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Pets & Animals

Animal Tracks: April 11 - 18

From laid-back lions to fuzzy ducklings, get your cuteness fix with irresistible photos of creatures great and small.


Lion yawn

epa03185987 Two lions rest at their open enclosure at the zoo in Warsaw, Poland, 17 April 2012. EPA/Tomasz Gzell POLAND OUT
Tomasz Gzell / PAP
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Cute cubs

A forest official holds three leopard cat cubs at Assam state Zoo, in Guwahati on April 17, 2012. The leopard cat is a small, carnivorous mammal that looks like a domestic cat with a leopard-like coat. It is widely distributed in various parts of Asia but is considered a rare animal in Singapore, where it is believed to be the only remaining wild cat. It was classified as "critically endangered" in the 2008 edition of The Singapore Red Data Book. AFP PHOTO/STR (Photo credit should read STRDEL/AFP/Getty Images)
Strdel / AFP
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Slllllooooooow slug

April 16, 2012 - Elkton, Oregon, U.S - A large Pacific banana slug slowly crosses a country road near Elkton, Ore. Banana slugs grow up to 9.8 inches long. Banana slugs can be found along the damp Pacific Coast of North America from northern Califonia to southern Alaska. (Credit Image: © Robin Loznak/
Robin Loznak / Robin Loznak
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Beautiful butterfly

epa03185111 Butterflies inspect flowers in a back yard of a house in Wichita, Kansas, USA, 16 April 2012. After storms moved through the area warm weather and sunshine with Springtime temperatures bring out the insects. EPA/LARRY W. SMITH
Larry W. Smith / EPA
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Mini tapir

epa03184891 A newborn South American female tapir baby lies next to her mother at the Debrecen Zoo, in Debrecen, 226 kms east of Budapest, Hungary, 16 April 2012. The cub was born in the night of 15 April, weighting 6,000 grams. Her parents came to the zoo in March 2011 within the framework of a species conservation program. EPA/ZSOLT CZEGLEDI HUNGARY OUT
Zsolt Czegledi / MTI
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Graceful goslings

Goslins are pictured near other gooses on the Sauvabelin Lake in Lausanne April 16, 2012. REUTERS/Denis Balibouse (SWITZERLAND - Tags: ANIMALS)
Denis Balibouse / X90072
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Water zebra?

epa03184800 A zebra lionfish swims at Bao Son Paradise park in Hanoi, Vietnam, 16 April 2012. Many wild animals in Bao Son Paradise were imported from Africa, such as giraffes, rhinoceros, white tiger, cheetahs. Wildlife species in Vietnam are becoming extinct due to illegal trafficking and smuggling. EPA/LUONG THAI LINH
Luong Thai Linh / EPA
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Polar play

Aurora, a two-year-old female polar bear, plays with a plastic flask after the swimming pool was filled with water for the first time this spring at the Royev Ruchey Zoo in Russia's Siberian city of Krasnoyarsk April 16, 2012. REUTERS/Ilya Naymushin (RUSSIA - Tags: ENVIRONMENT ANIMALS SOCIETY)
Ilya Naymushin / X01151
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Bright beak

epa03184567 A toucan bird is seen at Bao Son Paradise park in Hanoi, Vietnam, 16 April 2012. Many wild animals in Bao Son Paradise were imported from Africa, such as giraffes, rhinoceros, white tiger, cheetahs. Wildlife species in Vietnam are becoming extinct due to illegal trafficking and smuggling. EPA/LUONG THAI LINH
Luong Thai Linh / EPA
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Motherly cuddle

A golden taken takes care of her one-day-old offspring in Liberec zoo April 13, 2012. The Liberec zoo is the only one in Europe which breeds the species, a goat-antelope from Asia, in captivity, according to a spokesperson from the zoo. REUTERS/Petr Josek (CZECH REPUBLIC - Tags: ANIMALS SOCIETY)
Petr Josek / X00396
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Proud peacock

epa03184501 An Indian national bird peacock displays it's plumage at Manda wild life park in the northern Indian city of Jammu, the winter capital of Kashmir on 16 April 2012. The male Indian Peafowl, commonly known as the peacock, is one of the most recognizable birds in the world. EPA/JAIPAL SINGH
Jaipal Singh / EPA
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Bouncing bongo

A two week-old Eastern Bongo calf meets the press at Sydney's Taronga Zoo on April 13, 2012. Eastern (or Highlands) Bongos are critically endangered with as few as 75 remaining in small groups of 6 to 12 animals in their Kenyan upland range. Bongo are one of the largest species of antelope in the world and are recognised by their striking russet colour and large antlers which extend over their backs. AFP PHOTO/William WEST (Photo credit should read WILLIAM WEST/AFP/Getty Images)
William West / AFP
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Running dogs

Afghan Hounds race at a dog track near Brands Hatch in Kent, England, Sunday, April 15, 2012. Once a month in the spring and summer the racing track, less than half a mile from the Brands Hatch motor racing circuit and Paralympic cycling venue, hosts Afghan hound enthusiasts who race their dogs. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)
Kirsty Wigglesworth / AP
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Trina had (a lot of) little lambs

"Trina," a 3-year-old Finnsheep, stands with her unusually large brood of seven 2-1/2 week-old lambs in a field at the home of their owner Colleen Peck , Thursday, April 12, 2012, in Snoqualmie, Wash. Finnsheep, a breed of domestic sheep known for multiple births, commonly give birth to up to five lambs. The healthy septuplets, including four boys and three girls, are fed both by their mother and a supplemental formula hand fed by Peck. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)
Elaine Thompson / AP
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Seeing spots

This image provided by the San Diego Zoo shows Amur leopards Thursday April 12, 2012, at the zoo in San Diego. This is the first time the Zoo has housed this critically endangered species. The trio arrived at the San Diego Zoo as part of an international conservation program aimed at saving one of the world's most endangered cats. Less than 40 Amur leopards have been documented in the wilds of the Primorye region of the Russian Far East.(AP Photo/San Diego Zoo, Ken Bohn)
Ken Bohn / San Diego Zoo
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World-weary gorilla

epa03180203 Female gorilla 'Fatou' sits in her enclosure at the Berlin Zoo in Berlin, Germany, 12 April 2012. Reportedly the oldest female gorilla in Europe, Fatou has now completed the 55th year of her life. Born in West Africa, Fatou was captured at an early age and brought to Marseille by a French sailor. The gorilla dame came to Berlin Zoo in 1959 by the proprietor of a dockland pub. EPA/MAURIZIO GAMBARINI
Maurizio Gambarini / DPA
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Penguin on the move

epa03179895 A King Penguin swims in the Aquarium of the Hellabrunn zoo in Munich, Germany, 12 April 2012. After reconstruction works the aquarium of the zoo has a pool that is twice as big as the one before. EPA/MARC MUELLER
Marc Mueller / DPA
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Cuddle monkey

epa03180114 10-years-old Sumatra Orang-Utan female Cahaya cuddles her six days old male cub Malou at the zoo in Zurich, Switzerland, 12 April 2012. Cahaya gave birth to her first offspring on Good Friday. EPA/ALESSANDRO DELLA BELLA
Alessandro Della Bella / KEYSTONE
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Standing tall

MADRID, SPAIN - APRIL 11: A three day old new born giraffe stays indoors with its mother on April 11, 2012 in Madrid, Spain. Tatu, a Rothschildi Giraffe, gave birth on April 8 at the Zoo Aquarium of Madrid. (Photo by Pablo Blazquez Dominguez/Getty Images)
Pablo Blazquez Dominguez / Getty Images Europe
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Duck waddle

A mother duck leads her ducklings along a rain-soaked driveway, Wednesday, April 11, 2012 in Santa Clara, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)
Marcio Jose Sanchez / AP
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