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Pets & Animals

Animal Tracks: July 11 - 18

From glorious green lizards and playful pugs to caterpillar clusters and surfing goats, get your cuteness fix with irresistible photos of creatures great and small.


Beautiful birds

Two Grey Crowned Cranes look at each other in their enclosure at the Berlin Zoo in Berlin, Germany, Tuesday, July 17, 2012. (AP Photo/Gero Breloer)
Gero Breloer / AP
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Leaping lizards

Three of eight new hatched Green Iguanas ( Iguana iguana) sit in their terrarium at Berlin Zoo in Berlin, Germany, Tuesday, July 17, 2012. After seven years it was the first breeding success of green iguanas at the Zoo. (AP Photo/Gero Breloer)
Gero Breloer / AP
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Looking good

The eye of a Cuvier's Dwarf Caiman is reflected in the water of the terrarium at Berlin Zoo in Berlin, Germany, Tuesday, July 17, 2012. (AP Photo/Gero Breloer)
Gero Breloer / AP
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Leopard lick

epa03308745 White lion mother Princess licks one of her six little white lions at Circus Krone in Kempten, Germany, 17 July 2012. She gave birth to the six lions on 11 July 2012. EPA/TOBIAS KLEINSCHMIDT
Tobias Kleinschmidt / DPA
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The oldest orangutan

Major, the holdest captive Orang-Outang in the world, blows candles on a cake as part of its 50th birthday ceremony, on July 17, 2012, at the La Boissiere-du-Doree zoo near Nantes, western France. AFP PHOTO ALAIN JOCARDALAIN JOCARD/AFP/GettyImages
Alain Jocard / AFP
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Muddy rhinos

A mud covered 3-month-old male African Southern Rhino named Jumaane, wanders around his enclosure with his mother Shova at the Singapore Zoo on Tuesday July 17, 2012 in Singapore. The zoo was actively involved in educating the public about wildlife conservation and was also successful in breeding endangered species within the Zoo's premises. This is Shova's seventh successful birth. (AP Photo/Wong Maye-E)
Wong Maye-e / AP
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Wonderful wolves

epa03308561 Two wolf cubs born mid-May play with his mother at the Juraparc of Mont-d'Orzieres near Vallorbe, Switzerland, 15 July 2012. EPA/JEAN-CHRISTOPHE BOTT
Jean-christophe Bott / KEYSTONE
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Feeding time!

TOPSHOTS A stork feeds its young on July 16, 2012 in their nest in Hamburg, northern Germany. The NABU (Naturschutzbund), a German association for the protection of the environment, in its actual stork report warned of a loss of natural habitat for the animals. AFP PHOTO / DANIEL REINHARDT GERMANY OUTDANIEL REINHARDT/AFP/GettyImages
Daniel Reinhardt / DPA
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Motherly love

epa03307921 A newborn Western lowland gorilla cub lies in the arms of its mother Mamitu in the Zoo of Zurich, Switzerland, 16 July 2012. The Cub was born 12 July 2012. It is the ninth cub of Mamitu and its father is the silverback gorilla N'Gola. EPA/STEFFEN SCHMIDT
Steffen Schmidt / KEYSTONE
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Notable nest

Storks sit on the nest in a foggy morning near the village of Chereshlya, 150 kilometers (93 miles) west of Minsk, Belarus, early Monday, July 16, 2012. (AP Photo/Sergei Grits)
Sergei Grits / AP
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Playful pugs

epa03306734 Three pugs play with each other at the international Pug Meeting in Berlin, Germany, 14 July 2012. About 50 pugs took part in a race during the festival. EPA/STEPHANIE PILICK
Stephanie Pilick / DPA
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Turtle tank

TAMPA, FL - JULY 13: Victoria Simard looks at a sea turtle swimming in a tank at the Florida Aquarium on July 13, 2012 in Tampa, Florida. Tampa will play host to the 2012 Republican National Convention at the Tampa Bay Times Forum August 27-30, where the party is expected to officially pick former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney as their nominee to face President Barack Obama in the November general election. The convention will host 2,286 delegates and 2,125 alternate delegates from all 50 states, the District of Columbia and five territories as well as scores of journalists, guests and protesters. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
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Riding the waves

Dana NcGregor's pet goats Pismo, left, and Goatee surf at San Onofre State Beach, Calif., on Wednesday July 11, 2012. McGregor started taking Pismo's mother Goatee to the beach, and it wasn't long before she was on a surfboard. When Pismo was born, McGregor put her on a board too, and she was a natural, he says. (AP Photo/The Orange County Register, Ron Veal) MAGS OUT; LOS ANGELES TIMES OUT;TV OUT: MANDATORY CREDIT
Rod Veal
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Myth buster

Joe Camel, right, drinks from a water bottle, as Jara guzzle looks on while they wait for the next show at the Piccadilly Circus in the Park City Mall parking lot in Lancaster, Pa., Thursday, July 12, 2012. (AP Photo/Lancaster Newspapers, Richard Hertzler)
Richard Hertzler / Lancaster Newspapers
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Hot stuff

Buyan, a male Siberian brown bear, cools down under a stream of water sprayed by an employee in its enclosure on a hot summer day at the Royev Ruchey zoo in Russia's Siberian city of Krasnoyarsk July 13, 2012. REUTERS/Ilya Naymushin (RUSSIA - Tags: ANIMALS SOCIETY ENVIRONMENT)
Ilya Naymushin / X01151
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Old blue eyes

Two young Black Panther twins named Remaong (male, R) and Ferra (female) are presented at the Tierpark Zoo in Berlin on July 13, 2012. Their mother Angie gave birth to the twins on April 26, 2012 in Berlin. AFP PHOTO / DAVID GANNONDAVID GANNON/AFP/GettyImages
David Gannon / AFP
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I take thee ... ruff!

Dachshunds dressed for the occasion, Clifford, left, and his cousin Dee Dee, share a moment as they wait to take part in the most expensive wedding for pets Thursday July 12, 2012 in New York. The black-tie fundraiser, where two dogs were "married", was held to benefit the Humane Society of New York. (AP Photo/Tina Fineberg)
Tina Fineberg / FR73987 AP
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Subaquatic penguin

A penguin swims at the new South Pole Spectacular, part of the Polar Adventure, of Ocean Park in Hong Kong July 12, 2012. The marine theme park on Thursday launched Asia's first themed area integrating immersive presentations of Arctic and Antarctic animals, including penguins and seals. REUTERS/Bobby Yip (REUTERS - Tags: ANIMALS ENVIRONMENT TRAVEL)
Bobby Yip / X00306
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Crazy caterpillars

A cluster of cinnabar moth caterpillars are displayed in a glass jar after being discover feeding on a tansy wagwart plant in a field on a ranch near Roseburg, Ore., on Thursday, July 12, 2012. Cinnabar moths were introduced into North America to control the poisonous ragwort plant on which its larvae feed. The feeding larvae absorb toxins from the ragwort and become unpalatable to predators. Their bright colors serve as a warning sign. (Image Credit: © Robin Loznak)
Robin Loznak
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Lemur treat

RAMAT GAN, ISRAEL - JULY 12: Ring tailed lemurs sit around an ice block of frozen fruit to help them cool off at the Ramat Gan Safari Zoo on July 12, 2012 in Ramat Gan, near Tel Aviv, Israel. Temperatures reached a high of 34 Celsius (93 degrees Fahrenheit) in Tel Aviv. (Photo by Uriel Sinai/Getty Images)
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epa03304591 Young howler monkey (genus Alouatta) Geronimo climbs in his enclosure at the zoo in Cologne, Germany, 12 July 2012. Geronimo was born on 31 January 2012. Howler monkeys are native to Central and South America and are renowned for their noisy howls which they maily utter in the morning. EPA/HENNING KAISER
Henning Kaiser / DPA
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Wee little panda

In this photo taken Wednesday, July 11, 2012 and made available Sunday, July 15, 2012, the younger of a pair of twin giant panda cubs born at the panda research center in Wolong rests in southwest China's Sichuan province. (AP Photo) CHINA OUT
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