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Pets & Animals

Animal Tracks: Sept. 26 - Oct. 3

From a hypnotized kitty to a mellow monkey, a terrifying tiger and a swimming elephant, get your cuteness fix with irresistible photos of creatures great and small.

19 PHOTOS

Following in Dad's footsteps

Robert Irwin, the 8-year-old son of "Crocodile Hunter" Steve Irwin, feeds fresh water crocodiles for the first time publicly at the Australia Zoo in Queensland, Australia, on Oct. 2.

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Dave Hunt | AAP
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Political pup

Karolee McLaughlin and her service dog, Lakota, arrive for a campaign event for Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney at the Wings Over the Rockies Air and Space Museum in Denver on Oct. 1.

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David Goldman | AP
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Prickly package

A young hedgehog curls up into a ball in Berlin on Oct. 1. If attacked, hedgehogs curl into prickly and unappetizing balls that deter most predators.

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Wolfgang Kumm | DPA
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Surf's up!

A dog named, Sir Hollywood, surfs during the annual Surf City Surf Dog competition in Huntington Beach, Calif., on Sept. 30. Some 48 dogs took part in the event, which was watched by 1,500 spectators.

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Joe Klamar | AFP
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Bubbling bug

A dewdrop covered grasshopper clings to a thistle in a pasture of a farm near Roseburg, Ore., on Sept. 30.

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Robin Loznak
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Stay!

A girl plays with her dog in a forest at the Mariendaal estate in Arnhem, the Netherlands, on Sept. 30.

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Robin Utrecht | AFP
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Underwater greeting

An elephant swims behind a window in the elephants' indoor pool of the Leipzig Zoo on Sept. 30 in central Germany.

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Jens Meyer | AP
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Hear me roar

One of two Amur tiger twin cubs yawns near its mother, Bella, during their first public walk at the Leipzig Zoo in central Germany on Sept. 30. The two Amur tiger babies were born on July 20.

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Jens Meyer | AP
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Hypnotized kitty

A Persian kitten is examined by a referee during an international feline beauty competition in Bucharest, Romania, on Sept. 29.

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Vadim Ghirda | AP
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Snuggle time

An unnamed 10-day-old baby elephant snuggles next to its mother with a Sarah Deu forest conservation response unit in Aceh Jaya, Indonesia, on September 27.

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Chaideer Mahyuddin | AFP
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Perched so pretty

A European peacock butterfly lands on flowers on Sept. 28 in Moers, western Germany.

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Roland Weihrauch | DPA
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Mellow monkey

Baby mandrill Aaron holds onto his mother, Sandra, at the tropical monkey house of the Zoological Garden in Berlin, Germany, on Sept. 28.

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Ole Spata | DPA
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Tall drink of water

A giraffe takes a drink at the Parque de Las Leyendas, a zoo in Lima, Peru, on Sept. 27.

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Stringer | X80002
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Happy hippo

Sol, a 2-year-old hippopotamus (front), plays with her mother, Carlota, at the Parque de Las Leyendas zoo in Lima, Peru, on Sept. 27. Lima's zoo celebrated Sol's birthday with a cake of vegetables.

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Stringer | X80002
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Meeting of the minds

A curious dog stares at a flock of sheep at the launch of the Prince of Wales' Campaign for Wool at Bryant Park on Sept. 27, in New York City.

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Bryan Bedder | Getty Images North America
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Walking tall

Tori, a female orangutan carries her baby at Satwa Taru Jurug zoo in Central Java, Indonesia, on Sept. 27.

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Duck reflection

A goose takes a drink on Sept. 26, at a park in Salina, Kan.

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Tom Dorsey | Salina Journal
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Taking a look

A squirrel rests on a tree during an autumn day in a park in Moscow, Russia, on Sept. 26.

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Mikhail Metzel | AP
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Terrifying tiger

Khan, a 2-year-old male Bengali white tiger, growls inside a cage at the Royev Ruchey Zoo in Krasnoyarsk, Russia, on Sept. 26.

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Ilya Naymushin | X01151
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