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2013 Was a Year of Surprising Moments!

2013 was sure an eventful year full of lots of surprises. Here are some of the photos that prove 2013 was a year full of the unexpected!

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A brave man runs up a greasy pole known as the 'gostra' during the Feast of St. Julian in Valletta, Malta.

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Taken just moments before the Sumatran tiger kills the swine.

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A Filipino zoo owner reads a bedtime story to his pet snake in Manila.

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Poodles dancing at the Ukrainian National Circus.

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Sao Doan, a patient at a children's hospital, watches as Spider Man washes her window in Florida.

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A lost dog wandering the polluted waters of Ahmedabad on World Earth Day.

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An employee at China's Harbin International Ice and Snow World Festival wears a panda costume and enjoys his time on the ice slide.

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A perfectly timed photo. A fly lands in between President Barak Obama's eyes as he gives a speech at the White House.

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A pig uses a dead sow to find its footing during floods in Chongquig, China.

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A penguin at the Prague Zoo observes the city's flooding commerical areas this past summer.

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Russia women catching a tan by the St. Petersburg Peter and Paul Fortress.

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A deceased leopard in a Czech taxadermy shop receives acupuncture to keep it's skin tight.

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A monkey surrounded by carp in Hefei, China Wildlife Park.

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Horses being transported from a cargo ship in East Java, Indonesia.

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A demonstrator locks lips with a riot officer during protests against the construction of a high-speed train between Lyon and Turin, France.

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Three Brazilians donning masks during the Cavalhadas festival, a tradition that re-enacts the Christian knights' defeat of the Moors in medieval times.

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A young Indian boy hangs on for dear life over an overflowing Ganges River.

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A troop of kangaroos takes over the fairway during the Handa Australian Open in Canberra, Australia.

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Mandira Budhatoki poses for a photo in Nepal. He is just 7 years old and suffers from Congenital Hypertrichosis Lanuginosa, also known as 'werewolf syndrome'.

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A horse blessing ceremony in the church of Saint Rocco before the famous Palio horse races in Italy.

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A gorilla hand with a chipped manicure confiscated by US Fish and Wildlife Services in Baltimore, Maryland.

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A group of friends contront themselves into a wall as part of Porto, Portugal's "Bodies in Urban Spaces" project.

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A child plays in the green algae blanketing Qingdao Beach, China.

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A dinosaur representing Los Angeles's National History Museum takes the green during halftime at an LA Galaxy and Seattle Sounders soccer (football) game.

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Pope Francis poses with youth for a 'selfie'  at Saint Peter's Basilica in Rome.

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An elk stranded on a roof in Verneuil-sur-Indre, France.

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During the past summer, the Elbe River in Germany flooded over. This scene was photographed in the town of Magdeburg.

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A chihuahua lounges on a pet tiger in Maringa, Brazil.

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Children beat up gay-rights activists in Russia following the proposal of a law that would prohibit gay rights rallies.

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Young Palestinian boys run from an explosion carrying AK47s.

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Former President George W. Bush locks eyes with US Army 1st Lieutenant Melissa Stockwell, the first female American soldier to lose a limb in the war in Iraq.

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Clutching a doll of deceased president Hugo Chavez, a girl mourns his death during his funeral in Caracas.

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A swarm of red locusts takes over Madagascar.

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A group of baby pandas beings treated at the Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding.

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A man holding two burnt birds after fire tore through a homeless compound in Benghazi, Libya.

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South African Matt Silver-Vallance makes a 7 kilometer flight in helium-filled balloons to raise money and awareness for the Nelson Mandela Children's Hospital.

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The 11-year-old bear Masha practices her tightrope routine at the St. Petersburg circus.

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An alligator traverses the course at the PGA Tour Zurich Classic in Lou

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At the Malabon Zoo in the Philippines, a python plays with an orangutan.

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At Germany's Wilhelma Zoological Botanical Gardens, two pygmy chimps indulge in sports.

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7-year-old Ahmed stands in front of a Free Syrian Army stronghold in Aleppo.

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A Chinese Jui Tui Shrine believer takes part of Thailand's annual vegetarian festival, with two guns piercing through his cheeks.

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The ensemble worn by two-year-old Princess Anne during Queen Elizabeth II's coronation in Buckingham Palace.

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Aggravated lions after having snowballs thrown at them in the Hangzhou Zoo, China.

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A child draws a nude model in a workshop on Valentine's Day in Mexico City.

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The Sister of Consolation cheer on cyclists during the Tour de France.

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During heavy rainfall and landslides in Yingxiu, China, over 300 people were evacuated.

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The release of pelicans into an outdoor enclosure in Marlow, Germany.

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People throwing turnips during the Jarramplas Festival in Piornal, Spain.

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Riot officers in Sao Paulo, Brazil try to restore order after a protest against a raise in bus fares.

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The two most recent popes meet in Italy's Castel Gandolfo.

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The world's first bionic man, Rex, was featured at the London Science Museum. He is equipped with a functioning artificial circulatory system and blood. You can buy this humanoid for $1 million.

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Children in Russia pour cold water on themselves even when the temperature is -9.4 degrees Fahrenheit.

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A woman in Cambodia has her head shaved to mark the passing of King Sihanouk.

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The food chain in a picture. Students from the University of Delaware reeled in a female sand shark and found a dogfish inside of her.

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Possibly the world's largest wave in Nazare, Portugal, American surfer Garrett McNamara takes the plunge.

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Over 15,000 campers participated in the 2013 International I Camping Festival in Pingxiang, China.

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House Majority Leader John Boehner shows uncharacteristic warmth as he tickles John Griffin III, the son of US Representative Tim Griffin.

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Abayed the dog was unfortunately shot last year and immediately became paralyzed. Now the dog has a wheel walking aid so that he can still play outside.

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A tree grows in Brooklyn, or rather in a pile of used tires at a French recycling center.


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