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Pets & Animals

Animal Tracks: Oct. 3 - 10

From adorable cubs to hungry chimps and a dog soaring through the air, get your cuteness fix with irresistible photos of creatures great and small.

19 PHOTOS

Hello world!

An empoyee of the Hanover zoo presents the first offspring of African penguins at the zoo in Hanover, Germany, 04 October 2012. The small penguin was named Sean-Michael und was born on 08 September 2012.
Jochen Luebke / DPA
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Baby's blanket

A tiger cub rests at a nursery room at the Shanghai Zoo in Shanghai, China, Thursday Oct. 4, 2012.
Eugene Hoshiko / AP
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Black and tan

Ema Elsa, a nine-year-old Black Rhino, is nuzzled by her newborn calf in their enclosure at Chester Zoo in Chester, northern England October 5, 2012. The female calf which is less than 48 hours old will join an international breeding programme for the critically endangered species.
Phil Noble / X01988
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Taking flight

Blaine soars through the air during the Outdoor Big Air discipline at the DockDogs national competition Saturday, Oct. 6, 2012, in Houston. The event featured Outdoor Big Air, Extreme Vertical and Speed Retrieve.
Cody Duty / Houston Chronicle
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Fiesty feeders

Garden birds fight for a spot at a feeder in a Johannesburg garden Sunday, Oct. 7, 2012. The northern part of the country is in the grip of a heat wave as the long summer months get underway.
Denis Farrell / AP
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Omnivorous otter

A wild river otter hunts for fish in a small duck pond at a city park in Roseburg, Ore., on Monday, Oct. 8, 2012.
Robin Loznak
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Peek-a-boo, I see you

Two dogs look out through a hole in the wall of a house in Bogota, Colombia, Monday, Oct. 8, 2012.
Fernando Vergara / AP
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Swan lake

A swan rests on the small lake Drazdiak in Bratislava, Slovakia on October 4, 2012, during the World Animal Day, which was established in 1931 as a way to highlight the plight of endangered species. October 4th was chosen as World Animal Day as it is the feast day of St. Francis of Assisi, the patron saint of animals.
Samuel Kubani / AFP
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Hibernation preparation

A brown bear takes a nap during the World Animal Day on October 4, 2012 at Korkeasaari Zoo in Helsinki, Finland.
Jarno Mela / AFP
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Leering leopard

A snow leopard stalks during the World Animal Day on October 4, 2012 at Korkeasaari Zoo in Helsinki, Finland.
Jarno Mela / AFP
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Camel bump

Camels graze in their enclosure at Korkeasaari Zoo in Helsinki, Finland on October 4, 2012. October 4th is the World Animal Day.
Jarno Mela / AFP
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Rio rodent

A Brazilian Gamba is seen during the celebration of Saint Francis of Assisi feast at Riozoo in Rio de Janeiro on October 04, 2012.
Vanderlei Almeida / AFP
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Prickly position

A sparrow clings to the thorny stem of a teasel plant in an overgrown undeveloped subdivision lot in Roseburg, Ore., on Thursday, Oct. 4, 2012.
Robin Loznak
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Poofy panda

This image provided by the San Diego Zoo shows a cub panda during a routine medical exam Thursday Oct. 4, 2012 at the zoo in San Diego. The 9-week-old panda cub at the San Diego Zoo was more alert during his exam this week. The cub's eyes are completely open now and his sight continues to improve, allowing him to be more aware of his surroundings. His growth is on track with other giant pandas born at the San Diego Zoo.
Ken Bohn / San Diego Zoo
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Celebrating Halloween early?

The chimpanzee family of Burgers' Zoo in the Dutch city Arnhem could Monday 8-10-2012 for the first time in their lives eat pumpkins. The healthy and sweet flesh of the pumpkins fell on good soil and the apes were even willing to share this delicacy with each other. Burgers' Zoo tries to maximize the use of seasonal products in the diet of the animals. Pumpkins are becoming increasingly popular in the Netherlands as a vegetable... at the benefit of the chimpanzees. The Arnhem zoo use the same perfect quality of fruit for animals as for their restaurants. Burgers' Zoo owns the oldest chimp family in the world in a zoo.
Vidiphoto / DPA
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Curious cats

Oct. 8, 2012 - Aschersleben, Deutschland - Weisser Jaguar-Nachwuchs im Zoo in Aschersleben / 081012..***White Jaguars at Aschersleben Zoo in Germany, October 8th, 2012.
Trax / Action Press
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Standing tall

Dagmar, the Rothschild giraffe, nuzzles her newborn calf in their enclosure at Chester Zoo in Chester, northern England October 5, 2012.
Phil Noble / X01988
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Show off

A peacock is seen in a stud farm in Cali, Valle del Cauca department, Colombia on October 7, 2012.
Luis Robayo / AFP
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A new home

Northern Lynx kittens, explore their enclosure at the Highland Wildlife park on October 9, 2012 in Kingussie, Scotland. The feline twins are believed to be the type of lynx found historically in Scotland. The Highland Wildlife Park specialises in Scottish animal species, both past and present, and species that are well adapted to cold weather.
Jeff J. Mitchell / Getty Images Europe
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