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A gorilla named Kidogo balances on a rope at the zoo in Krefeld, Germany

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This grinning hyena looks more than pleased to kick off 2013. Photographer Bridgena Barnard captured the sight in South Africa’s Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park.

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A cheeky lion cub tries, and fails, to grab his mother’s tail in the Masai Mara, Kenya, Africa. British photographer Ed Brown says: “This little guy had way too much energy and always wanted to play, somehow mum, without even looking, kept her tail just out of reach!”

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This porky prairie dog in Arizona looks in desperate need of a diet. It may have taken the idea of fattening up for winter just a tad too far.

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Three three-week-old lion cubs are displayed at Szorako-Zoo in Gyongyos, Hungary

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A gorilla named Kijivu holds her nine-day-old baby at Prague Zoo, Czech Republic

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Two orangutans huddle together to keep warm during a cold spell at Taipei Zoo in Taiwan

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Two chimpanzees hug each other next to a radiator to keep warm at Qingdao Zoo in China

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A sea lion paints a Chinese character reading “the Serpent” at the Hakkeijima Sea Paradise aquarium in Yokohama, suburban Tokyo, to mark the forthcoming year of the snake

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Elephants munch on Christmas trees in their enclosure at Berlin’s Zoo

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A keeper holds a bullfrog during the annual stocktake at ZSL London Zoo

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Penguins assemble to be counted at London Zoo’s annual stocktake

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Keeper Sarah Hall helps count some of the meerkats as part of the annual stock take at Bristol Zoo

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A cheetah cub gives another cub a high-speed piggy back as they play on the savanna in Ngorongoro Conservation Area, Ndutu Plains, Tanzania. Paul Souders photographed them larking around in front of their mother.

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Photographer Ed Brown captured these two lion cubs play-fighting on the Masai Mara in Kenya

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British tourist Joanne Mockford and Kelly and Michael Cocks walk with white lions at the Protea Hotel Ranch Resort during the “walking with lions” tour in Polokwane, South Africa

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Two lions named Tiny and Manzi laze in the sun at the Wildlife Heritage Foundation in Kent, England

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A tiger grabs a chunk of meat underwater at the Six Flags Discovery Kingdom in Vallejo, California

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