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    A soaring eagle, a Santa-fied bulldog, a water-chugging camel, and a marvelous magpie are sure to delight the animal lover in everyone.

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    A bald eagle flies over the Des Moines River in downtown Des Moines, Iowa.

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    Marco, a 6-year-old bulldog, poses for a picture with Santa Claus during the Santa Paws pet photo charity event in Washington.

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    Horses run over snow-covered grazing land in Kaltenbach in western Germany.

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    Nandong, a 25-year old elephant mother, watches closely as her 2-week old male baby elephant explores at the Singapore Zoo. The baby is the first baby to be born at the zoo after nine years.

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    A duck swims in a pond as small waves create a repeating pattern in Roseburg, Ore.

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    A crow eyes a polar bear at the zoo in Berlin, Germany.

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    Wildlife Information Rescue and Education Service member Ann Mara uses a kayak to assist a kangaroo stranded by flood waters at Lake Burrendong, about 149 miles northwest of Sydney, Australia.

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    An aquarium trainer in a Santa Claus costume is pushed out of the water by bottlenose dolphins during a show at the Aqua Stadium aquarium at the Shinagawa Prince Hotel in Tokyo.

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    Snow melts on the hairs around the mouth of a horse on a farm near the town of Antrim, 20 miles north of Belfast, Northern Ireland.

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    A magpie stands near the snow-covered banks of the Miljacka river in Sarajevo, Bosnia.

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    Portuguese horses, from breed 'Puro Sangue Lusitano', participate in the annual Santa Claus parade in Porto, Portugal. Thousands staged a parade in an attempt to break the Guinness Book of records of most people dressed as Santa Claus.

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    Seagulls stand in single file along a handrail at the Historic Harbour in Berlin, Germany.

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    Orangutan Maimunah lies with her newborn baby at Melbourne Zoo in Melbourne, Australia.

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  • Image: Stray dogs sit in the snow with the air temperature at about minus 35 degrees Celsius (-31 degrees Fahrenheit) in the Siberian city of Krasnoyarsk

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    Stray dogs sit in the snow with the air temperature at about minus 31 degrees Fahrenheit in the Siberian city of Krasnoyarsk, Russia.

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    A camel drinks water among part of 2,700 participating camels at King Abdulaziz festival for distinguished camels in UM Rakabah in Hafer El Baten, Saudi Arabia.

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    Ahmed Rahme, 11, helps his injured pelican into the water, at the port in the southern city of Sidon, Lebanon. Ahmed, who makes a living by cleaning fish at the port, has taken care of the pelican since the bird was shot in the wing two years ago.

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    A tortoise rests between autumn leaves at a public park in Amman, Jordan.

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  • Image: Activists of Four Paws rescued an old lion from the miserable conditions in a Bulgarian zoo

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    Veterinarians examine lioness Baghira,14, during a research of tomography at a clinic for rescued animals in Sofia, Bulgaria.

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  • Image: A kangaroo rests after receiving treatment at the Gan-Garoo Australian park in northern Israel

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    Angelina, a 7-year-old Red Kangaroo, rests after receiving treatment for lumpy jaw disease at the Gan-Garoo Australian park, which features wildlife from Australia, near Kibbutz Nir David in northern Israel Lumpy jaw is a gum disease common to kangaroos living in captivity.

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    An orangutan stays close to her offspring at Mount Leuser National Park in Gunung Leuser on Sumatra island, Indonesia.

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    Two swans swim amidst frosty fog in the Oslofjord, Oslo, Norway.

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