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Pets & Animals

Animal Tracks

A surfing bulldog, cucumber-snacking goats, a stoic stork and a very cool, white chick are all part of this week’s mesmerizing mix of animal photos from around the globe.

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Dogged surfing

Dogs compete during the during the 6th annual Loews Coronado Bay resort surf dog competition in Imperial Beach, near San Diego on June 4, 2011. TOPSHOTS AFP PHOTO / GABRIEL BOUYS (Photo credit should read GABRIEL BOUYS/AFP/Getty Images)
Gabriel Bouys | AFP
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Ashes to ashes

A shepherd walks with his cows in the village of Rininahue as a cloud of ash billows from Puyehue volcano in southern Chile, 870 km south of Santiago, on June 5, 2011. Puyehue volcano erupted for the first time in half a century on June 4 prompting evacuations for 3,500 people as it sent a cloud of ash that reached Argentina. The National Service of Geology and Mining said the explosion that sparked the eruption also produced a column of gas 10 kilometers (six miles) high, hours after warning of strong seismic activity in the area. AFP PHOTO/CLAUDIO SANTANA (Photo credit should read CLAUDIO SANTANA/AFP/Getty Images)
Claudio Santana | AFP
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Getting his close up

June 3, 2011 - Namibia - Photographer SERGEY KOTELNIKOV is shocked as a leopard leaps atop his Land Rover for its closeup. Kotelnikov and his friend Sergey Ivanov spotted the leopard as they were driving near the Namibian border with Botswana, so they stopped to take photos of the cat. They climbed atop the roofs of their vehicles to shoot, and the leopard crept closer. Suddenly the cat jumped up and gave Kotelnikov a fright. (Credit Image: © Caters News/ZUMAPRESS.com)
Caters News | Caters News
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Frog fellowship

REFILE - CORRECTING TYPE OF FARM Tree frogs sit on a leaf at an amphibian feeding camp outside Hanoi June 2, 2011. Vietnam's first amphibian breeding farm was established in 2004 with the aim of promoting environmental awareness, conservation and for export to the US, Europe and Japan as pets, the founder of the farm Professor Dang Tat The said. REUTERS/Kham (VIETNAM - Tags: ENVIRONMENT ANIMALS SOCIETY IMAGES OF THE DAY)
Kham | X01568
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Got nuts?

A Chipmunk begs for food in the Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming on June 1, 2011. Yellowstone National Park, was established by the U.S. Congress and signed into law by President Grant on March 1, 1872. The park is located primarily in the U.S. state of Wyoming, though it also extends into Montana and Idaho and was the first national park in the world. It is known for its wildlife and its many geothermal features, especially the Old Faithful Geyser. AFP PHOTO/Mark RALSTON (Photo credit should read MARK RALSTON/AFP/Getty Images)
Mark Ralston | AFP
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Veggie booty

Goats eat discarded cucumbers at a farm on June 1, 2011 in Algarrobo, near Malaga. Madrid threatened to sue German officials who initially warned that the virulent bacteria, which has already killed 15 in Germany and one in Sweden, was borne by cucumbers imported from Spain before correcting their findings. Europe's top health official said that a killer bacteria outbreak in Germany was "serious," but ruled out the need to ban cucumber sales or travel to its Hamburg epicentre. AFP PHOTO/ JORGE GUERRERO (Photo credit should read Jorge Guerrero/AFP/Getty Images)
Jorge Guerrero | AFP
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Playful bear hug

REFILE - ADDING SPECIES OF BEAR Brown bear (Ursus arctos) cub Medo plays with the Logar family dog in Podvrh village, central Slovenia June 1, 2011. The Slovenian Logar family has adopted the three-and-half-month-old bear cub that strolled into their yard about 30 days ago. Although the family would like to prepare a fenced enclosure for it, veterinary authorities would prefer to move it into a shelter for wild animals. REUTERS/Srdjan Zivulovic (SLOVENIA - Tags: ODDLY IMAGES OF THE DAY ANIMALS)
Srdjan Zivulovic | X00501
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Parental protection

May 31, 2011 - Munster, Germany - A swan picks up a gosling as the parents leap up to stop the swan at the Rieselfelder nature reserve. When the mother gooses back was turned as she foraged for food, one of her fledglings strayed too far from her side and into open waters. The parents fought off the swan and saved the baby bird. (Credit Image: © Felix Buescher/Caters News/ZUMAPRESS.com)
Felix Buescher | Caters News
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Water buddies

A tourist and masked puffer fish (Arothron diadematus) swim together at the Egyptian resort of Madinat Makadi near Hurgada June 6, 2011. REUTERS/Gleb Garanich (EGYPT - Tags: SOCIETY ANIMALS)
Gleb Garanich | X00550
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Taking a breather

A bluebird rests with it's mouth agape and head outside of a nesting box in Florence, Ala. on Friday, June 3rd during the heat of the day with temperatures reaching the high nineties. (AP Photo/TimesDaily, Jim Hannon)
Jim Hannon | The TimesDaily
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HOB lane (High occupancy buffalo)

American Bison (also known as Buffalo) join the morning commute on Highway 89 at Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming on June 1, 2011. In the early 1800's, an estimated 65 million bison roamed throughout the continent of North America but hunting and poaching had a devastating effect on their population and by 1890, fewer than 1,000 remained. Today there are an estimated 4000 bison in Yellowstone National Park. AFP PHOTO/Mark RALSTON (Photo credit should read MARK RALSTON/AFP/Getty Images)
Mark Ralston | AFP
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What a cool chick

WELLINGTON, NEW ZEALAND - JUNE 1: In this handout photo provided by the Pukaha Mt Bruce National Wildlife Centre, a rare white kiwi chick is seen in an outdoor enclosure in the forest reserve at the National Wildlife Centre on June 1, 2011 in Wellington, New Zealand. The all-white kiwi, named 'Manukura' is suspected to be the first white chick born in captivity. The chick is the thirteenth of fourteen baby kiwis hatched at the wildlife centre this season. (Photo by Mike Heydon/Jet Productions NZ Limited via Getty Images)
Handout | Getty Images AsiaPac
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Dog on the mend

A U.S. Marine dog handler attends to his his Improvised Detection Dog, IDD dog, after he was injured and rescued by a helicopter of the U.S. Army Task Force Lift "Dust Off", Charlie Company 1-214 Aviation Regiment, in the outskirts of Sangin, in the Helmand Province of southern Afghanistan, Friday, June 3, 2011. (AP Photo/Anja Niedringhaus)
Anja Niedringhaus | AP
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What's up with that guy?

A tiger (L) looks at zoo employees carrying "Tigger" on a stretcher during a drill of tigers escaping at Chengdu Zoo in Chengdu, Sichuan province June 2, 2011. A zoo staff member dressed as cartoon character Tigger performs in a mock drill of tigers escaping in the zoo in order to enhance emergency responses and enforce security measures, local media reported. Picture taken June 2, 2011. REUTERS/China Daily (CHINA - Tags: SOCIETY ANIMALS IMAGES OF THE DAY) CHINA OUT. NO COMMERCIAL OR EDITORIAL SALES IN CHINA
China Daily | X01745
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Bear on the loose

A adult black bear runs through Tualatin Elementary School yard Wednesday, June 1, 2011, in Tualatin, Ore. Police in Tualatin just south of Portland tracked the bear roaming in a wooded area near the elementary school. The bear was later caught near the school. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)
Rick Bowmer | AP
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Stoic stork

A Maguari Stork is pictured at the Berlin Zoo, May 30 , 2011. REUTERS/Tobias Schwarz (GERMANY - Tags: ANIMALS IMAGES OF THE DAY) FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NOT FOR SALE FOR MARKETING OR ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS
Tobias Schwarz | X01295
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Horsing around

A man is silhouetted against the sun as he directs his horse to raise his front hoofs during routine practice on the outskirts of Lahore May 31, 2011. REUTERS/Mohsin Raza (PAKISTAN - Tags: SOCIETY ANIMALS IMAGES OF THE DAY)
Mohsin Raza | X00228
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