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Southern California saw unusual precipitation of another kind this week when workers at a golf course in southern Orange County discovered a live shark had fallen from the sky onto a tee box. The animal, most likely a leopard shark, was later returned to the ocean. Puncture wounds suggested that it had been grabbed from the water by a predatory bird.

Tampa Bay, Florida's "Mystery Monkey" was captured this week after roaming the St. Petersburg area for several years. The primate, a rhesus macaque, had gained notoriety from neighborhood sightings and even has a Facebook page.

The Cayman Islands' blue iguanas are no longer listed as critically endangered, as the wild population has risen to about 750. The International Union for Conservation of Nature has downlisted the brightly-colored reptile to endangered, reported the Associated Press.

In case you missed it, check out these photos of a wild python in Australia devouring a large monitor lizard whole. (Warning: some users may find the photos disturbing.)

Below, find some of the week's best animal photos from around the world:

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  • BERLIN, GERMANY - OCTOBER 23: A mother toque macaque, which is a kind of monkey from Ceylon, holds her male baby at Zoo Berlin on October 23, 2012 in Berlin, Germany. The baby monkey was born on August 23. (Photo by Sean Gallup/Getty Images)

  • Bantu, a lion cub born in captivity two months ago, is seen at the zoo in Cali, department of Valle del Cauca, Colombia, on October 25, 2012. AFP PHOTO/Luis ROBAYO

  • Emma the Sumatran Orangutan holds her unnamed three-day-old infant, at Chester Zoo, in Chester, England, Monday Oct. 22, 2012. (AP Photo/ Peter Byrne/PA)

  • BERLIN, GERMANY - OCTOBER 23: A male baby toque macaque, which is a kind of monkey from Ceylon, clings to his mother at Zoo Berlin on October 23, 2012 in Berlin, Germany. The baby monkey was born on August 23. (Photo by Sean Gallup/Getty Images)

  • Bantu, a lion cub born in captivity two months ago, is seen at the zoo in Cali, department of Valle del Cauca, Colombia, on October 25, 2012. AFP PHOTO/Luis ROBAYO

  • BERLIN, GERMANY - OCTOBER 23: A mother toque macaque, which is a kind of monkey from Ceylon, holds her male baby at Zoo Berlin on October 23, 2012 in Berlin, Germany. The baby monkey was born on August 23. (Photo by Sean Gallup/Getty Images)

  • Grace, a search dog with the British army, is pictured during a photo-op, wearing a Dickin Medal, Britain's highest award for bravery by animals – that was posthumously awarded to Theo, a bomb-sniffing army dog, following a special ceremony held at Wellington Barracks, in central London, Thursday, Oct. 25, 2012. Theo, a Springer Spaniel, worked alongside Lance Cpl. Liam Tasker, searching out roadside bombs in the Taliban stronghold of Helmand Province. Tasker was killed in a firefight with insurgents in March 2011, and Theo suffered a fatal seizure hours later. It is the highest award any animal can receive while serving in military conflict. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)

  • Colin the Red Ruffed Lemur plays with a carved pumpkin at Bristol Zoo, Bristol, England Thursday Oct. 25, 2012. (AP Photo/Andrew Matthews/PA Wire)

  • Picture taken on October 26, 2012 in the Doue La-Fontaine zoo (western central France), of a baby Gibbon recently borned at the zoo and his mother. AFP PHOTO/ ALAIN JOCARD

  • Bantu, a lion cub born in captivity two months ago, is seen at the zoo in Cali, department of Valle del Cauca, Colombia, on October 25, 2012. AFP PHOTO/Luis ROBAYO

  • Picture taken on October 26, 2012 in the Doué-La-Fontaine city zoo (western central France), of Sakassou, an african dwarf hippopotamus, born on October 10, 2012 at the zoo and his mother Lea. AFP PHOTO/ ALAIN JOCARD

  • A polar bear shakes its head in its enclosure at the Zoo in Berlin, Germany, Wednesday, Oct. 24, 2012. A monument to the polar bear Knut was unveiled at the zoo on Wednesday morning. Polar bear Knut became a global celebrity before his sudden death last year. (AP Photo/Michael Sohn)

  • Picture taken on October 26, 2012 in the DoueLa-Fontaine zoo (western central France), of Sakassou, an african dwarf hippopotamus, born on October 10, 2012 at the zoo. AFP PHOTO/ ALAIN JOCARD

  • Picture taken on October 26, 2012 in the Doue La-Fontaine zoo (western central France), of a baby Gibbon recently borned at the zoo and his mother. AFP PHOTO/ ALAIN JOCARD

  • BERLIN, GERMANY - OCTOBER 23: A mother toque macaque, which is a kind of monkey from Ceylon, holds her male baby at Zoo Berlin on October 23, 2012 in Berlin, Germany. The baby monkey was born on August 23. (Photo by Sean Gallup/Getty Images)

  • Picture taken on October 26, 2012 in the Doue La-Fontaine zoo (western central France), of a baby Gibbon recently borned at the zoo and his mother. AFP PHOTO/ ALAIN JOCARD

  • BERLIN, GERMANY - OCTOBER 23: A mother toque macaque, which is a kind of monkey from Ceylon, holds her male baby at Zoo Berlin on October 23, 2012 in Berlin, Germany. The baby monkey was born on August 23. (Photo by Sean Gallup/Getty Images)

  • Picture taken on October 26, 2012 in the Doue La-Fontaine zoo (western central France), of a baby Gibbon recently borned at the zoo and his mother. AFP PHOTO/ ALAIN JOCARD

  • Vila, who turns 55 this weekend and who keepers say is the third-oldest known western lowland gorilla in the world, gives the youngest member of the troupe, 1-year-old Monroe, a ride on her back at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park Friday, Oct. 26, 2012. Her keepers report that she is in remarkable condition and credit the climate of Southern California as one reason for Vila's exceptional health. Vila has served as a surrogate mother of several hand-raised gorillas and currently plays the role of "grandmother" Monroe. Vila was hand raised at the zoo and is notable not only for her age but for the contributions she's made to the understanding of this critically endangered species. She participated in a landmark six-year study on great ape intelligence, which contributed to the base of scientific knowledge that researchers now have on gorillas. (AP Photo/San Diego Zoo Safari park, Tammy Spratt)

  • A vet holds a new-born cheetah prior to weight it on October 18, 2012 at the Palmyre zoo in Les Mathes, western France. Three cheetahs were born at the zoo. AFP PHOTO / XAVIER LEOTY

  • In this Wednesday, Oct. 24, 2012 photo provided by the Chicago Zoological Society, Isis, a 7-year-old female African lion, appears to be getting ready to pounce on one of the pumpkins she and her partner, Zenda, 6, received at Brookfield Zoo in Brookfield, Ill. During the fall season, many of the zoo’s other animals receive pumpkins also. Zoo guests can see some of the animals receiving pumpkins during the annual Boo! at the Zoo celebration this coming weekend, Oct. 27-28. (AP Photo/Chicago Zoological Society, Jim Schulz)

  • Grace, a search dog with the British army, runs towards a handler during a photo-opportunity, wearing a Dickin Medal, Britain's highest award for bravery by animals – that was posthumously awarded to Theo, a bomb-sniffing army dog, following a special ceremony held at Wellington Barracks, in central London, Thursday, Oct. 25, 2012. Theo, a Springer Spaniel, worked alongside Lance Cpl. Liam Tasker, searching out roadside bombs in the Taliban stronghold of Helmand Province. Tasker was killed in a firefight with insurgents in March 2011, and Theo suffered a fatal seizure hours later. It is the highest award any animal can receive while serving in military conflict. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)

  • In this Wednesday, Oct. 24, 2012 photo provided by the Chicago Zoological Society, Jimma, a 27-year-old male rhino, enjoys a Halloween pumpkin treat at the Brookfield Zoo in Brookfield, Ill. During the fall season, many of the zoo’s other animals receive pumpkins also. Zoo guests can see some of the animals receiving pumpkins during the annual Boo! at the Zoo celebration this coming weekend, Oct. 27-28. (AP Photo/Chicago Zoological Society, Jim Schulz)

  • Rocky the Raccoon plays with a carved pumpkin at Bristol Zoo, Bristol, England Thursday Oct. 25, 2012. (AP Photo/Andrew Matthews/PA Wire)

  • A polar bear eats a pumpkin at the Detroit Zoo in Royal Oak, Mich., Wednesday, Oct. 24, 2012. The polar bears along with snow monkeys, gorillas, rhinos, zebras, bison, wolverines and anteaters received treats as part of the annual Halloween-themed enrichment program at the zoo. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)

  • LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - OCTOBER 27: A red deer stag looks for food in a bracken thicket after sunrise in Richmond Park on October 27, 2012 in London, England. Richmond Park is the largest of the capital's Royal Parks and home to 630 red and fallow deer. (Photo by Dan Istitene/Getty Images)

  • KUALA LUMPUR, MALAYSIA - OCTOBER 27: A crane holds a fish in its beak next to two crows on the 15th hole during day three of the CIMB Classic at The MINES Resort & Golf Club on October 27, 2012 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. (Photo by Stanley Chou/Getty Images)

  • Cranes fly over a tree in Linum, Germany on October 26, 2012. Linum, a village in the eastern German state of Brandenburg is one of the greatest resting place for migrating birds in Europe. AFP PHOTO / JOHANNES EISELE

  • LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 25: A dog is teased with some dog treats outside The Houses of Parliament during the Westminster Dog of The Year competition in Victoria Tower Gardens on October 25, 2012 in London, England. The annual competition was won by Charlie Elphicke, Conservative MP for Dover and Deal with his Norfolk Terrier Star, who was among the 24 dogs entered into the competition which is run by Dog's Trust and the Kennel Club. (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)

  • A female Southern Darter dragonfly, <em>Sympetrum Meridionale</em>, is pictured in kibbutz Netiv Haasara, in southern Israel, along the Mediterranean coast on October 24, 2012. AFP PHOTO / JACK GUEZ

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