ANIMAL PHOTOS WEEKLY: Hot Cranes, Baby Penguin, Gorillas, More

ANIMAL PHOTOS WEEKLY: Hot Cranes, Baby Penguin, Gorillas, More
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Sakhir, Bahrain, August 3, 2008—A black-crowned crane catches a drip of water from an air conditioning unit on an idling bus at the Al-Areen Wildlife Park.

Bahrain, a Persian Gulf island nation, is in the midst of a heat wave. This crane sought these drips as temperatures soared to 108°F (42°C).

The cranes are native to Africa. The International Union for the Conservation of Nature lists them as "near threatened" due to habitat loss, hunting, and the pet trade.

—John Roach
—Photograph by Hasan Jamali/AP
 
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