National Geographic has just announced its 2008 Best Wild Animal Photos of the Year . . . including beautiful, funny, breathtaking and disturbing photos. The world has so many wild, wonderful creatures in it — spend 3 minutes in the company of these strangers who haven’t spent any time at all in a cubicle.
WARNING: some of these pictures are upsetting.
“The outstanding scientific discovery of the twentieth century is not television, or radio, but rather the complexity of the land organism. The last word in ignorance is the man who says of an animal or plant: ‘What good is it?’ If the land mechanism as a whole is good, then every part is good, whether we understand it or not. If the biota, in the course of aeons, has built something we like but do not understand, then who but a fool would discard seemingly useless parts? To keep every cog and wheel is the first precaution of intelligent tinkering.” — Aldo Leopold, 1949