Amazing animals had their time in the spotlight this week as a new species was discovered in Ecuador, two orangutans smuggled out of their country in a suitcase were brought back home to Sumatra, seals learned to keep in touch with one another using technology, and rare African lion cubs made their US debut.
This Aug. 30, 2015 photo released by Galapagos National Park shows a new species of tortoise on Santa Cruz Island, Galapagos Islands, Ecuador. Image by AP Photo/Galapagos National Park
Galapagos National Park announces discovery of new species
The discovery of a new tortoise species in the Galapagos Islands, Ecuador, brings the total number of known species of giant tortoise there to 15, however four are now extinct, according to the BBC.
There are an estimated 250 of the newly-identifies species, which has been called Chelonoidis donfaustoi after park ranger Fausto Llerena.
The giant tortoises that live in the Galapagos can survive more than 100 years.
It was genetic testing of the animal that led to the realisation that it was a distinct species from another population of giant tortoises, which were believed to be the same.
One female and two male lion cubs were born on Sept. 21. Image by Jackie Curts/Indianapolis Zoo via AP
Three African lion cubs make their debut at Indianapolis Zoo
One female and two male cubs are shown off to the public. Read more here.
The couple surprised staff by falling pregnant despite Sija being on the pill and Babyface's old age of 37. Image by PRESS ASSOCIATION
Seals stay in touch using iPads
A seal in Cornwall, who became pregnant despite being on contraceptive pills, was separated from the father. The two are now keeping in contact using iPads. Read more here.
An estimated one-year-old Sumatran orangutan looks out from inside a cage upon arrival at Kuala Namu International Airport in Deli Serdang, North Sumatra, Indonesia, Tuesday. Image by Image by AP Photo/Binsar Bakkara
Orangutans smuggled in suitcase returned home
Two baby orangutans that were smuggled out of India were returned to Sumatra for rehabilitation. Read more here.