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We keep them as pets, although which species maintains the upper paw in that relationship is sometimes in doubt. We drive them to the brink of extinction, and then make desperate attempts to bring them back. We tend them as livestock, display them in zoos, and research them in labs and in the wild. Our lives are intertwined with those of animals, and better for it. Gathered here are images of that furry interface. — Lane Turner (36 photos total)

A ranger inspects a 10-day-old baby elephant at Sarah Deu conservation response unit in Sampoiniet, Aceh Jaya, Indonesia on September 27, 2012. There are fewer than 3,000 Sumatran elephants remaining in the wild, a 50 percent drop since 1985. (Chaideer Mahyuddin/AFP/GettyImages)





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