Tiger in water covered with algae

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Green water

A young Siberian tiger swims in a pool covered in algae on Jan. 7 inside its outdoor enclosure at the zoo in Duisburg, Germany.

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Snow falls on macaques resting in hot spring

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Snow monkeys

Japanese macaques rest in an open-air hot spring as snow falls  on Dec. 10 at the Jigokudani Monkey Park in Yamanouchi, Nagano, Japan. The macaques, commonly referred to as "snow monkeys," boast a population of about 160 and are a popular tourist draw.

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Bear plays with a watermelon in the water

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Cooling off in Brazil

A brown bear eats a watermelon and cools down in a pool on Jan. 9 at the zoo in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

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Dog swims with a large stick in its mouth

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Playing fetch

A dog carries a large branch in his mouth while swimming in the floodwaters of the Rhine on Dec. 26 in Duesseldorf, Germany.


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Catie Leary ( @catieleary ) writes about science, travel, animals and the arts.

Animals chill by the poolside [Photos]
Behold a tiger wading in algae, snow monkeys warming up in a hot spring and other critters engaging in aquatic tomfoolery.