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The most captivating animals of 2011: A slideshow
A look at the animals who stole Americans' hearts this year — from gay penguins to a tweeting cobra  
The 8 most captivating animals of 2011: A slideshow REUTERS/Mark Blinch
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hough global protests, gala weddings, and various human shenanigans generated the bulk of 2011's headlines, plenty of animals captured our attention this year as well, thanks to their displays of bravery, adorableness, and — in at least one case — the love that dare not speak its name. From Toronto's "gay" penguins to the short and troubled life of Knut the polar bear, here are eight of the year's most intriguing animals.

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