Animal Tracks

A patriotic prancer, an adorable owlet, the ugliest dog and a wild goose chase are all part of this week's awesome collection of animal photos.

A horse sports a red-white-and-blue hat while participating in a Fourth of July parade in Alameda, California.

Ben Margot / AP

Niva, a Siberian tiger, carries one of her three cubs at the Budapest Zoo. Niva gave birth to them in May.

Bernadett Szabo / X02784

A snowy owl fledgling, one month old, sits in his enclosure in the zoo of Hanover, northern Germany.

Stefan Simonsen / dapd

Yoda reaches out for her victory trophy after winning the 2011 World's Ugliest Dog Contest, in Petaluma, Calif. A 14-year-old Chinese Crested and Chihuahua mix, Yoda took home $1000 and a plethora of pet perks during the event at the Sonoma-Marin Fair.

Noah Berger / FR34727 AP

Two owls perch in a field near the area where Ecuador's national soccer team is training in Santa Fe, Argentina.

Fernando Vergara / AP

A snail crawls over a leaf in a garden in Frankfurt/Oder, eastern Germany. Summer is taking a break in wide parts of the country, bringing rain and fresh temperatures.

Patrick Pleul / DPA

An Iraqi vendor feeds birds for sale at an open-air market in Baghdad.

Khalid Mohammed / AP

Luk Chai (left) and his mother, Thong Dee, arrive for Luk Chai's second birthday celebration at Taronga Zoo in Sydney, Australia. The 1,800-lb. infant was the first Asian elephant to be born in Australia and is considered a milestone in the zoo's Asian Elephant Conservation Program.

Torsten Blackwood / AFP

Wild horses are herded down from the mountains for the annual Rapa das Bestas (shearing of the beasts) festival in Sabucedo, Spain. Hundreds of wild horses are directed into an outdoor pen to be trimmed and marked.

Denis Doyle / Getty Images Europe

A Cincinnati Zoo handler prepares to catch Sam, the zoo's 11-year-old bald eagle, during a ceremonial flight from center field to second base before a baseball game between the Cincinnati Reds and the Cleveland Indians in Cincinnati.

Al Behrman / AP

Shiley, a 2-year-old male cheetah, chases a lure down a 330-foot track at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park. Shileys Cheetah Run, a new attraction, shows visitors the cheetah's astounding speed: 0 to 70 mph in just 4 seconds.

Ken Bohn / AFP

Brock Jungles hangs on with both hands as he takes a wild ride on a sheep during the PBR bull riding event in Binford, N.D.

Dave Wallis / The Forum

Qannik, a 5-month-old polar bear cub whose name means "snowflake", adjusts to her new zoo home after being found as an orphan on Alaska's North Slope.

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Deer interact with each other while smoke from the Las Conchas fires still hovers above the town of Los Alamos, New Mexico.

Larry W. Smith / EPA

A jaguar named Daniela plays with her 6-week-old baby at the Parque de Las Leyendas zoo in Lima, Peru. Two twin melanic jaguar babies were introduced to the press at the zoo.

Mariana Bazo / X00023

Geese fly with a yellow hang-glider at the Grand Park of Puy-du-Fou, in the west coast city of Les Epesses, France.

Joel Saget / AFP

A rare white buffalo runs into a corral after a Native American naming ceremony in Greenville, Texas. The buffalo, named Lightning Medicine Cloud, was born to the Texas herd last month and holds a special place in Native American culture.

Lm Otero / AP

A python regius with two heads is displayed in Villingen-Schwenningen, southern Germany. The animal is a year old and is about 20 inches long.

Patrick Seeger / DPA

A cow passes Hindu pilgrim women drying their sarees, traditional Indian drapes, after a ritual bath in the Ganges in Allahabad, India.

Rajesh Kumar Singh / AP

Zoo owner Pierre Thivillon kisses female gorilla Digit in Saint-Martin-la-Plaine, southeastern France.

Robert Pratta / X00222

A man drives with his dog past riot police blocking access to the Greek Parliament during a 48-hour general strike in Athens.

Louisa Gouliamaki / AFP

Melbourne Zoo's newest primate baby, a 3-week-old Colobus monkey, is held in the arms of her mother Clover, in Melbourne, Australia.

William West / AFP

A herd of bison graze in Lamar Valley in Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming. On average over 3,000 bison live in the park.

Jim Urquhart / X01348

A Koala joey named Boonda clings to his mother, Elle, as they sit in their enclosure at Wildlife World in Sydney. The iconic Australian marsupial faces threats from habitat reduction and disease.

Tim Wimborne / X01371

A ladybug climbs on a daisy blooming along Highway 138 near Sutherlin, Oregon.Thousands of wild daisies grow along the roadside in the area.

Robin Loznak / Robin Loznak

Labrador puppies Hoey (left) and Hatton, named in honor of September 11, 2001 attack victims Patrick Hoey and Lenny Hatton, are pictured on the grounds of the Pentagon near Washington. The dogs are part of the Transportation and Security Administration (TSA)'s Puppy Program where young dogs are raised to be used as future bomb sniffers at air cargo facilities nationwide.

Jason Reed / X00458

A Linnaeus two-toed sloth is seen at a zoological park in Managua. Nicaragua is hosting the first regional workshop of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora.

Oswaldo Rivas / X00871