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Animals in unusual places: Owl in Brazil, dogs in Paris, camel on a donkey cart

February 24, 2011 |  2:20 pm

Owl in Brazil

With Unleashed blogger Lindsay Barnett away on assignment, it seems as if the animal world has gone a little cuckoo waiting for her return. Above we see a tiny owl in front of Greenpeace activists who were arrested Thursday for raising an inflatable model of a wind turbine in front of Congress in Brasilia. It's a crime to give a hoot? Whoooo knew?

a white camel on a donkey cart in Somalia

Men transport a white camel via a donkey cart Thursday while fleeing from renewed warring between the African Union Mission to Somalia (AMISOM) backed government soldiers and the Al Qaeda-linked insurgents al Shabaab in Somalia's capital Mogadishu.

Ranga, an 18-week-old tiger cub in Germany

Not an official entry from Your Morning Adorable, but pretty cute nevertheless. Here we have Ranga, an 18-week-old tiger cub seen here licking food Tuesday in the zoo of Halle Saale, Germany. Ranga was born healthy in October but tragically both hind legs became paralyzed a few weeks later. Since then, Ranga continues to receive physiotherapy in a water basin at the zoo.

Cleo (L) and Belle in Paris

Cleo, left, and Belle are lounging in a room in the Actuel Dogs Hotel in Vincennes near Paris, which claims to be France's first luxury hotel for dogs. The hotel's founders, Devi and Stan Burun, offer the animals the opportunity to take a dip in the pool, nice massages, training programs for unruly hounds, and dog walks in the nearby woods. The cost? Under $50 a day.

-- Tony Pierce

Top photo: Owl on one leg in Brasil. Credit: Ueslei Marcelino /Reuters

Second photo: Camel on a donkey cart. Credit: Feisal Omar /Reuters

Third photo: Ranga the tiger cub. Credit: Waltraud Grubitzsch / EPA

Bottom photo: Dogs at the luxury dog hotel. Credit: Jacky Naegelen / Reuters

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