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The two lion cubs singing their hearts out  at Antelope park in Zimbabwe. (Photo by David Jenkins/Caters News Agency)

They say a picture is worth a thousand words, and these striking images of 2017 are no exception. The photo highlights include incredible snapshots of the natural world as well as some awesome animal and human encounters. The vibrant gallery also shows thrill-seekers pushing themselves to the limit with breathtaking stunts captured in perfect clarity. The pictures have been taken by a host of photographers from around the world. Here: The two lion cubs singing their hearts out at Antelope park in Zimbabwe. (Photo by David Jenkins/Caters News Agency)
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03 Jan 2018 07:27:00
Common squirrel monkeys observe their Christmas present, a box full of mealworms, at the South America enclosure of the Budapest Zoo, in Budapest, Hungary, 24 December 2017. (Photo by Photo by Attila Kovacs/EPA/EFE/Rex Features/Shutterstock)

Common squirrel monkeys observe their Christmas present, a box full of mealworms, at the South America enclosure of the Budapest Zoo, in Budapest, Hungary, 24 December 2017. (Photo by Photo by Attila Kovacs/EPA/EFE/Rex Features/Shutterstock)
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31 Dec 2017 06:57:00
A cat tries to find dry ground around an apartment complex in Houston after Hurricane Harvey hit on Aug. 30. Harvey made landfall in South Texas on August 25, leading to days of downpours that dumped more than 50 inches of rain. Harvey damaged or destroyed about 200,000 homes as the storm system flooded much of Houston and smaller coastal communities. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

A cat tries to find dry ground around an apartment complex in Houston after Hurricane Harvey hit on Aug. 30. Harvey made landfall in South Texas on August 25, leading to days of downpours that dumped more than 50 inches of rain. Harvey damaged or destroyed about 200,000 homes as the storm system flooded much of Houston and smaller coastal communities. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)
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26 Dec 2017 08:19:00
In this photograph taken on December 8, 2017, Indian child Samarth Bangari, 2, plays with langur monkeys at his home in Allapur in India' s southwest Karnataka state. (Photo by Manjunath Kiran/AFP Photo)

In this photograph taken on December 8, 2017, Indian child Samarth Bangari, 2, plays with langur monkeys at his home in Allapur in India' s southwest Karnataka state, 250 miles from Bangalore. He is still too young to talk, but a 2- year- old Indian boy has become a subject of local intrigue after befriending a gang of langur monkeys. (Photo by Manjunath Kiran/AFP Photo)
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25 Dec 2017 06:03:00
A zoo staff feeds crocodiles as visitors look on at the Malabon Zoo in Malabon City, north of Manila, Philippines 21 December 2017. Wearing Santa Claus hats for the upcoming Christmas season, owner Manny Tangco (R, holding megaphone) and some select animals gave visitors a tour of the 28-year-old zoo. (Photo by Rolex Dela Pena/EPA/EFE)

A zoo staff feeds crocodiles as visitors look on at the Malabon Zoo in Malabon City, north of Manila, Philippines 21 December 2017. Wearing Santa Claus hats for the upcoming Christmas season, owner Manny Tangco (R, holding megaphone) and some select animals gave visitors a tour of the 28-year-old zoo. (Photo by Rolex Dela Pena/EPA/EFE)
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24 Dec 2017 08:54:00
The Lamb National takes place for the racegoers at Ascot Racecourse on April 2, 2017 in Ascot, England. (Photo by Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images)

The Lamb National takes place for the racegoers at Ascot Racecourse on April 2, 2017 in Ascot, England. (Photo by Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images)
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23 Dec 2017 07:25:00
Toby balances halloween decorations on his head. (Photo by Pat Langer/Caters News Agency)

Toby, an 11-year-old German shepherd-husky mix, can hold almost anything on his head that his owner, Pat Langner, can think up, including balls, Christmas trees, and even the ingredients for a peanut butter and jelly sandwich. He also shows remarkable self-restraint by not immediately gobbling down the food that his owner gives him to balance. Here: Toby balances halloween decorations on his head. (Photo by Pat Langer/Caters News Agency)
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19 Dec 2017 08:05:00
A camel is seen as he is being brought for the foot surgery at the Dubai Camel Hospital in Dubai, UAE, December 11, 2017. (Photo by Satish Kumar/Reuters)

A camel is seen as he is being brought for the foot surgery at the Dubai Camel Hospital in Dubai, UAE, December 11, 2017. (Photo by Satish Kumar/Reuters)
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17 Dec 2017 04:37:00