Mahendra Singh Dhoni (R) and teammate Rahul Dravid watch a dog running across the grounds during the third day of a three-day practice match between India and a Sri Lanka Board XI in Colombo on July15, 2010. (All Pics/ AFP)
Pakistan's batsman Younis Khan plays a shot against Australia past pigeons during the second day of the third cricket Test match at the SCG in Sydney on January 4, 2017.
Ground staff member chases away a dog from the cricket field.
England's Alastair Cook and a teammate watch a dog run on-field as spectators laugh.
A black cat walks on the pitch during the Spanish league football match FC Barcelona vs Elche CF at the Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona on August 24, 2014.
Australian fieldsman Michael Slater attempts to capture one of the pigeons which have been feeding close to the wicket distracting the batsmen on occassions on the third day of the first Ashes Test Match being played at Edgbaston in Birmingham 07 July 2001.
A stray dog runs for a ball on a pitch during a training prior to a friendly football match between Ukraine and Italy in Kiev on March 29, 2011.
Independiente's forward Nestor Silvera (R) walks to catch a dog which entered the field, during their Argentina's first division football match against Boca Juniors, at Libertadores de America stadium, in Buenos Aires, on May 2, 2010.
Australian cricketer Michael Clarke chases pigeons from the field during the game against New Zealand during a ICC World Twenty20 warm-up match at the Oval in London June 2, 2009.
Novak Djokovic tries to shoo a bird from the court during his men's singles first round match against Germany's Philipp Kohlschreiber on day one of the 2015 Wimbledon Championships at The All England Tennis Club in Wimbledon, southwest London, on June 29, 2015.
A seagull flies in front of Repsol Honda rider Marc Marquez (C) and Movitar Yamaha rider Jorge Lorenzo of Spain after smashing into Ducati rider Andrea Iannone of Italy on the opening lap of the MotoGP Australian Grand Prix at Phillip Island on October 18, 2015.
Taiwan's Huang Shiau Jie looks at two pigeons which landed on the court during the team's pre-game warm-up session at the women's basketball semi final for the 14th Asian Games 2002 in Busan, 12 October 2002.
A dog strolls onto the field before the start of the Mexican Apertura quarterfinal football match between Pachuca and Necaxaf at Hidalgo stadium on November 27, 2016.
Colombia's midfielder James Rodriguez celebrates with a locust on his arm after scoring during the quarter-final football match between Brazil and Colombia at the Castelao Stadium in Fortaleza during the 2014 FIFA World Cup on July 4, 2014.
French rider David Marchand on Yamaha R1 SuperStock NÃÂÂ°49 rides during the 39th Le Mans 24 hours endurance race, on April 9, 2016 in Le Mans, western France.
A frozen spectator watches the women's 15 km individual World Cup Biathlon in Ostersund, Sweden, 29 November 2006.
A professional cyclist tries to separate two camels during an event
A professional golfer attempts to shoot the ball as two black swans are busy eating on the golf pitch
A professional golfer paying close attention to his game while a black swan is clicked up-close
A bird spotted on the cricket field before the start of a game
Animals and birds live in a world where boundaries do not exist. On World Animal Day, we take a look at some instances where animal instincts have posed as an interruption in the world of sports. Here are pictures
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