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Offbeat photos of the week: Animal edition

Three baby seals swim in a pool of the seal breeding station in Friedrichskoog, northern Germany. Axel Heimken/AFP/Getty Images

From a horse race along a beach, to a giant panda celebrating a birthday, here’s a roundup of some offbeat photos of the week, animal edition.

Panda Le Bao was treated to an ice cake during a birthday event for a pair of giant pandas at an amusement park in Seoul, South Korea.

Keeping with the zoo parties theme, little elephant Tamika enjoyed a pool party a zoo in Halle, Germany this week. The young female elephant was born late last month.

Here’s a look at our selection of offbeat animal photos of the week.

Jockeys race along the beach during the annual beach horse race in Loredo, near the northern Spanish city of Santander. Cesar Manso/AFP/Getty Images
A lion is fed with frozen food to help him beat the summer heat at the Bioparc zoo in Valencia. Jose. Jordan/AFP/Getty Images
Little elephant Tamika plays with water in its enclosure at the zoo in Halle, eastern Germany. Hendrik Schmidt/AFP/Getty Images
Three baby seals swim in a pool of the seal breeding station in Friedrichskoog, northern Germany. Axel Heimken/AFP/Getty Images
Panda Le Bao plays with his ice cake during a birthday event for a pair of giant pandas at South Korea’s Everland Amusement and Animal Park in Yongin, south of Seoul. Jung Yeon-Je/AFP/Getty Images
A spider monkey eats a mango at the Paraguana zoo in Punto Fijo, Venezuela. Reuters/Carlos Jasso
Larry the cat sits on the front doorstep of Number 10 during a cabinet meeting in Downing Street in London. Reuters/Toby Melville
A swan is examined during Swan Upping, the annual census of the swan population on the River Thames, in a week long exercise where unmarked mute swans are now counted – rather than eaten – in a tradition exercised by the British Crown for nearly 900 years, at Sunbury, Southern England. Reuters/Toby Melville
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