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Animal Tracks: March 8-15

Polar bear hugs, jumping joeys and more of this week's best animal photos

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Image: Veiled Chameleon hatchlings at Taronga Zoo

Clinging chameleon

Taronga Zoo in Sydney, Australia has welcomed more than 20 baby chameleons, with the last of three clutches of eggs hatching this week. Veiled Chameleons are native to Saudi Arabia and Yemen and can live up to five years.

Taronga Zoo / AAP / TARONGA ZOO
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Jumping joey

A mother Kangaroo and her newly emerged unnamed joey in the Australia section of the Los Angeles Zoo, on March 12. The kangaroo and koala joeys which are between 7-9 months old are finally emerging from their mothers pouches as spring weather arrives in the city.

Mark Ralston / AFP
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Splish splash

A joao-de-barrocools itself down in a puddle at a parking lot in Brasilia, Brazil, on March 12.

Evaristo Sa / AFP
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Image: Butterflies from around the world fill the bird aviary for the next month at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park in San Diego, CA

New friend

A Common Blue Morpho butterfly lands on the arm of Garbiella as it and hundreds of other butterflies from around the world fill the bird aviary for the next month at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park in San Diego, California on March 13. Called the Butterfly Jungle, the exhibit has over 30 species of butterflies.

Mike Blake / X00030
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Stretch it out

Storks crane their necks in Biebesheim, Germany on March 9.

Boris Roessler / DPA
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Bear hug

Polar bear baby Charlotte plays with her mother Vera as she explores their outdoor enclosure at the Nuremberg Zoo in Nuremberg, Germany for the first time on March 12. Charlotte was born on Nov. 21, 2014.

Timm Schamberger / DPA
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Leap of faith

A baby tiger plays in its enclosure at the zoo in Eberswalde, Germany on March 10.

Patrick Pleul / DPA
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Image: One of the sled dogs gets a boots put on by a handler from Thomas Waerner's team at the official start of the 2015 Iditarod Trail Sled Dog race in Fairbanks

Warming up

One of the sled dogs has his boots put on by a handler from Thomas Waerner's team at the official start of the 2015 Iditarod Trail Sled Dog race in Fairbanks, Alaska on March 9.

Mark Meyer
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Sleepy animals make cute poses as spring comes

Soaking it in

Ring-tailed lemurs enjoy the sun at the Hangzhou Zoo in east China's Zhejiang province, on March 12.

Xu Kangping / Imaginechina
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How now, brown cow?

The eye of a dairy cow on a farm in Caserta, southern Italy on March 11.

Mario Laporta / AFP
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Image: Turtle

Heads up!

A soft-shell turtle pokes its head out of the long grass along the fourth green during the second round of the Valspar Championship golf tournament on March 13, at Innisbrook in Palm Harbor, Fla.

Chris O'meara / AP
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Cave colony

Bats hang from the roof of a cave in Mikulov, Czech Republic on March 9. Up to six hundred bats spend the winter here.

Radek Mica / AFP
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Image: A baby white rhinoceros born at The Taman Safari Indonesia (TSI)

Tiny treat

An Indonesian animal keeper, Poniran, feeds a male baby white rhinoceros at the Taman Safari Indonesia Conservation Park in Bogor, on March 11.

Adi Weda / EPA
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Whale of a time

A grey whale emerges from the waters of the Ojo de Liebre Lagoon, Baja California Sur state, Mexico on March 3. The Pacific gray whales have been protected since 1947 and are at the center of a growing whale-sightseeing industry. Their numbers have dropped by a third, from around 26,000, in the late 1990s. Whales swim to Laguna de Liebre and other lagoons off Mexico's northwest Baja California peninsula, where they breed and nurse their calves each year after migrating thousands of miles from Canada and Alaska.

This image was released on March 13.

Omar Torres / AFP
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Cluck cluck

A newly born chicken of Slovak breed Oravka in a home-made incubator on March 11 in Hviezdoslavov. Oravka is one of the most famous national breeds suitable for the harsh climatic conditions of northern Slovakia.

Samuel Kubani / AFP
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Family time

Mr. Big roars at two females and a lion cub at the Henry Doorly Zoo in Omaha, Neb., on March 13. The three African lion cubs, born on Nov. 21, 2014, their mom Ahadi and aunt Mfisha, were put together for the first time with the father Mr. Big in the outdoor Cat Complex exhibit.

Nati Harnik / AP
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Call of the wild

A stork sits on its nest on March 9, in Sandershausen, Germany.

Uwe Zucchi / DPA
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