25 Of The Most Important Viral Animal Stories Of 2017

By Travis Greenwood

With the calendar year winding to a close, it's time to look back on the trending animal stories that moved our soul, tugged at our heart, and stirred all of the feels.

From dogs waiting patiently for UPS drivers to sibling cats being reunited thanks to a dating app and literally everything in between, here are 25 of the best, funniest, and most-touching viral animal news beats from 2017.

1. When internet sensation Fiona the baby hippo edged into frame at just the right moment. #cutestphotobombever

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2. The Facebook page that chronicles the loving relationship between UPS drivers and the dogs they meet during deliveries.

3. These service doggos who showed up at a hospital to comfort victims recovering from the Las Vegas shooting.

4. The cat who helped give an army vet battling PTSD a new lease on life.

5. When April the giraffe meet her newborn calf for the first time. 💖 💖 💖

6. The dog who became a symbol of Texan resilience after he was photographed carrying a bag of food in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey. #HoustonStrong

7. The husky whose first instinct after getting loose was to link up with his BFF across the street. Because #friendship goals aren't dead yet.

8. The cartoonist who baked a loaf of bread in the likeness of his 15-year-old pet tortoise.

9. The dog who slayed Halloween with the *best* costume of 2017 or any other year.

10. The heroic firefighter who brought a 10-year-old dog back from the brink of death with mouth-to-mouth resuscitation.

11. The Australian dude who broke the internet with a spot-on parody of "The Lion King."

12. The golden retriever puppy who feuded with a door stop. #soundthebeefalarmbecausewehavebeef

13. The patient cat who escaped the friend zone with pluck and persistence.

14. The loyal pup who refused to leave his owner's side after he fell out of a tree.

15. The ceiling raccoon who was spotted waving goodbye to travelers at Toronto's Pearson International Airport.

16. The hunky vet who puts his patients — and their people — in the swoon zone with lovely tunes.

Sometimes your patient just needs you to go the extra mile to make them feel comfortable when they're here for the day to have surgery. Dr. Ross has mastered the technique and sweet Ruby was so thankful for that ❤ #FoxHollowVet

Posted by Fox Hollow Animal Hospital on Thursday, April 27, 2017

17. These unlikely besties who were brought together by tragedy but are now inseparable.

18. This orphaned joey that hopped into an advanced pillow-pouch hybrid lined with only the softest and coziest of fleeces.

19. These sibling kitties who were brought back together thanks to chance and a mobile dating app.

20. The dog who dug up a pair of dentures because LOLs.

21. These eagle parents who took turns keeping their eggs warm during a blizzard.

22. The high school cross-country team that started a nationwide trend when they began training with local shelter pups.

This morning me and the St. Joseph High School Cross Country Team conducted our workout at the County Animal Shelter in Santa Maria. With the help of Stacy Silva we successfully completed the first ever team Dog Run! Each team member was assigned a dog and we went out for a couple miles around the shelter. I am not sure who was more excited and having the most fun...the dogs or the kids. Either way, it was a great time and I am sure we will do it again sometime soon. Thanks Stacy Silva and Geoff Clinton

Posted by Luis Escobar on Thursday, August 4, 2016

23. The impatient rhino who wanted belly rubs and wanted them NOW.

24. The distracted beagle that lost her focus during an obstacle course run in the most adorable fashion.

25. The toad that's better at hats than anything you'll ever do in life.

Did we miss your favorite viral animal story of 2017? Share it with us in the comments below!