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Political Animals On The Campaign Trail

With the political conventions kicking off, it's prime time for politicians. Balloons are inflated. Podiums are carefully placed. Lights, cameras and music have no doubt been painstakingly orchestrated. Amid the political circus, you may not be surprised to see donkeys and elephants, but we found while trolling through historical campaign images that they're not the only animals to turn up during presidential campaign season.

These days candidates hardly ever go off script, but carefully insert a duck, monkey or taxidermied hunting scene, and you are guaranteed a genuinely human reaction. Here are a few of our favorite political animal moments.