Flamingos enjoyed their safe haven. Orangutans were returned to the wild. A bear was moved to safety. And one otter opened a Christmas present. Those were among the highlights of animals in the past week.
Swans in the lake of Caprolace in Latina, Italy on Dec. 12.
A gorilla pictured in its enclosure in Madrid Zoo on Dec. 10.
A giant panda bear is lying on the grass in the Madrid Zoo on Dec. 10.
A Sumatran orangutan sits in a cage Dec. 17 before being repatriated from Thailand to Indonesia after having been smuggled into the kingdom.
A drone photo shows a view from the Gediz River Delta in western Turkey on Dec. 17. The delta hosts about 80,000 birds in winter and provides shelter for 10% of the world's flamingo population.
An otter digs inside a Christmas present to retrieve fishy treats as part of an enrichment program at Wildwood Escot Park in Ottery St Mary, England.
An owl is seen as raptors are released on Dec. 12 to adapt to nature after rehabilitation treatments in Van, Turkey.
A red fox is seen trying to hunt in a snow-covered area on Dec. 12 in Kars, Turkey.
Royal Bengal Tigers are seen at the Central Zoo in Lalitpur, Nepal on Dec. 10.
A marine iguana is seen Dec. 16 at the Johnny Cay Regional Park, home to a wide variety of iguanas in San Andres Islands, Colombia.
A close-up view on Dec. 13 of a Sumatran owl that is part of a collection of protected animals at the Medan Zoo in North Sumatra, Indonesia.
A Himalayan brown bear named Bubloo is seen at the Marghazar Zoo in Islamabad on Dec. 16 prior to transport to a sanctuary in Jordan.