January 31 – February 6, 2015: Animals

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Punxsutawney Phil, the weather prognosticating groundhog, is held by the gloved hands of handler Ron Ploucha during the 129th celebration of Groundhog Day on Gobbler’s Knob in Punxsutawney, Pa., Monday, February 2, 2015. Phil saw his shadow, predicting six more weeks of winter weather. (Photo by Gene J. Puskar/AP Photo)
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January 10 – 16: Animals

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Young and old elephants play with a Christmas trees before eating them at the zoo in Prague, Czech Republic, Monday, January 12, 2015. The animals at Prague Zoological Garden enjoy Christmas trees donated to the zoo by vendors who could not sell them before the holidays. (Photo by Vit Simanek/AP Photo/CTK)
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January 3 – 10: Animals

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In this January 3, 2015 photo, a monkey carries her cub inside Machia Park in Villa Tunari in Bolivia’s department of Cochabamba. Machia Park is a state park that serves as a refuge for wildlife, and is the beginning of Bolivia’s section of the Amazon rainforest. (Photo by Juan Karita/AP Photo)
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December 27 – January 2, 2015: Animals

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An injured hippo lies on the street after jumping off from a truck in Miaoli county, December 26, 2014. One witness said she rushed outside after hearing a loud commotion as she was watching TV at home and saw the hippo butting its head furiously against a parked car. The hippo was eventually overcome with exhaustion and lay down on the ground, appearing to be suffering from injuries including broken teeth and a broken leg. Witnesses said the hippo had tear-like watery secretions coming from its eyes. Staff at the farm said it was one of two hippos that was being transported from a temporary shelter to their renovated home at the farm. Staff members suggested that the hippo must have been startled at some point in the trip, leading it to jump through a ventilation window in their container and collide with a parked car. As the owner could not provide legal import documents for the hippo, an internationally protected wild animal, Miaoli police decided to turn him in to prosecutors for breaching the Wildlife Conservation Act. The Miaoli County government will also slap a fine of NT$15,000 (US$472.45) -NT$75,000 (U$2,365) on the owner for his failure to protect the animal. New transportation arrangements have been made to return the two hippos back to their habitat in Taichung, this time under sedation by veterinarians, according to a farm official. (Photo by Reuters/Stringer)
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