12/25/2011 10:16 am ET | Updated Dec 25, 2011

Animal Photos Of The Week

The holidays aren't just for humans. Animals around the world have been getting into the holiday spirit this year.

Family pets may be an important part of holiday celebrations for some people, but some experts recommend you avoid gifting pets during the holidays.

If you know someone who's a big pet advocate, check out's list of the top 10 pet people of 2011 and see how they compare.

If cute animals are more your thing, this orphaned polar bear cub will warm even the coldest grinch's heart.

Here are some of the best, cutest and wildest animal photos from the past week:

Animals Of The Week 12/25/11