Monkey kings and sea lions: the world in 6 images
From the glamourous star-studded Opera Ball in Vienna, to sea lions taking up some fine dining in San Diego, here's today's mix of images from around the world.
Japan's Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko take a walk on a coast near the Hayama Imperial Villa in Hayama, near Tokyo.
Screen grabbed image taken with permission from video tweeted by @_R_W_B_ of the moment before two audience members were injured when a stunt at Nitro Circus at Glasgow's SSE Hydro went wrong. Three audience volunteers were on the motorbike with a professional rider but it appeared to stall near the top of the ramp and tipped over the side.
In a photo provided by SeaWorld, an 8-month-old female sea lion pup is shown where it was found sleeping in a booth of the Marine Room, an upscale restaurant in the La Jolla neighborhood of San Diego on Thursday. The pup had apparently wandered into the restaurant starving. Experts were called from nearby SeaWorld, who said the pup was severely underweight and dehydrated. The pup was taken to SeaWorld's animal rescue center and experts are cautiously optimistic about her recovery. There's been a surge in sea lion mortality over the past year because, scientists say, the animals food supply has been affected by higher-than-normal ocean temperatures linked to El Nino.
Dancers crowd the dance floor during the traditional Opera Ball in Vienna, Austria, on Thursday. The Opera Ball is one of the most privileged events in the Austrian social calendar, attracting invited local guests along with luminaries and international dignitaries.
A patient from the Nise de Silveira mental health institute dances in costume during the institute's carnival parade, called in Portuguese: "Loucura Suburbana," or Suburban Madness, in the streets of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Patients, their relatives and workers from the institute held their parade one day before the official start of Carnival.
The Royal Mint of actor Wei Wei dressed as the famousMonkey King character, with a coin featuring the playful figure of a monkey which has been released as part of the Lunar collection to celebrate the forthcoming Chinese New Year on 8 February.