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    Image: Smoke from the Wallow fires settles over a field of grazing horses.

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    Splashing Labs, playful seal pups, leaping terriers and hugging horses are all part of this week’s magical mix of animal photos.

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    Smoking section

    Smoke from the Wallow fires settles over a field of grazing horses in Springerville, Ariz.

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    Family bonding

    A family of five black bears hang out together in a tree over 40 feet in the air.

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    Post-migration meeting

    One bird gives a flower to the other, after just arriving back having migrated over 4,220 miles from their natural Southern Israel to the warmer climes of Africa.

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    Sweet fix

    A squirrel with a preference for sugar water helps itself to a feeder intended for hummingbirds on a hot summer afternoon in a Fort Wayne, Ind., yard.

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    Deer crossing

    A small blacktail deer fawn stands on a country road near Oakland, Ore.

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    Hugging horses

    Horses play before an auction near the village of Voskhod, southern Russia.

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    Open sesame

    A policeman helps Larry the Downing Street cat into Number 10 in London.

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    Pecking order

    Newborn chicks peek out of holes in crates as they are transported, in Jammu, India.

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  • Image: BESTPIX  Massive Arizona Wildfire Continues To Spread, Threatening Nearby Towns

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    Smoke-filled scene

    A butterfly hovers over a flower as smoke rises around the Lee Valley Recreational area in the Apache National Forest during back burn operations as the Wallow Fire continues to burn in Big Lake, Ariz.

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    Birds watching

    Marabous are seen watching photographers doing their work at the zoo in Duisburg, Germany.

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    All aboard the mom-train

    A newborn swan hatchling sits on its mother's back on the Outer Alster in Hamburg, Germany.

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    Fallen foal

    A zebra foal lies on the ground at Zoom Adventure World in Gelsenkirchen, Germany.

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    Back to the nest

    A tailor bird approaches its nest in a tree at the forest of Khokana, on the outskirts of Kathmandu, Nepal.

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    Splish splash

    Labrador Retrievers Faith and Luke splash around while tugging over a stick tossed by their owner, Debra Nessing, of Vernon, Conn.

    Journal Inquirer via AP / Journal Inquirer via AP
  • Image: A lizard clings to a charred tree branch after a blaze affecting over 5 square miles (500 hectares) of Dorset's Upton Heath was brought under control overnight near Poole in southwest England

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    Hanging on

    A lizard clings to a charred tree branch after a blaze affecting over 5 square miles of Dorset's Upton Heath was brought under control overnight near Poole in southwest England.

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  • Image: Beach goers feed pigeons in Mumbai where a cargo ship ran aground due to rough weather

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    Feed the birds

    Beach goers feed pigeons in Mumbai where a cargo ship ran aground due to rough weather.

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  • Image: Whale Watching Season Underway In Sydney

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    Whale of a time

    A humpback whale is seen at the beginning of whale watching season in Sydney.

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    Pups a plenty

    Seal pups enjoy the water in the pool at the common seal station in Friedrichskoog, northern Germany.

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    Fishing for a cure

    Herbal medicine is inserted into a fish before administering it into a patient, believed to be a cure for asthma, in Hyderabad, India.

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    Jump for joy

    Jack Russell terriers jump a hurdle during a race in the third annual Purina Incredible Dog Challenge in Del Mar, Calif.

    Purina via AP / Purina via AP
  • Image: Indonesian Man Resides With Snakes At Home

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    Snake around

    Diska Putra, holds one of his snakes in bed at home in Bintan, Indonesia. Putra, 24, lives with a collection of 30 snakes, some of which are deadly poisonous.

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  • Image: A golden eagle feeds its chick on their nest in the remote marsh near the village of Konny Bor, some 270 km (168 miles) northeast of Minsk

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    Feeding time

    A golden eagle feeds its chick on their nest in the remote marsh near the village of Konny Bor, Belarus.

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  • Image: Long-tailed mayfly mate on the surface of the Tisza river near Tiszakurt

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    Mating season

    Long-tailed mayfly mate on the surface of the Tisza river near Tiszakurt, Hungary.

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    That's a mouthful

    An elephant opens its mouth to eat at the zoo in Duisburg, Germany.

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    Grazing in a haze

    Horses graze on a field of a stud farm before an auction near the village of Voskhod, southern Russia.

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