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The best animal photos of May 2012

By: Catie Leary on May 30, 2012, 5:36 p.m.
Two cygnets

Photo: Matt Cardy/Getty Images

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Fresh out of the egg

A pair of recently hatched cygnets walk along the water's edge on May 11 at the Abbotsbury Swannery near Weymouth, England.

Up to 1,000 free-flying, uncaged swans reside in the Abbotsbury Swannery, the only publicly accessible colony of nesting mute swans in the world.