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  • A picture taken on November 30, 2013 shows fishes in an aquarium at a mall in Sevilla. (GOGO LOBATO/AFP/Getty Images)

  • BOGOR, INDONESIA - DECEMBER 21: Silkworms feed on a supply of murbei leaves at a silk fibre production unit on December 21, 2013 in Bogor, Indonesia. The Indonesian silk industry is well established although generally consisting of small and local producers in contrast to more developed competition and industry seen in countries such as Japan, China and Thailand. The silk produced is used in the manufacture of traditional handicrafts including batik clothing and textiles. (Photo by Nurcholis Anhari Lubis/Getty Images)

  • Hany, a five-month-old Sumatran tiger cub eats a meat in his exclosure in Prague Zoo on December 19, 2013. (MICHAL CIZEK/AFP/Getty Images)

  • A seal munches on a crab as animals at Sydney's Taronga Zoo received Christmas-themed treats in their enclosures on December 20, 2013. (WILLIAM WEST/AFP/Getty Images)

  • LONDON, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 21: A squirrel is seen on the pitch causing a delay in play during the Sky Bet Championship match between Queens Park Rangers and Leicester City at Loftus Road on December 21, 2013 in London, England. (Photo by Paul Gilham/Getty Images)

  • A young Emirati boy holds his falcon at the Liwa desert, 220 kms west of Abu Dhabi, on the sidelines of the Mazayin Dhafra Camel Festival on December 21, 2013. The festival, which attracts participants from around the Gulf region, includes a camel beauty contest, a display of UAE handcrafts and other activities aimed at promoting the country's folklore. (KARIM SAHIB/AFP/Getty Images)

  • Emirati Mohammed Rakan Bin Harwon Al-Qubassiy looks on as his falcon flies at the Liwa desert, 220 kms west of Abu Dhabi, on the sidelines of the Mazayin Dhafra Camel Festival on December 21, 2013. The festival, which attracts participants from around the Gulf region, includes a camel beauty contest, a display of UAE handcrafts and other activities aimed at promoting the country's folklore. (KARIM SAHIB/AFP/Getty Images)

  • A giraffe stands in its enclosure at the Zoological Park of Paris, also known as the Zoo of Vincennes, in Paris on December 20, 2013. The zoo, which has been under renovation since 2008, is set to reopen in April 2014. (THOMAS SAMSON/AFP/Getty Images)

  • A meerkat stands guard on a present as another inspects a Christmas tree as animals at Sydney's Taronga Zoo received Christmas-themed treats in their enclosures on December 20, 2013. (WILLIAM WEST/AFP/Getty Images)

  • A kangaroo nibbles on a giant Christmas stocking as animals at Sydney's Taronga Zoo received Christmas-themed treats in their enclosures on December 20, 2013. (WILLIAM WEST/AFP/Getty Images)

  • Pigeons eats foodgrains on a pavement in New Delhi on December 20, 2013. As per a belief in Indian astrology, that if you feed an animal or bird associated with particular planets it deflects the negative vibrations and ill-effects of those planets on you, thus the feeding of birds and animals becomes a way to change one's luck. (PRAKASH SINGH/AFP/Getty Images)

  • Indian residents sprinkle foodgrains as they feed pigeons and birds in New Delhi on December 20, 2013. As per a belief in Indian astrology, that if you feed an animal or bird associated with particular planets it deflects the negative vibrations and ill-effects of those planets on you, thus the feeding of birds and animals becomes a way to change one's luck. (PRAKASH SINGH/AFP/Getty Images)

  • BOGOR, INDONESIA - DECEMBER 21: Silkworms feed on a supply of murbei leaves at a silk fibre production unit on December 21, 2013 in Bogor, Indonesia. The Indonesian silk industry is well established although generally consisting of small and local producers in contrast to more developed competition and industry seen in countries such as Japan, China and Thailand. The silk produced is used in the manufacture of traditional handicrafts including batik clothing and textiles. (Photo by Nurcholis Anhari Lubis/Getty Images)

  • LONDON, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 19: A dog watches the rowers from the front of a launch during the Women's University Boat Race Trial 8's race on The River Thames on December 19, 2013 in London, England. (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images,)

  • YONGIN, SOUTH KOREA - DECEMBER 18: A penguin dressed in a Santa costume is paraded at Everland, South Korea's largest amusement park on December 18, 2013 in Yongin, South Korea. Many Christian and non-Christian Koreans celebrate the holiday by exchanging gifts, caroling and participating in church services. South Korea is the only east Asian nation that recognises Christmas as a national holiday. (Photo by Chung Sung-Jun/Getty Images)

  • YONGIN, SOUTH KOREA - DECEMBER 18: A helper dressed as Santa Claus holds a Fennec fox at Everland, South Korea's largest amusement park on December 18, 2013 in Yongin, South Korea. Many Christian and non-Christian Koreans celebrate the holiday by exchanging gifts, caroling and participating in church services. South Korea is the only east Asian nation that recognises Christmas as a national holiday. (Photo by Chung Sung-Jun/Getty Images)

  • A squirrel monkey eats from christmas tree baubles filled with silkworms and crickets during a photocall at London Zoo in central London on December 18, 2013. (CARL COURT/AFP/Getty Images)

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    A newborn turtle heads for the sea in Sauipe Beach, Sauipe Coast, Bahia, Brazil, on December 3, 2013. The Tamar project works in the protection of this endangered species along the coast of the state of Bahia. (VANDERLEI ALMEIDA/AFP/Getty Images)

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    SUN CITY, SOUTH AFRICA - DECEMBER 06: Baboons wander around the course during the continuation of the weather delayed first round of the Nedbank Golf Challenge at Gary Player CC on December 6, 2013 in Sun City, South Africa. (Photo by Stuart Franklin/Getty Images)

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    SUN CITY, SOUTH AFRICA - DECEMBER 06: An African sacred ibis walks across a fairway during the continuation of the weather delayed first round of the Nedbank Golf Challenge at Gary Player CC on December 6, 2013 in Sun City, South Africa. (Photo by Stuart Franklin/Getty Images)

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    PLANO, TX - DECEMEBER 6: Alex Zdorov, 36, of Plano, Texas, walks his dogs, Baxter (L) and Lyla (R) on a path in Big Lake Park on December 6, 2013 in Plano, Texas. The ice storm that has hit North Texas has left over 250,000 residents and businesses without power and has led to more than 1,700 flight delays and cancellations across the country. (Photo by Stewart F. House/Getty Images)

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    A 15-day-old Andean condor named Raiman Noe ('Flowery Noe' in Mapuche language) plays with a puppet in the nursery of Buenos Aires' zoo on December 6, 2013. Raiman Noe, now two weeks old, weighed just 196 grams and barely fit in the palm of a hand at its birth. (DANIEL GARCIA/AFP/Getty Images)

  • Camels walk along sand dunes in the Liwa desert, 220 kms west of Abu Dhabi, as the Mazayin Dhafra Camel Festival takes place on December 22, 2013. The festival, which attracts participants from around the Gulf region, includes a camel beauty contest, a display of UAE handcrafts and other activities aimed at promoting the country's folklore. AFP PHOTO/KARIM SAHIB

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    DALLAS, TX - DECEMBER 06: American White Pelicans huddle together in icy conditions at White Rock Lake on December 6, 2013 in Dallas, Texas. The ice storm that has hit North Texas has left over 250,000 residents and businesses without power and has led to more than 1,700 flight delays and cancellations across the country. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

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    This undated photo supplied by the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife shows elk at the Elkhorn Wildlife Area near Baker City, Ore. Besides protecting farmers’ and ranchers’ hay supplies, the Elkhorn Wildlife Area gives residents a rare chance to watch dozens, and in some cases hundreds, of wild animals acting rather like animals do in zoos.(AP Photo/Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife)

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    A baby elephant scratches its trunk on a log at Madrid's Zoo on December 5, 2013. (JAVIER SORIANO/AFP/Getty Images)

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    Giant panda Bing Xing climbes a tree at Madrid's Zoo on December 5, 2013. (JAVIER SORIANO/AFP/Getty Images)

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    A gorilla looks on from its enclosure at Madrid's Zoo on December 5, 2013. (JAVIER SORIANO/AFP/Getty Images)

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    A wild elephant is seen at the Kalabari forest near the village of Naxalbari, close to the India-Nepal border some 50 kms from Siliguri, on December 5, 2013. A herd wild elephants were spotted in the area, creating unease among local villagers. (DIPTENDU DUTTA/AFP/Getty Images)

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    A Nephila Clavata spider eats a wasp in its web, in a road close to Uruapan, Michoacan state, Mexico on December 3, 2013. (OMAR TORRES/AFP/Getty Images)

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    A newborn turtle heads for the sea in Sauipe Beach, Sauipe Coast, Bahia, Brazil, on December 3, 2013. The Tamar project works in the protection of this endangered species along the coast of the state of Bahia. (VANDERLEI ALMEIDA/AFP/Getty Images)

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    A baby of palm cockatoos, also known as the Goliath Cockatoo, is presented at the Zoo in Prague, Czech Republic, Thursday, Dec. 5, 2013. It is the first of its kind that was born in Czech Republic and the first baby palm cockatoo in Europe since 2010. It was born on October 1, 2013 and remains nameless until the gender is known. (AP Photo/Petr David Josek)

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    Nola the arctic fox curls up on the snow, at Denver Zoo, which was closed to the public due to extreme cold, in Denver Thursday Dec. 5, 2013. A wintry storm pushing through the western half of the country has brought bitterly cold temperatures that prompted safety warnings for residents in the Rockies and threatened crops as far south as California. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley)

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    A six-month old female liliger cub Eva plays in the snow in a Zoo in Novosibirsk, Russia, Thursday, Dec. 5, 2013. The cub's mother is Zita, a liger - half-lioness, half-tiger, and its father is a lion, Sam. (AP Photo /Ilnar Salakhiev)

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    A six-month old female liliger cub Eva plays in snow in the Zoo in Novosibirsk, Russia, Thursday, Dec. 5, 2013. The cub's mother is Zita, a liger - half-lioness, half-tiger, and its father is a lion, Sam. (AP Photo /Ilnar Salakhiev)

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    This Tuesday Dec. 3, 2013 released by the San Diego Zoo shows Noka, a 14-year-old male cheetah, is perched in a tree investigating the exhibit of a female cheetah. This is one of the first steps in introducing male and female cheetahs for breeding. Noka is one of 17 cheetahs in an off-exhibit breeding facility at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park. (AP Photo/San Diego Zoo, Ken Bohn)

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    Toby chews a treat during his public debut in the Onstead Foundation Chimpanzee Habitat at the Houston Zoo Tuesday, Dec. 3, 2013, in Houston. He is onE of six chimpanzees relocated to the zoo through the combined efforts of Lincoln Park Zoo’s Project ChimpCARE, the Houston Zoo, and Curtis and Bea Shepperson, the chimps’ owners. The Sheppersons had been under pressure from officials in the Mechanicsville, Virginia area to relocate the chimpanzees because of a recent escape and the lack of proper licenses. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

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    An Amur tiger lies in the snow at the Calgary Zoo in Calgary, Canada on Thursday, Nov. 28, 2013. The zoo fully re-opened Thursday after being closed due to severe flooding last June. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Jeff McIntosh)

  • African penguin chicks are pictured on November 30, 2013 at the Southern African Foundation for the Conservation of Coastal Birds (SANCCOB) in Cape Town. Over 150 abandoned African penguin chicks have been admitted to SANCCOB's centres this month from Stony Point, Boulders Beach and Robben Island. There are less than 19,000 breeding pairs of the endangered species left in South Africa. Another 300 chicks are expected to be rescued by February 2014. (JENNIFER BRUCE/AFP/Getty Images)

  • A picture taken on November 30, 2013 shows a goldfish in an aquarium at a mall in Sevilla. (GOGO LOBATO/AFP/Getty Images)

  • Ducks swim in a pond in Moscow on November 30, 2013. The temperature in Moscow fell to -4 C (25 F), but due to high humidity and wind, weather experts said it would feel more like - 7 C (19 F). (KIRILL KUDRYAVTSEV/AFP/Getty Images)

  • Seagulls fly in Ipanema beach on a cloudy day in Rio de Janeiro, on November 30, 2013 Brazil. (CHRISTOPHE SIMON/AFP/Getty Images)

  • A volunteer prepares to feed an African penguin chick at the Southern African Foundation for the Conservation of Coastal Birds (SANCCOB) in Cape Town, on November 30, 2013. Over 150 abandoned African penguin chicks have been admitted to SANCCOB's centres this month from Stony Point, Boulders Beach and Robben Island. There are less than 19,000 breeding pairs of the endangered species left in South Africa. Another 300 chicks are expected to be rescued by February 2014. (JENNIFER BRUCE/AFP/Getty Images)

  • African penguin chicks are pictured on November 30, 2013 at the Southern African Foundation for the Conservation of Coastal Birds (SANCCOB) in Cape Town. Over 150 abandoned African penguin chicks have been admitted to SANCCOB's centres this month from Stony Point, Boulders Beach and Robben Island. There are less than 19,000 breeding pairs of the endangered species left in South Africa. Another 300 chicks are expected to be rescued by February 2014. (JENNIFER BRUCE/AFP/Getty Images)

  • MALELANE, SOUTH AFRICA - NOVEMBER 29: Hippopotamus are pictured in the Crocodile River which runs along side the 13th green during the second round of the Alfred Dunhill Championship at Leopard Creek Country Club on November 29, 2013 in Malelane, South Africa. (Photo by Warren Little/Getty Images)

  • MALELANE, SOUTH AFRICA - NOVEMBER 29: Hippopotamus are pictured in the Crocodile River which runs along side the 13th green during the second round of the Alfred Dunhill Championship at Leopard Creek Country Club on November 29, 2013 in Malelane, South Africa. (Photo by Warren Little/Getty Images)

  • MALELANE, SOUTH AFRICA - NOVEMBER 29: An elephant is spotted from the 10th tee during the second round of the Alfred Dunhill Championship at Leopard Creek Country Club on November 29, 2013 in Malelane, South Africa. (Photo by Warren Little/Getty Images)

  • Amur tigers nuzzle at the Calgary Zoo in Calgary, Canada on Thursday, Nov. 28, 2013. The zoo fully re-opened Thursday after being closed due to severe flooding last June. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Jeff McIntosh)

  • An Amur tiger lies in the snow at the Calgary Zoo in Calgary, Canada on Thursday, Nov. 28, 2013. The zoo fully re-opened Thursday after being closed due to severe flooding last June. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Jeff McIntosh)

  • In this photo taken Wednesday, Nov. 27, 2013, one of the two lion cub runs around with parents, Nati and Zevs, at the Zoo in Novosibirsk, Russia. The cubs were born on Oct. 30 but they were allowed  to be photographed only on Wednesday. (AP Photo /Ilnar Salakhiev)

  • New-born gorilla NAikais is held in the arms of its mother in Burgers Zoo in Arnhem, The Netherlands, on November 28, 2013. (ROBIN UTRECHT/AFP/Getty Images)