Image: Therapy dog Chilly Pasternak from Richmond, Virginia gets a pat from his owner Jake Pasternak on December 20, 2012 in Newtown, Connecticut.

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Animal Tracks: Dec. 19 - 26

From therapy dogs to selfish pandas, get your cuteness fix with irresistible photos of creatures great and small.

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Merry fishmas

Santa Claus feeds the penguins at the Audubon Aquarium of the Americas in New Orleans, La., Friday, Dec. 21, 2012. Santa Claus here is also known as Tom Dyer, Senior Aviculturist at the aquarium.
Dave Martin / AP
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Image: 2012 Miss Universe Pageant - Arrivals

Fresh threads

Television personality and pageant judge Lisa Vanderpump holds her dog Giggy as they arrive at the 2012 Miss Universe Pageant at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino on December 19, 2012 in Las Vegas, Nevada.
David Becker / Getty Images North America
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Winter walk

Zach Stead and his dog Tucker brave high winds, blowing snow and freezing temperatures while walking outside Thursday, Dec. 20, 2012 in Springfield, Ill. The first widespread snowstorm of the season crawled across the Midwest on Thursday, with whiteout conditions stranding holiday travelers and sending drivers sliding over slick roads, including into a fatal 25-vehicle pileup in Iowa.
Seth Perlman / AP
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Image: The Cairngorm Reindeer Herd, Britain's Only Reindeer Herd Prepare For Christmas

Showing off

AVIEMORE, SCOTLAND - DECEMBER 22: Zac Brown a reindeer herder at the Cairgorm Herd, helps members of the public feed the deer on December 22, 2012 in Aviemore, Scotland. Reindeer were introduced to Scotland in 1952 by Swedish Sami reindeer herder, Mikel Utsi. Starting with just a few reindeer; the herd has now grown in numbers over the years and is currently at about 130 by controlling the breeding. The herd rages on 2,500 hectares of hill ground between 450 and 1,309 meters and stay above the tree line all year round regardless of the weather conditions. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)
Jeff J Mitchell / Getty Images Europe
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Fantastic falcons

Emirati men hold their falcons at the Liwa desert, 220 kms west of Abu Dhabi, on the sidelines of the Mazayin Dhafra Camel Festival on December 23, 2012. The festival, which attracts participants from around the Gulf region, includes a camel beauty contest, a display of UAE handcrafts and other activities aimed at promoting the country's folklore.
Karim Sahib / AFP
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Image: Funerals Continue To Be Held For Victims Of CT Elementary School Massacre

Another day at the office

Therapy dog Chilly Pasternak from Richmond, Virginia gets a pat from his owner Jake Pasternak on December 20, 2012 in Newtown, Connecticut. Therapy dogs have been brought in from around the country to provide comfort to Newtown residents following last Friday's massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School. Six wakes and funeral services were held Thursday in the Newtown area for students and teachers who died in the tradegy.
John Moore / Getty Images North America
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Bird of another feather

A seagull and Eurasian coots swim on the Baltic Sea in Rostock-Warnemuende, northeastern Germany, on December 19, 2012.
Jens Buettner / DPA
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Selfish panda

Ken Bohn / San Diego Zoo
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Image: Two squirrel monkeys play behind the glass pane of their enclosure at Prague Zoo in Prague

Monkey love

Two squirrel monkeys (Saimiri Sciureus) play behind the glass pane of their enclosure at Prague Zoo in Prague December 23, 2012.
David W. Cerny / X01548
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Image: Heavy Rain In Germany Continues Over Christmas

A swim through the park

A swan swims past a bench on the flooded banks of the Rhine river near Oestrich-Winkel, Germany. The weather in western Germany is dominated by rain, wind and rising temperatures.
Arne Dedert / DPA
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Image: Gray seal orphans in Friedrichskoog

Silly seal

Dec. 22, 2012 - Friedrichskoog, Schleswig-Holstein, Germany - Gray seal baby 'Julian' sits inside a weighing bucket at the seal station in Friedrichskoog, Germany, 22 December 2012. The orphaned seal would probably not have survived without human efforts.
Wolfgang Runge / DPA
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Image: Snow emergency declared in Wisconsin.

Hearty horse

A horse along a barn as snow falls in Kingston Wisconsin, USA 20 December 2012. Gov. Scott Walker has declared a state of emergency in Wisconsin, mobilizing the Wisconsin National Guard as some areas are expecting up to 14 inches of snow with blizzard conditions.
Jeffrey Phelps / EPA
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Image: Monkeys hug each other at a zoo in Gwacheon as temperature drops.

Huddling for warmth

Monkeys hug each other at a zoo in Gwacheon, south of Seoul December 23, 2012. The low temperature on Sunday in Seoul was -10 degrees Celsius (14 F), according to local media.
Yonhap
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Image: Feline for Christmas

Who needs gifts?

Dec. 21, 2012 - Roseburg, Oregon, U.S - A domestic cat named SCOOTER watches a light closely as he relaxes in a wrapped box under a Christmas tree at a home near Roseburg.
Robin Loznak / Robin Loznak
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