Big or little, cute or ugly, animals of the world can be our companions or our enemies.
Animals can also do some nifty things, or play important roles in the ecosystem. DW looks at animals from every which angle.
In Slovakia's Carpathian Mountains, wolves, bears and even the shy lynx have long been a feature of mountain life. But their 'dangerous' reputation has left these species maligned and under threat. Now, conservationists are trying to track them in the hope of preserving their numbers.
It’s more than 30 years since the Chernobyl disaster. The aftermath is still there. Most of it is not obvious. In the Czech Republic, for instance, wild boars are still affected by the nuclear catastrophe. Almost half of the animals which are shot in the forests of the Šumava in the south of the country are radioactive.