Image: Raja, a Komodo Dragon, bites a carved pumpkin during a Halloween-themed media event at the London Zoo

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Animal Tracks: Oct. 24 - 31

From cute zoo animals getting pumpkin treats, to cats competing and swans swimming, get your cuteness fix with irresistible photos of creatures great and small.

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Image: Maggie, a giraffe plays with a carved pumpkin during a Halloween-themed media event at the London Zoo

Sticking your neck out

Maggie, a giraffe plays with a carved pumpkin during a Halloween-themed media event at the London Zoo October 30, 2012. REUTERS/Suzanne Plunkett (BRITAIN - Tags: ANIMALS SOCIETY)
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Image: A judge inspects a White Persian during the World Cat Show in Zagreb

Clawing through the competition

A judge inspects a White Persian during the World Cat Show in Zagreb October 28, 2012. About 1200 cats from 33 countries are attending the World Cat show according to the organisers. REUTERS/Antonio Bronic (CROATIA - Tags: ANIMALS SOCIETY TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)
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Image: Raja, a Komodo Dragon, bites a carved pumpkin during a Halloween-themed media event at the London Zoo

Enter the dragon

Raja, a Komodo Dragon, bites a carved pumpkin during a Halloween-themed media event at the London Zoo October 30, 2012. Raja appears as himself in the latest James Bond film "Skyfall." REUTERS/Suzanne Plunkett (BRITAIN - Tags: ANIMALS SOCIETY ENTERTAINMENT ANNIVERSARY)
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Image: *** BESTPIX *** Deer In London's Richmond Park

Going stag

LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - OCTOBER 27: A red deer stag looks for food in a bracken thicket after sunrise in Richmond Park on October 27, 2012 in London, England. Richmond Park is the largest of the capital's Royal Parks and home to 630 red and fallow deer. (Photo by Dan Istitene/Getty Images) *** BESTPIX ***
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Image: Bailey the dog is walked along the beach at Cape May, N.J., as Hurrican Sandy approaches on Sunday.

Ruff weather

Bailey the dog is walked along the beach at Cape May, N.J., on Sunday. The computer models forecasting the track of Hurricane Sandy over the next three days are converging upon a landing around southern New Jersey that could create record coastal flooding and a big enough storm surge that state and local officials have ordered mandatory and voluntary evacuations along the coast from Delaware to Connecticut. (Jessica Kourkounis for The New York Times)
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Quite the coat

View of an Iguana at the Santa Fe zoo in Medellin , Antioquia department, Colombia on October 29, 2012. AFP PHOTO/Raul ARBOLEDARAUL ARBOLEDA/AFP/Getty Images
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Image: GERMANY-ANIMALS

Glamour shot

A seal takes a sun bath at the beach in Helgoland, northern Germany, on October 27, 2012. AFP Photo/ INGO WAGNER /GERMANY OUTINGO WAGNER/AFP/Getty Images
Ingo Wagner / DPA
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Image: A newly born Tatabra walks with her mother in Santa Fe zoo in Medellin

Mini-me

A newly born Tatabra (Tayassu pecari) walks with her mother in Santa Fe zoo in Medellin October 29, 2012. He was born at the zoo six days ago. REUTERS/Albeiro Lopera (COLOMBIA - Tags: ANIMALS SOCIETY)
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The blues

A blue tit sits on an oak branch in Berlin, on October 28, 2012. AFP Photo/ Tim Brakemeier /GERMANY OUTTIM BRAKEMEIER/AFP/Getty Images
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Serene swimming

Swans swim on the river Elbe in Dresden, eastern Germany, on October 29, 2012. After first snow fall of the season meteorologists forecast raising temperatures up to 9 degrees for eastern Germany in the coming week. AFP PHOTO / ARNO BURGI GERMANY OUTARNO BURGI/AFP/Getty Images
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Image: Famous Regiment Horse Retires After 19 Years Of Service With Household Cavalry

Horsing around

LONDON - OCTOBER 26: (NO SALES/ NO ARCHIVE) In this handout image supplied by the MoD Crown Copyright, Troop Leader, Captain Charlie FitzRoy is kissed by Thomas, a 22 year old gelding and one of the oldest horses in the Household Cavalry, who will be retiring after 19 years of service, in Hyde Park on October 26, 2012 in London, England. The army horse is famous for giving kisses to the men of the Life Guard Squadron in his stables at Hyde Park Barracks. When offered a polo or apple Thomas will deliver huge sloppy kisses in gratitude for his treat. He has kissed colonels, weather girls and celebrities. Before the Diamond Jubilee he took a liking to TV Presenter Phillip Schofield. He has served on numerous state occasions including the Golden Jubilee, the latest Royal Wedding and now the Diamond Jubilee and London 2012 Olympics. Next week Thomas will find rest in Berkshire with Farrier Corporal of Horse Michael Woods. Michael, a serving Household Cavalryman and trained farrier, fell in love with Thomas when he rode him as a Trooper on first joining the regiment. Michael has forged a strong bond with Thomas over the years. Michael said: "He's a warrior horse. He never complains or makes a fuss. He just gets on with the job and makes us look good on parade. That's what's important at the end of the day." (Photo by Sergeant Adrian Harlen/Mandatory Credit Crown Copyright via Getty Images)
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Image: Lepidochelys olivacea turtles in Indonesia

Shelling out

epa03447504 A picture dated 25 October 2012 shows 'Lepidochelys olivacea' sea turtles on a beach of Ngagel Beach, Banyuwangi, Indonesia. Ngagelan beach is the center of the collection of turtle eggs from the beach Pancur to Cungur long coastline of about 18,5 km. There are four types of turtles of all six species of sea turtles in Indonesia and seven species in the world who landed on these shores, namely: cracked turtle or Gray (Lepidochelys olivaceae), Hawksbill Turtle (Eretmochelys imbricata), Leatherback turtle (Dermochelys coreacea), and Green turtle (Chelonia mydas). EPA/BAGUS INDAHONO
Bagus Indahono / EPA
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Join the cub

Bantu, a lion cub born in captivity two months ago, looks at the camera at the zoo in Cali, department of Valle del Cauca, Colombia, on October 25, 2012. AFP PHOTO/Luis ROBAYOLUIS ROBAYO/AFP/Getty Images
Luis Robayo / AFP
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Image: River Otters

Just hanging around

A pair of wild river otters relax on a chunk of concrete debris in Deer Creek in Roseburg, Ore., on Friday, Oct. 26, 2012. The pair were hunting and frolicking in the creek which runs through downtown just a few hundred yards from City Hall. (Image Credit: © Robin Loznak)
Robin Loznak
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Keeping a close eye

A Black swan (Cygnus atratus) and its twelve-day old brood are seen at the Santa Fe zoo in Medellin , Antioquia department, Colombia on October 29, 2012. AFP PHOTO/Raul ARBOLEDARAUL ARBOLEDA/AFP/Getty Images
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Looking up

Female Giant Panda "Jia Jia", one of two Giant Pandas from China is seen in its enclosure on Monday Oct. 29, 2012 in Singapore. These two Giant Pandas are from China and will be residing at the River Safari Singapore, part of the Wildlife Reserves Singapore's new attraction opening in 2013. This is part of the organization's continuous efforts in boosting tourism and generating public awareness of the world's struggle in preserving its endangered species.(AP Photo/Wong Maye-E)
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Honoring a hero

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Smashing pumpkins

Jim Schulz / Chicago Zoological Society
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