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The week in animal photos: May 9-15

May 17, 2010 |  3:09 pm

On Sunday, May 9, a two-day-old Asian elephant calf stands next to its mother in their enclosure at the zoo in the northern German city of Hanover.

Because we love animals, photography and you, we've compiled a gallery of our favorite pictures taken last week from around the animal kingdom.

In this gallery, you'll see dogs, of course (in fact, our personal favorite shot of the bunch comes from an Australian art installment called "Dachshund U.N." -- and yes, it is what it sounds like). You'll see thirsty monkeys, farm animals, big cats, rescued birds and playful squirrels. You'll see horses -- oh, boy, will you see horses (after all, the running of one of America's most famous horse races, the Preakness Stakes, was held Saturday). Don't worry -- there are some cute animal babies too.

Above, a then-2-day-old Asian elephant calf stands with its mother in their enclosure at the zoo in Hanover, Germany, on Sunday, May 9. More photos after the jump!

A cow sticks out its tongue in a field near Miesback, Germany, on Monday, May 10.

A cow sticks out its tongue in a field near Miesback, Germany, on Monday, May 10.

Monkeys drink water from faucets on the side of a building during a hot afternoon in the northern Indian city of Jammu, the winter capital of Kashmir, on Monday, May 10.

Monkeys drink water from faucets on the side of a building during a hot afternoon in the northern Indian city of Jammu, the winter capital of Kashmir, on Monday, May 10.

Gannet

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service staffers Charlie Pelizza and Sharon Taylor release a gannet that was rescued from the Gulf of Mexico into the wild at the Pelican Island National Wildlife Refuge on Monday, May 10.

Kentucky Derby winner Super Saver, with jockey Calvin Borel aboard, finishes his morning workout at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Ky.

Kentucky Derby winner Super Saver, with jockey Calvin Borel aboard, finishes his morning workout at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Ky., on Monday, May 10. Super Saver competed in the Preakness Stakes, the second leg of thoroughbred racing's Triple Crown, on Saturday, but lost to another favorite, Lookin at Lucky.

Reggie, the famous alligator who evaded capture in a Southern California lake for nearly two years before taking up residence at the L.A. Zoo, tries to stay away from his new roommate, a female alligator named Cajun Kate, on Monday, May 10.

Reggie, the famous alligator who evaded capture in a Southern California lake for nearly two years before taking up residence at the L.A. Zoo, tries to stay away from his new roommate, a female alligator named Cajun Kate, on Monday, May 10.

A serval hisses in its enclosure in a zoo in Leipzig

A serval, a species of wild cat native to Africa, hisses in its enclosure at a zoo in Leipzig, Germany, on Tuesday, May 11.

Red ruffed lemurs

Two red ruffed lemurs, born at the Vienna Zoo on April 24, await feeding time on Tuesday, May 11. The babies are being raised by zoo staff because their mother refused to nurse them. Red ruffed lemurs are a critically endangered species.

Lion yawns

A lion relaxes at the Shamwari Game Reserve in South Africa on Wednesday, May 12.

Goslings

Young Canada geese walk near the Schuylkill River in Philadelphia, Pa., on Wednesday, May 12.

Canadiens dog

A hockey fan celebrates in the streets of Montreal with his dog after the Montreal Canadiens defeated the Pittsburgh Penguins in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference semifinals on Tuesday, May 12.

Sumatran tigers

One of four Sumatran tiger cubs born at the Melbourne Zoo in February peeks out from behind a tree while sitting with its mother during its debut to the public on Wednesday, May 13. The zoo is part of an international Sumatran tiger breeding program designed to save the species from extinction.

Squirrels at play

Two squirrels play in Los Angeles on Wednesday, May 13.

Drug-sniffing dog

Members of the Customs and Dog unit of the South African Police Service and the South African Defense Force participate in a drug-search simulation exercise with a sniffer dog on Wednesday, May 13.

Kentucky Derby winner Super Saver

Super Saver shows his teeth after a morning workout at Pimlico race track on Thursday, May 13.

Slovensky cuvac

A man dressed in traditional Slovakian costume poses with his Slovensky cuvac dog during the Spring Danube International Dogs Exhibition in Bratislava on Saturday, May 15.

Lookin at Lucky wins the Preakness

Lookin At Lucky, foreground, with Martin Garcia aboard, wins the Preakness Stakes horse race ahead of Jackson Bend and Yawanna Twist at Baltimore's Pimlico race track on Saturday, May 15. 

Dachshund UN

Dachshunds are seen in an art installation entitled "Dachshund U.N." at Australia's Melbourne Museum on Saturday, May 15. The installation by Perth-based artist Bennett Miller is part of the New Wave Festival and features 47 dachshunds. 

-- Lindsay Barnett

Photos, from top: Elephant mother and calf: Stefan Simonsen / AFP/Getty Images. Cow: Marc Mueller / European Pressphoto Agency. Monkeys: Jaipal Singh / European Pressphoto Agency. Super Saver gallops: Garry Jones / Associated Press. Gannet release: Rick Silva / Associated Press. Reggie the alligator: Mark Boster / Los Angeles Times. Serval: Sebastian Willnow / AFP/Getty Images. Ruffed lemurs: Daniel Zupanc / European Pressphoto Agency. Lion: Gianluigi Guercia / AFP/Getty Images. Canada goslings: Matt Rourke / Associated Press. Hockey fan dog: Richard Wolowicz / Getty Images. Sumatran tigers: Julian Smith / European Pressphoto Agency. Squirrels: Gabriel Bouys / AFP/Getty Images. Sniffer dog: Rajesh Jantilal / AFP/Getty Images. Super Saver's dental close-up: Lloyd Fox: McClatchy Tribune News Service. Slovensky cuvac dog and owner: Samuel Kubani / AFP/Getty Images. Lookin at Lucky wins the Preakness Stakes: Greg Payan / Associated Press. Dachshund U.N.: Lucas Dawson / Getty Images.

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