Photo: Jochen Luebke

Itty bitty micro-pigs

Two micro-piglets from a litter of five munch on grass next to their mother at Germany's Hanover Zoo in Lower Saxony on Sept. 23. Micro-pigs are small domestic pigs that were first selectively bred for medical research purposes. A full-grown micro-pig generally does not weigh more than 150 pounds, making it a popular choice as an offbeat house pet.

 

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Bolivia's riot police arrest an injured indigenous demonstrator who participated in the TIPNIS protest march in Yucumo, Bolivia on Sept. 27.

Photo: Max Toranzos

Fighting for their territory

Bolivia's riot police arrest an injured indigenous demonstrator who participated in the TIPNIS protest march on Sept. 27 in Yucumo, Bolivia. TIPNIS is a national park and a territory governed by the indigenous population of Bolivia. The demonstration was a protest against the construction of a highway that would pass through the middle of the TIPNIS land.

 

Hollywood actor Antonio Banderas talks with a fluffy white and gray cat before a press event at the Ritz Carlton in Moscow, Russia on Sept. 26.

Photo: Stas Vladimiror/Kommersant

Swashbuckling feline movie

Hollywood actor Antonio Banderas talks with a fluffy white-and-gray cat before a press event on Sept. 26 at the Ritz Carlton in Moscow. Bandaras and the cats were promoting his new movie, "Puss in Boots 3D," which is slated to be released in early November.

 

A tiny green hummingbird, individually wrapped in cloth and tape by a Dutch traveler trying to smuggle them out of French Guiana

Photo: ZUMA Press

Hummingbird smuggling scheme

A tiny green hummingbird, wrapped in cloth and tape by a Dutch traveler trying to smuggle birds out of French Guiana, is one of a dozen hummingbirds rescued on Sept. 27 at the Rochambeau Airport in Cayenne, French Guiana. The birds had been stowed in a special pouch sewn into the pants of the smuggler.

 

As autumn and winter squash season kicks into full gear, farmers load hundreds of pumpkins onto a harvest wagon in Grossgruendlach near Nuremberg, Germany on Sept. 27.

Photo: Daniel Karmann

Pumpkin season commences

As autumn kicks into high gear, farmers load hundreds of pumpkins onto a harvest wagon in Grossgruendlach near Nuremberg, Germany, on Sept. 27.

 

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A wind turbine spins as a man walks through a corn field at the first Wind Farm in Cerro de Hula, Honduras, on Sept. 27.

Photo: ZUMA Press

Wind power in Honduras

A wind turbine spins as a man walks through a corn field on Sept. 27 at the first wind farm in Cerro de Hula, Honduras. The farm is expected to produce about 102 megawatts per year.

 

A Palestinian farmer inspects the broken branches of his olive trees in the northern West Bank village of Qusra on Sept. 25.

Photo: ZUMA Press

The opposite of extending an olive branch

A Palestinian farmer inspects the broken branches of his olive trees on Sept. 25 in the northern West Bank village of Qusra. As tensions have risen between Palestinian natives and hardline Israeli settlers, hundreds of olive trees have been found uprooted or torn apart in the village.

 

Two people bundle up in thick blankets and sit on the side of a snow-covered road

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Stranded in the cold

Two people bundle up in thick blankets and sit on the side of a snow-covered road after a bus accident stranded 41 passengers on a cold highway in China's Xinghai province on Sept. 28.

 

 

A super macro photo of a bumble bee, taken in Castellon, Spain on Sept. 26, displays exquisite detail of the insect's facial features.

Photo: ZUMA Press

Ready for its close-up

A super macro photo of a bumble bee, taken in Castellon, Spain, on Sept. 26, displays exquisite detail of the insect's facial features. Bumble bees are social insects that are characterised by black-and-yellow body hairs, usually arranged in bands. However, some species have orange or red hairs on their bodies, or sometimes they are entirely black.

 

A zookeeper holds a tiny common squirrel monkey at the Xiangjiang Wildlife World Park in Guangzhou, China on Sept. 28.

Photo: ZUMA Press

Squirrel monkey cuddling

A zookeeper holds a tiny common squirrel monkey at the Xiangjiang Wildlife World Park in Guangzhou, China, on Sept. 28. Squirrel monkeys are native to the Amazon Basin in South America and usually live in bands ranging in size from 10 to 100.

 

Morning dew clings to a spider web attached to a plant in Storkow, Germany on Sept. 26.

Photo: Patrick Pleul

Spiderweb dew

Morning dew clings to a spider web attached to a plant in Storkow, Germany, on Sept. 26. The sight is a temporary one; as the sun rises over the sky, the dew droplets will evaporate.

 

Wild blue flowers bloom as tourists snap photos in the distance at Potatso National Park in Shangri-La County, China.

Photo: ZUMA Press

Shangri-La flowers

Wild blue flowers bloom as tourists snap photos in the distance at Potatso National Park in Shangri-La County, China. Opened to the public in 2007, Potatso National Park is China's first national park to meet standards set by the International Union for Conservation of Nature.

 

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