See cute little owls and 26 more of this week's best animal photos.

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    Animal Tracks: Oct. 2 - 9

    From a little owl to a newborn elephant in Israel, get your cuteness fix with photos of adorable animals great and small.

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    Swamp walker -

    An elephant walks in the swamp at the Amboseli National Park in southern Kenya on Oct. 8.

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    Lazy lions -

    A pack of lions relax at the Kenya Wildlife Service on Oct. 7 in Nairobi.

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    Sea lions sunning -

    Hundreds of elephant seals bask in the sun on the Piedras Blancas beach near San Simeon, Calif., on Oct. 6.

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    Wings aflutter -

    A duck flaps its wings in the autumn sunshine at Sheffield Park Gardens in England on Oct. 7.

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    Blessing of the animals -

    A Catholic priest blesses a pet turtle during the feast of Saint Francis of Assisi, outside the Saint Francis church in Lima on Oct. 6.

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    Snake sermon -

    Hector Hernandez has his snake Beatriz blessed by a Catholic priest during a mass in honor of Saint Francis of Assis on Oct. 6.

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    Take your dog to church day -

    A dog named Luke sits in a pew at St. Andrew's United Church in North Vancouver, British Columbia, on Oct. 6. Luke was one of several parishioners' pets attending services prior to an animal blessing in honor of St. Francis of Assisi, the patron saint of animals.

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    Beautiful butterfly -

    A tiger butterfly feeds on the nectar of flowers on a plant at the Dilmah Butterfly Conservation Garden in Colombo, Sri Lanka, on Oct. 5.

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    Temple dwellers -

    Sri Lankan temple monkeys sit inside a Buddhist pilgrim site in Anuradhapura on Oct. 4.

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    Creepy caymans -

    Newly-born caymans float at the zoo in Rio de Janeiro on Oct. 4.

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    Rare lions -

    White lions lay together at Belgrade's "Good Hope Garden" Zoo on Oct. 4.

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    Elephant eye -

    A decorated elephant stands at the Nandankanan Zoological park in India on Oct. 4.

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    Rawwwr -

    A zookeeper presents a Siberian tiger baby to the public at Budapest's zoo on Oct. 4.

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    Double trouble -

    Oliver and Hanna, 1-and-a-half-year-old white rhinoceros, walk around at a zoo in Santiago, Chile, on Oct. 4.

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    Little lion -

    An 8-day-old white lion cub plays with a soft toy donkey at Belgrade's "Good Hope Garden" Zoo on Oct. 4.

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    Swimming in a casino -

    A 320-pound disabled green sea turtle swims in the Shark Reef Aquarium at the Mandalay Bay Casino in Las Vegas on Oct. 7 after a cross-country odyssey that included a trip in a FedEx plane. He has a collapsed lung which affects the way he balances, and he can’t survive in the wild. Rescuers have had to attach weights to him so he doesn’t swim through life lopsided.

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    Luscious lashes -

    Giraffes walk around the Antwerp Zoo in Belgium on Oct. 3.

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    Fluffy cubs -

    Two male giant panda cubs lay together at the Atlanta Zoo on Oct. 3. The zoo is giving members of the public a chance to vote on a pair of names for the baby giant pandas born there in July.

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    Israeli elephant -

    A newborn Asian elephant calf walks with its mother La Petite (left) one day after it was born at the Ramat Gan Safari Park near Tel Aviv, Israel, on Oct. 3. Follow us on Twitter @TODAYPets

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    Firehouse chicken -

    Rhonda Deese, a third generation firefighter at the Nicol Volunteer Fire Department, holds up the fire station's third generation mascot on Oct. 3. The 1-month-old "Dalmatian chicken" hasn't been named yet but is the grand-chicken of the station's original mascot from 1999.

    The Nicol fire station was built out of a converted chicken house when the land was purchased in 1998.

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    Hitching a ride -

    A 3-week-old giant anteater baby rests on the back of her mother, Ursula, in the Szeged Game Park in Budapest, Hungary, on Oct. 3. Follow us on Twitter @TODAYPets

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    Cuddles with mom -

    A baby Bornean orangutan is nestled next to its mother at a zoo in Singapore on Oct. 3.

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    Brilliant beak -

    A Guineafowl walks between flowers in the Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden in Cape Town, South Africa, on Oct. 3. Follow us on Twitter @TODAYPets

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    Wide-eyed little one -

    Bonobo mother Lexi relaxes with her 6-month-old male baby, Yaro, at the zoo in Leipzig, Germany, on Oct. 2.

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    Feeding time -

    A 4-day-old Chilean flamingo chick is fed by its father named Migi Aka at the Himeji Central Park on Oct. 2 in Himeji, Japan. The baby flamingo was born on Sept. 29 and will take up to two or three years to fully develop the pink feathers of mature adults. Follow us on Twitter @TODAYPets

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    Getting in the Halloween spirit -

    Jomo, a silverback gorilla, chews on a pumpkin on Oct. 3 at the Cincinnati Zoo.

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    Wrinkly rhinos -

    A female and yet unnamed black rhinoceros baby explores its compound next to its mother Nandi in the Leipzig Zoo in central Germany on Oct. 2. The rhinoceros baby was born in Leipzig on Sept. 14. Follow us on Twitter @TODAYPets

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