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Pets & Animals

Animal Tracks: August 29 - Sept. 4

From an teeny-weeny tiger cub to a pug race, a rabbit jumping competition to a dolphin birthday, get your cuteness fix with irresistible photos of creatures great and small.

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Just hanging around

A panda named Hu Bao eats bamboo at the Bifengxia Panda Base in China on September 3. Hu Bao is one of two giant pandas which will be sent to Singapore for a 10 year stay.

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Feline flood evacuation

Kala Martinez holds the family cat, which they have renamed Isaac, as they salvage items from their flooded home in Plaquemines Parish on September 3 in Braithwaite, Louisiana.

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Teeny-weeny tiger cub

A rare white Indian tiger cub sits at the feet of its mother Surya Bara at a zoo in the Czech Republic on September 3. It's one of triplets that were born in July.

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Penguin clean-up

Penguins covered in oil and in a distressed condition huddle together in the South African Foundation for the Conservation of Coastal Birds, after they were recovered from Robben Island in Cape Town, South Africa, on September 3. Around twenty one penguins have been found covered in oil from a spillage from the stricken bulk carrier the Seli One. The birds will be cleaned and returned to the wild.

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Open wide

Bonhomme, a male leopard, yawns on September 2 in the Bioparc Doue-la-Fontaine Zoo in France.

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On your mark!

Pugs run down the race track at the pug race in Esslingen, Germany on September 2. Seventy dogs took part in the first pug and bulldog race.

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Paddling for education

A woman and a man paddle with their dog on a board during the "Ride for the Cause" Stand Up Paddle (SUP) charity event on Lake Leman in Montreux, near Geneva on September 2. The NGO "Waves for Development" collects funds for children education programs in Peru.

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Bunny hop

A rabbit named Mary Lou clears an obstacle during the Kaninhop (rabbit-jumping) competition in Weissenbrunn vorm Wald, southern Germany on September 2. Competitors take part in three different categories with an obstacle height ranging between 9.8 to 15.8 inches.

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Bark in the park

Dogs parade around the warning track at Dodger Stadium as part of the "Bark in the Park" promotion before a game between the Arizona Diamondbacks and the Los Angeles Dodgers on September 1 in Los Angeles, California.

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Swinging sloth

A brown-throated sloth hangs from its claws at the Sloth Sanctuary in Penshurt in Costa Rica, on August 31.

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Hovering hummingbird

A hummingbird flaps its wings in a garden near Bogota, Colombia on August 31. The Enchanted Garden is a place that attracts more than 24 species of hummingbirds out of the 147 which have been classified in Colombia.

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Long drink of water

Catarina, a jaguar, drinks water at the NEX sanctuary for endangered Brazilian felines in Corumba, Brazil on August 30. NEX which stands for, no extinction, is a non-governmental organization that defends and preserves the wild cats at their conservation refuge. The refuge currently houses some 26 big cats, including pumas, ocelots and jaguarundi.

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Look at me

Potira, a mountain lion, looks on at the NEX Sanctuary for felines in Brazil on August 30.

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Happy birthday to you!

Dolphin trainer Thomas Lange holds a birthday cake for young dolphins Diego, Doerte and Darwin on August 31 at the zoo in Duisburg, western Germany.

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Puny panda

A panda cub, born July 29, 2012 is held up by staff after a routine veterinarian exam at the San Diego Zoo in California on August 30. While staff have not yet determined the sex, they were able to mesure the cub's weight (2.2 pounds). All indications show the cub appears to be developing normally according to zoo officials. This is the sixth giant panda born at the San Diego Zoo.

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Pelican splash

A white pelican splashes water at a pond in Flamingo Gardens in Davie, Florida, on August 30.

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Spinning a web

A spider weaves a web between tropical trees at Flamingo Gardens in Davie, Florida., on August 30.

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Pom-pom crane

A Black Crowned Crane at the zoo in Dresden, eastern Germany on August 30.

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Pile on mom!

A meerkat holds her cubs at the Schoenbrunn Zoo in Vienna on August 30. Four meerkats were born in the zoo on August 7.

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Busy beavers

Two North American beavers check out a man-made beaver dam in the new beaver enclosure during a sneak peak of the new American Trail at the Smithsonian National Zoo on August 29 in Washington, D.C. There are three beavers in the enclosure, Chipper, Buzz and Willow, all born in June of 2000.

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Wandering wolf

Crystal, a female gray wolf, roams the new world enclosure during a sneak peak of the new American Trail at the Smithsonian National Zoo on August 29 in Washington, D.C.

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