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    Resident nursery dog Blakely rests with a cheetah cub in the nursery at the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Gardens

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  • Image: Two of the 33 lions rescued from circuses in Peru and Columbia play after being released at its final destination at the Emoya Big Cat Sanctuary, outside Vaalwater in South Africa

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    Two of the 33 lions rescued from circuses in Peru and Columbia play after being released at its final destination at the Emoya Big Cat Sanctuary, outside Vaalwater in South Africa's northern Limpopo province, May 1st.

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    Resident nursery dog Blakely rests with a cheetah cub in the nursery at the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Gardens, Friday, April 29th, in Cincinnati. Three of the zoo's four cubs were born prematurely on March 8 as part of a breeding program for the endangered big cats, requiring round-the-clock care and hand feeding. The fourth is an orphan from Oregon who's mother could not produce enough milk to feed him.

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    A man and his dog in their Volkswagen Beetle pass a group of spectators during the May Bug Meeting in Hanover, Germany, May 1st. Thousands of spectators gathered for the 33rd May Bug Meeting on the exhibition grounds in Hanover to watch VW Beetles, also known as Bugs, from all over the world.

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    Palestinian bedouin shepherds pull their lambs into the water to wash them, in Gaza City, on April 29th. Every year before the beginning of the summer, shepherds wash their herds in the sea.

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    A squirrel eats a nut in the park in Lviv, Ukraine, April 29th.

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    Animals are seen in the petting zoo during 2016 Stagecoach California's Country Music Festival at Empire Polo Club on April 30th in Indio, California.

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  • Image: A villager herds sheep in Bayingolin in Mongol Autonomous Prefecture, Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region

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    A villager herds sheep in Bayingolin in Mongol Autonomous Prefecture, Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region, China, April 27th.

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