The best photos of this week-Amazing Photographs

Badal, a 19-year-old lion who died of natural causes, is prepared for cremation at the Van Vihar National Park. The park, which is managed as a zoo, rescued Badal from the circus in 2006. 
Wild Asiatic lions, a subspecies of the African lion, are today found only in India’s Gir Forest. The population is approximately 250 and considered critically endangered, according to the IUCN. Efforts are underway to establish a second population.

A baby lion that was regularly fed the tainted milk at the center of China’s most recent food scare is examined for kidney stones.Melamine, a chemical used to make plastics and fertilizer, has been found in infant formula and other milk products from 22 Chinese dairy companies, the Associated Press reported Tuesday. The chemical masks protein deficiency in watered-down milk.More than 54,000 infants have been sickened by the tainted milk, four died.

A port worker carries a piracuru, the largest freshwater fish in South America, which was confiscated from smugglers who were attempting to transport 66 of the giants to a market, according to Reuters. 
Fishing for piracuru, which can reach more than ten-feet (three-meters) long and top the scales at 330 pounds (150 kilograms), is prohibited in the wild in Brazil. Farmed fish, however, are allowed. The meat is considered a delicacy.


10.0? A pig lands in a pool of water during the rip-snorting good time Pig Racing and Diving Show at the 2008 Royal Melbourne Show, an agricultural fair. The flying pigs are a top draw at the annual spectacle, which attracts about 500,000 visitors over 11 days. 
Other popular events include snake handling lessons, a horse show, and the opportunity to get up close and personal with cows, sheep, and goats in the livestock pavilion. 


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