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Pictures of the year: Animals

A horse stands in a snow-covered field in Cowshill, County Durham, Britain, January 5. REUTERS/Lee Smith

A horse stands in a snow-covered field in Cowshill, County Durham, Britain, January 5. REUTERS/Lee Smith

A horse stands in a snow-covered field in Cowshill, County Durham, Britain, January 5. REUTERS/Lee Smith
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Migrating Great White pelicans gather at a water reservoir in Mishmar Hasharon, central Israel November 8, 2021. REUTERS/Amir Cohen

Migrating Great White pelicans gather at a water reservoir in Mishmar Hasharon, central Israel November 8, 2021. REUTERS/Amir Cohen

Migrating Great White pelicans gather at a water reservoir in Mishmar Hasharon, central Israel November 8, 2021. REUTERS/Amir Cohen
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Bengal tiger Garfield reacts at the zoo in Havana, Cuba, April 14. REUTERS/Alexandre Meneghini

Bengal tiger Garfield reacts at the zoo in Havana, Cuba, April 14. REUTERS/Alexandre Meneghini

Bengal tiger Garfield reacts at the zoo in Havana, Cuba, April 14. REUTERS/Alexandre Meneghini
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Runners and riders compete in race 6 during the annual one-day Laytown races held on the beach under official horse racing turf club rules, which has returned after being cancelled for the past two years due to the coronavirus, in Laytown, Ireland, November 1. REUTERS/Clodagh Kilcoyne

Runners and riders compete in race 6 during the annual one-day Laytown races held on the beach under official horse racing turf club rules, which has returned after being cancelled for the past two years due to the coronavirus, in Laytown, Ireland,...more

Runners and riders compete in race 6 during the annual one-day Laytown races held on the beach under official horse racing turf club rules, which has returned after being cancelled for the past two years due to the coronavirus, in Laytown, Ireland, November 1. REUTERS/Clodagh Kilcoyne
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People and security members run away as Kurdish animal rights activists release a bear into the wild after rescuing bears from captivity in people homes, in Dohuk, Iraq February 11. REUTERS/Ari Jalal

People and security members run away as Kurdish animal rights activists release a bear into the wild after rescuing bears from captivity in people homes, in Dohuk, Iraq February 11. REUTERS/Ari Jalal

People and security members run away as Kurdish animal rights activists release a bear into the wild after rescuing bears from captivity in people homes, in Dohuk, Iraq February 11. REUTERS/Ari Jalal
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A cow is transported by a helicopter after its summer sojourn in the high Swiss Alpine meadows near the Klausenpass, Switzerland August 27. REUTERS/Arnd Wiegmann

A cow is transported by a helicopter after its summer sojourn in the high Swiss Alpine meadows near the Klausenpass, Switzerland August 27. REUTERS/Arnd Wiegmann

A cow is transported by a helicopter after its summer sojourn in the high Swiss Alpine meadows near the Klausenpass, Switzerland August 27. REUTERS/Arnd Wiegmann
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Disabled dogs in mobility aids run during a daily walk at The Man That Rescues Dogs Foundation in Chonburi, Thailand, January 26. REUTERS/Athit Perawongmetha

Disabled dogs in mobility aids run during a daily walk at The Man That Rescues Dogs Foundation in Chonburi, Thailand, January 26. REUTERS/Athit Perawongmetha

Disabled dogs in mobility aids run during a daily walk at The Man That Rescues Dogs Foundation in Chonburi, Thailand, January 26. REUTERS/Athit Perawongmetha
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A horse is photographed in Tacande while the Cumbre Vieja volcano continues to erupt, on the Canary Island of La Palma, Spain, November 28. REUTERS/Borja Suarez

A horse is photographed in Tacande while the Cumbre Vieja volcano continues to erupt, on the Canary Island of La Palma, Spain, November 28. REUTERS/Borja Suarez

A horse is photographed in Tacande while the Cumbre Vieja volcano continues to erupt, on the Canary Island of La Palma, Spain, November 28. REUTERS/Borja Suarez
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A silhouette of a deer is seen during the rutting season in Richmond Park, London, Britain, November 16. REUTERS/Toby Melville

A silhouette of a deer is seen during the rutting season in Richmond Park, London, Britain, November 16. REUTERS/Toby Melville

A silhouette of a deer is seen during the rutting season in Richmond Park, London, Britain, November 16. REUTERS/Toby Melville
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A polar bear is pictured after sparring with another bear near the Hudson Bay community of Churchill, Manitoba, Canada, November 20. REUTERS/Carlos Osorio

A polar bear is pictured after sparring with another bear near the Hudson Bay community of Churchill, Manitoba, Canada, November 20. REUTERS/Carlos Osorio

A polar bear is pictured after sparring with another bear near the Hudson Bay community of Churchill, Manitoba, Canada, November 20. REUTERS/Carlos Osorio
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Camels rest and graze next to a field near the southern Israeli village of Nitzana, Israel October 8. REUTERS/Amir Cohen

Camels rest and graze next to a field near the southern Israeli village of Nitzana, Israel October 8. REUTERS/Amir Cohen

Camels rest and graze next to a field near the southern Israeli village of Nitzana, Israel October 8. REUTERS/Amir Cohen
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A handler attempts to help pose a white-crested black Polish bantam chicken for a portrait at the annual Balmoral Show held by the Royal Ulster Agricultural Society, which has returned after being cancelled last year due to coronavirus, in Lisburn, Northern Ireland, September 23. REUTERS/Clodagh Kilcoyne

A handler attempts to help pose a white-crested black Polish bantam chicken for a portrait at the annual Balmoral Show held by the Royal Ulster Agricultural Society, which has returned after being cancelled last year due to coronavirus, in Lisburn,...more

A handler attempts to help pose a white-crested black Polish bantam chicken for a portrait at the annual Balmoral Show held by the Royal Ulster Agricultural Society, which has returned after being cancelled last year due to coronavirus, in Lisburn, Northern Ireland, September 23. REUTERS/Clodagh Kilcoyne
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Camels stand near laundry on a clothesline at the Royal Circus home base in Senas as circus shows remained shut as part of COVID-19 restrictions measures to fight the coronavirus disease outbreak in France, February 9.  REUTERS/Eric Gaillard

Camels stand near laundry on a clothesline at the Royal Circus home base in Senas as circus shows remained shut as part of COVID-19 restrictions measures to fight the coronavirus disease outbreak in France, February 9. REUTERS/Eric Gaillard

Camels stand near laundry on a clothesline at the Royal Circus home base in Senas as circus shows remained shut as part of COVID-19 restrictions measures to fight the coronavirus disease outbreak in France, February 9. REUTERS/Eric Gaillard
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A gibbon walks amid models of vehicles at a zoo in the park of miniatures in Bakhchisaray, Crimea May 24. REUTERS/Alexey Pavlishak

A gibbon walks amid models of vehicles at a zoo in the park of miniatures in Bakhchisaray, Crimea May 24. REUTERS/Alexey Pavlishak

A gibbon walks amid models of vehicles at a zoo in the park of miniatures in Bakhchisaray, Crimea May 24. REUTERS/Alexey Pavlishak
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A cat walks among incense sticks drying at a home-industry factory, ahead of the Chinese Lunar New Year, in Tangerang, on the outskirts of Jakarta, Indonesia, February 10. REUTERS/Willy Kurniawan

A cat walks among incense sticks drying at a home-industry factory, ahead of the Chinese Lunar New Year, in Tangerang, on the outskirts of Jakarta, Indonesia, February 10. REUTERS/Willy Kurniawan

A cat walks among incense sticks drying at a home-industry factory, ahead of the Chinese Lunar New Year, in Tangerang, on the outskirts of Jakarta, Indonesia, February 10. REUTERS/Willy Kurniawan
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A dog with blue fur is pictured inside a cage at a veterinary hospital where it was taken for examination, in Nizhny Novgorod, Russia February 16. A pack of stray dogs with blue fur was found earlier near an abandoned chemical plant in the city of Dzerzhinsk. REUTERS/Anastasia Makarycheva

A dog with blue fur is pictured inside a cage at a veterinary hospital where it was taken for examination, in Nizhny Novgorod, Russia February 16. A pack of stray dogs with blue fur was found earlier near an abandoned chemical plant in the city of...more

A dog with blue fur is pictured inside a cage at a veterinary hospital where it was taken for examination, in Nizhny Novgorod, Russia February 16. A pack of stray dogs with blue fur was found earlier near an abandoned chemical plant in the city of Dzerzhinsk. REUTERS/Anastasia Makarycheva
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A butterfly is seen among incense sticks during its drying process at a home-industry factory, ahead of the Chinese Lunar New Year, in Tangerang, on the outskirts of Jakarta, Indonesia, February 10. REUTERS/Willy Kurniawan

A butterfly is seen among incense sticks during its drying process at a home-industry factory, ahead of the Chinese Lunar New Year, in Tangerang, on the outskirts of Jakarta, Indonesia, February 10. REUTERS/Willy Kurniawan

A butterfly is seen among incense sticks during its drying process at a home-industry factory, ahead of the Chinese Lunar New Year, in Tangerang, on the outskirts of Jakarta, Indonesia, February 10. REUTERS/Willy Kurniawan
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A farmer gives a pig a microphone "to sing" on the stage of  The Pork Chop Revue comedy show at the 117th Kentucky State Fair in Louisville, Kentucky, August 21.  REUTERS/Amira Karaoud

A farmer gives a pig a microphone "to sing" on the stage of  The Pork Chop Revue comedy show at the 117th Kentucky State Fair in Louisville, Kentucky, August 21.  REUTERS/Amira Karaoud

A farmer gives a pig a microphone "to sing" on the stage of  The Pork Chop Revue comedy show at the 117th Kentucky State Fair in Louisville, Kentucky, August 21.  REUTERS/Amira Karaoud
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A pigeon walks past social distancing markers in an empty light rail car at Circular Quay during a lockdown to curb the spread of a coronavirus outbreak in Sydney, Australia, July 1. REUTERS/Loren Elliott

A pigeon walks past social distancing markers in an empty light rail car at Circular Quay during a lockdown to curb the spread of a coronavirus outbreak in Sydney, Australia, July 1. REUTERS/Loren Elliott

A pigeon walks past social distancing markers in an empty light rail car at Circular Quay during a lockdown to curb the spread of a coronavirus outbreak in Sydney, Australia, July 1. REUTERS/Loren Elliott
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A horseman rides a purebred Spanish horse during the SICAB International PRE Horse Fair, which is dedicated to purebred Spanish horses, in Seville, Spain November 17. REUTERS/Marcelo del Pozo

A horseman rides a purebred Spanish horse during the SICAB International PRE Horse Fair, which is dedicated to purebred Spanish horses, in Seville, Spain November 17. REUTERS/Marcelo del Pozo

A horseman rides a purebred Spanish horse during the SICAB International PRE Horse Fair, which is dedicated to purebred Spanish horses, in Seville, Spain November 17. REUTERS/Marcelo del Pozo
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Visitors are seen giving carrots to a giraffe at their enclosure at the Xenpal Zoo in Garcia, on the outskirts of Monterrey, Mexico October 21. REUTERS/Daniel Becerril

Visitors are seen giving carrots to a giraffe at their enclosure at the Xenpal Zoo in Garcia, on the outskirts of Monterrey, Mexico October 21. REUTERS/Daniel Becerril

Visitors are seen giving carrots to a giraffe at their enclosure at the Xenpal Zoo in Garcia, on the outskirts of Monterrey, Mexico October 21. REUTERS/Daniel Becerril
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Zookeeper Charli Ellis measures the shell of Polly, a Galapagos tortoise, during the annual stocktake at ZSL London Zoo in London, Britain, August 26. REUTERS/John Sibley

Zookeeper Charli Ellis measures the shell of Polly, a Galapagos tortoise, during the annual stocktake at ZSL London Zoo in London, Britain, August 26. REUTERS/John Sibley

Zookeeper Charli Ellis measures the shell of Polly, a Galapagos tortoise, during the annual stocktake at ZSL London Zoo in London, Britain, August 26. REUTERS/John Sibley
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Sheep prepared for slaughtering are seen during celebrations of the Muslim festival of sacrifice Eid al-Adha in Kazan, Russia July 20. REUTERS/Alexey Nasyrov

Sheep prepared for slaughtering are seen during celebrations of the Muslim festival of sacrifice Eid al-Adha in Kazan, Russia July 20. REUTERS/Alexey Nasyrov

Sheep prepared for slaughtering are seen during celebrations of the Muslim festival of sacrifice Eid al-Adha in Kazan, Russia July 20. REUTERS/Alexey Nasyrov
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Pigeon fancier Yonisbel Santana poses for a photo at his rooftop in Havana, Cuba, May 18. REUTERS/Alexandre Meneghini

Pigeon fancier Yonisbel Santana poses for a photo at his rooftop in Havana, Cuba, May 18. REUTERS/Alexandre Meneghini

Pigeon fancier Yonisbel Santana poses for a photo at his rooftop in Havana, Cuba, May 18. REUTERS/Alexandre Meneghini
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Volodymyr, a service member of the Ukrainian armed forces, plays with puppies at fighting positions on the line of separation from pro-Russian rebels in Donetsk region, Ukraine April 10. The two unnamed puppies living on frontline positions will be taken home and named by soldiers departing on troops rotation. REUTERS/Oleksandr Klymenko

Volodymyr, a service member of the Ukrainian armed forces, plays with puppies at fighting positions on the line of separation from pro-Russian rebels in Donetsk region, Ukraine April 10. The two unnamed puppies living on frontline positions will be...more

Volodymyr, a service member of the Ukrainian armed forces, plays with puppies at fighting positions on the line of separation from pro-Russian rebels in Donetsk region, Ukraine April 10. The two unnamed puppies living on frontline positions will be taken home and named by soldiers departing on troops rotation. REUTERS/Oleksandr Klymenko
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A woman wearing a protective face mask carries her pet cat in a backpack as they wait to cross a street, amid the coronavirus outbreak in Barcelona, Spain April 9. REUTERS/Nacho Doce

A woman wearing a protective face mask carries her pet cat in a backpack as they wait to cross a street, amid the coronavirus outbreak in Barcelona, Spain April 9. REUTERS/Nacho Doce

A woman wearing a protective face mask carries her pet cat in a backpack as they wait to cross a street, amid the coronavirus outbreak in Barcelona, Spain April 9. REUTERS/Nacho Doce
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Cats are pictured at Ernesto's sanctuary for cats in Idlib, Syria March 28. REUTERS/Khalil Ashawi

Cats are pictured at Ernesto's sanctuary for cats in Idlib, Syria March 28. REUTERS/Khalil Ashawi

Cats are pictured at Ernesto's sanctuary for cats in Idlib, Syria March 28. REUTERS/Khalil Ashawi
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An Iberian wolf (Canis lupus signatus) exercises at Basondo Animal Refuge, in Kortezubi, Spain, February 8. REUTERS/Vincent West

An Iberian wolf (Canis lupus signatus) exercises at Basondo Animal Refuge, in Kortezubi, Spain, February 8. REUTERS/Vincent West

An Iberian wolf (Canis lupus signatus) exercises at Basondo Animal Refuge, in Kortezubi, Spain, February 8. REUTERS/Vincent West
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Fireflies light up inside a forest at Pitrufquen area, Temuco, Chile, January 21. REUTERS/Cristobal Saavedra Escobar

Fireflies light up inside a forest at Pitrufquen area, Temuco, Chile, January 21. REUTERS/Cristobal Saavedra Escobar

Fireflies light up inside a forest at Pitrufquen area, Temuco, Chile, January 21. REUTERS/Cristobal Saavedra Escobar
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A nineteen-day-old male baby giraffe stands next to an adult giraffe in an enclosure at the Zoo de la Fleche zoological park near Le Mans, France, May 27. REUTERS/Stephane Mahe

A nineteen-day-old male baby giraffe stands next to an adult giraffe in an enclosure at the Zoo de la Fleche zoological park near Le Mans, France, May 27. REUTERS/Stephane Mahe

A nineteen-day-old male baby giraffe stands next to an adult giraffe in an enclosure at the Zoo de la Fleche zoological park near Le Mans, France, May 27. REUTERS/Stephane Mahe
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People feed seagulls from a boat at Yamuna river, on a smoggy morning in New Delhi, India November 18. REUTERS/Navesh Chitrakar

People feed seagulls from a boat at Yamuna river, on a smoggy morning in New Delhi, India November 18. REUTERS/Navesh Chitrakar

People feed seagulls from a boat at Yamuna river, on a smoggy morning in New Delhi, India November 18. REUTERS/Navesh Chitrakar
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Zoo keeper Thomas Maunders measures a Postman Butterfly at ZSL Whipsnade Zoo 2021 weigh-in and measurement, in Dunstable, Britain, August 24. REUTERS/Matthew Childs

Zoo keeper Thomas Maunders measures a Postman Butterfly at ZSL Whipsnade Zoo 2021 weigh-in and measurement, in Dunstable, Britain, August 24. REUTERS/Matthew Childs

Zoo keeper Thomas Maunders measures a Postman Butterfly at ZSL Whipsnade Zoo 2021 weigh-in and measurement, in Dunstable, Britain, August 24. REUTERS/Matthew Childs
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An eleven-day-old baby male Bornean orangutan is held by his mother Suli at Bioparc Fuengirola in Fuengirola, southern Spain August 15. REUTERS/Jon Nazca

An eleven-day-old baby male Bornean orangutan is held by his mother Suli at Bioparc Fuengirola in Fuengirola, southern Spain August 15. REUTERS/Jon Nazca

An eleven-day-old baby male Bornean orangutan is held by his mother Suli at Bioparc Fuengirola in Fuengirola, southern Spain August 15. REUTERS/Jon Nazca
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An injured turtle recovers in a tank after volunteers cleaned its wounds, at the Marine Fauna Rehabilitation Center, in Salango, Ecuador October 11. REUTERS/Santiago Arcos

An injured turtle recovers in a tank after volunteers cleaned its wounds, at the Marine Fauna Rehabilitation Center, in Salango, Ecuador October 11. REUTERS/Santiago Arcos

An injured turtle recovers in a tank after volunteers cleaned its wounds, at the Marine Fauna Rehabilitation Center, in Salango, Ecuador October 11. REUTERS/Santiago Arcos
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A squirrel crosses the Cherry Alley at Bispebjerg Cemetery in Copenhagen, Denmark April 20.  Mads Claus Rasmussen/Ritzau Scanpix/via REUTERS

A squirrel crosses the Cherry Alley at Bispebjerg Cemetery in Copenhagen, Denmark April 20.  Mads Claus Rasmussen/Ritzau Scanpix/via REUTERS

A squirrel crosses the Cherry Alley at Bispebjerg Cemetery in Copenhagen, Denmark April 20.  Mads Claus Rasmussen/Ritzau Scanpix/via REUTERS
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A fox walks outside 10 Downing Street, in London, Britain, January 6. REUTERS/John Sibley

A fox walks outside 10 Downing Street, in London, Britain, January 6. REUTERS/John Sibley

A fox walks outside 10 Downing Street, in London, Britain, January 6. REUTERS/John Sibley
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People watch a flock of sheep during the annual parade on the streets of Madrid, as shepherds demand to exercise their right to use traditional migration routes for their livestock from northern Spain to winter grazing pasture land in southern Spain, October 24. REUTERS/Javier Barbancho

People watch a flock of sheep during the annual parade on the streets of Madrid, as shepherds demand to exercise their right to use traditional migration routes for their livestock from northern Spain to winter grazing pasture land in southern Spain,...more

People watch a flock of sheep during the annual parade on the streets of Madrid, as shepherds demand to exercise their right to use traditional migration routes for their livestock from northern Spain to winter grazing pasture land in southern Spain, October 24. REUTERS/Javier Barbancho
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A worker covers the eye of an African elephant during a medical assistance, as according to local news, the Sindh High Court has requested assessment of health condition of the elephants, after a Pakistan Animal Welfare Society (PAWS) filed a petition for what they say was harsh treatment of them, at a zoo in Karachi, Pakistan November 29. REUTERS/Akhtar Soomro

A worker covers the eye of an African elephant during a medical assistance, as according to local news, the Sindh High Court has requested assessment of health condition of the elephants, after a Pakistan Animal Welfare Society (PAWS) filed a...more

A worker covers the eye of an African elephant during a medical assistance, as according to local news, the Sindh High Court has requested assessment of health condition of the elephants, after a Pakistan Animal Welfare Society (PAWS) filed a petition for what they say was harsh treatment of them, at a zoo in Karachi, Pakistan November 29. REUTERS/Akhtar Soomro
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