15 Of The Cutest, Cuddliest, And Most Hilarious Animal Stories Of 2021

Much like last year, 2021 has been full of challenges and opportunities for growth. It’s also been a year where animals have been there to cheer us up with their adorable antics.

We’ve shared many stories all about those very animals and, to be honest, we just can’t get enough of them! From funny and lighthearted to heartwarming and encouraging, here are our top animal stories from this year.

1. An unexpected bear friend.

Photographer Drew Hammond had planned on snapping a few shots of grizzly bears during his trip to Alaska, but he never expected to get this close!

grizzly bear sat down next to a foldable chair outside next to a river

2. Breaking news: Pierogi the puppy needs everyone's attention.

Reporter Bob Bernard was planning on providing weather updates to the city of Leesburg, VA, but he got a little sidetracked when a pup from a nearby house decided to make an appearance. Needless to say, everyone was fine with this turn of events.

news reporter holding a small dog as he stands in the road of a neighborhood

3. Stray dog saves baby.

When this stray dog began chasing and barking at Junrell Fuentes Revilla, who was on his motorcycle, he had a feeling something was wrong. Listening to his instincts, he followed the dog who led him to an abandoned baby the pup had found next to a garbage dump.

dog named blacky standing outside while looking in the distance

4. Celebrate National Puppy Day (any day of the year) with puppy facts and adorable photos!

black, brown, and white puppy mid-air as it excitedly runs through the grass

5. The true Suez Canal heroes.

Earlier this year, a ship named the Ever Given famously got stuck in the Suez Canal for two whole weeks. Many people credit humans for finally setting it free, but it depends on who you ask.

two dachshunds wearing safety vests and hard hats

6. Marshall and baby Macy have been best friends since before Macy was born, and their precious friendship is being documented online!

large, happy dog named marshall posing with a baby girl named macy who is standing and smiling

7. Thanks to Ryan Dykta's editing skills, he's able to share "conversations" he has with his adorable dog, Casper.

black and white dog named casper under a yellow cover except for half of his face

8. Who can forget these doggy daycare rejects?

Having your dog kicked out of daycare can be absolutely devastating. Other times, it leaves you with a hilariously memorable story you'll be telling for years to come.

large black and white husky sitting inside a home and looking up

9. Gorilla mama and human mama share a special moment with their babies at the Franklin Park Zoo.

mama gorilla holding her hand up to the glass separating her from the human mom holding her baby on the other side

10. Bailey and his bunnies.

This golden retriever may not be the mom of these four bunnies, but don't tell him that!

golden retriever laying on a bed and snuggling with four baby bunnies

11. There's nothing like the unconditional love of a pet... that is until you get a significant other and they love them more than you.

black and brown cat with green eyes looking up as they use their paw to hold down a human's hand

12. Little sister to the rescue!

With his human parents not home, Chucky the tiny Pomeranian was stuck doing laps around the pool after falling in. Thankfully, Jessie was around and determined to save her big brother.

large black dog looking down at a small white dog who is swimming inside a large backyard pool

13. Actor Wesley Ryan wanted to put his best foot forward in his audition video, but his cat Odie wanted to be the one in the spotlight!

actor wesley ryan throwing his hands out in deafest as he looks down at his cat who is looking up at him from the floor

14. These dogs don't quite understand how sitting works, but that's okay.

grumpy looking dog sitting in the car with their face on the seat and their body bent upward to where their feet are on the backrest

15. Baby Frem gets a puppy for his birthday!

baby boy named frem excitedly approaching a box with a puppy inside of it

What would we do without these incredible animal friends? You know what, never mind, we don't even want to think about it!

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