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Pictures of the year: Animals

<p>Aurora, a 20-year-old Beluga whale, swims with her newborn calf after giving birth at the Vancouver Aquarium in Vancouver, June 7, 2009. 



REUTERS/Andy Clark</p>

Aurora, a 20-year-old Beluga whale, swims with her newborn calf after giving birth at the Vancouver Aquarium in Vancouver, June 7, 2009. REUTERS/Andy Clark

Aurora, a 20-year-old Beluga whale, swims with her newborn calf after giving birth at the Vancouver Aquarium in Vancouver, June 7, 2009. REUTERS/Andy Clark

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<p>A boy and buffalo cool themselves in the Tawi river on a hot summer's day in Jammu, June 8, 2009. 



REUTERS/Amit Gupta </p>

A boy and buffalo cool themselves in the Tawi river on a hot summer's day in Jammu, June 8, 2009. REUTERS/Amit Gupta

A boy and buffalo cool themselves in the Tawi river on a hot summer's day in Jammu, June 8, 2009. REUTERS/Amit Gupta

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<p>A cat wears an attire by a designer during the Pets Fashion Week Russia in Moscow, May 31, 2009. 



REUTERS/Alexander Natruskin</p>

A cat wears an attire by a designer during the Pets Fashion Week Russia in Moscow, May 31, 2009. REUTERS/Alexander Natruskin

A cat wears an attire by a designer during the Pets Fashion Week Russia in Moscow, May 31, 2009. REUTERS/Alexander Natruskin

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<p>A polar bear shakes his body to remove water at the St. Felicien Wildlife Zoo in St. Felicien, Quebec, March 5, 2009.



REUTERS/Mathieu Belanger </p>

A polar bear shakes his body to remove water at the St. Felicien Wildlife Zoo in St. Felicien, Quebec, March 5, 2009. REUTERS/Mathieu Belanger

A polar bear shakes his body to remove water at the St. Felicien Wildlife Zoo in St. Felicien, Quebec, March 5, 2009. REUTERS/Mathieu Belanger

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<p>A pigeon flies over New York, March 3, 2009. 



REUTERS/Gleb Garanich 

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A pigeon flies over New York, March 3, 2009. REUTERS/Gleb Garanich

A pigeon flies over New York, March 3, 2009. REUTERS/Gleb Garanich

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<p>A macaque monkey drinks water from a puddle at a zoo in Zhengzhou, Henan province, June 16, 2009. 



REUTERS/Donald Chan</p>

A macaque monkey drinks water from a puddle at a zoo in Zhengzhou, Henan province, June 16, 2009. REUTERS/Donald Chan

A macaque monkey drinks water from a puddle at a zoo in Zhengzhou, Henan province, June 16, 2009. REUTERS/Donald Chan

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<p>Love birds look at visitors at Riyadh zoo during a hot summer day, June 11, 2009. 



REUTERS/Ali Jarekji </p>

Love birds look at visitors at Riyadh zoo during a hot summer day, June 11, 2009. REUTERS/Ali Jarekji

Love birds look at visitors at Riyadh zoo during a hot summer day, June 11, 2009. REUTERS/Ali Jarekji

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<p>A baby gibbon is held by its mother in Vienna's Schoenbrunn zoo, September 25, 2009. 



REUTERS/Zoo Vienna/Daniel Zupanc/Handout </p>

A baby gibbon is held by its mother in Vienna's Schoenbrunn zoo, September 25, 2009. REUTERS/Zoo Vienna/Daniel Zupanc/Handout

A baby gibbon is held by its mother in Vienna's Schoenbrunn zoo, September 25, 2009. REUTERS/Zoo Vienna/Daniel Zupanc/Handout

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<p>A dog dressed as a Rastafarian participates in the Family Pet Festival in Cali, October 25, 2009. 



REUTERS/Jaime Saldarriaga</p>

A dog dressed as a Rastafarian participates in the Family Pet Festival in Cali, October 25, 2009. REUTERS/Jaime Saldarriaga

A dog dressed as a Rastafarian participates in the Family Pet Festival in Cali, October 25, 2009. REUTERS/Jaime Saldarriaga

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<p>A koala named Sam is given a drink of water by Country Fire Authority volunteer fire fighter Dave Tree after being rescued following deadly fires that swept through the area of Mirboo North, southeast of Melbourne, February 8, 2009. 



REUTERS/Courtesy of the Department of Sustainability and Environment/Mark Pardew </p>

A koala named Sam is given a drink of water by Country Fire Authority volunteer fire fighter Dave Tree after being rescued following deadly fires that swept through the area of Mirboo North, southeast of Melbourne, February 8, 2009....more

A koala named Sam is given a drink of water by Country Fire Authority volunteer fire fighter Dave Tree after being rescued following deadly fires that swept through the area of Mirboo North, southeast of Melbourne, February 8, 2009. REUTERS/Courtesy of the Department of Sustainability and Environment/Mark Pardew

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<p>A Hungarian Puli looks out of a car window in west London, June 15, 2009. 



REUTERS/Stefan Wermuth </p>

A Hungarian Puli looks out of a car window in west London, June 15, 2009. REUTERS/Stefan Wermuth

A Hungarian Puli looks out of a car window in west London, June 15, 2009. REUTERS/Stefan Wermuth

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<p>A street performer drags a monkey riding a toy motorcycle as it rains in Jakarta, April 21, 2009. 



REUTERS/Beawiharta </p>

A street performer drags a monkey riding a toy motorcycle as it rains in Jakarta, April 21, 2009. REUTERS/Beawiharta

A street performer drags a monkey riding a toy motorcycle as it rains in Jakarta, April 21, 2009. REUTERS/Beawiharta

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<p>Five-day old baby dromedary "Djamila" is pictured at Berlin zoo, April 7, 2009. 



REUTERS/Hannibal Hanschke </p>

Five-day old baby dromedary "Djamila" is pictured at Berlin zoo, April 7, 2009. REUTERS/Hannibal Hanschke

Five-day old baby dromedary "Djamila" is pictured at Berlin zoo, April 7, 2009. REUTERS/Hannibal Hanschke

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<p>A zoo keeper feeds a one-week-old large hairy armadillo, abandoned by its mother, in Jerusalem's Biblical Zoo, February 4, 2009. 



REUTERS/Baz Ratner </p>

A zoo keeper feeds a one-week-old large hairy armadillo, abandoned by its mother, in Jerusalem's Biblical Zoo, February 4, 2009. REUTERS/Baz Ratner

A zoo keeper feeds a one-week-old large hairy armadillo, abandoned by its mother, in Jerusalem's Biblical Zoo, February 4, 2009. REUTERS/Baz Ratner

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<p>Major Lieutenant Corporal Ryan Arthur of 1st Battalion The Royal Welsh prepares William Windsor, their Regimental Goat for his retirement from service at Dale Barracks in Chester, northern England, May 20, 2009. William Windsor will live out the rest of his days at Whipsnade Zoo.



REUTERS/Darren Staples </p>

Major Lieutenant Corporal Ryan Arthur of 1st Battalion The Royal Welsh prepares William Windsor, their Regimental Goat for his retirement from service at Dale Barracks in Chester, northern England, May 20, 2009. William Windsor will live out the rest...more

Major Lieutenant Corporal Ryan Arthur of 1st Battalion The Royal Welsh prepares William Windsor, their Regimental Goat for his retirement from service at Dale Barracks in Chester, northern England, May 20, 2009. William Windsor will live out the rest of his days at Whipsnade Zoo. REUTERS/Darren Staples

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<p>A kitten takes a bite from a fish caught by fishermen in Porto Velho in northern Brazil, November 20, 2009. 



REUTERS/Ricardo Moraes </p>

A kitten takes a bite from a fish caught by fishermen in Porto Velho in northern Brazil, November 20, 2009. REUTERS/Ricardo Moraes

A kitten takes a bite from a fish caught by fishermen in Porto Velho in northern Brazil, November 20, 2009. REUTERS/Ricardo Moraes

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<p>An 8-year-old male macaque Tasik drinks Cahors wine in the Royev Ruchey zoo in Russia's Siberian city of Krasnoyarsk, November 6, 2009. The zoo keeper gave red wine to the monkeys because he believes it is a preventative measure against H1N. 


REUTERS/Ilya Naymushin </p>

An 8-year-old male macaque Tasik drinks Cahors wine in the Royev Ruchey zoo in Russia's Siberian city of Krasnoyarsk, November 6, 2009. The zoo keeper gave red wine to the monkeys because he believes it is a preventative measure against H1N....more

An 8-year-old male macaque Tasik drinks Cahors wine in the Royev Ruchey zoo in Russia's Siberian city of Krasnoyarsk, November 6, 2009. The zoo keeper gave red wine to the monkeys because he believes it is a preventative measure against H1N. REUTERS/Ilya Naymushin

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<p>Toy poodles are seen dressed up with sunglasses at a dog fiesta in Tokyo, June 13, 2009. 



REUTERS/Toru Hanai </p>

Toy poodles are seen dressed up with sunglasses at a dog fiesta in Tokyo, June 13, 2009. REUTERS/Toru Hanai

Toy poodles are seen dressed up with sunglasses at a dog fiesta in Tokyo, June 13, 2009. REUTERS/Toru Hanai

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<p>A male polar bear carries the head of a polar bear cub it killed and cannibalized in an area north of the Canadian town of Churchill, November 20, 2009. 



REUTERS/Iain D. Williams </p>

A male polar bear carries the head of a polar bear cub it killed and cannibalized in an area north of the Canadian town of Churchill, November 20, 2009. REUTERS/Iain D. Williams

A male polar bear carries the head of a polar bear cub it killed and cannibalized in an area north of the Canadian town of Churchill, November 20, 2009. REUTERS/Iain D. Williams

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<p>A one-year-old water dragon poses in a chair during training by her owner in the outskirts of Bangkok, September 10, 2009. 



REUTERS/Sukree Sukplang</p>

A one-year-old water dragon poses in a chair during training by her owner in the outskirts of Bangkok, September 10, 2009. REUTERS/Sukree Sukplang

A one-year-old water dragon poses in a chair during training by her owner in the outskirts of Bangkok, September 10, 2009. REUTERS/Sukree Sukplang

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<p>A young chimpanzee grabs onto its mother inside their cage at Buenos Aires' Zoo, December 8, 2009. 



REUTERS/Marcos Brindicci </p>

A young chimpanzee grabs onto its mother inside their cage at Buenos Aires' Zoo, December 8, 2009. REUTERS/Marcos Brindicci

A young chimpanzee grabs onto its mother inside their cage at Buenos Aires' Zoo, December 8, 2009. REUTERS/Marcos Brindicci

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<p>An ultra-Orthodox Jewish man holds a chicken during Kaparot in the southern Israeli city of Ashdod, September 27, 2009. 



REUTERS/Amir Cohen </p>

An ultra-Orthodox Jewish man holds a chicken during Kaparot in the southern Israeli city of Ashdod, September 27, 2009. REUTERS/Amir Cohen

An ultra-Orthodox Jewish man holds a chicken during Kaparot in the southern Israeli city of Ashdod, September 27, 2009. REUTERS/Amir Cohen

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