Maya, shown with her newborn, Kip, had to use her wits to rise above her lowly station in the social hierarchy of her group of macaque monkeys. Jeff Wilson/Disney hide caption

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Mother and infant Bouvier's red colobus monkeys in a first-ever photograph of the primate taken in the Democratic Republic of Congo. The species was thought to have gone extinct in the 1970s. Lieven Devreese and Gaël Elie Gnondo Gobolo/Ntokou-Pikounda National Park, DRC hide caption

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The mountain lion known as P-22 is seen in a photo from November after recovering from mange. He has been living in Griffith Park since at least February 2012. Courtesy of the National Park Service hide caption

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In Gaza, all hermaphroditic goats will go to heaven. On Sunday, authorities ordered the slaughter of this animal — which had male sex organs and udders — lest people mistakenly believe that its milk had special powers. And if another hermaphrodite goat turns up, it too will face the knife. Emily Harris/NPR hide caption

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An undated file photo provided by the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources of a northern long-eared bat. A fungal disease has devastated the species, now listed as threatened. AP hide caption

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Cholita, an Andean bear, was abused in a circus in Peru and is now in a small zoo. An animal welfare group has now received permission to take Cholita to a wildlife sanctuary in Colorado, along with more than 30 former circus lions. Courtesy of Animal Defenders International hide caption

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Primatologist Isabel Behncke Izquierdo says play helps to foster creativity, trust, and cooperation. James Duncan Davidson/Courtesy of TED hide caption

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