A confident koala and 11 more of this week's best animal photos

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    From a confident koala to a race between a tortoise and hare, check out this week's round-up of the cutest animals around the globe.

  • Image: Two men walk past cows in Minkaman, in Awerial county, Lakes state, in South Sudan

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    On the mooooove -

    Two men walk past cows in Minkaman, South Sudan on Jan. 13.

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    A frosty treat -

    A visitor feeds a snowball to a giant panda at a zoo in Kunming, China on Jan. 13.

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    Taking the scenic route -

    An ostrich strays into the empty streets of Bentiu, South Sudan on Jan. 12.

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    Nothing to see here -

    A squirrel holding a nut sits on a branch in Sottrum, Germany on Jan. 12.

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    Who will win? -

    A pet rabbit and a tortoise race in a competition in Sanmenxia in China's Henan province on Jan. 12. Cats and dogs faced off against a menagerie including a rooster and a yellow duck in a race to the finish line on snowy slopes.

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    Grrrrrreat playing with you -

    An Indian worker holds two lion cubs at Patna Zoo in India on Jan. 10.

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    Does this branch make me look fat? -

    A koala named Vobara sits on a scale at the zoo in Duisburg, Germany during the zoo's annual inventory on Jan. 10.

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    Hello there! -

    A tree kingfisher perches on a branch in Tel Aviv, Israel on Jan. 10.

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    Seeing spots -

    Chimmi the Dalmatian looks at his own reflection before a pedigree dog exhibition in Nuremberg, Germany. More than 3,500 dogs competed during the show on Jan. 11 and 12.

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    Lost in thought -

    A Barbary macaque sits on a wooden railing on Jan. 8 at the Affenberg animal park in Salem, Germany.

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  • Image: A bear eats frozen fruits to cool off  in Rio de Janeiro's zoo

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    Beating the Brazilian heat -

    A bear eats frozen fruits to cool off in Rio de Janeiro's Zoo on Jan. 8.

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  • Image: Spring flowers attract bees

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    Collector of nectar -

    A bee sits on a flower in the Palm Garden in Frankfurt, Germany on Jan. 8.

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