25 Animals Who Changed The World In 2017

By Travis Greenwood

Some animals, like cats that push stuff off countertops, just want to watch the world burn.

But for every four-legged jerk, there's another determined to do the right thing and leave the world in a better place.

Case in point: the 25 critters compiled below who made headlines with their inspiring, altruistic, and heartwarming actions.

1. This Japanese hedgehog who camps like a boss.

2. The dog who took Josh Groban on an uncanny detour — and out of harm's way.

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3. The brave dog who led a herd of goats — and some deer! — to safety during the Northern California wildfires.

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4. The bus-riding kitten and his dapper human BFF who crushed Reddit with their extreme cuteness.

5. The adorable St. Bernard who rewrote the record book with his lengthy and well-endowed tongue.

6. The pup who pulled a Ferris Bueller to get more attention from his people.

7. The puppers who can neither confirm nor deny that they trained with the CIA to become Explosive Ordnance Disposal dogs.

8. The thoughtful geese who chaperoned a wee hedgie across a busy street.

Geese escort tiny hedgehog across busy road
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9. The stray who decided to cancel San Francisco's morning commute.

10. The kitty who brazenly thefted the hearts of cops at a police station in South Carolina.

11. The floofs who won Halloween with v. timely costumes.

12. The little Jack Russell who brought a pony with * MAJOR * trust issues out of his shell.

13. The Labrador who adopted a tiny kitten found abandoned in a London garden and helped nurse her back to health.

Ava and Barney

Found abandoned in a London garden aged just days old little kitten Ava was rushed into Battersea Dogs & Cats Home. She is still so young that she needs hand-feeding every two hours and spends much of her day in the Battersea clinic office. This is where she met her new best friend, Barney. The three-year-old #Labrador has taken his role of kitten-sitting very seriously - snuggling with Ava, playing with her, and monitoring her every move around the office to make sure she’s safe. He's a real top dog! Ava already has a home lined up but there are plenty of dogs and cats still searching: https://www.battersea.org.uk/

Posted by Battersea Dogs & Cats Home on Tuesday, September 12, 2017

14. The lizard who cosplayed as Lady Olenna Tyrell from "Game Of Thrones."

15.The good girl who helped first responders locate survivors and bodies in the aftermath of earthquakes that rocked Mexico.

16. The colorful lovebirds who redefined style and relationship goals with their stunning, hot-and-cold plumage.

17. The African land snail — dubbed the 'snabbit' by some — that polarized Twitter with its rabbit-like appearance.

18. The foster dog with a better resume than you.

19. The gorilla who was inspired to dance like nobody was watching when temps spiked in the summer.

20. The canine caddy who raised money for Minnesota animal shelters by finding lost golf balls.

21. The trash panda who became a viral sensation when he went the extra mile (literally!) to score a free lunch.

22. The pure AF corgi who was filmed trying to share a bone with an unlikely recipient — his reflection.

23. The fearless Canadian feline who alerted her human family to a fire raging underneath their house in the middle of the night.

24. The hero golden retriever who waded into chilly waters to rescue a drowning foal — twice!

25. The amazing service dog who was trained to protect his person from injuries when she experiences a seizure.

Did we miss your favorite headline-making animal of 2017? Share them with us in the comments below!