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A six-month-old baby elephant named Clear Sky is kept afloat with the help of a harness during a hydrotherapy session at a veterinary clinic in Chonburi Province, Thailand, on 5 January 2017. After losing part of her left foot in a snare, Clear Sky is learning to walk again – in water. The goal is to strengthen the withered muscles in her front leg, which was wounded three months previously in an animal trap laid by villagers to protect their cropsRoberto Schmidt/AFP
Polar bear
6 January 2017: A polar bear named Sprinter shakes water off in his enclosure at the zoo Hanover, northern GermanyPeter Steffen/AFP
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A baby giraffe that was born on New Year's Day is cleaned by its mother at the zoo in Budapest, Hungary, on 3 January 2017Attila Kisbenedek/AFP
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3 January 2017: Nunak, a Bornean orangutan (Pongo pygmaeus), yawns in the enclosure at Usti nad Labem Zoo in the Czech RepublicDavid W Cerny/Reuters
Elephant
3 January 2017: An elephant munches on discarded Christmas trees at Berlin ZooSean Gallup/Getty Images
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A zookeeper poses with a praying mantis during the annual stocktake at London Zoo on 3 January 2017Daniel Leal-Olivas/ Getty Images
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Birds fly in front of a construction crane at dusk in London on 5 January 2017Toby Melville/Reuters
Liwa desert
2 January 2017: An Emirati from the Qubaisi tribe trains falcons in the Liwa desert, west of the Gulf emirate of Abu Dhabi, during the Liwa 2017 Moreeb Dune FestivalKarim Sahib/AFP
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Two people enjoy the sunrise at Loch Lomond in Scotland on 5 January 2017Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images
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The sun sets behind the semi-submerged Mary's Shell sculpture, created by artist and sculptor Stephen Broadbent, on Cleveleys Beach in Blackpool on 4 January 2017Christopher Furlong/Getty Images
winter weather Europe
6 January 2017: A man swims in the frozen water of the Trocadero fountain in front of the Eiffel Tower in ParisOlivier Morin/AFP
winter weather Europe
3 January 2017: Sun rises over the snowy landscape near Amtzell, southern GermanyFelix Kästle/AFP
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6 January 2017: A child plays in an art installation called The Beach as part of the annual Sydney Festival. The Beach at The Cutaway, Barangaroo Reserve, comprises of 1.1 million recyclable polyethylene balls that create an ocean gently lapping against a 60-metre wide shoreline, created by New York based design studio SnarkitecturePeter Parks/AFP
winter weather Europe
4 January 2017: Garden gnomes on a roof are covered in snow in Altenburg, eastern GermanySebastian Kahnert/AFP
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People visit ice sculptures illuminated by coloured lights at the Harbin Ice and Snow Festival in northern China on 4 January 2017Nicolas Asfouri/AFP
Epiphany 2017
Men jump to catch a wooden crucifix during Epiphany day celebrations in Sofia, BulgariaStoyan Nenov/Reuters
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6 January 2017: A man holds a cross after retrieving it from the sea, during the blessing of the water ceremony marking the Orthodox Epiphany Day, in the village of Pachi near AthensLouisa Gouliamaki/AFP
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A man dressed as King Balthazar, one of the Three Kings, greets the crowd during the Three Wise Men Parade (Cabalgata de los Reyes Magos) in Vic, Spain, marking the eve of the feast of Epiphany on 5 January 2017Josep Lago/AFP
Rauhnacht
5 January 2017: Locals dressed as 'Perchten', a traditional demonic creature in German and Austrian Alpine folklore, parade through the town centre during the annual 'Rauhnacht' gathering in Waldkirchen, GermanyJohannes Simon/Getty Images
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31 December 2016: Palestinian artist Osama Sbeata, 26, lights the words '2017 Happy New Year' written in the sand in Gaza CityMohammed Abed/AFP
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31 December 2016: Fireworks illuminate the sky above the Sydney Opera House and Harbour BridgeSaeed Khan/AFP
New Years Eve
1 January 2017: Fireworks illuminate the city's skyline during New Year's Eve celebrations of 2017 in Yogyakarta, IndonesiaUlet Ifansasti/Getty Images
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1 January 2017: Fireworks light up the London skyline and Big Ben just after midnightLeon Neal/Getty Images
Greenpeace
6 January 2017: An image depicting the film character Mary Poppins wearing a pollution mask is floated in the air near the Elizabeth Tower, better known as Big Ben, outside the Houses of Parliament in London, during a photocall by Greenpeace to highlight the levels of air pollution in the capitalDaniel Leal-Olivas/Getty Images
Dippy the Diplodocus
4 January 2017: Members of the public walk around 'Dippy' the Diplodocus at Natural History Museum in London. The 70ft long (21.3m) plaster-cast sauropod replica, which is made up of 292 bones, is set to leave the Natural History Museum in London, where it has been for 109 years, before going on a national tourDan Kitwood/ Getty Images
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6 January 2017: A member of the Edo Firemanship Preservation Association displays his balancing skills atop bamboo ladders during a New Year demonstration by the fire brigade in Tokyo on 6 January 2017Toru Hanai/Reuters
Sumo
6 January 2017: Mongolian-born sumo grand champion or 'yokozuna' Hakuho performs a ring-entering ceremony at Meiji Shrine in TokyoBehrouz Mehri/AFP
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French cyclist Robert Marchand, aged 105, reacts after he rode 22.528 km (14.08 miles) in one hour at the Velodrome National in Montigny-les-Bretonneux, France, on 4 January 2017Jacky Naegelen/Reuters
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5 January 2017: Firefighters tackle a wildfire near La Adela in La Pampa Province, ArgentinaEitan Abramovich/AFP
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31 December 2016: Members of the Iraqi forces take position as they advance in Mosul's eastern Al-Intisar neighbourhoodAhmad al-Rubaye/AFP
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2 January 2017: People carry the coffin of Yunus Gormek, 23, one of the victims of the Reina night club attack in IstanbulBulent Kilic/AFP
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A man eats on the beach after a boat carrying him and other migrants arrived in the Andalus district of Tripoli, on 4 January 2017. After several days at sea, 80 mostly Senegalese migrants who left Sabratha, spotted land, thinking it was Italy. Several drowned trying to swim to shore. But when the survivors reached dry land they found they were still in LibyaTaha Jawashi/AFP
Mosul
5 January 2017: A boy stands in street while a man walks past in the western edge of Al-Intisar neighbourhood in southeastern Mosul, IraqDimitar Dilkoff/AFP
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6 January 2017: A displaced Iraqi girl, who fled the ongoing figthing between Islamic State and government forces around Mosul, skips at the Khazer refugee camp near Arbil, capital of the autonomous Kurdish region of northern IraqDimitar Dilkoff/AFP
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Gustavo Gallego of Argentina rides a Raptor 700 Yamaha quad bike during stage three of the 2017 Dakar Rally between San Miguel de Tucuman and San Salvador de Jujuy in Argentina on 4 January 2017Dan Istitene/Getty Images
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5 January 2017: Peugeot's Spanish drivers Carlos Sainz and Lucas Cruz compete during Stage 4 of the 2017 Dakar Rally between San Salvador de Jujuy in Argentina and Tupiza in BoliviaFranck Fife/AFP
Moreeb Dune Festival
6 January 2017: Emirati men walk with their camels across the Liwa desert, some 250 kilometres west of the Gulf emirate of Abu Dhabi, during the Liwa 2017 Moreeb Dune FestivalKarim Sahib/AFP