2014 was a good year for NaturZoo Rheine in Germany: last year a total of three Lion-tailed Macaques, an Endangered species, were born at the zoo. The two most recent are half-siblings, born on November 10 and December 14. Both mothers, one of which is a first-time mom, have been taking good care of their babies, and now the two half-sibs are starting to get to know each other.
Bhutanitis lidderdalii | This amazing insect, also know as the Bhutan Glory, is a member of the swallowtail family. Those beautiful hindwing tails are typical of many members of the group, although the Bhutan Glory is considerably more exotic-looking than most swallowtails. It's thought that the bright, flapping hind wings draw the attention of predators, leading them to strike at the tails. The butterfly can survive quite well without the ends of its wings.