25 Animals Who Changed The World In 2017

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


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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.

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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.

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

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

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

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

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9. The stray who decided to cancel San Francisco's morning commute.

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

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

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

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

Full Story: Labrador Steps In When A Helpless Kitten Has Nobody To Count On

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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