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<p>Zukhro, an employee of the city zoo, walks with Vadik, an 18-month-old male lion, on the territory of the zoo in the capital Dushanbe, January 20, 2011. Employees take the lion from its cage to have a promenade along the territory two times a week while holding a piece of meat to attract Vadik's attention so it walks nearby. REUTERS/Nozim Kalandarov </p>

Zukhro, an employee of the city zoo, walks with Vadik, an 18-month-old male lion, on the territory of the zoo in the capital Dushanbe, January 20, 2011. Employees take the lion from its cage to have a promenade along the territory two times a week...more

Zukhro, an employee of the city zoo, walks with Vadik, an 18-month-old male lion, on the territory of the zoo in the capital Dushanbe, January 20, 2011. Employees take the lion from its cage to have a promenade along the territory two times a week while holding a piece of meat to attract Vadik's attention so it walks nearby. REUTERS/Nozim Kalandarov

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<p>Jin Songhao (C), 54, pours a bucket of water onto himself during a cold endurance performance on the frozen Songhua River in Harbin, Heilongjiang province, January 20, 2011. Jin poured 90 buckets of cold water onto his body in 26 minutes during the performance, local media reported. REUTERS/Stringer </p>

Jin Songhao (C), 54, pours a bucket of water onto himself during a cold endurance performance on the frozen Songhua River in Harbin, Heilongjiang province, January 20, 2011. Jin poured 90 buckets of cold water onto his body in 26 minutes during the...more

Jin Songhao (C), 54, pours a bucket of water onto himself during a cold endurance performance on the frozen Songhua River in Harbin, Heilongjiang province, January 20, 2011. Jin poured 90 buckets of cold water onto his body in 26 minutes during the performance, local media reported. REUTERS/Stringer

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<p>A monkey rides on the back of a bull during a bullfighting event at the festival of the El Senor de Esquipulas at the Tipitapa town,some 26 km (16 miles) north of Managua January 16, 2011. REUTERS/Oswaldo Rivas </p>

A monkey rides on the back of a bull during a bullfighting event at the festival of the El Senor de Esquipulas at the Tipitapa town,some 26 km (16 miles) north of Managua January 16, 2011. REUTERS/Oswaldo Rivas

A monkey rides on the back of a bull during a bullfighting event at the festival of the El Senor de Esquipulas at the Tipitapa town,some 26 km (16 miles) north of Managua January 16, 2011. REUTERS/Oswaldo Rivas

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<p>A woman uses a stick to rinse her laundry in an ice hole at Siverskoye lake in the town of Kirillov, some 500 km (311 miles) north of Moscow, January 17, 2011. REUTERS/Mikhail Voskresensky </p>

A woman uses a stick to rinse her laundry in an ice hole at Siverskoye lake in the town of Kirillov, some 500 km (311 miles) north of Moscow, January 17, 2011. REUTERS/Mikhail Voskresensky

A woman uses a stick to rinse her laundry in an ice hole at Siverskoye lake in the town of Kirillov, some 500 km (311 miles) north of Moscow, January 17, 2011. REUTERS/Mikhail Voskresensky

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<p>A visitor looks at a taxidermy mouse from "Les Xuamania" series sculptures by Swiss artist Christian Gonzenbach during the " Zoonamia de la nature humaine" exhibition at La Condition Publique cultural factory in Roubaix, northern France, January 20, 2011. REUTERS/Pascal Rossignol </p>

A visitor looks at a taxidermy mouse from "Les Xuamania" series sculptures by Swiss artist Christian Gonzenbach during the " Zoonamia de la nature humaine" exhibition at La Condition Publique cultural factory in Roubaix, northern France, January 20,...more

A visitor looks at a taxidermy mouse from "Les Xuamania" series sculptures by Swiss artist Christian Gonzenbach during the " Zoonamia de la nature humaine" exhibition at La Condition Publique cultural factory in Roubaix, northern France, January 20, 2011. REUTERS/Pascal Rossignol

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<p>Performers on stilts rest near a row of portable lavatories before the dress rehearsal for the Chingay parade in Singapore January 22, 2011. The word Chingay means "the art of masquerade" in Chinese Hokkien dialect. Chingay parade is an annual street and floats parade held during the Chinese new year period in Singapore. REUTERS/Tim Chong </p>

Performers on stilts rest near a row of portable lavatories before the dress rehearsal for the Chingay parade in Singapore January 22, 2011. The word Chingay means "the art of masquerade" in Chinese Hokkien dialect. Chingay parade is an annual street...more

Performers on stilts rest near a row of portable lavatories before the dress rehearsal for the Chingay parade in Singapore January 22, 2011. The word Chingay means "the art of masquerade" in Chinese Hokkien dialect. Chingay parade is an annual street and floats parade held during the Chinese new year period in Singapore. REUTERS/Tim Chong

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<p>A man from the cattle herding Mundari tribe washes himself with cow urine in a settlement near Terekeka, Central Equatoria state, south Sudan January 19, 2011. South Sudanese voted overwhelmingly to declare independence from the north in a referendum, according to officials in seven out of the region's ten states polled by Reuters on Wednesday. Referendum officials reported large votes in favour of independence -- some releasing early figures, some saying trends pointed to support of more than 90 percent -- in the southern state of Central Equatoria. REUTERS/Goran Tomasevic </p>

A man from the cattle herding Mundari tribe washes himself with cow urine in a settlement near Terekeka, Central Equatoria state, south Sudan January 19, 2011. South Sudanese voted overwhelmingly to declare independence from the north in a...more

A man from the cattle herding Mundari tribe washes himself with cow urine in a settlement near Terekeka, Central Equatoria state, south Sudan January 19, 2011. South Sudanese voted overwhelmingly to declare independence from the north in a referendum, according to officials in seven out of the region's ten states polled by Reuters on Wednesday. Referendum officials reported large votes in favour of independence -- some releasing early figures, some saying trends pointed to support of more than 90 percent -- in the southern state of Central Equatoria. REUTERS/Goran Tomasevic

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<p>A toy inside a Volkswagen Beetle is seen during the celebrations of the National day of the Beetle in Sao Bernardo do Campo January 23, 2011. Owners of Volkswagen Beetles come together during this annual event which celebrates the car's history in Brazil's automobile industry. REUTERS/Fernando Donasci </p>

A toy inside a Volkswagen Beetle is seen during the celebrations of the National day of the Beetle in Sao Bernardo do Campo January 23, 2011. Owners of Volkswagen Beetles come together during this annual event which celebrates the car's history in...more

A toy inside a Volkswagen Beetle is seen during the celebrations of the National day of the Beetle in Sao Bernardo do Campo January 23, 2011. Owners of Volkswagen Beetles come together during this annual event which celebrates the car's history in Brazil's automobile industry. REUTERS/Fernando Donasci

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<p>People in the background perform a traditional dance of the North Caucasus near a display of a fairy tale in the Russian pavilion at the Internationale Gruene Woche IGW (International Green Week) agriculture and food fair on its opening day in Berlin, January 21, 2011. The annual exhibition of food stuffs and agricultural products is one of the world's largest of its kind. REUTERS/Thomas Peter </p>

People in the background perform a traditional dance of the North Caucasus near a display of a fairy tale in the Russian pavilion at the Internationale Gruene Woche IGW (International Green Week) agriculture and food fair on its opening day in...more

People in the background perform a traditional dance of the North Caucasus near a display of a fairy tale in the Russian pavilion at the Internationale Gruene Woche IGW (International Green Week) agriculture and food fair on its opening day in Berlin, January 21, 2011. The annual exhibition of food stuffs and agricultural products is one of the world's largest of its kind. REUTERS/Thomas Peter

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<p>A trainee leopard crawls along a 50 metre-long path of jagged coral and rocks as part of the Taiwan Marine Corps frogmen "Road to Heaven" test in Zuoying, Kaohsiung January 19, 2011. The test is the final stage of a nine-week intensive Amphibious Training Program. REUTERS/Nicky Loh </p>

A trainee leopard crawls along a 50 metre-long path of jagged coral and rocks as part of the Taiwan Marine Corps frogmen "Road to Heaven" test in Zuoying, Kaohsiung January 19, 2011. The test is the final stage of a nine-week intensive Amphibious...more

A trainee leopard crawls along a 50 metre-long path of jagged coral and rocks as part of the Taiwan Marine Corps frogmen "Road to Heaven" test in Zuoying, Kaohsiung January 19, 2011. The test is the final stage of a nine-week intensive Amphibious Training Program. REUTERS/Nicky Loh

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<p>A five-month-old tiger cub reacts to a rabbit in Jiufeng Forest Zoo in Wuhan, Hubei province January 25, 2011. The rabbit was put in the enclosure as a training exercise for the tiger to stimulate its hunting instinct, local media reported. The Lunar New Year begins on February 3. It marks the end of the Year of the Tiger and the start of the Year of the Rabbit, according to the Chinese zodiac. REUTERS/China Daily </p>

A five-month-old tiger cub reacts to a rabbit in Jiufeng Forest Zoo in Wuhan, Hubei province January 25, 2011. The rabbit was put in the enclosure as a training exercise for the tiger to stimulate its hunting instinct, local media reported. The Lunar...more

A five-month-old tiger cub reacts to a rabbit in Jiufeng Forest Zoo in Wuhan, Hubei province January 25, 2011. The rabbit was put in the enclosure as a training exercise for the tiger to stimulate its hunting instinct, local media reported. The Lunar New Year begins on February 3. It marks the end of the Year of the Tiger and the start of the Year of the Rabbit, according to the Chinese zodiac. REUTERS/China Daily

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<p>A Fiat 500 gripped by an aluminum hand is seen in Italian artist Lorenzo Quinn's sculpture Vroom Vroom in London January 24, 2011. Quinn is the son of late actor Anthony Quinn. REUTERS/Stefan Wermuth </p>

A Fiat 500 gripped by an aluminum hand is seen in Italian artist Lorenzo Quinn's sculpture Vroom Vroom in London January 24, 2011. Quinn is the son of late actor Anthony Quinn. REUTERS/Stefan Wermuth

A Fiat 500 gripped by an aluminum hand is seen in Italian artist Lorenzo Quinn's sculpture Vroom Vroom in London January 24, 2011. Quinn is the son of late actor Anthony Quinn. REUTERS/Stefan Wermuth

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<p>A Chicago Bears fan wears a hat depicting a bear eating a piece of cheese prior to the NFL's NFC Championship football game against the Green Bay Packers in Chicago, January 23, 2011. REUTERS/Darren Hauck </p>

A Chicago Bears fan wears a hat depicting a bear eating a piece of cheese prior to the NFL's NFC Championship football game against the Green Bay Packers in Chicago, January 23, 2011. REUTERS/Darren Hauck

A Chicago Bears fan wears a hat depicting a bear eating a piece of cheese prior to the NFL's NFC Championship football game against the Green Bay Packers in Chicago, January 23, 2011. REUTERS/Darren Hauck

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<p>Tomas, a lost Humboldt penguin, walks next to a mural at the headquarters of the police Salvage Unit in Chorrillos, before he is transferred to a penguin colony on San Lorenzo Island January 26, 2011. Tomas was rescued by lifeguards on Sunday after losing his way and landing at the beach of Agua Dulce in the Lima district of Chorrillos. Humboldt penguins, poached for meat and sought after as household pets, are considered an endangered species according the Peruvian Ministry of Agriculture. REUTERS/Mariana Bazo </p>

Tomas, a lost Humboldt penguin, walks next to a mural at the headquarters of the police Salvage Unit in Chorrillos, before he is transferred to a penguin colony on San Lorenzo Island January 26, 2011. Tomas was rescued by lifeguards on Sunday after...more

Tomas, a lost Humboldt penguin, walks next to a mural at the headquarters of the police Salvage Unit in Chorrillos, before he is transferred to a penguin colony on San Lorenzo Island January 26, 2011. Tomas was rescued by lifeguards on Sunday after losing his way and landing at the beach of Agua Dulce in the Lima district of Chorrillos. Humboldt penguins, poached for meat and sought after as household pets, are considered an endangered species according the Peruvian Ministry of Agriculture. REUTERS/Mariana Bazo

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<p>William Chavarriaga, 49-year-old cleaner at the Olaya Herrera Airport, poses as a cartoon character "Popeye the Sailor" during an interview with local media in Medellin January 17, 2011. Chavarriaga, who looks like the character Popeye, said he has been entertaining his friends and colleagues from the past 30 years. He said he continues playing Popeye because he likes the attention. REUTERS/Albeiro Lopera </p>

William Chavarriaga, 49-year-old cleaner at the Olaya Herrera Airport, poses as a cartoon character "Popeye the Sailor" during an interview with local media in Medellin January 17, 2011. Chavarriaga, who looks like the character Popeye, said he has...more

William Chavarriaga, 49-year-old cleaner at the Olaya Herrera Airport, poses as a cartoon character "Popeye the Sailor" during an interview with local media in Medellin January 17, 2011. Chavarriaga, who looks like the character Popeye, said he has been entertaining his friends and colleagues from the past 30 years. He said he continues playing Popeye because he likes the attention. REUTERS/Albeiro Lopera

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<p>A monument of the octopus Paul is presented at the Sea Life aquarium in the western German city of Oberhausen, January 20, 2011. World Cup oracle Octopus Paul died in October 2010. Paul, the German octopus famous for correctly predicting each of Germany's 2010 World Cup matches, received his own permanent memorial three months after his death. Paul died aged 2-1/2 in October. REUTERS/Alex Domanski </p>

A monument of the octopus Paul is presented at the Sea Life aquarium in the western German city of Oberhausen, January 20, 2011. World Cup oracle Octopus Paul died in October 2010. Paul, the German octopus famous for correctly predicting each of...more

A monument of the octopus Paul is presented at the Sea Life aquarium in the western German city of Oberhausen, January 20, 2011. World Cup oracle Octopus Paul died in October 2010. Paul, the German octopus famous for correctly predicting each of Germany's 2010 World Cup matches, received his own permanent memorial three months after his death. Paul died aged 2-1/2 in October. REUTERS/Alex Domanski

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<p>Bombon Dulcito, a policemen dressed as clown, plays with a balloon as he waits for his partner outside the police headquarters of the municipality of San Nicolas de los Garza, neighbouring Monterrey January 19, 2011. Amid jokes and laughter, two Mexican police officers dressed as clowns hope to instil values into the children of the country's richest city at a time when drug cartels have forced escalated violence and recruit more and more young assassins every day. Officers Tomas and Alexandro put on makeup for 40 minutes every day to portray Bombon Dulcito (Marshmallow) and Trompetillas (Little Trumpets) in a laudable and uncommon initiative in a country where police are constantly accused of corruption and of being infiltrated by drug traffickers. REUTERS/Tomas Bravo </p>

Bombon Dulcito, a policemen dressed as clown, plays with a balloon as he waits for his partner outside the police headquarters of the municipality of San Nicolas de los Garza, neighbouring Monterrey January 19, 2011. Amid jokes and laughter, two...more

Bombon Dulcito, a policemen dressed as clown, plays with a balloon as he waits for his partner outside the police headquarters of the municipality of San Nicolas de los Garza, neighbouring Monterrey January 19, 2011. Amid jokes and laughter, two Mexican police officers dressed as clowns hope to instil values into the children of the country's richest city at a time when drug cartels have forced escalated violence and recruit more and more young assassins every day. Officers Tomas and Alexandro put on makeup for 40 minutes every day to portray Bombon Dulcito (Marshmallow) and Trompetillas (Little Trumpets) in a laudable and uncommon initiative in a country where police are constantly accused of corruption and of being infiltrated by drug traffickers. REUTERS/Tomas Bravo

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<p>A man drives a taxi loaded with bicycles and milk containers through a road in the northern Indian city of Allahabad January 14, 2011. REUTERS/Jitendra Prakash </p>

A man drives a taxi loaded with bicycles and milk containers through a road in the northern Indian city of Allahabad January 14, 2011. REUTERS/Jitendra Prakash

A man drives a taxi loaded with bicycles and milk containers through a road in the northern Indian city of Allahabad January 14, 2011. REUTERS/Jitendra Prakash

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<p>A chocolate sculpture of Stonehenge, created by Italian chocolatier Mirco Della Vecchia, is displayed as part of his "Chocolate World Heritage" exhibition in Hong Kong January 20, 2011. Vecchia currently holds the Guinness World Record title for making the largest chocolate sculpture in the world. REUTERS/Bobby Yip </p>

A chocolate sculpture of Stonehenge, created by Italian chocolatier Mirco Della Vecchia, is displayed as part of his "Chocolate World Heritage" exhibition in Hong Kong January 20, 2011. Vecchia currently holds the Guinness World Record title for...more

A chocolate sculpture of Stonehenge, created by Italian chocolatier Mirco Della Vecchia, is displayed as part of his "Chocolate World Heritage" exhibition in Hong Kong January 20, 2011. Vecchia currently holds the Guinness World Record title for making the largest chocolate sculpture in the world. REUTERS/Bobby Yip

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<p>A Hardwicke's woolly bat (Kerivoula hardwickii) is pictured in Lampanut, central Kalimantan in this 2010 handout photo. Tiny bats, no bigger than a car key, have been discovered roosting in carnivorous pitcher plants in Borneo - with their droppings a vital nutrient for the plants. The roughly 4 grams (0.14 oz) Hardwicke's woolly bat consistently chose the pitchers to sleep in during the day, despite a wealth of other possible roosts in the nearby forest.  REUTERS/M. Struebig/Universiti Brunei Darussalam/Handout </p>

A Hardwicke's woolly bat (Kerivoula hardwickii) is pictured in Lampanut, central Kalimantan in this 2010 handout photo. Tiny bats, no bigger than a car key, have been discovered roosting in carnivorous pitcher plants in Borneo - with their droppings...more

A Hardwicke's woolly bat (Kerivoula hardwickii) is pictured in Lampanut, central Kalimantan in this 2010 handout photo. Tiny bats, no bigger than a car key, have been discovered roosting in carnivorous pitcher plants in Borneo - with their droppings a vital nutrient for the plants. The roughly 4 grams (0.14 oz) Hardwicke's woolly bat consistently chose the pitchers to sleep in during the day, despite a wealth of other possible roosts in the nearby forest. REUTERS/M. Struebig/Universiti Brunei Darussalam/Handout

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