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Pets & Animals
Animal Tracks: June 28 - July 4
From a greedy meerkat to a yawning lion and an eight-legged soccer fan, see images of critters great and small.
Where's the beach?
Blue crabs line up against a wall along the main seaside avenue of Cancun, Mexico. According to the city's environmental agency, more than 200 crabs were rescued and another estimated 1,000 are yet to be caught after the crabs came out when ongoing public works along the avenue disrupted their nests.
Are you my mother?
Pia Marie Witt takes a refreshing dip in a forest lake together with her Indian Runner Ducks in Fuerstenwalde, Hesse state, Germany. Pia was choosen the 'Duck Mama' by the ducklings after they hatched. In a few weeks she plans to swim from Kassel via the Fulda and Weser rivers down to the North Sea where the ducklings will be released into the wild.
Swim into the light
A grey nurse shark swims through an artificial beam of light at the Sydney Aquarium. The aquarium has been transformed for a limited time into Shark HQ, an interactive shark adventure where the public can track individual sharks up and down the coast and walk down tunnels displaying one of the world's largest collections of sharks.
A Cambodian girl shows off a live spider clinging on her shirt at the town of Skun, Kampong Cham province, 46 miles northeast of Phnom Penh, Cambodia. The town is the well-known place for selling deep-fried spiders to travelers, who stop by on their way to and from the country's northern and northeastern provinces. Live spiders are also put into rice wine to make traditional medicinal liquor.
Ready for my closeup
A newly emerged adult dragonfly dries its wings in the sunshine near a pond in Roseburg, Ore. The larval stage of large dragonflies may last as long as five years. When the larva is ready to metamorphose into an adult, it climbs up a reed or plant.
You laughing at me?
Three Appaloosa horses sport their personal fly masks as they dine on hay while awaiting transportation back to Troy, Mo., following their competing in the 2010 World Championship Appaloosa Youth Show in Jackson, Miss. The fly masks protect the horses' eyes from flies and other winged bugs, as well as UV-rays.
Tastes like chicken
Two live Tasmanian devils eat fresh meat placed inside a fake dead kangaroo designed to look like road kill at Taronga Zoo's new Tasmanian Devil Breeding Center in Sydney. The center will play an important role in helping to save the world's largest remaining carnivorous marsupial, allowing visitors to the zoo to see conservation action, with an outdoor 'classroom' showing the difficulties the devil faces in the wild.
You go first
African penguins stand along the rocks at Boulders Beach in Simon's Town, South Africa. The vulnerable species live in a penguin colony in False Bay that is part of Table Mountain National Park. Since breeding two pairs in 1982, the penguin colony has grown over the years to more than 3,000. World Cup tourists have brought double the usual numbers of people visiting the famous penguin breeding ground.