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The best animal photos of July

Aug. 1, 2011, 6:32 p.m.
Two blue crane chicks stand on stones inside their enclosure at the zoo in Hanover, Germany, on July 12.

Photo: Julian Stratenschulte

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Newly hatched blue cranes

Two blue crane chicks stand on stones inside their enclosure at the zoo in Hanover, Germany, on July 12.

The chicks pecked their way out of their eggs between July 6-7. Their parents will raise them until they are about 3 months old.