Human beings are often the main subject of photos since we are more disciplined and can understand the need to capture beautiful images.But animals also flirt from time to time with photography because of their unique movement that we all want to capture in a photo. Here is the gallery of cutest animal photos of 2011.
Einstein became a media phenomenon when he was born last year on a farm in Barnstead, New Hampshire, appearing on TV with Oprah Winfrey. Standing only 20 inches tall, he is the smallest horse in the world. His mother Finesse stands tall 32 inches and his dad Painted Feather slightly smaller at 30 inches.
The smallest stallion Einstein plays with a ball in New Hampshire, US
Giant panda cubs take a nap at the research base of the Giant Panda Breeding Centre in Chengdu, Sichuan province, China.
Rupert, a three-month-old wombat, sits in a teacup at the Healesville Sanctuary, Victoria, Australia. He was rescued from his mother's pouch when she was killed after a car accident.
The romantic moment of a penguin couple at a natural harbour in the Antarctic Peninsula. The photo was taken by professional photographer Silviu Ghetie.
Richard Tesore, head of SOS Rescate Fauna Marina, feeds a female baby La Plata dolphin at the sea off Piriapolis, Uruguay.
A zookeeper holds baby orangutan Boo as he plays with a toy at the Madrid Zoo & Aquarium. Boo was born on July 5 2010 but lost his mother, Pundu, when he was only seven months old. Now zookeepers try to raise the 9-month-old orangutan.
Photographer Matt Burrard-Lucas lies on the ground taking photos of meerkats when one of the meerkats stands onto his head for a better view, in the Kalahari Desert in Botswana
Boonda the six-month-old baby koala with his mother, Elle at Sydney Wildlife World
A gorilla cuddles a duckling that had strayed from a nearby moat at Bristol zoo
( Photo by Eric Cheng) A baby turtle is released into the ocean for the first time after being rescued by an expert team. The loggerhead turtle seemed to love his first taste of freedom.
A couple of Caribbean flamingos form a heart shape with their necks on Valentine's Day, when they perform courtship dances at the Saitama Children's Zoo, north of Tokyo