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    Just chillin' on a pencil

    Chillin' on a pencil and more in this week's best animal photos!

  • Image: Elephants eat a Christmas tree in Vienna

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    That can't possibly taste good -

    Two-year-old elephant 'Iqhwa' gets its share of a fir tree at the 'Tiergarten Schoenbrunn' zoo in Vienna, Austria, January 8th. Every year the seasonal Christmas tree in front of the Schoenbrunn Palace - which has been a 18 meters fir tree in 2015 - is fed to the zoo's elephants.

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  • Image: London Zoo Annual stocktale 2016

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    "Yo, put me down man" -

    A London Zoo staff member holds a chameleon at the London Zoo in London, Britain, January 4th. The London Zoo undertakes its annual stocktaking which is carried out at the the start of each year. 

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  • Image: Annual Animal Stocktake At London Zoo

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    Trying to figure out this abacus -

    A ring tail lemur plays with an abacus during the annual stocktake of animals at ZSL London Zoo on January 4th, in London, England. The zoo's annual stocktake requires keepers to check on the numbers of every one of the 800 different animal species, including every invertebrate, bird, fish, mammal, reptile, and amphibian. 

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    Hey little buddy, I need that pencil back -

    A chameleon forest dragon is held by a zoo keeper during the annual stocktake photocall at Chester Zoo in Chester, north west England on January 5th. The annual stocktake takes over a week to complete, and is legally required as part of the zoos operating license. The data is used to help plan breeding programmes for endangered species ranging from red pandas to Sunda gharial crocodiles. Last years count found there were 12,518 animals from 463 different species.

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  • Image: Home turned into "Zoo" in Egypt

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    "Psst! Is he gone yet?" "No, he's grabbing my shell!" -

    Egyptian Muhammed Salah, who lives in a a three story house that has been turned into a zoo by his grandfather about 50 years ago, is seen with turtles at his house in Giza, Egypt in January 5th.

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  • Image: Home turned into "Zoo" in Egypt

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    "I'm getting too old for this, guys." -

    People hold a baby tiger at the house of Egyptian Muhammed Salah, who lives in a a three story house that has been turned into a zoo by his grandfather about 50 years ago, in Giza, Egypt in January 5th.

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  • Image: Inventory at Dresden zoo

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    Just hanging out -

    A zebra skink is held up by a zoo keeper during the annual inventory at the zoo in Dresden, Germany, January 7th.

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    Little Sonic the hedgehog looking guys -

    Two armadillos are held by a zookeeper during the abbual inventory at the zoo in Dresden, eastern Germany, on January 7th.

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  • Image: Siberian tigers at the Nyiregyhaza Animal Park

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    Yummers! -

    A Siberian tiger cub feeds on a chunk of flesh in Nyiregyhaza Animal Park near Nyiregyhaza, January 7th. The zoo houses the country’s largest group of the subspecies made up of six individuals, including two cubs.

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