Migrating Common Cranes fly to their night roost at sunset near the village of Linum, 50 km north of Berlin, October 17, 2011. The marshes and lakes in the state of Brandenburg attract tens of thousands of cranes during their autumn migration from their breeding grounds in Russia and Scandinavia to their wintering areas in southwestern Europe. Up to 60,000 birds gather during the peak of migration turning the area into the biggest migration stop over in northern Europe.
Nothing quite like the braggadocio of a Premier League player, eh? The back story on this: Manchester City's Italian striker Mario Balotelli was perhaps feeling persecuted after a string of much-publicized antics (e.g. throwing darts at players on the field, his inability to put on a pinny) that culminated in him setting his house on fire Saturday after shooting fireworks out of the bathroom window. In any case, he had this message for the world during Sunday's game. The Star's own Cathal Kelly has a great column about the incident in Monday's paper.
Manchester City's Italian striker Mario Balotelli celebrates scoring the opening goal of the English Premier League football match between Manchester United and Manchester City at Old Trafford in Manchester, north-west England on October 23, 2011. (AFP/Getty Images/Andrew Yates)
(Fair disclosure: Canice Leung, the author of this blog post, is a City fan, but even if she was cheering for Man U she'd still consider this a smashing photo.)
AFP PHOTO/FACUNDO ARRIZABALAGA
A police dog called 'Obi' poses for pictures with his special animal bravery award during a photocall in central London, on October 18, 2011. Obi was awarded a special animal bravery award from the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) after suffering a fracture to his skull from missiles thrown by rioters during the London riots last August. Following treatment Obi has been cleared to return to full duties as a police dog.
The B-Boys, a group of Libyan breakdancers, practice outside a run-down government building in the capital of Tripoli on October 22, 2011. Libya's new leadership is due to formally proclaim the country's liberation on October 23 after the death of Moammar Gadhafi, while NATO has tentatively decided to end its mission over the country on October 31. (AFP/Getty Images/Marco Longari)
A Bengal Tiger cub is seen at a zoo in Puerto Vallarta October 13, 2011. The keepers at the zoo educate visitors and raise awareness on endangered animals around the world. The park's own tiger breeding programme has enjoyed success with more than 20 tigers born since 2010 including a rare white Bengal tiger, according to zoo vet Martin Martinz.
AP Photo/Schalk van Zuydam
Hendrik Raven reacts as a baboon jumps towards him after raiding his car for food, near Cape Point on the outskirts of Cape Town, South Africa, Oct 19, 2011. A number of workers are employed as baboon monitors to prevent baboons raiding cars, houses, dust bin's. The baboon monitors spend their days following baboon troops across the Cape Peninsula to insure they do not misbehave.