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Pets & Animals

Animal Tracks: June 13-20

From a hen huddle to a baby giraffe, get your cuteness fix with irresistible photos of creatures great and small.

20 PHOTOS

Hitchin' a ride

A 3-month-old southern tamandua (a species of anteater) sits on the back of its mother at Sunshine International Aquarium in Tokyo on June 20.

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Itsuo Inouye | AP
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Tiny tapir

A baby Brazilian tapir born on June 5 plays with his parents at the Dublin Zoo. The male calf, born to mom, Rio, and dad, Marmaduke, is the pair’s first calf together.

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Patrick Bolger | Patrick Bolger Photography
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Lizard stretch

An Indian garden lizard hangs from a pole at the Alipore Zoological Gardens in Kolkata, India on June 19.

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Bikas Das | AP
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Cooling down

A female polar bear rests in the water at the Berlin Zoo on June 19.

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Johannes Eisele | AFP
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Flock of flamingos

Flamingos fly over other flamingos in India on June 18.

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Ugly dog

Jon Alder of Davis, Calif., holds Icky, a 2-year-old Chinese Crested dog, during a news conference for the World's Ugliest Dog Contest at the San Francisco SPCA on June 18.

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Chin up

Gannets nest on Bass Rock in Dunbar, Scotland on June 18. Every January, Atlantic gannets start returning to Bass Rock, with 150,000 or more making it the largest single rock gannet colony. They return with the same mate and often use the same nest each year. They spend most of the year on the rock and then leave at the end of October, when the last of the chicks travel down to the West coast of Africa.

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Jeff J Mitchell | Getty Images Europe
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Nose nuzzle

Two Sumatran tigers sniff each other on June 18 at the zoo in Frankfurt, Germany.

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Boris Roessler | DPA
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Dainty deer

A wild black-tailed deer doe and her fawn stand in tall grass on a hillside overlooking a pasture near Elkton, Ore., on June 17.

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Hang ten!

A dog rides a surfboard in the Seventh Annual Loews Coronado Bay Resort Surf Dog Competition on June 16 in Imperial Beach, Calif. The event benefited the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.

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Daren Fentiman | Daren Fentiman
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Nesting

An egret flies toward a treetop after collecting twigs for nesting near Bhubaneswar, India on June 17.

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Biswaranjan Rout | AP
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Hen huddle

A hen warms her chicks in the rain on the outskirts of Bangkok, Thailand on June 17.

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Sukree Sukplang | X90021
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Wacky wolves

Two 2-month-old baby Arctic wolves play at the Servion Zoo in Switzerland on June 17.

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Laurent Gillieron | KEYSTONE
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Happy Birthday Monroe!

Monroe, a 1-year-old Western lowland gorilla, checks out his first birthday cake on June 15 at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park in San Diego, Calif. The cake was made of ice with pieces of fruit and vegetables frozen inside. It had a candle carved out of a carrot.

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Seeing double

Blackbuck sasins are seen at the San Salvador Zoo in El Salvador on June 16.

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Roberto Escobar | EFE
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Rhino baby

Tanda, a white rhinoceros, stands next to her 1-day-old calf at the Ramat Gan Safari near Tel Aviv, Israel on June 16.

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Stepping stone

A pigeon stands on top of a tortoise in the National Garden of Athens, Greece on June 15.

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Swimming swans

Baby swans search for food with their mother on the Strelasund in Germany on June 15.

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Stefan Sauer | DPA
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Loving lick

A newborn calf is groomed by its mother, Shahni, at the zoo in Hanover, Germany on June 14. The young Rothschild giraffe was born on June 5.

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Jochen Luebke | DPA
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Any cavities?

A baboon from Africa is seen at San Salvador Zoo in El Salvador on June 16.

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Roberto Escobar | EFE
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