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  • The Most Surprising Photos of 2013

  • January 3: More than 17,500 animals, including this bullfrog and birds, fish, mammals, reptiles and amphibians, are counted in the annual stock take at the London Zoo.

  • Jan. 6, 2013. Lions in their enclosure react as tourists throw snowballs at them in the Hangzhou Zoo.

  • Jan. 4, 2013. Vladimr Franz, Czech artist and composer and candidate for the Czech presidency, attends a public pre-election debate in Prague, Czech Republic.

  • January 5: With temperatures around 46 degrees Fahrenheit, a man plays in the surf, joining thousands of others in celebrating the New Year by jumping into the North Sea, during the traditional New Year's Dive in Ostend, Belgium.

  • January 9: A polar bear is fed by a zookeeper at the Everland Amusement Park in Yongin, South Korea.

  • Jan. 11, 2013. An employee wearing a panda costume slides down from an ice sculpture during the Harbin International Ice and Snow World festival in Harbin, Heilongjiang province, China.

  • Jan. 17, 2013. The entrance of a tunnel dug by thieves in order to enter the safe deposit room of a bank in Berlin. Robbers dug the 100-foot-long passage from a nearby underground parking garage into a branch of Berliner Volksbank and stole the contents of several hundred safe-deposit boxes.

  • Jan. 20, 2013. People throw turnips at the Jarramplas as he makes his way through the streets beating his drum during the Jarramplas Festival in Piornal, Spain.

  • Jan. 22, 2013. A man holds two burned birds after a fire went off in a compound for homeless Libyan families in Benghazi.

  • Jan. 23, 2013. An Orthodox priest blesses rifles during a ceremony where new recruits receive their weapons at a military base of the Belarussian Interior Ministry in Minsk. The traditional ceremony was attended by 325 Belarussian recruits, and it is held a month after the recruits take their military oath.

  • Jan. 24, 2013. Authorities carry out the court-ordered amputation of the fingers of a convicted thief in a public square in the southern Iranian city of Shiraz, Iran. The 29-year-old man was convicted for being part of a 10-member gang that carried out burglaries in the city. He was sentenced to the amputation of three fingers, the confiscation of his property and three years in prison.

  • Jan. 24, 2013. A Ukrainian National Circus artist performs with dogs during presentation of the new program in Kiev, Ukraine.

  • Jan. 24, 2013. Parking meters stand out from sand dunes at the Seaside Heights, N.J., amusement park and boardwalk which was devestated last fall by Superstorm Sandy.

  • Jan. 24, 2013. The outfit worn by the two-year-old Princess Anne at Britain's Queen Elizabeth II's Coronation on June 2, 1953, is seen during a photo opportunity at the Throne Room of Buckingham Palace in central London.

  • Jan. 28, 2013. US surfer Garrett McNamara rides a wave off Praia do Norte beach in Nazare, Portugal.

  • February 1: Priests hold onto the coffin of King Norodom Sihanouk during the funeral procession in Phnom Penh. Thousands of mourners accompanied a gilded chariot carrying the body of the former king - the dominant figure of modern Cambodia - in the funeral procession to a cremation ground next to the palace where he was crowned more than 70 years ago.

  • Feb. 1, 2013. Masha, an 11-year-old bear from a traveling circus troupe based in Moscow, practices a tightrope walking act during rehearsals at the Circus on Fontanka in St. Petersburg, Russia.

  • Feb. 3, 2013. Zoo owner Emmanuel Tangco reads a book to his snakes in his bedroom in Malabon, Metro Manila.

  • Feb. 4, 2013. The skull of the skeleton found at the Grey Friars excavation in Leicester, now confirmed as that of King Richard III.

  • Feb. 5, 2013. A picture shows "Rex", the world's first "bionic man", during a photo call at the Science Museum in London. The 640,000 GBP (1 million US dollars) humanoid has a distinctly human shape and boasts prosthetic limbs, a functional artificial blood circulatory system complete with artificial blood, as well as an artificial pancreas, kidney, spleen and trachea.

  • Feb. 5, 2013. A mummified body is seen leaning on niches after it was exhumed at the municipal cemetery in Guatemala City. Municipal employees exhume bodies from niches because of unpaid cemetery fees. The bodies, tagged with identification, are then placed at a mass grave should relatives come back to claim them.

  • Feb. 5, 2013. Children pour cold water on themselves under the control of fitness coach Margarita Filimonova (R) at local kindergarten number 317, with the air temperature at about minus 23 degrees Celsius (minus 9.4 degrees Fahrenheit), in Russia's Siberian city of Krasnoyarsk.

  • Feb. 8, 2013. Horses are hoisted in the air by a crane as they're transferred from a cargo ship onto a truck upon arrival at a port in Surabaya, East Java, Indonesia.

  • February 12: People dressed as Momotxorro participate in carnival celebrations in Alsasua, Spain

  • Feb. 14, 2013. Karrie Webb of Australia waits for the kangaroos to clear the fairway during day one of the ISPS Handa Australian Open at Royal Canberra Golf Club in Canberra, Australia.

  • Feb. 14, 2013. A model poses nude while a girl draws her during a drawing workshop on Valentine's Day in Mexico City.

  • Feb. 15, 2013. A meteorite contrail is seen over Chelyabinsk. A meteor streaked across the sky of Russias Ural Mountains causing sharp explosions and reportedly injuring around 100 people, including many hurt by broken glass.

  • Feb. 24, 2013. A Sumatran tiger plays with a pig before killing it at the Sumatra Tiger Rescue Centre compound, inside the Tambling Wildlife Nature Conservation (TWNC) near Bandar Lampung, the southern tip of Sumatra, Indonesia.

  • Feb. 26, 2013. Abayed, a six-year-old herding dog, walks with a specially-made wheeled walking aid outside the Humane Center for Animal Welfare near Amman, Jordan. The dog, whose name means "white", was hospitalized and treated after a bullet pierced his spine and paralyzed him some two years ago.

  • Feb. 28, 2013. A gorilla hand with painted finger nails in a display of confiscated illegal items by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife service law enforcement at their office at BWI in Baltimore, MD.

  • Feb. 28, 2013. North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un and former NBA star Dennis Rodman speak at a basketball game in Pyongyang.

  • March 8, 2013. A supporter of Venezuela's late President Hugo Chavez holds a doll of him as she stands outside a military academy where the funeral ceremony for Chavez is held in Caracas, Venezula.

  • Mar. 10, 2013. People sunbathe by the wall of the Peter and Paul Fortress in St. Petersburg, Russia.

  • March 23, 2013. Pope Francis meets Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI at Castel Gandolfo in Italy.

  • March 27, 2013. Ahmed, the 7 year old son of a FSA fighter, stands in front of a barricade, were he assists his FSA comrades in the neighborhood of Salahadeen, one of Aleppo's front lines.

  • March 28, 2013. A boy poses for a picture with people wearing costumes of famous sci-fi movies during the Canaan fair which is part of the Holy Week celebrations in Ayacucho, Peru.

  • April 6, 2013. South Africa's Matt Silver-Vallance floats above the sea using helium filled balloons from the airfield of Robben Island across the Atlantic Ocean in Cape Town. Vallance made the 7 km flight to raise funds and awareness for the Nelson Mandela Children's Hospital.

  • April 9, 2013. A birch gnawed by beavers stands near Lengenwang, southern Germany.

  • April 11, 2013. Pelicans are to be released into their outdoor enclosure at the birds park in Marlow, eastern Germany.

  • April 13, 2013. A reveller who had climbed onto a ledge outside the National Gallery leaps into the crowd during an outdoor party celebrating the death of former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, at Trafalgar Square in central London.

  • April 17, 2013. Fifteen-month-old Roona Begum is tended to by doctors and family at a local hospital in Gurgaon on the outskirts of New Delhi. Doctors have successfully carried out life-saving surgery on an Indian baby suffering from a rare disorder that caused her head to swell to nearly double its size, a neurosurgeon told AFP.

  • April 25, 2013. U.S. Army 1st Lt. Melissa Stockwell (Ret.) (R), who was the first female American soldier to lose a limb in the war in Iraq, recites the Pledge of Allegiance as (L-R) former U.S. First Lady Barbara Bush, former President George H.W. Bush, former President George W. Bush and former First Lady Laura Bush look on during the opening ceremony of the George W. Bush Presidential Center in Dallas, Texas.

  • April 25, 2013. Two victims amid the rubble of a garment factory building collapse in Savar, near Dhaka, Bangladesh.

  • April 25, 2013. A worker grooms away tracks after an alligator crossed through a sand trap on the 14th hole during the first round of the PGA Tour Zurich Classic golf tournament at TPC Louisiana in Avondale, La.

  • April 27, 2013. A swarm of red locusts 20km north of the town of Sakaraha, Madagascar.

  • May 1, 2013. Officials remove a plane part that was discovered wedged between an apartment building and a mosque in New York. Authorities believe the plane part is from one of the two hijacked airliners that brought down the World Trade Center on Sept. 11, 2001.

  • May 14, 2013. Two Bonobos, pygmy chimpanzees, play with a ball in the new primate house at the Wilhelma