A shepherd tries to guide a flock of sheep that turned around as it was driven through central Madrid, Spain, Oct. 21, 2018. Shepherds guided sheep through the Madrid streets in defense of ancient grazing and migration rights increasingly threatened by urban sprawl and modern agricultural practices. (Photo: Paul White/AP)
A shepherd tries to guide a flock of sheep that turned around as it was driven through central Madrid, Spain, Oct. 21, 2018. Shepherds guided sheep through the Madrid streets in defense of ancient grazing and migration rights increasingly threatened by urban sprawl and modern agricultural practices. (Photo: Paul White/AP)
A polar bear blows bubbles as he dives in the water at its enclosure during warm late summer at the zoo in Gelsenkirchen, Germany, Oct. 16, 2018. (Photo: Martin Meissner/AP)
A polar bear blows bubbles as he dives in the water at its enclosure during warm late summer at the zoo in Gelsenkirchen, Germany, Oct. 16, 2018. (Photo: Martin Meissner/AP)
Clarita the Bengal tiger plays with one of her three cubs at the Huachipa Zoo on the outskirts of Lima, Peru, Oct. 30, 2018. (Photo: Martin Mejia/AP)
Clarita the Bengal tiger plays with one of her three cubs at the Huachipa Zoo on the outskirts of Lima, Peru, Oct. 30, 2018. (Photo: Martin Mejia/AP)
A dog yawns in the cab of a classic 1938 Ford, now used as a taxi, as it sits parked before the XIV rally of antique cars in Havana on Nov. 4, 2018. (Photo: Ramon Espinosa/AP)
A dog yawns in the cab of a classic 1938 Ford, now used as a taxi, as it sits parked before the XIV rally of antique cars in Havana on Nov. 4, 2018. (Photo: Ramon Espinosa/AP)
Flamingos search for food in a pond near Gan Shmuel, Israel, Nov. 8, 2018. Israel is a popular stopping point on the migration routes for more than 400 species of birds on their way to Africa and back to Europe during the year. (Photo: Ariel Schalit/AP)
Flamingos search for food in a pond near Gan Shmuel, Israel, Nov. 8, 2018. Israel is a popular stopping point on the migration routes for more than 400 species of birds on their way to Africa and back to Europe during the year. (Photo: Ariel Schalit/AP)
A British Blue cat is lit up by sunlight diffracted through an aquarium at an apartment in the Siberian city of Krasnoyarsk, Russia, July 8, 2018. (Photo: Ilya Naymushin/Reuters)
A British Blue cat is lit up by sunlight diffracted through an aquarium at an apartment in the Siberian city of Krasnoyarsk, Russia, July 8, 2018. (Photo: Ilya Naymushin/Reuters)
A lioness takes a swipe at Bhanu the Asiatic lion during an event to publicize World Lion Day at London Zoo in London on Aug. 9, 2018. (Photo: Toby Melville/Reuters)
A lioness takes a swipe at Bhanu the Asiatic lion during an event to publicize World Lion Day at London Zoo in London on Aug. 9, 2018. (Photo: Toby Melville/Reuters)
An Atlantic puffin flies with sand eels in its beak in the late evening light on the island of Skomer, Pembrokeshire, in Wales, Britain, on July 25, 2018. (Photo: Rebecca Naden/Reuters)
An Atlantic puffin flies with sand eels in its beak in the late evening light on the island of Skomer, Pembrokeshire, in Wales, Britain, on July 25, 2018. (Photo: Rebecca Naden/Reuters)

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