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Feline ready to hit the road
A biker shows his 12-year-old cat "Chiquinho" -- who always rides with him on his motorbike -- in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on Sunday, June 19.
 
On track for success
This photo shows a stuffed Hello Kitty doll dressed in a Taiwan Railways Administration (台鐵) conductor's uniform. In celebration of the administration's 129th anniversary, the TRA has recently sold 200 limited edition conductor dolls for NT$299 each. In response to high demand, the TRA announced plans to sell another batch on Monday, June 20. Each person can buy two dolls, as well as conductor-themed stickers and post-it notes at merchandise stores in Taipei Main Station, Taichung Station and Kaohsiung Station.
 
Baby Jaws
A rescued baby tiger shark opens its mouth wide and shows its newly erupted teeth in Taitung on Saturday, June 18. Thirty-eight baby sharks rescued in Taitung have all survived, according to the Fisheries Research Institute (水試所). Last week, fishermen caught dead pregnant tiger shark and removed 38 baby sharks from its womb. Officials said the babies had begun to flash small white teeth and soon would no longer be adorable and tame.
 
Monkey-ing around
An albino baby macaque clings to its mother sitting on a tree in a forest in Linbei Village, Yunlin County, in this photo provided by a reader. It is believed there are around 300 macaques in the Linbei area, among the orchards.
 
A rice place for a ride
Visitors walk on a farm road in Yilan on Thursday, June 16. The road has been compared to "Mr. Brown Avenue," a stretch of road famous for its surrounding photogenic, expansive rice fields, in Taitung County. The local town hall in Yilan has erected a 9-meter platform to provide visitors with a better vantage point for taking pictures.
 
Japan's first "naked restaurant" opens in Tokyo next month with draconian rules of entry -- podgy prospective diners will be weighed and ejected if found to be too fat.
 
"Delete your account."
 
North Korea is producing kimchi at a new plant "built under the loving care" of leader Kim Jong Un, who praised the spicy pickle as "one of the world's five health foods," state media said Friday.
 
Models pose before a sand sculpture on a beach in Mashagou Coastal Recreation Area in Southern Taiwan on Friday, June 10.
 
Lost in the city
This photo from the Hsinchu fire department shows a firefighter holding a pangolin that was captured on the streets in the city's downtown on Friday, June 10.
 
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