With poaching of endangered species still an issue in many areas, conservationists in Nepal are using technology to combat the illegal practice. World Wildlife Fund Nepal has been testing two unmanned drones in Chitwan National Park to protect endangered rhinos and tigers.

It was revealed this week that researchers have solved the mystery of cheetahs' incredible speed. Studying cheetahs at zoos in London and South Africa, and racing greyhounds in the U.K, researchers found that "cheetahs 'switch gears' while running, striding more frequently at higher speeds," explained LiveScience.

If the weather in your area was too hot this week, take some advice from these puppies that figured out how to keep cool on top of an air conditioner.

A seal in Minnesota became an internet celebrity this week after severe flooding hit the Duluth area and allowed animals to wander from a local zoo. The surprised-looking seal, whose picture has appeared on the internet, even has his own Twitter account.

Sadly, a toddler near Chicago lost a fingertip this week after being bitten by a piranha in an aquarium kept by her family. According to the Associated Press, "the parents were distraught and aren't facing charges."

Below check out some of the best animal photos from around the world, all taken in the past week. Download Spotify to enjoy the slideshow's animal-themed playlist.

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  • A baby panda plays in a enclosure at the Giant Panda Research Base in Chengdu, southwest China's Sichuan province on June 24, 2012, as thousands of visitors gather for the Duanwu festival or better known as the Dragon Boat festival. China engages in 'panda diplomacy', using the endangered but iconic bears as diplomatic gifts to other countries, and also runs a lucrative trade hiring the animals out to foreign zoos, as only around 1,600 remain in the wild in China, with some 300 others in captivity. AFP PHOTO

  • Two pandas enjoy a meal of bamboo shoots in a enclosure at the Giant Panda Research Base in Chengdu, southwest China's Sichuan province on June 24, 2012, as thousands of visitors gather for the Duanwu festival or better known as the Dragon Boat festival. China engages in 'panda diplomacy', using the endangered but iconic bears as diplomatic gifts to other countries, and also runs a lucrative trade hiring the animals out to foreign zoos, as only around 1,600 remain in the wild in China, with some 300 others in captivity. AFP PHOTO

  • AVIEMORE, SCOTLAND - JUNE 24: A Roe Deer and her fawn shelter on the side of the course during the 2012 Scottish Hydro Challenge - Day Four at The Macdonald Spey Valley Golf Course on June 24, 2012 in Aviemore, Scotland. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

  • VALLEJO, CA - JUNE 20: A Bengal Tiger named Akasha dives into the water after a piece of meat at Six Flags Discovery Kingdom on June 20, 2012 in Vallejo, California. On the first day of summer, temperatures in the San Francisco Bay Area ranged from the mid seventies by the coast to mid nineties inland. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

  • This photo taken on June 23, 2012 shows a camel resting outside of a Gobi desert 'ger', a local hut-style accomodation, in southern Mongolia. The climate of the Gobi, Asia's largest desert, is one of extreme temperatures, reaching minus 40°C in winter to 50°C plus in summer. AFP PHOTO / Mark RALSTON

  • A dog walks by a fountain to cool off on a hot summer day in Sevilla on June 24, 2012, as temperatures reached 40 degrees Celcius in southern Spain. AFP PHOTO/ CRISTINA QUICLER

  • A panda enjoys an apple in a enclosure at the Giant Panda Research Base in Chengdu, southwest China's Sichuan province on June 24, 2012, as thousands of visitors gather for the Duanwu festival or better known as the Dragon Boat festival. China engages in 'panda diplomacy', using the endangered but iconic bears as diplomatic gifts to other countries, and also runs a lucrative trade hiring the animals out to foreign zoos, as only around 1,600 remain in the wild in China, with some 300 others in captivity. AFP PHOTO

  • Three two-month old arctic wolve cubs sit in the zoo de Servion, in Servion, Switzerland, Sunday, June 17, 2012. (AP Photo/Keystone/Laurent Gillieron)

  • Two Sumatran tigers are pictured in their enclosure on June 18, 2012 at the zoo in Frankfurt/M., western Germany. In the wild, the endangered species is endemic to the Indonesian island of Sumatra. AFP PHOTO / BORIS ROESSLER

  • Two Sumatran tigers sniff at eachother on June 18, 2012 at the zoo in Frankfurt/M., western Germany. In the wild, the endangered species is endemic to the Indonesian island of Sumatra. AFP PHOTO / BORIS ROESSLER

  • Weaver birds flutter near their nests hanging from a tree in Kathmandu on June 21, 2012. Weavers, small passerine birds related to finches, are one of some 868 species of birds found in Nepal. The country's diverse topography and climate is home to more than ten percent of the world's bird species. AFP PHOTO/Prakash MATHEMA

  • VALLEJO, CA - JUNE 20: A Bengal Tiger named Akasha dives into the water after a piece of meat at Six Flags Discovery Kingdom on June 20, 2012 in Vallejo, California. On the first day of summer, temperatures in the San Francisco Bay Area ranged from the mid seventies by the coast to mid nineties inland. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

  • One-day-old giraffe Bashu takes first steps at the Artis Zoo in Amsterdam, on 20 June 2012. AFP PHOTO / ANP / ED OUDENAARDEN

  • This image provided by the San Diego Zoo shows a young male jaguar peeking at the outdoors Tuesday June 19, 2012 in San Diego. At more than a month old, the male and female jaguar cubs born to mother, Nindiri, are ready to spend some time in a large habitat at the San Diego Zoo. (AP Photo/San Diego Zoo, Ken Bohn)

  • Three pelicans stand at the edge of a pond in their enslosure at the zoo in the central German city of Frankfurt am Main on June 18, 2012. AFP PHOTO / CHRISTINA MAIWALD GERMANY OUT

  • One-day-old giraffe Bashu is groomed by its mother Iwana at the Artis Zoo in Amsterdam, on 20 June 2012. AFP PHOTO / ANP / ED OUDENAARDEN

  • Otter 'Ferret' predicts a victory of the German team in the upcoming UEFA EURO 2012 quarterfinal match Germany vs Greece, at the zoo in Aue, eastern Germany, on June 21, 2012. The otters were given to choose between two bowls with fish and eggs as well as the German and Greek flag, on the eve of their match. AFP PHOTO / HENDRIK SCHMIDT

  • A keeper holds in his hands two Kiwi chicks at the zoo on June 19, 2012 in Berlin. Female chick Tea (L) hatched three weeks ago, her still nameless brother is two weeks old. AFP PHOTO / JOHANNES EISELE

  • A female polar bear rests in the water in her enclosure at the zoo on June 19, 2012 in Berlin. AFP PHOTO / JOHANNES EISELE

  • An female elephant born on May 29, 2012, stands near her mother on June 18, 2012 at the Pont-Scorff zoo, western France. Weighing 70 kg, the young animal should gain a kilogramme each day during the first year, said Nicolas Chatelain, manager at the zoo. AFP PHOTO / FRED TANNEAU

  • A male wild leopard climbs a net after it fell into a water reservoir tank at a tea estate in Haskhowa near Siliguri, India, Wednesday, June 20, 2012. The animal was rescued by a Sukna Forest rescue team from the Mahananda Wildlife Sanctuary. (AP Photo) INDIA OUT

  • A red-necked wallaby (macropus rufogriseus) and its albino cub sit in their compound at the zoo of Duisburg, Germany, Friday, June 22, 2012. (AP Photo/dapd, Sascha Schuermann)

  • This photo provided by the San Diego Zoo shows a newly-hatched Madagascar spider tortoise of yet-unknown sex at the zoo in San Diego, on Wednesday June 20, 2012. The San Diego Zoo is home to two males and two females of this species and has been working with this species since 1998 in hopes of creating a genetically viable and sustainable group . The zoo is also working closely with the Turtle Survival Alliance to support tortoise conservation in Madagascar. (AP Photo/San Diego Zoo, Ken Bohn)

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