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These flamingos at the Dählhölzli Animal Park in Berne on 17th November 2016 are not shut inside this greenhouse to protect them from the cold, but from the bird flu. The reason for the quarantine are enhanced biosecurity requirements, according to which, certain bird species are to be safeguarded from any exposure to potentially contagious wild birds faeces.
Anthony Anex, Keystone
On 28th September 2016, a transport helicopter belonging to the the Swiss Air Force comes down on the Gotthard Pass. Both pilots of the Super-Puma are killed. The following day, experts in aircraft recovery, encased in white protective suits, collect the remains of the crashed helicopter. The cause of the accident was a collision with a power line.
Samuel Golay, Tipress, La Regione Ticino
It may not be white, but it is cold on 17th December 2016 in the Alpstein, Appenzellerland. The Seealpsee lake, which is situated at 1143 meters above sea level, is frozen solid and safe to walk on for the first time in ten years. Through the transparent black ice, you can see the dark lake floor – a natural spectacle which, on this Saturday, attracts hundreds of hikers, skaters and ice hockey players to this idyllic area.
Urs Bucher, Ostschweiz am Sonntag
Between the castle estate Pfäffikon and the island of Ufenau, both agricultural estates owned by Einsiedeln Abbey, lies a significant stretch of Lake Zurich. Every spring, seen here on 15th April 2016, tenant farmer Josef Häcki transports his cattle by barge, to graze them on the island. Come autumn, this method of animal transportation, unique within Switzerland, is repeated. The cows are completely unfazed during their ten minute voyage.
Stephan Rappo, Schweizer Familie
On 18th June 2016, at the Bishop’s Cup in St. Gall, thirty teams from all over the world compete at rugby. Rain transforms the competition into a wet and muddy affair. By the time the group phase is complete, two of the three pitches have become unplayable – however, the players’ motivation remains undaunted.
Urs Bucher, St. Galler Tagblatt
On skis fitted with caterpillar tracks, the competitors in grass-skiing race down the slope at the Swiss championships in Marbachegg, Lucerne, on 10th and 11th September 2016. The races being held are the Super-G, super-combination, slalom and giant slalom. To the audience’s delight, the Super-G is won by local Stefan Portmann, a member of the grass-skiing club Eschholzmatt-Marbach.
Karin Hofer, Neue Zürcher Zeitung
The civil war in Angola ended in 2002. The removal of mines from the severely contaminated lands continues into the present day. Many victims of mines are forced to craft prosthetics for themselves, using any materials they can lay their hands on, until such time when they can receive professional help in the hospital of the city of Huambo. The orthopaedic centre has built up this morbid collection in recent years, photographed on 14th October 2016.
Sébastien Anex, Le Matin
Members of the Ejercito Juvenil del Trabajo wait along the road to Santiago de Cuba at dawn for Fidel Castro’s caravan. Cuba declared nine days of mourning after Fidel Castro’s death, a period that culminated with his funeral.
© Tomas Munita, for The New York Times
A weathered barber shop in Old Havana, Cuba.
© Tomas Munita, for The New York Times
A man is treated with milk of magnesia after being pepper sprayed by police at the blockade on highway 1806. White people have joined the camps in large numbers, often standing in front of indigenous protestors to shield them with their bodies.
© Amber Bracken
A carpet of monarch butterflies covers the forest floor of El Rosario Butterfly Sanctuary, in Michoacán, Mexico, on 12 March, after a strong snow storm hit from 8 to 9 March, 2016. The storm hit the mountains of Central Mexico, creating havoc in the wintering colonies of monarch butterflies just as they were starting their migration back north to the USA and Canada. Climate change is creating an increase of these unusual weather events, representing one of the biggest challenges for these actually resilient insects during their hibernation.
© Jaime Rojo
Libyan fishermen throw a life jacket at a rubber boat full of migrants. Migrants are very often not given any life jackets or means of communication by their smugglers. More often than not they only have some water, food and not enough fuel to make it to Italy.
© Mathieu Willcocks
Care For Wild Africa is a donor-run organization that specializes in caring for wounded animals. Their latest orphan is Lulah, her mother was killed in Kruger National Park, South Africa, and when the rangers found her she was estimated to be one month old. Dorota Ladosz, lives full-time with Lulah at the time of this picture and sleeps with her in her enclosure.
© Brent Stirton, Getty Images for National Geographic Magazine