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16 don't-miss animal photos from July

By: Catie Leary on July 30, 2012, 6:11 p.m.
An elephant wades through water

Photo: Ishara S. Kodikara/AFP/Getty Imahges

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Wading elephant

A bird swoops past an elephant wading through a lake covered in lilies and grass on July 24 at Yala National Park in Colombo, Sri Lanka.

Due to poaching, habitat loss and geographic fragmentation, Sri Lankan elephants are endangered with only a few thousands individuals left.