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The Al Dhafra Camel and Heritage festival in western Abu Dhabi claims the only camel beauty contest in the world, but this photo captures preparations for one of the festival's more traditional events: a race across the sands of the Empty Quarter. A purebred race camel can cost as much as a thoroughbred racehorse.

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Two years ago, in the month of May, a wild ruffed grouse, who was soon known as Grousey, made his home in a part of southern New Hampshire that was also claimed as home by a human, who was already known as Pat.

For almost seventh months, until mid-December 2016, Grousey and Pat shared their territory. Or tried to.

By all accounts–we're talking social media accounts here–Grousey found living with Pat to be a trial and a nuisance. He often had to chase her into the house and keep guard at her doorway, lest she dare to venture out again.

He acquired many Facebook friends and other fans, and he "never failed to make a showing for those who came to visit." But if they outstayed their welcome, he'd run them off, nipping at their heels.

No one was surprised that Grousey didn't show his feathered little face in the wintertime. But when spring 2017 rolled around, he still did not reappear. "Fans like to think," we're told, "that he smartened up and set up an alternative territory not shared by bothersome humans."

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Cine Fenix in Havana was once a 600-seat movie palace; since the revolution, it has been divided into apartments for ten families.

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Photographer Panos Skordas won the Greek national award in Sony's world photo competition with this shot of his son dressed as a minotaur, in the Palace of Minos at Knossos, Crete.

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Bangladesh national winner in Sony's 2018 worldwide photo competition.

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Drone's eye view of a yacht, said to be abandoned, in a Hong Kong neighborhood of government apartment towers.

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In Bakhtapur, ancient royal city of Nepal.

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Above the skaters in this Dutch engraving believed to date from a few years before 1650 is a banner proclaiming "How well we suit each other."

This is a political cartoon, with the proclamation evidently meaning that owls do best with other owls or, as Anita sang to Maria in West Side Story, "Stick to your own kind–one of your own kind."

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Robin goes next door and hangs out with the neighbors.

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Drone's eye view of a state fair at night.