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    Animal Tracks: May 23 - 30

    From animals getting sporty to lounging cats and a rescued otter, get your cuteness fix with irresistible photos of creatures great and small.

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    Beluga offense -

    A beluga whale plays with a soccer ball at the Beijing Aquarium on May 30.

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    The shadow of a spider is seen on a leaf in Dresden, Germany, on May 28.

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    Leeloo, a 7-month-old chocolate lab, drinks from a specially-made water fountain for dogs on May 29, in Memphis, Tennessee, at a new dog park scheduled to officially open June 2 at Overton Park.

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    Donna, a two-year-old elephant, plays with a giant soccer ball at Whipsnade Zoo in England on May 28. The elephants were playing with the ball with their keepers as the zoo prepares to host a sporting extravaganza.

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    A cat lies in the grass on a meadow in Petersdorf, Germany, on May 27.

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    An olive baboon sticks out its tongue at visitors at the Taipei Zoo in Taipei, Taiwan, on May 28.

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    A baby owl peers down from a tree branch in the backyard of a home on May 27, in Hutchinson, Kansas. Six young owls were discovered in the backyard while friends and family were gathered for a Memorial Day weekend cookout.

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    A frog swims in a pond in Tourrettes, southern France, on May 27.

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    Clouded leopard cub Lek, plays at the world's first clouded leopard's breeding center at Khao Kheow Open Zoo, in Chonburi, Thailand, on May 27.

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    Ikar, a sniffer dog, yawns while riding with handler Vance McFarland, a Specialist of the U.S.Army 82nd Airborne Division, inside an armored vehicle outside Forward Operating Base (FOB) Pasab in Kandahar province, southern Afghanistan on May 26.

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    Cat pose -

    A cat sits in front of the Golden Gate Bridge on May 25 in San Francisco, California. (EDITORS NOTE: Image was created using the iPhone 4s with Instagram 'LoFi' filter)

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    Orphaned and injured cygnets (baby swans) swim in a trainer pool at the Swan Sanctuary in Shepperton, in south west London on May 25.

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    A couple of monkeys drink from a pot as another takes a dip on a hot summer afternoon on the outskirts of Jammu, India, on May 25.

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    A grey egret with her newborn chicks sits on her nest on the banks of the Brahmaputra River in Guwahati, India on May 25.

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    A monkey reaches out to a bull on the banks of the Bagmati river in Kathmandu on May 25.

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    A swan preens itself at the Swan Sanctuary in Shepperton, south west London on May 25.

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    Cayucos, an orphaned sea otter pup, is seen making her first public appearance at the Shedd Aquarium in Chicago. The sea otter was found stranded on a beach in California and named after the beach where she was rescued. The staff at Shedd has nursed the 7-month-old otter back to health. She has put on 11 pounds since arriving at the aquarium in January and now weighs 26 pounds.

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    A Jersey calf sniffs at a camera lens on April 25, at the Stryk Jersey Farm in Schulenburg, Texas.

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    A reindeer mother keeps a close eye on her 10-day-old calf at the San Diego Zoo on May 24. The young calf now weighs 15 pounds and is showing spurts of energy, but he is still a little wobbly on the hilly terrain. The calf is still nursing and appears to only be sampling foods like acacia leaves.

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    Five year-old African Lions rest in their enclosure at the Birmingham Zoo in Birmingham, Ala on May 24. Five African lions born last year at the Birmingham Zoo will be one year old Saturday. The cubs were born on May 25, 2011 to first-time mother, Akili, and father, Kwanza. Their birth is especially significant because a typical litter of lions ranges from two to three cubs. The last litter of lions born at the Birmingham Zoo was in 1982.

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    A bird comes in for a landing on an electrical power line in Monterey Park, east of downtown of Los Angeles in the San Gabriel Valley on May 24.

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    Charlie keeps an eye on his new twin capybara babies, Gus and Jacques on May 24 at The Belfast Zoo in Northern Ireland. Capybaras originate from South America and are technically from the rodent family. The twins were born on April 3.

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    Cross species contact -

    A young deer and a cat sniff each other near Jodhpur, Rajasthan in India on May 23.

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