Masha, an 11-year-old bear and one of four in St. Petersburg's Circus on Fontanka, dons a delightful springtime costume during rehearsals. This will be the troupe's first performance in the Russian city in 20 years. Click through for a look at more of the week's most arresting images from around the globe.
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