ANIMAL WEDNESDAY: Banana Joe wins Best in Show

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A tiny, black Affenpinscher named Banana Joe won the coveted Best in Show award at the 137th Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show on Tuesday night, beating out more than 2,700 others for a title that guarantees canine fame, great dating and mating opportunities, and a chance to ring the opening bell of the New York Stock Exchange. 

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Animal Wednesday

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Female gorilla Changa-Maida holds her newborn baby at the zoo of Muenster, western Germany.

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There are over 300 billion birds in the world.  That is almost 100 birds for every person on the planet.  Puts things in perspective doesn’t it—especially when you think of the fear scientists have over an epidemic spreading via birds.  Here a flock of starlings take off over Southern Israel.

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Beauty can be deadly! A poisonous frog (Histrionicus Oopaga) is shown in Santa Fe Zoo, in Medellin, Colombia

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Three Great White Pelicans taking a break to reflect on life at the Frankfurt Zoo in Germany

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A six month old white lion cub takes a nap!