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Animals in the Christmas Spirit

Check out these photos of critters on their best holiday behavior

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    Doesn't this cat just look THRILLED to be in the holiday spirit?

    Photo credit: Akibubblet/Flickr
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    A dog dressed as ''Santa Claus'' wears red nail enamel during a dog parade in Managua, on October 4, 2009, on the Animal World Day.

    (Photo credit: ELMER MARTINEZ/AFP/Getty Images)
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    A snow leopard plays with a cardboard cutout at the Los Angeles Zoo and Botanical Gardens in Los Angeles, California. A pair of rare snow leopard cubs and their mother were given Christmas packages containing treats and cardboard cutout decorations to investigate as part of the zoo Behavioral Enrichment program, which uses the natural behaviors of animals to keep them active and healthy. The cubs were born at the zoo on May 26 to a cat named Asia. Native to remote high mountains in Asia, only about 5,000 to 7,000 snow leopards are believed to remain in the wild. The cats can tolerate temperature extremes ranging from 40 degrees below zero Farenheit to as high as 104 degrees. They can leap 45 feet and kill prey that is two- to three-times their size. Snow leopards are at the top of the food chain and considered an indicator species and ecosystems that support a large number of snow leopards are believed to be healthy.

    (Photo by David McNew/Getty Images)
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    Where does Santa's beard end and kitty's fur begin?

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    A cat sits sits amid of poinsettia plants in a greenhouse of a horticultural farm in Beeskow, eastern Germany. The plant traditionally is used as a Christmas decoration and symbolise in some countries the Star of Bethlehem and the blood sacrifice.

    (Photo credit: PATRICK PLEUL/AFP/Getty Images)
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    Cape Penguins wearing Christmas costumes take part in a Christmas event at the Hakkeijima Sea Paradise in Yokohama, Japan.

    (Photo credit: TOSHIFUMI KITAMURA/AFP/Getty Images)
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    Yoshi poses around the Christmas tree. He is really good around the presents and the tree.

    Photo Credit: Randy Son Of Robert/Flickr
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    A dog named Pookie participates in a Christmas dog custom exhibition in San Salvador, El Salvador.

    (Photo credit: Jose CABEZAS/AFP/Getty Images)
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    Rudolph the red nosed reindeer... er... puppy.

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    Santa Claus greets a dog before posing for a picture during the Santa Paws pet photo charity event in Washington.

    (Photo credit: NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP/Getty Images)
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    Meet sophia the pug. She's looking her best in this festive scarf!

    Photo credit: audreyjm529/Flickr
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    Dog Elvis is coaxed to pose for a picture with Santa Claus at the Santa Paws pet photo charity event in Washington.

    (Photo credit: NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP/Getty Images)
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    Here's a dog that's lit up for the holiday season!

    Photo Credit: life is good (pete)/Flickr
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    Divers dressed as Santa Claus and a mermaid give away presents to fish at the Sea Life Aquarium in the western German city of Oberhausen.

    (Photo credit: ROLAND WEIHRAUCH/AFP/Getty Images)
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    Yes, even cats can get in the holiday spirit!

    Photo credit: Dustin Diaz/Flickr
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    A meerket rests inside a Christmas present at Taronga Zoo in Sydney, Australia. The festive foods were given to the animals as part of the regular enrichment program in place to encourage the animals to forage for food and help improve hunting abilities.

    (Photo by Rick Stevens/Taronga Zoo via Getty Images)
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    "Santa Claws"

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    A Western Lowland Gorilla eats an orange while holding a Christmas pouch at the Ueno Zoo in Tokyo. The Gorillas received Christmas presents from the zoo keepers to celebrate the festivities.

    (Photo credit: TOSHIFUMI KITAMURA/AFP/Getty Images)
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    This dog is dressed up and ready for Santa to deliver some fresh and tasty treats!

    Photo credit: refeia/Flickr
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    An elephant dressed in a Santa Claus costume performs by standing on its hind legs before giving out gifts to students to mark the Christmas season at a school in Ayutthaya province. The event was held as part of a campaign to promote Christmas in Thailand.

    (Photo credit: PORNCHAI KITTIWONGSAKUL/AFP/Getty Images)
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    Horses stand in a snow covered field on Christmas Day morning in Letterkenny, Ireland.

    (Photo by Gareth Cattermole/Getty Images)