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Numerous quirky and endearing animal photos flow from the Associated Press every day, from photographers across the world. However, one would be challenged to find anyone more prolific than their German-based photographers when it comes to producing compelling animal pictures. According to New York-based AP photo editor Jim Collins, the talented German AP staffers are especially adept at finding compelling feature photos that depict some aspect of common daily life – or, as these are called among journalists: “enterprise pictures” or “wild art.” Today we thought we’d share some of the great photos that have come out of German Zoos from the last month, where photographers truly put the “wild” in “wild art.” (All photos by The Associated Press)

Bonobo baby Sambo looks into the camera in the zoo of Frankfurt, Germany, Tuesday, April 24, 2012. The male chimpanzee baby was born on January 7 and had to be raised by hand. During the next days the baby will meet with his fellow species in the zoo. (AP Photo | Michael Probst)

One-day-old female Asian elephant baby (Elephas maximus) contacts its mother Lai Sinh in their enclosure in the Hagenbeck Zoo in Hamburg, Friday April 13, 2012. The baby has no name yet. (AP Photo | Philipp Guelland)

A black-and-white colobus yawns at the zoo in Krefeld, western Germany, Wednesday, April 4, 2012. (AP Photo | Martin Meissner)

An Indochinese Tiger cub drinks water at a new enclosure at the Tierpark zoo in Berlin, Tuesday, April 3, 2012. (AP Photo | Markus Schreiber)

Franzi, a young Mhorr Gazelle (Nanger dama mhorr) stands in its enclosure in the zoo of Frankfurt, central Germany, Thursday April 5, 2012. Franzi was born on Feb 16, 2012. (AP Photo | Mario Vedder)

A baby lar gibbon known as "Knuppy" is seen at a private Zoo in Bremen, northern Germany, Friday, April 13, 2012. The lar gibbon, which was rejected by its mother, is now in the care of zoo owner Renate Anders. (AP Photo | Joerg Sarbach)

African Penguins fight for fish during feeding time in their enclosure at the zoo on Monday, April 23, 2012 in Wuppertal, Germany. (AP Photo | Frank Augstein)

Female polar bear cub Anori plays with its mother Vilma in their outdoor enclosure at the Zoo in Wuppertal, Germany, on, Thursday, March 29, 2012. Anori was born January 4 and left the birth cave for the first time today. (AP Photo | Frank Augstein)

The Eyewitness photo feature in the Monday, April 30, 2012 News section of The Virginian-Pilot

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