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    Animal Tracks: Dec. 29, 2008 - Jan. 4, 2010

    A squeaky clean turtle, a freezing flamingo, two running rabbits, a playful tiger, a hardworking camel – plus many more images of animals large and small.

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    A romp in the snow -

    A mixed-breed dog named Lotta runs through the snow in Unken, Austria.

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  • Image: Safari Park Sends Young Male Elephants Abroad

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    Hard to say goodbye -

    African elephants Bakbuki, left, and Noah, right, look out from their cages at the Ramat Gan Safari Park as they leave for a zoo in Hungary in Ramat Gan, Israel. The Safari Park needs to transfer the two males because they are rapidly approaching sexual maturity, and the park is trying to make sure their elephants do not mate within the family herd.

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  • Image: A man rides a camel loaded with fodder in Jammu

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    Beast of burden -

    A man rides a camel loaded with fodder in Jammu, India.

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  • Image: Cows warm themselves by a fire at a private farm in the settlement of Magansk

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    Gathered around the campfire -

    Cows warm themselves by a fire as the temperature hovers around -49 degrees Fahrenheit at a farm in Magansk, Russia.

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    In winter's midst -

    A house sparrow searching for food sits on a branch of a bare hedge in Tagelswangen, Switzerland. The branches are silhouetted against a snow-filled background.

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  • Image: Sibirian tiger in the snow

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    Snow play -

    A Siberian tiger rolls in the snow in his enclosure at the zoo in Eberswalde, Germany. The Siberian tiger is the world's largest cat and lives in eastern Russia and parts of China and North Korea.

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  • Image: Deer graze on a frosty morning in Richmond Park in London

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    Winter grazing -

    Deer graze on a frosty morning in London's Richmond Park.

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    Watchful parents -

    A young male giraffe, center, looks out from between his parents at the Six Flags Discovery Kingdom in Vallejo, Calif. The 145-pound, approximately 5-foot-10-inch tall male is the first offspring of 4-year-old female Makali, right, and the 6-year-old father Nyumekye, left. The newborn giraffe brings the total number of giraffe at the park to six, and the park has launched a naming contest for the calf.

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    Going bananas -

    Carp scramble for a bite of banana at China's Nanning Zoo in the Guangxi Zhuang autonomous region.

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  • Image: Meerkats in the snow

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    Out of their element -

    Meerkats warm up underneath a heater in their snow-covered outdoor enclosure at the Thuringian Zoo in Erfurt, Germany. In their natural habitat in southern Africa, meerkats do not normally see snow.

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  • Image: A worker clean the shell of a baby green turtle (Chelonia mydas) at a turtle conservation in Serangan on Bali island

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    A good scrub -

    A worker cleans the shell of an endangered baby green turtle at a turtle conservation on Bali.

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  • Image: Freezing Temperatures Continue To Grip The Country

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    Now that's cold -

    A gull's breath can be seen in the freezing air in London. The country is in the grip of a cold snap, with record low temperatures recorded.

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  • Image: Rescued Dog Travels World

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    One pooped pooch -

    Oscar the well-traveled dog relaxes in a plane on his way to Buenos Aires for the end of his around-the-world tour. Five years ago, Oscar was rescued from a South African kennel by owner J. Lefson. In May, the pair began an epic journey across five continents and 29 countries, hoping to inspire millions to help save canines living as strays on the streets.

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  • Image: A horse is seen through a fence covered in snow in Helperby

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    Peekaboo -

    A horse is seen through a snow-covered fence in Helperby, northern England.

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    Cocky birds -

    Peacocks and peahens roam freely in a yard in Longboat Key, Fla. Some residents want the birds removed, calling them noisy and destructive. In response, officials have started trapping and relocating the birds to cull the population.

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  • Image: Sheep are seen covered in snow in Helperby

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    Sheep-sicles -

    Sheep are seen covered in snow in Helperby, northern England.

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    Farewell -

    Tanja, a 49-year-old hippopotamus, bathes in her habitat at Amsterdam's Artis Zoo. The beloved hippo, who was born at the zoo in 1960 and suffered from a serious skin disease, died two days later.

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  • Image: A cleaner fish swims out of the mouth of a green moray at the aquarium of Hagenbeck Zoo in Hamburg

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    A close call -

    A cleaner fish swims out of the mouth of a green moray at the tropical aquarium of the Hagenbeck Zoo in Hamburg, Germany.

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  • Image: Kashmir Rebellion Increased Wildlife Population

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    Rebounding population -

    A Himalayan langur rests on a tree in Dachigam National Park on the outskirts of Srinagar, India. The wildlife population in the Kashmir region has increased over the last two decades as fear of being caught in an exchange of fire between separatist militants and Indian troops kept poachers and hunters away.

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    New year's kiss -

    A group of children led by Manny Tangco, right, owner of the Malabon Zoo in Manila, the Philippines, blow plastic horns to celebrate New Year's Eve as a Bengal tiger licks the glass that separates them.

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  • Image: A dog tries to go for a walk in the Foehn storm

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    Too stormy to see -

    A dog attempts a walk in the middle of a storm in Arosa, Switzerland.

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  • Image: New Year's Eve Rabbit Race

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    Run, rabbit, run -

    A man uses a carrot to make his rabbit run during the 17th traditional rabbit race in Budapest, Hungary. More than 50 rabbits from all over the country participate in the annual New Year's Eve race.

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    A spot of color -

    A flamingo is seen in the snow-covered outdoor enclosure of the Hagenbeck Zoo in Hamburg, Germany.

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  • Image: A female Siberian maral looks at a camera in its open-air cage at the Roev Ruchey zoo in Russia's Siberian city of Krasnoyarsk

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    Extreme close-up -

    A female Siberian maral looks at a camera in its open-air cage at the Roev Ruchey Zoo in Krasnoyarsk, Russia.

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