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16 don't-miss animal photos from August

Aug. 29, 2012, 5:42 p.m.
An elephant uses its trunk to spray itself with water

Photo: Ishara S. Kodikara/AFP/Getty Images

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Elephant bath

An elephant uses its trunk to spray itself with water on Aug. 1 during the Esala Perahera Festival in the ancient hill capital of Kandy, Sri Lanka.

 

The festival, which draws thousands of tourists and spectators from around the island, features a nightly procession of Kandyan dancers, fire twirlers, traditional musicians, acrobatic fire performers and elephants.