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Animal Tracks: Feb. 15-22

From the best in show to pint-sized pygmy hippos, check out this week's best animal photos

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Image: Polar bears in Rhenen Zoo

Peek-a-bear

Polar bear twins make their first public appearance at Ouwehands Zoo in Rhenen, Netherlands on Feb. 19.

Bart Maat / ANP
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Gazing giraffe

A giraffe observes visitors on a sunny day at Ouwehands Zoo in Rhenen, Netherlands on Feb. 19.

Peter Dejong / AP
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Image: A woman holds up a cat wearing sunglasses as they pose for tourists outside the Dolby Theater in Hollywood

Fashionable feline

A woman holds up a cat wearing sunglasses as they pose for tourists outside the Dolby Theater during preparations for the 87th Academy Awards in Hollywood, Calif. on Feb. 20.

Rick Wilking / X00301
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Fly away home

Greylag geese fly over a field near Berkum, Germany on Feb. 16.

Ole Spata / DPA
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Pint-sized pygmy

A young pygmy hippopotamus swims next to its mother Ayoka in their enclosure at the zoo in Duisburg, Germany on Feb. 20.

Roland Weihrauch / DPA
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Leap of faith

Baby gorilla Diara explores its enclosure at the zoo in Leipzig, Germany on Feb. 17.

Jens Meyer / AP
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Image: Crom, an Italian Mastiff, rides a the bus with Terry Dragan following competition at the 139th Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show in Manhattan, New York

Man's best friend

Crom, an Italian Mastiff, rides a the bus with Terry Dragan following competition at the 139th Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show in New York on Feb. 17.

Brendan Mcdermid / X90143
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Image: Miss P, a 15-inch Beagle who won "Best in Show", is run during the final judging at 139th Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show at Madison Square Garden

Perfect 10

Miss P, a 15-inch Beagle who won "Best in Show," runs during the final judging at the139th Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show at Madison Square Garden in New York on Feb. 17.

Mike Segar / X90033
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Image: Dogs Compete In The 139th Annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show

#1 smile

A Dogue de Bordeaux named Claire waits at the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show in New York on Feb. 17. The show, which is in its 139th year and is called the second-longest continuously running sporting event in the United States, includes 192 dog breeds and draws nearly 3,000 global competitors.

Spencer Platt / Getty Images North America
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Image: A Komondor runs during competition in the Working Group, at the139th Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show, at Madison Square Garden in the Manhattan borough of New York

Mopping the competition

A Komondor runs during the Working Group competition at the 139th Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show on Feb. 17.

Mike Segar / X90033
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Image: Bedlington Terriers line up for judging during the 139th Westminster Kennel Club's Dog Show in Manhattan, New York

Gone to the dogs

Bedlington Terriers line up for judging during the Westminster Kennel Club's Dog Show on Feb. 17.

Brendan Mcdermid / X90143
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Image: Luke, a French Bulldog is carried by his owner Paul from New York City outside the Pennsylvania Hotel in New York City ahead of the139th Westminster Kennel Club's Annual Dog Show in the Manhattan borough of New York

Big yellow taxi

Luke, a French bulldog, is carried by his owner Paul outside the Pennsylvania Hotel in New York on Feb. 15.

Mike Segar / X90033
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Image: Dogs Compete In The 139th Annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show

Holy hairdo

A standard poodle named Paris has his hair done at the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show on Feb. 16.

Spencer Platt / Getty Images North America
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Image: Rieke moves from Berlin zoo in a couple of days

Wide-eyed wonderment

Baby orangutan Rieke is held by a zoo keeper at the Berlin Zoo in Germany on Feb. 18.

Paul Zinken / DPA
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Image: White Bengal tiger cubs were born in the zoo of Gyor

Curious cat

A white Bengal tiger cub plays at the Xantus Janos Zoo of Gyor, near Budapest, Hungary on Feb. 19.

Csaba Krizsan / MTI
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Image: Sandbar sharks swim around during a cageless shark dive tour in Haleiwa, Hawaii

Daring dive

Sandbar sharks swim around during a cageless shark dive tour in Haleiwa, Hawaii on Feb. 16.

Hugh Gentry / X02044
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Image: Kangaroo offspring nurtured by bottle

Feeding time

Parma wallaby baby Norman sips from a bottle of milk at the zoo in Krefeld, Germany on Feb. 18. The wallaby, who was born mid Sept. 2014, was rejected by his mother after birth. While they work, the animal keepers carry Norman around in a fabric bag.

Horst Ossinger / DPA
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Image: A squirrel eats a nut in Central Park in the Manhattan borough of New York

Frosty feast

A squirrel eats a nut in Central Park in N ew York on Feb. 20.

Carlo Allegri / X02452
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Nap time

A red panda cub rests on a snowy perch in an outdoor habitat at the Knoxville Zoo in Tennessee on Feb. 18.

Amy Smotherman Burgess / Knoxville News Sentinel
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Taking a load off

Orangutan Bimbo relaxes in the enclosure at the zoo in Leipzig, Germany on Feb. 17.

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Snow day

A northern mockingbird, the Tennessee state bird, puffs up for warmth on an icy perch in Knoxville, Tenn. on Feb. 18.

Adam Lau / Knoxville News Sentinel
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