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

mama gorilla holding her hand up to the glass separating her from the human mom holding her baby on the other side and two dachshunds wearing safety vests and hard hats

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 about those animals. And, to be honest, we simply 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.

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

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!

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

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

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.

3. Stray dog saves baby.

dog named blacky standing outside while looking in the distance

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.

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