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Animal Tracks: Feb. 22-29

From a Leap Day frog to a bear waking up after a long winter slumber, get your daily cuteness fix with irresistible photos of creatures great and small

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Leap day

epa03126353 A Green Tree Frog on display at Melbourne Zoo in Melbourne, Australia, 29 February 2012. The international amphibian conservation group Amphibian Ark named the 29 February leap day the day for 'Leaping Ahead of Extinction', claiming that about 30 percent of the 6,285 amphibian species world wide are threatened with extinction and thousands more are in trouble. AUSTRALIA AND NEW ZEALAND OUT
Julian Smith / AAP
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Image: Polar Bear twins in Dutch zoo for the first time in open air

Cub club

epa03126767 The Polar Bear twins walk with their mother Huggies in the open air for the first time in Dutch Zoo 'Ouwehands Dierenpark' in Rhenen, The Netherlands, 29 February 2012. The cubs were born three months ago. EPA/ERIK VAN 'T WOUD
Erik Van 'T Woud / ANP
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Image: Lynx in Bad Harzburg

Sitting pretty

epa03125909 A lynx sits in its enclosure on the Rabenklippe in Bad Harzburg, Germany, 28 February 2012. Lynxes are medium-sized wildcats that are solitary hunters active at twilight. EPA/JULIAN STRATENSCHULTE
Julian Stratenschulte / DPA
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Image: A bee collects pollen from an almond blossom in early spring at park in Amman

The secret life of bees

A bee collects pollen from an almond blossom in early spring at park in Amman, February 28, 2012. REUTERS/Ali Jarekji (JORDAN - Tags: ANIMALS ENVIRONMENT SOCIETY)
Ali Jarekji / X00137
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Image: Octopus show at SeaLife aquarium in Germany

Octopus garden

epa03125610 Pupils stand in front of the new octopus aquarium in the special exhibtion 'Octopus Garden' at the SeaLife aquarium in Timmendorfer Strand, Germany, 28 February 2012. The touring exhibition focuses on the life of octopuses and their habitat, and invites visitors to learn more about these fabled animals, their extraordinary skills and mental capabilities. EPA/JENS BUETTNER
Jens Buettner / DPA
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Dingo break

Three dingo puppies sit in their enclosure on February 28, 2012 at the Tierpark Friedrichsfelde zoo in Berlin. Four baby dingos were born at the zoo on January 3, 2012. AFP PHOTO / STEPHANIE PILICK GERMANY OUT (Photo credit should read STEPHANIE PILICK/AFP/Getty Images)
Stephanie Pilick / DPA
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Image: An Italian Greyhound named Rem rests on its owner's lap during a walk in the town of Divnogorsk

Putin supporter

A 3-year old Italian Greyhound named Rem, wearing a presidential campaign badge for Vladimir Putin, rests on its owner's lap during a walk in the town of Divnogorsk, 38 km (24 miles) south of Russia's Siberian city of Krasnoyarsk, February 27, 2012. Russians will go to the polls for their presidential election on March 4. The badge reads, "The Supporter of Putin". REUTERS/Ilya Naymushin (RUSSIA - Tags: ANIMALS POLITICS ELECTIONS SOCIETY)
Ilya Naymushin / X01151
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Image: A falconer trains his hunting falcon in the desert near Tabuk

Flying falcon

A falconer trains his hunting falcon in the desert near Tabuk, 1500 km (932 miles) from Riyadh February 26, 2012. REUTERS/Mohamed Alhwaity (SAUDI ARABIA - Tags: ANIMALS SOCIETY)
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Image: Birds at Dal Lake in Srinagar

Birds on the bank of a river

epa03122790 A flock of birds gathers on the banks of the Dal Lake in Srinagar, the summer capital of Indian Kashmir, 26 February 2012. There has been a considerable improvement in the weather in Indian Kashmir the India Meteorological Department of the Ministry Of Earth Sciences said on 26 February, with temperatures expected to rise up to 12 degrees Celsius and only light snow expected. EPA/FAROOQ KHAN
Farooq Khan / EPA
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Image: Red-Backed Salamander

Scintillating salamander

Feb. 25, 2012 - Elkton, Oregon, U.S - A western red-backed salamander climbs over a mossy rain-soaked log in a forested area near Elkton, Ore. The western red-backed salamander lives and breeds entirely on land in the damp coastal forests along the Pacific coast of North America from British Columba to southern Oregon. (Credit Image: © Robin Loznak/ZUMAPRESS.com)
Robin Loznak / Robin Loznak
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Pleasing puppy

This photo taken on February 24, 2012 shows a boys playing with his pet dog inside a pagoda on the banks of Taungthaman lake near the famous U Bein bridge outside Myanmar's northern city of Mandalay. U Bein is the world's longest and oldest teak bridge stretching close to 1.2 kilometers across Lake Taungthaman. AFP PHOTO (Photo credit should read STR/AFP/Getty Images)
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A sociable pig

Shy, a six-month-old pet pig, follows his owners Edgard and Nuria Martinez, right, in downtown Mexico City, Thursday Feb. 23, 2012. Shy's owners take him on daily walks and recently put a sweater on him due to the cold weather. (AP Photo/Alexandre Meneghini)
Alexandre Meneghini / AP
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A mother's kiss

A baby giraffe, only a few days old, shares a moment of tenderness with her mother Santana in an enclosure at the Budapest Zoo and Botanical Garden on February 24, 2012. The 170 cm tall baby giraffe was born a week ago. AFP PHOTO / ATTILA KISBENEDEK (Photo credit should read ATTILA KISBENEDEK/AFP/Getty Images)
Attila Kisbenedek / AFP
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Image: Green tree pythons move to hillside zoo Halle

Photogenic python

epa03119643 Tree python Resi explores her new enclosure at the hillside zoo in Halle/Saale, Germany, 24 February 2012. Two green tree pythons moved to the zoo in Halle after being seized by the Munich customs office. EPA/JAN WOITAS
Jan Woitas / DPA
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Image: Black swans

Black swans

epa03119586 Five young black swans swimming behind their mother in the Merwestein Park in the center of Dordrecht, The Netherlands, 24 February 2012. EPA/ROBERT VOS
Robert Vos / ANP
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Two shells are better than one

A 5 year old steppe turtle with two heads and six paws is displayed as part of an exhibition at the Science History Museum in Kiev on February 23, 2012. The Ukrainian born reptile, on display at the museum, has a heart-shaped shell, two hearts but only one intestine, exposition organisers said. AFP PHOTO / GENYA SAVILOV (Photo credit should read GENYA SAVILOV/AFP/Getty Images)
Genya Savilov / AFP
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Image: Groomed Shih Tzu dogs wait for the start of a competition during the Asia-Pacific Dog Show in Manila

Pampered pooch

Groomed Shih Tzu dogs wait for the start of a competition during the Asia-Pacific Dog Show in Manila February 24, 2012. The three-day event, organised by the Philippine Canine Club, is held to promote and encourage the love for pure-bred dogs. REUTERS/Erik De Castro (PHILIPPINES - Tags: ANIMALS SOCIETY)
Erik De Castro / X00079
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Fancy flamingo

A Caribbean flamingo puts its beak under its wing in the spring-like weather at the Philadelphia Zoo Thursday, Feb. 23, 2012 in Philadelphia. The Philadelphia Zoo is one of America's oldest, opening to the public in 1874. Flamingo's pink color comes from the carotenoids in their food. Without these, the flamingo's feathers would be white. At the zoo, they eat scientifically formulated commercial flamingo feed that keeps their feathers pink. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
Alex Brandon / AP
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Now that's a yawn

"Lucha" the jaguar cub born in June, yawns in the spring-like weather at the Philadelphia Zoo, Thursday, Feb. 23, 2012 in Philadelphia. The Philadelphia Zoo is one of America's oldest, opening to the public in 1874. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
Alex Brandon / AP
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Image: Veterinarian treats young wild boar

Broken boar

epa03119297 Veterinarian Franziska Heckel treats a young wild boar with a broken leg at the veterinary practice Bredow in Sieversdorf, Germany, 22 February 2012. A family found the injured wild boar and brought it to the veterinary. EPA/PATRICK PLEUL
Patrick Pleul / DPA
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Image: Palle-Jooseppi, a male brown bear at Ranua Zoo, wakes up after winter hibernation in Ranua

Long nap

Palle-Jooseppi, a male brown bear at Ranua Zoo, wakes up after winter hibernation in Ranua February 23, 2012. REUTERS/Kaisa Siren/Lehtikuva (FINLAND - Tags: ANIMALS ENVIRONMENT TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY) NO THIRD PARTY SALES. NOT FOR USE BY REUTERS THIRD PARTY DISTRIBUTORS. FINLAND OUT. NO COMMERCIAL OR EDITORIAL SALES IN FINLAND. THIS IMAGE HAS BEEN SUPPLIED BY A THIRD PARTY. IT IS DISTRIBUTED, EXACTLY AS RECEIVED BY REUTERS, AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS
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Adorable aardvark

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