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Pets & Animals

Animal Tracks: March 20 - 27

Racing camels, scrambling pandas, kung-fu kicking birds and a trio of tiny Hyenas are all part of this week’s slideshow, sure to delight animal lovers everywhere.


Taking flight

Mar. 24, 2011 - Stegen, Bavaria, Germany - The picture shows a flying swan on the Ammersee close to Stegen, Germany on 24 March 2011. Spring has come to Bavaria. Photo: Karl-Josef Hildenbrand (Credit Image: © Karl-Josef Hildenbrand/DPA/
Karl-josef Hildenbrand / DPA
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Beast at the ballot

TOPSHOTS A dog is seen as its mistress is seen in a polling booth at a polling station in Nice, southeastern France, on March 27, 2011, during the second round of the local elections. France's President ruling UMP party took a beating in last Sunday's first round, attracting just 17 percent of the vote, well behind the opposition socialists' 25 percent. Just behind the UMP however, the far-right National Front (FN) registered 15 percent of the votes, in the elections to local councils in France's 100 departments. AFP PHOTO/ VALERY HACHE (Photo credit should read VALERY HACHE/AFP/Getty Images)
Valery Hache / AFP
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Bear hugs

NUREMBERG, GERMANY - MARCH 24: The polar bear cubs Aleut and Gregor enjoy the outdoors under supervision of mother Vera at Nuremberg Zoo on March 24, 2011 in Nuremberg, Germany. The two Polar Bear twins are named Gregor and Aleut and were born on December 2, 2010 at the zoo. (Photo by Hans-Martin Issler/Getty Images)
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It's the climb

A one-inch-long Pacific tree frog climbs in grass near a pond on a rural farm near Oakland, Ore., on Saturday, March 26, 2011. Pacific tree frogs, which are also known as the Pacific chorus frogs, are the most common frog on the west coast of North America. (Credit Image: © Robin Loznak)
Robin Loznak / Robin Loznak
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Pack of camels

Omani trainers run in front of their camels at the start of the annual camel race in the Flaija race court in the south of Muscat March 22, 2011. REUTERS/Jamal Saidi (OMAN - Tags: ANIMALS)
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Statue snacking

A bird picks food from the mouth of Kal Bhairab's statue, the Hindu god of destruction, at Durbar Square in Kathmandu on March 28, 2011. Durbar Square is listed as a UNESCO world heritage site. AFP PHOTO/ Prakash MATHEMA (Photo credit should read PRAKASH MATHEMA/AFP/Getty Images)
Prakash Mathema / AFP
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Earning his stripes

Mar. 21, 2011 - Eberswalde, Brandenburg, Germany - A zebra enjoys the spring sun at it's zoo enclosure in Eberswalde, Germany, 21 March 2011. Photo: Patrick Pleul (Credit Image: © Patrick Pleul/DPA/
Patrick Pleul / DPA
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Life's a boar

TOPSHOTS A young boar stands next to its mother on March 28, 2011 at a deer park in Klaistow, eastern Germany. The piglets loose their characteristic striped coat after approximately three to four months and replace it with a unicolored brown coat. AFP PHOTO PATRICK PLEUL GERMANY OUT (Photo credit should read PATRICK PLEUL/AFP/Getty Images)
Patrick Pleul / DPA
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Floating fish

epa02654309 Two Phyllorhiza punctata, also known as the Australian spotted jellyfish or the White-spotted jellyfish float in an aquarium of the Budapest Zoo in Budapest, Hungary, 26 March 2011. This species is native in the southwestern Pacific in the waters off the Australian coast and it's a new resident of the Budapest Zoo. Phyllorhiza punctata has also been found in large numbers in Gulf of Mexico since 2001. EPA/ATTILA KOVACS HUNGARY OUT
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Out on a limb

In this photo taken on Friday, March 25, 2011, feeders try to reach a panda cub which rests on branches at the Giant Panda Breading Base in Chengdu in southwest China's Sichuan province. (AP Photo) CHINA OUT
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Got a seat for me?

A pelican stands at the side of the lake as people enjoy the spring weather from a bench in a park in Essen, Germany, Thursday, March 24, 2011. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner)
Martin Meissner / AP
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Will climb for sun

epa02653061 An Orangutan enjoys the first spring sun at the Ouwehands Zoo in Rhenen, the Netherlands, 25 March 2011. EPA/KOEN VAN WEEL
Koen Van Weel / ANP
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Eye contact

A close-up view shows an eye of a pink flamingo at the Villa Lorena animal refuge centre in Cali March 23, 2011. Picture taken March 23, 2011. REUTERS/Jaime Saldarriaga (COLOMBIA)
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Protected porpoise

Japanese pet shop owner Ryo Taira rescues a young finless porpoise from a flooded rice paddy, 2km inland, in Sendai, Miyagi prefecture, on March 23, 2011. The small cetacean was brought inland by the huge tsunami waves that inundated the area on March 11. JAPAN OUT RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE MANDATORY CREDIT AFP PHOTO / ASAHI SHIMBUN (Photo credit should read STR/AFP/Getty Images)
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Grazing grounds

Sheep graze at the ancient Greek and Roman ruined city of Cyrene in modern-day Shahaat, eastern Libya March 26, 2011. Founded in 4th century BC by Greeks and later Romanised, Cyrene was one of the principal cities in the Hellenic world. Near Cyrene, one of the most important cities of the Hellenic world, are the lush hills and cool climes of Jebel al-Akhdar, but no facilities for tourists.
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Take out menu

epa02658242 A Grey Heron flies off with a fish in his beak after feeding time at the zoo in Heidelberg, Germany, 28 March 2011. EPA/RONALD WITTEK
Ronald Wittek / DPA
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Lend me an ear

An owl eye butterfly perches on the ear of a biologist at the new Rainforest Butterfly Farm in Panama City, Thursday March 24, 2011. According to biologists at the farm, more than 400 species of butterflies can be seen in the Panamanian forest. (AP Photo/Arnulfo Franco)
Arnulfo Franco / AP
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Frolicking with Frisbee

Mar. 27, 2011 - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, U.S. - Robin Rombach/Post-Gazette.March 27, 2011 Carnegie.local-standalone.Airborne--Jazzmine (cq) a chocolate lab mix, goes airborne as she grabs a frisbee thrown by her owner Ted Gabig as they enjoy Sunday's sunshine in their yard in Carnegie. (Credit Image: © Pittsburgh Post-Gazette/
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Urban nesting

In this Monday, March 21, 2011 photo, a red-tailed hawk returns to its nest where its partner, not pictured, sits atop recently laid eggs, at The Franklin Institute in Philadelphia. The mating couple has returned to its unusual urban nest on a ledge at the city's science museum for the third straight year. The Franklin Institute has a webcam that allows thousands of bird lovers to watch as the hawks raise their young. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)
Matt Rourke / AP
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Cub scouting

This photo provided by the Schoenbrunn Zoo shows seven month old panda cub Fu Hu exploring the outdoors for the first time in Vienna, Austria., on Thursday, March 24, 2011. Fu Hu, who was born on Aug. 23, is a sensation because he was conceived naturally. He follows in the footsteps of his older brother, Fu Long, who charmed Austrians before leaving for China in 2009. (AP Photo/Schoenbrunn Zoo, Norbert Potensky)
Norbert Potensky / Schoenbrunn Zoo
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Triple threat

A trio of striped Hyena cubs stand on their play-blanket at the Kenya Wildlife Service headquarters on March 24, 2011 in Nairobi where they have lived since their rescue a month ago. The striped Hyaena [Hyaena hyaena] is considered threatened in all parts of its Africa range where data are sufficient to evaluate the local status with the exceptions of Ethiopia and Kenya where it is considered a Lower Risk : 'Near Threatened' by an International Union for Conservation of Nature, IUCN, evaluation of the year 2000. The striped hyaena has been widely hunted through poisoning, baiting traps, pits, or with the help of dogs such that it may come close to meeting a continuing decline of 10% over the next three generation. A tentative estimate of the total worldwide population size is 5,000 to 14,000 individuals. AFP PHOTO / Tony KARUMBA (Photo credit should read TONY KARUMBA/AFP/Getty Images)
Tony Karumba / AFP
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Kung fu birding

Mar. 26, 2011 - London, England, United Kingdom - As thousands marched in the TUC demonstration, these coots put on a demonstration of their own. With scenes reminiscent of a kung fu flick, they kicked their way through St. James Park, with neither, seemingly coming out on top. (Credit Image: © Ed Brown/London News Pictures/London News Pictures/
Ed Brown / London News Pictures
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So long, for now

17-year-old evacuee Shoko Igarashi, hugs her dog that will have to be looked after by friends while she goes into a shelter in Koriyama in Fukushima prefecture, 60km west of Fukushima nuclear power plant on March 23, 2011. The number of people confirmed dead or listed as missing in Japan surpassed 24,000, 12 days after a massive earthquake and tsunami struck the country's northeast coast. AFP PHOTO / Go TAKAYAMA (Photo credit should read GO TAKAYAMA/AFP/Getty Images)
Go Takayama / AFP
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Staying put

epa02648299 Ivan Shamyanok walks in the yard of his home in the almost abandoned village of Tulgovichi, near the 30 km exclusion zone around the Chernobyl nuclear reactor, some 370 km from Minsk, Belarus, 22 March 2011. The village of Tulgovichi had about 1,000 inhabitants before and only few pensioners have stubbornly resisted to move after the nuclear accident and stayed here to live in the polluted village. Belarussians will mark the 25th anniversary of the world's yet worst nuclear power accident on 26 April 2011. EPA/TATYANA ZENKOVICH
Tatyana Zenkovich / EPA
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Horses at sundown

epa02650485 Two jockeys at the track of Meydan racecourse during their preparations for 'Dubai World Cup' race at the Dubai World Cup 2011 in Dubai, United Arab Emirates,24 March 2011. A huge event not only in Dubai, but in horse racing circles around the world, the Dubai World Cup is one of the most glamorous events in the sporting calendar. The Dubai World Cup is one race on the 2km (1.3 mile) sand and dirt track which is flood-lit at night and crowded with thousands of cheering spectators, the Dubai World Cup runs until 26 March. EPA/ALI HAIDER
Ali Haider / EPA
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