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Pets & Animals
Animal Tracks: May 23 - 30
From animals getting sporty to lounging cats and a rescued otter, get your cuteness fix with irresistible photos of creatures great and small.
A beluga whale plays with a football at the Beijing Aquarium on May 30, 2012. The aquarium, which is the largest in China and shaped like a huge conch shell, was named by state media as a "Beijing civilized Tourist Scenic Spot" and houses more than 1,000 marine species and freshwater fish. AFP PHOTO / Mark RALSTONMARK RALSTON/AFP/GettyImages— Mark Ralston / AFP
Only dogs allowed
Leeloo, a 7-month-old chocolate lab, drinks from a specially-made water fountain for dogs on Tuesday, May 29, 2012, in Memphis, Tenn., at the new dog park scheduled to officially open June 2 at Overton Park. (AP Photo/The Commercial Appeal, Mike Brown)— Mike Brown / The Commercial Appeal
Donna, a two-year-old elephant, plays with a giant ball at Whipsnade Zoo near Dunstable, central England on May 28, 2012. The elephants were playing with the ball with their keepers as the zoo prepares to host a sporting extravaganza. AFP PHOTO/ ADRIAN DENNISADRIAN DENNIS/AFP/GettyImages— Adrian Dennis / AFP
What a hoot!
A baby owl peers down from a tree branch in the backyard at the home of Margaret Vaughn on Sunday, May 27, 2012, in Hutchinson, Kan. Six young owls were discovered in the backyard while friends and family were gathered for a Memorial Day weekend cookout. (AP Photo/The Hutchinson News, Lindsey Bauman)— Lindsey Bauman / The Hutchinson News
epa03237584 Clouded Leopard cub Lek (Little), at the world's first Clouded Leopard's breeding center, at Khao Kheow Open Zoo, Chonburi, Thailand, 27 May 2012. Two cubs, affectionately known as Little (Lek in Thai) and Big (Yai), have to be officially named but have brought joy to the future of the project that aims to diversify the gene pool of the highly vunerable, secretive Asian cat. The program is developed by a consortium including the Thailand Zoological Parks Organization, Khao Kheow Open Zoo, Nashville Zoo, and the Smithsonian's National Zoological Park. Since 2002, 53 cubs have been born at the Thai breeding center. EPA/BARBARA WALTON— Barbara Walton / EPA
Ikar, a sniffer dog, yawns while riding with handler Vance McFarland, a Specialist of the U.S.Army 82nd Airborne Division, inside an armored vehicle outside Forward Operating Base (FOB) Pasab in Kandahar province, southern Afghanistan May 26, 2012. REUTERS/Shamil Zhumatov (AFGHANISTAN - Tags: MILITARY CIVIL UNREST POLITICS ANIMALS)— Shamil Zhumatov / X00499
SAN FRANCISCO, CA - MAY 25: (EDITORS NOTE: Image was created using the iPhone 4s with Instagram 'LoFi' filter) A cat sits in front of the Golden Gate Bridge on May 25, 2012 in San Francisco, California. The Golden Gate Bridge, Highway and Transportation District is preparing for the 75th anniversary of the iconic Golden Gate Bridge that will be marked with a festival on May 26 - 27 that will feature music, displays of bridge artifacts and art exhibits. The 1.7 mile steel suspension bridge, one of the modern Wonders of the World, opened to traffic on May 27, 1937. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)— Justin Sullivan / Getty Images North America
Baby swan rehab
Orphaned and lame cygnets swim in a trainer pool at the Swan Sanctuary in Shepperton, south west London May 25, 2012. The 5 acre (2 hectare) national waterfowl sanctuary lies on the site of an old gravel pit and consists of a hospital wing complete with operating theatre, a heated intensive care section and a recovery area with an exercise pond. REUTERS/Luke MacGregor (BRITAIN - Tags: ENVIRONMENT ANIMALS)— Luke Macgregor / X01981
A grey egret with her newborn chicks sits on her nest at the Panbazar area on the banks of the Brahmaputra River in Guwahati on May 25, 2012. Scores of egrets build their nests among trees in the populated Panbazar area, a major business centre of Guwahati, at this time of the year. But the city's urban expansion threatens to reduce the number of nesting egrets as trees are cut down to make way for buildings. AFP PHOTO/Biju BoroSTRDEL/AFP/GettyImages— Strdel / AFP
A swan preens itself at the Swan Sanctuary in Shepperton, south west London May 25, 2012. The 5 acre national waterfowl sanctuary lies on the site of an old gravel pit and consists of a hospital wing complete with operating theatre, a heated intensive care section and a recovery area with an exercise pond. REUTERS/Luke MacGregor (BRITAIN - Tags: ENVIRONMENT ANIMALS)— Luke Macgregor / X01981
In this May 24, 2012 photo provided by the Shedd Aquarium in Chicago, Cayucos, an orphaned sea otter pup, is seen making her first public appearance at the aquarium. The sea otter was found stranded on a beach in California and named after the beach where she was rescued. The staff at Shedd has nursed the 7-month-old otter back to health. She has put on 11 pounds since arriving at the aquarium in January and now weighs 26 pounds. (AP Photo/Shedd Aquarium, Brenna Hernandez)— Brenna Hernandez / Shedd Aquarium
This image provided by the San Diego Zoo shows a reindeer mother keeping a close eye on her 10-day-old calf at the San Diego Zoo, Thursday May 24, 2012, in San Diego. The young now weighs 15 pounds and showing spurts of energy, but he is still a little wobbly on the hilly terrain. The calf is still nursing and appears to only be sampling foods like acacia leaves. (AP Photo/San Diego Zoo, Ken Bohn)— Ken Bohn / San Diego Zoo
Coming in for a landing
A bird comes in for a landing on an electrical power line in Monterey Park, east of downtown of Los Angeles in the San Gabriel Valley on May 24, 2012 in California. Birds are able to to survive on an an electrical power line because a bird only touches one line, whereas if it were to touch another line or a pole, electricity will travel through the bird to either the ground or another wire as electricity has to flow from something to something. While there is tremendous electrical potential when a bird sits on a wire, because it doesn't go anywhere the bird remains perfectly safe since the electrical potential has no path through the bird. AFP PHOTO / Frederic J. BROWNFREDERIC J. BROWN/AFP/GettyImages— Frederic J. Brown / AFP