Wearing a holiday hat and leash, Pistache, a yellow Labrador retriever, waits for the start of the ASPCA's Blessing of the Animals on Dec. 13 at Christ Church in New York. Tina Fineberg/AP
A chimpanzee takes a banana out of a Christmas stocking at the Buenos Aires Zoo on Dec. 8. Marcos Brindicci/Reuters
Horses dressed up with ribbons pull the official White House Christmas tree to the North Portico of the White House on Nov. 27 as First Lady Michelle Obama and daughters Malia and Sasha look on. Jim Young/Reuters
Rockette Candace Jablonski looks up as a camel named Sally touches her head at Radio City Music Hall in New York on Oct. 29. Sally and other animals posed for pictures with the Rockettes to promote the annual Radio City Christmas Sepctacular. Seth Wenig/AP
A ring-tailed Lemur nibbles dried fruits out of a Santa boot at the animal park in Hagenbeck, Germany, on Dec. 4. Zookeepers gave the nine lemurs boots full of fruits as an early Christmas gift. Philipp Guelland/AFP/NEWSCOM
An owner holds her rabbit wearing a Santa costume during a rabbit fashion contest at the Rabbit Festa in Yokohama city, Japan, on Nov. 15. Some 8,000 rabbit lovers visited the annual two-day event. Yoshikazu Tsuno/AFP/NEWSCOM
Penguins in Santa Claus outfits walk on a snowy field during a photo call for a promotional event at Everland amusement park in Yongin, South Korea. Everland Amusement Park/Reuters
Dee the goat is dressed for the holidays at Rainbow Ark Sanctuary. NEWSCOM
A woman feeds a dog dressed up for a Christmas parade in Brandenburg, Germany, on Dec. 5. Some 1,500 Santa Clauses on over one hundred floats, old cars, and quads took part in the parade that stretched over a mile through the historic city center. Thomas Peter/Reuters
A white Bengal tiger named Betty plays with a Christmas tree in her cage at the Buenos Aires Zoo on Dec. 8. Marcos Brindicci/Reuters
Dogs dressed up in Santa outfits pose during a fundraising event in Manila, Philippines, in December 2008. The event was held to raise money for an animal rehabilitation center for over 500 dogs and cats which were rescued from cruelty or neglect. Aaron Favila/AP
Owner of the Malabon Zoo Manny Tangko kisses a Burmese python during a Christmas event at the zoo in Manila, Philippines, on Dec. 9. Romeo Ranoco/Reuters
South Korean runners, one dressed as a pig, do exercises before taking part in the Santa Marathon race in Seoul, South Korea, on Dec. 12. More than 1,000 people participated in the 10K charity run to raise money for the poor. In South Korea, where over half of the population is Christian, Christmas is one of the biggest holidays. Lee Jin-man/AP
Obama said the US would defend Japan in any conflict with China over the Senkaku islands. His trip has targeted better relations with Prime Minister Abe, whose comments about Japan's World War II history have caused strains.
President Obama has assured Japan that the United States will defend its ally in the event of a conflict with China over the Senkaku islands, but he warned Beijing and Tokyo that the territorial dispute must be settled through dialogue.