BlueDot Magazine looks back at the animals that made headlines last year. Take a look at some of these newsworthy animals and gain a better understanding of what those headlines are all about. This collection of photographs include falcons catching bait dangled from drones in Abu Dhabi, Sheriff’s Deputy crouches over a small owl , army of cats rules the remote island in southern Japan, a leopard with its head stuck in a pot in India, and much more. These images and many others are part of this roundup of animals in the news from last year, seen from the perspectives of their human observers, companions, captors, and caretakers.
Boulder County Sheriff’s Deputy Sophie Berman crouches over a small owl, making a brief video before the bird flew away, near Rainbow Lakes, outside Nederland, Colorado, on July 21, 2015. Berman came across the raptor on a dirt road as she patrolled the area.
A Russian-backed rebel, his feet on Ukraine’s flag, watches a small dog holding a can of food in its mouth in Debaltseve, Ukraine, on February 20, 2015
A leopard walks through a field after getting its head stuck in a pot in the Indian village of Sardul Kheda in the Rajasthan district of Rajsamand on September 30, 2015. The leopard spent between four and five hours wearing the pot, but was eventually freed after being tranquilized by the forestry department.
A falcon catches lure from a drone before returning to the ground with a small parachute on February 3, 2015, in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. Traditionally a way of obtaining food, falconry today has become more of a national sport and a rite of passage for many young Emirati men, who take their time to train their falcons, developing a relationship and deep bond with the birds. Groups of friends regularly come together in the evenings to meet and train their birds where the practice becomes more about camaraderie and sharing knowledge than subsistence.
A newborn chicken of Slovak breed Oravka, in a homemade incubator in Hviezdoslavov, on March 11, 2015. Oravka is one of the most famous national breeds suitable for harsh climatic conditions of northern Slovakia.
Pelusa and Huellas, paraplegic dogs in wheelchairs, play at Pescadores beach in Chorrillos, Lima, Peru, on September 7, 2015. Sara Moran has an animal shelter in Lima called Milagros Perrunos, where she cares for stray dogs and shelters dogs injured from traffic accidents or domestic abuses.
Dairy cows nuzzle a barn cat as they wait to be milked at a farm in Granby, Quebec, on July 26, 2015.
Dolphins swim in front of the German navy frigate ship Werra in the southern Mediterranean sea, on September 28, 2015. The frigate, part of the European external action service Eunavfor-Med, an EU naval operation against human smugglers in the Mediterranean, enables participants to board, search, seize, and divert vessels suspected of being used for human smuggling or trafficking on the high seas, in line with international law.
Several wild horses escape as a helicopter is used by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) to gather wild horses into a trap along Highway 21 near the Sulphur Herd Management Area south of Garrison, Utah, on February 26, 2015. According to the BLM, the range has 830 horses on land that is supposed to have only 250. Citing public safety concerns, 100 horses are being gathered after three confirmed automobile collisions with horses in the last year. The gathered horses will be made available for adoption through the BLM Wild Horse and Burro Adoption Program.
Cats crowd the harbor on Aoshima Island in the Ehime prefecture in southern Japan on February 25, 2015. An army of cats rules the remote island in southern Japan, curling up in abandoned houses or strutting about in a fishing village that is overrun with felines outnumbering humans six to one.
Child jockeys compete in a traditional horse race as part of the Moyo festival on September 15, 2015 in Sumbawa Island, West Nusa Tenggara, Indonesia. The horseback-racing tradition involves child jockeys aged 5-10 years riding bareback. For each race, the jockeys get paid around 50,000 rupiahs, or $5.
Omer, from Syria, carries his cat, Johnny, on his shoulders at a collection point for migrants in the village of Roszke, Hungary, on September 9, 2015.
The last photograph of Diesel, French police dog killed in anti-terror raid as French police hunt Paris attackers.