Dispatch from the Razor's Edge, the Blog of Michael Stephen Fuchs
2009.10.21 : Some Better Animal Pictures, From The Telegraph Animal Pictures of the Week, Part II
Special Cross-Species Love Edition

"Adapt yourself to the environment in which your lot has been cast, and show true love to the fellow-mortals with whom destiny has surrounded you."
- Marcus Aurelius, Meditations

Newborn baby Tapir and his mother at Berlin Zoo, Germany

Two-month-old Bornean orang utan baby, Ah Meng Junior, hangs on to her mother, Anita at the Singapore Zoo

Two-year-old black Labrador, Bruce, a rescue dog from Dogs Trust, Glasgow, at Central Station in Glasgow, after he qualified as explosives search dog for the British Transport Police

A meerkat soaks up the sun's rays in its compound at Chorzow zoo, Poland

A tiger cub and a pig snoozing together at the Sriracha Tiger Zoo in Thailand

Five, an African elephant, dips a paint brush as it paints a picture at West Midlands Safari Park in Bewdley [see this video of an oil painting elephant, if you'd like to have to re-examine all your assumptions about the interior lives of animals - Ed]

Three rare golden snub-nosed monkeys, famed for their striking appearance with orange fur and bright blue faces, are seen at the Everland zoo in South Korea

Gorilla infant Kiburi sleeps on her mother Safiri's back, during sunny weather at the zoo, in Duisburg, Germany

Mavrick, a 14-month-old male Atlantic bottlenose dolphin, tries to go eye to eye with Akaasha, a six-month-old female Bengal tiger at Six Flags Discovery Kingdom in Vallejo, California…

…Mavrick blows a mass of bubbles while checking out Akaasha…

Polar bear Knut plays with a rubber chicken at the Berlin Zoo

Odin, a white Bengal tiger, dives for a piece of meat at the opening of the new Odin's Temple of the Tiger exhibit at Six Flags Discovery Kingdom in Vallejo, California

A Belfast Zoo employee applies moisturiser to one of the zoo's elephants to improve its dry skin condition

Three giraffes at Sydney's Taronga Zoo eye up a carrot given to them by a visitor…

A baby pelican and a dachshund who have reportedly become friends in Germany

A vicious swan nicknamed 'Mr Asbo' which has been terrifying Cambridge University rowers on the River Cam. ["Just fuck off out of it!" - Mr Asbo / So much for cross-species love - Ed]

A green anaconda suffocates and then eats a common caiman in the Lianos National Park of Venezuela [Ditto - Ed]

Louis, Hedley and Dorothy, a ring-tailed lemur family at the Spring River Zoo in Roswell, New Mexico, examine and nibble upon an old cardboard box that had blown into their cage

A Linne's two-toed sloth and a Malayan flying fox hang around in the Fragile Forest environment at Singapore Zoo

A macaque dives into a private swimming pool, despite the clearly marked 'no diving' sign, in Sri Lanka

Penguins playing with bubbles at the Melbourne Aquarium in Australia

An orangutan anmed Daisy is covered with a sheet as she lays in her enclosure in the zoo in Dresden, Germany

A miniature horse looks over a stable door along with Elsa the St Bernard who lives with the little horses in Scorrier, Cornwall

…Santisak Dulapitak has been training his animals such as this water dragon to appear in advertisements and movies for more than two decades

A two-year-old iguana holds a toy guitar as she poses in a chair during training by her owner on the outskirts of Bangkok

With their own personal shower apparatus at their disposal, Thai elephants are well placed to look after themselves and fellow mammals when the going gets hot, as it did at Dusit zoo in Bangkok…

Alan Smith, with his four-year-old Jack Russell Kody, who doubles as a sled dog, pulling Alan's wheelchair around the streets of Clifton, Nottingham

A fish gasps as it is squeezed firmly in the sharp beak of a kingfisher, in this picture taken by wildlife photographer Ilia Shalamaev, from Israel

Covering 100 metres in 6.13 seconds, Sarah the cheetah set a new speed record for all land mammals in Cincinnati, Ohio

A young cheetah and a gazelle examine each other at the Marwell Zoo in Hampshire. In the wild the Dama gazelle would flee at the first whiff of the lightning fast predator but with a chain link fence the two have become friends, say keepers

Allison the green sea turtle can now swim in a straight line - thanks to her very own shark fin. The turtle lost three of her four flippers in a shark attack in 2005

Sadie the colobus monkey looks after her first baby, named Darby, at Denver Zoo, Colorado [resemblance? - Ed]

A stray monkey eats ice-cream at the national zoological park in New Delhi, India

Lemurs warm themselves in front of an electric heater at a zoo in Japan

Orphaned lamb, Jack Frost, is having to wear a woolly jumper to keep warm during the current cold spell. The lamb was born on January 1 and given to Manor Farm Country Park near Southampton, Hampshire

A highly trained rat sniffs out landmines in Mozambique

Baby golden-headed lion tamarins hold on to their mother as their father looks on in their enclosure in Tropicarium zoo in Budapest, Hungary

Frankie the cat with some of the 35 teddies and plush toys that his owner believes he has stolen from other people's homes in Swindon [Cats! - ed]

A farmer walks with a pig in Changbai, Jilin province, China

A squirrel joined Melissa Brandts' snapshot at Lake Minnewanka in Banff National Park, Canada. The couple, who were exploring the lake had stopped to take a timed picture of themselves by its picturesque shoreline [The best part is how the auto-focus shifted to the squirrel; classic - Ed]

Three lion cubs feed on the milk of a dog after their mother abandoned them after birth, at the Safari Park in Hefei, China

Eight-month-old orphan elephant Themba, whose name means 'hope' in Xhosa, who has struck up a friendship with a sheep called Albert at the Shamwari Game Reserve in South Africa

A newly born Madagascar lemur, Propithecus coronatus, named Tahina, at Besancon Zoo, eastern France…

…Tahina, is one of only 17 Madagascar lemurs living in captivity worldwide

A young elk rescued from a flooding river by a farmer in Inje, Gangwon Province, South Korea. It was adopted by a female dog that breastfeeds and guards him

A mother dog nurses two red panda cubs who were abandoned by their mother soon after they were born, at a zoo in Taiyuan, China

Two little orphaned wallabies become best of friends at Emerald Monbulk Wildlife Shelter, Melbourne, Australia…

…and play-fighting

Leo the Lamb meets one of his new friends, Alice the kitten, at Lort Smith Animal Hospital, Melbourne. The stray lamb turned up unexpectedly at the inner-city animal hospital

Digger the Owl and Spike the duckling have become inseparable, both six-week-old chicks seem quackers for each other

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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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