All creatures great and small: animal pictures of the year 2014

In celebration of all creatures great and small, we thought we’d take a look back at some of the best animal photographs taken in 2014.

From ferocious lions to mischievous monkeys, 2014 saw an abundance of stunning animal photos taken by snappers from all over the world.

For some of you, 2014 may have been a year to forget, but Caters has selected its pick of the year’s animal photos to look back on in awe.

These are just a handful of the funny, quirky and spectacular images that remind us that animals gave us something to marvel at in 2014.

These stunning photos capture the moment in nature when a warthog stepped into the path of a hungry LION- and became its prey. As the warthog steps into the lion's den, the lion leaps with brute force and captures the wild pig.

This stunning photo captures the moment in nature when a warthog stepped into the path of a hungry LION- and became its prey. As the warthog steps into the lion’s den, the lion leaps with brute force and captures the wild pig.

 

A young girl has a jumbo-sized pet - after helping tame a fully grown wild ELEPHANT. Sweet youngster Kim Luân is part of the M'Nong minority who live in the Central Highlands of Vietnam.

A young girl has a jumbo-sized pet – after helping tame a fully grown wild ELEPHANT. Sweet youngster Kim Luân is part of the M’Nong minority who live in the Central Highlands of Vietnam.

 

It might be a dog eat dog world but - as these pictures prove - best friends come in all shapes and sizes.These fluffy, feathered and furry friends are making no secret of the fact that they're perfect pals even though their choice of chum might seem questionable at first glance.

Best friends can come in all shapes and sizes – as proved by these fluffy fellows.These feathered and furry friends are making no secret of the fact that they’re perfect pals even though their choice of chum might seem questionable at first glance.

 

This is an incredible image of owls that choose to burrow into the ground, instead of living in the tree-tops. The wise creatures can be seen curiously gazing out over the grassland from their tunnelled habitat in Southern Florida.

This is an incredible image of owls that choose to burrow into the ground, instead of living in the tree-tops. The wise creatures can be seen curiously gazing out over the grassland from their tunnelled habitat in Southern Florida.

 

This mischievous monkey has been caught MONKEYING around on camera by BLOWING BUBBLES. The cute Macaque can be seen opening his mouth wide, and blowing bubbles as part of an enrichment activity at the sanctuary where he lives.

This mischievous monkey has been caught MONKEYING around on camera by BLOWING BUBBLES. The cute Macaque can be seen opening his mouth wide, and blowing bubbles as part of an enrichment activity at the sanctuary where he lives.

 

his is the hilarious moment a baby polar bear was spotted in a little knot of bother. Pictured rolling around in the snow, the adorable images show the cute cub joyfully tangled in a piece of rope.

This is the hilarious moment a baby polar bear was spotted in a little knot of bother. Pictured rolling around in the snow, the adorable images show the cute cub joyfully tangled in a piece of rope.

 

A terrapin was seen looking a little shell shocked after nearly being swallowed whole by a crocodile. Pictured being tossed high into the air by the huge monster, the critter looked sure to become lunch.

A terrapin was seen looking a little shell shocked after nearly being swallowed whole by a crocodile. Pictured being tossed high into the air by the huge monster, the critter looked sure to become lunch.

 

These are the adorable images of a baby who has formed a special bond with a SLOTH. Baby Alia, first met Daisy the sloth when was she was just two days old and the pair have been inseparable ever since.

These are the adorable images of a baby who has formed a special bond with a SLOTH. Baby Alia, first met Daisy the sloth when was she was just two days old and the pair have been inseparable ever since.

 

This is a JAWESOME moment a lucky seal escaped certain death - avoiding a great white sharks jaws by inches. The giant great white burst from the water only for the seal to bounce off the tip of its nose high into the air.

This is a JAWESOME moment a lucky seal escaped certain death – avoiding a great white sharks jaws by inches. The giant great white burst from the water only for the seal to bounce off the tip of its nose high into the air.

 

This is the hilarious moment a boogying bear was seen practising it's best Michael Jackson impression - by performing a fur-iller dance routine. Pictured pulling the iconic pose, this bear-illiant dancer makes for a striking resemblance to the King of Pop in the legendary music video.

This is the hilarious moment a boogying bear was seen practising it’s best Michael Jackson impression – by performing a fur-iller dance routine. Pictured pulling the iconic pose, this bear-illiant dancer makes for a striking resemblance to the King of Pop in the legendary music video.