Dispatch from the Razor's Edge, the Blog of Michael Stephen Fuchs
2009.10.20 : Some Better Animal Pictures, From The Telegraph Animal Pictures of the Week, Part I

"I am fond of pigs. Dogs look up to us. Cats look down on us. Pigs treat us as equals. "
- Winston Churchill

A nine-month-old three-legged cheetah named Lucky pops her head out of the window of her keeper's car in Namibia

Kevin Richardson swims with Meg the lion in the Crocodile River just south of the Magaliesburg mountains, near Johannesburg, South Africa

An unnamed penguin chick at the Living Coasts zoo in Torquay that has found solace in a stuffed toy after he was bullied by his bigger sibling

A ten-day-old emu chick walks next to its father at the Berlin zoo

A 100-day-old female panda cub named 'Lin Ping' is cared for by a veterinarian at Chiang Mai Zoo, northern Thailand

A dormouse snoozes through a census of dormice populations in woodland at Fyne Court, Somerset

A bold rabbit shares some food with Umqali the white rhino at Western Plains Zoo in Dubbo, Australi

Zohra, a one-year-old female African leopard, plays with its zoo keeper at Ghamadan zoo near Amman, Jordan

Vervet monkeys in Turtle Bay, St Kitts, have learned to raid beach bars in search of bottled drinks. Some only take soft drinks, while others drink alcohol. A small number have become alcoholic and will drink until they become totally drunk.

Chimpanzees wait to be fed at Burgers Zoo in Arnhem, The Netherlands

A Congolese Army soldier holds a baby chimpanzee while manning a checkpoint near the provincial capital of Goma

A puppy sleeps under a US soldier's hat and rifles in Baquba, Iraq

Surrogate mum Katjinga, an eight-year-old Rhodesian Ridgeback, looks after Paulinchen - a tiny pot-bellied pig

A herder feeds a buffalo its own milk before milking it on the outskirts of Amritsar, India. But it's all about the expression on the face of the cow on the right for us - we have a strange feeling we've seen this beast before…

A chicken and a dog cuddle up in Huaibei, China

Mali the hippopotamus eats into her birthday cake made of vegetables at a party to celebrate her 42nd birthday at Dusit Zoo in Bangkok, Thailand

Jeremy Martin, 14, from Hawaii watches Tofu the incredible surfing rat, whom he built a special foot long surfboard for

This heron was caught fishing by wildlife photographer Graham Hiscock at a pond in Bushy Park near Hampton Court Palace

Three ring-tailed lemurs play with a Halloween pumpkin at Hagenbeck zoo in Hamburg, Germany

Salome and her male youngster Komale, who will be two in December, eye up a pumpkin that arrived in the gorilla enclosure at Bristol Zoo Gardens for Halloween

A newborn female Bornean orangutan curls up with her mother, Sophia, at the Brookfield Zoo in Brookfield, Illinois

Pictured is baby marmoset monkey Wayne who was abandoned by his mother because she only had enough milk for two of his brothers. Staff at Knowsley Safari Park have stepped in to save him from starving to death

A monkey rides on the back of a US. Army soldier at combat outpost Dallas in the Kunar Province of eastern Afghanistan

Leon, a Californian sea lion, rests on a ball after his daily performance at a zoo in Nyiregyhaza, eastern Hungary

A hippopotamus sitting in a pond in its enclosure at Cologne Zoo, Germany

Miss Porky Pig flies through the air during the Pig Racing and Diving show at Melbourne Showgrounds

Jensen the Wombat plays with a blanket at the Warrandyte Wildlife Shelter, Victoria, Australia. He was found in his mother's pouch after she was killed by a car in Monbulk last May…

A zookeeper feeds milk to a newborn baby giraffe at the zoo of Duisburg, Germany

Baby rhinoceros Geraldine runs beside her mother Claudia at the Serengeti Safari park in the northern German village of Hodenhagen

A pig pokes his snout through the rails of its holding pen at the 61st Montgomery County Agricultural Fair in Gaithersburg, Maryland

Three-month-old tiger cub Kinwah with German shepherd dog Rumble who has taken on the role of protective older brother. They are pictured at Mogo Zoo in Australia where Kinwah was born

At the Wildlife Animal Park in southern Oregon, a couple of African Elephants, Alice and Tiki, will wash your car for a $20 donation

A cow stands on the Klausenpass mountain road in the Swiss Alps

A tourist nearly has her head bitten off by a hungry crocodile whilst on a tour in Costa Rica, South America

One of the fully grown Pygmy hedgehogs owned by Ashleigh Hunt, 20, of Northampton which are quickly becoming popular domestic pets in the UK.

A couple of micro pigs stand next to a cat. The pigs which grow to just 14" tall are the latest 'must have' pet and one can be yours for 700

A polar bear pokes his head into tourist ship after smelling lunch cooking, Svalbard, Arctic

Residents in an Exmoor village have to cover their wing mirrors because of a vain grey wagtail, who spends the whole day looking at himself and messing on their cars

A bear that was trapped in a skateboard park in the Colorado resort town of Snowmass climbs out on a ladder that was lowered into the park by officials

A newborn baby elephant at Whipsnade Zoo in Bedfordshire gets its tail trodden on by its mother

Polar bears Bill, right, and Lara react, at their first meeting at the Zoom Erlebniswelt zoo in Gelsenkirchen, Germany

A crow hitches a ride on a vulture in Soria, Spain

This cygnet joins up with her five other siblings for a free ride on their mum's back at Bicton Park Botanical Gardens in Devon

Three little pigs, only a couple of days old, have a nap at the zoo in Langenwolmsdorf near Stolpen, Saxony, eastern Germany

A lamb fitted with a tracking device at a farm in the north-west Highlands, as part of an experiment to see if lambs are falling prey to sea eagles [Ahh! - ed]

A five-week-old boar, named Manni, plays with a Jack Russell terrier called Candy in Ehringhausen, Germany

A Great White Shark breaches the surface as it hunts near Seal island, Cape Town. The shark was lured using a rubber decoy seal dragged behind a boat

Firefighter Eforrest Allmond hoses down an Asian elephant from Ringling Bros and Barnum & Bailey circus in Philadelphia

Barika, a female gorilla at the Calgary Zoo, holds a knife accidentally left in her enclosure by a keeper [Ahh! - ed]

A zoo official plays with a newborn male orangutan at Songkhla Zoo, southern Thailand

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Fuchs is the author of the novels The Manuscript and Pandora's Sisters, both published worldwide by Macmillan in hardback, paperback and all e-book formats (and in translation); the D-Boys series of high-tech, high-concept, spec-ops military adventure novels – D-Boys, Counter-Assault, and Close Quarters Battle (coming in 2016); and is co-author, with Glynn James, of the bestselling Arisen series of special-operations military ZA novels. The second nicest thing anyone has ever said about his work was: "Fuchs seems to operate on the narrative principle of 'when in doubt put in a firefight'." (Kirkus Reviews, more here.)

Fuchs was born in New York; schooled in Virginia (UVa); and later emigrated to the San Francisco Bay Area, where he lived through the dot-com boom. Subsequently he decamped for an extended period of tramping before finally rocking up in London, where he now makes his home. He does a lot of travel blogging, most recently of some very  long  walks around the British Isles. He's been writing and developing for the web since 1994 and shows no particularly hopeful signs of stopping.

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THE MANUSCRIPT by Michael Stephen Fuchs
PANDORA'S SISTERS by Michael Stephen Fuchs
D-BOYS by Michael Stephen Fuchs
COUNTER-ASSAULT by Michael Stephen Fuchs
ARISEN, Book One - Fortress Britain, by Glynn James & Michael Stephen Fuchs
ARISEN, Book Two - Mogadishu of the Dead, by Glynn James & Michael Stephen Fuchs
ARISEN : Genesis, by Michael Stephen Fuchs
ARISEN Book Three - Three Parts Dead, by Glynn James & Michael Stephen Fuchs
ARISEN Book Four - Maximum Violence, by Glynn James & Michael Stephen Fuchs
ARISEN Book Five - EXODUS, by Glynn James & Michael Stephen Fuchs
ARISEN Book Six - The Horizon, by Glynn James & Michael Stephen Fuchs
ARISEN, Book Seven - Death of Empires, by Glynn James & Michael Stephen Fuchs
ARISEN, Book Eight - Empire of the Dead by Glynn James & Michael Stephen Fuchs
ARISEN : NEMESIS by Michael Stephen Fuchs
ARISEN, Book Nine - Cataclysm by Michael Stephen Fuchs

ARISEN, Book Ten - The Flood by Michael Stephen Fuchs
ARISEN, Book Eleven - Deathmatch by Michael Stephen Fuchs
ARISEN, Book Twelve - Carnage by Michael Stephen Fuchs
ARISEN, Book Thirteen - The Siege by Michael Stephen Fuchs
ARISEN, Book Fourteen - Endgame by Michael Stephen Fuchs
ARISEN : Fickisms
ARISEN : Odyssey
ARISEN : Last Stand
ARISEN : Raiders, Volume 1 - The Collapse
ARISEN : Raiders, Volume 2 - Tribes
Black Squadron
ARISEN : Raiders, Volume 3 - Dead Men Walking
ARISEN : Raiders, Volume 4 - Duty
ARISEN : Raiders, Volume 5 - The Last Raid
ARISEN : Fickisms ][ – This Time, It's Personal
ARISEN : Operators, Volume I - The Fall of the Third Temple
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