20 Most Powerful Moments In The Animal Kingdom From Last Year


Whether cute and cuddly, wild or exotic, animals seem to endlessly fascinate. Our furry, feathered friends provide us with constant surprises and hours of viral entertainment on an annual basis. And last year was no exception. See the most powerful moments of the year 2014.

Dogs peek out from under a gate at the Cirillo family home in Hamilton, Ontario, on Oct. 23 near a memorial of flowers and flags. Canadians mourned the loss of Cpl. Nathan Cirillo, the army reservist who was shot dead as he stood guard before the Tomb of the Unknown soldier in Ottawa. The shooting began an attack that ended with a lone gunman storming into Parliament and opening fire before being shot dead himself.

Year-Animals-Pictures-2014-8A sloth peeks out from behind a door on a floating house on Lake Janauari near Manaus, Brazil, on May 20.

Year-Animals-Pictures-2014-7A macaque monkey rescued from laboratory research is photographed playing with bubbles during enrichment activities at the Wildlife Rescue and Rehabilitation Sanctuary in Kendalia, Texas.

Year-Animals-Pictures-2014-13An unwitting frog relaxes on a lily pad in Bedfordshire when a sneaky grass snake slides stealthily towards it, narrowly avoiding becoming the snake’s meal.

Year-Animals-Pictures-2014-14Ajeet Vikram of Jaipur, India captured this image of two squirrels appearing to kiss after chasing each other around a tree.

Year-Animals-Pictures-2014-10Will Burrard-Lucas takes a photo while a meerkat perches on his lens in Jan. 2014 in Makgadikgadi, Botswana. These adorable meerkats used a photographer as a look out post before trying their hand at taking pictures.

Year-Animals-Pictures-2014-15Thousands of walruses gather on the northwest coast of Alaska on Sept. 23. Pacific walruses looking for places to rest in the absence of sea ice are coming to shore in large numbers, according to NOAA. An estimated 35,000 total walruses were spotted about 5 miles north of Point Lay, Alaska.

Year-Animals-Pictures-2014-1Newborn giant panda triplets rest in an incubator at the Chimelong Safari Park in China’s Guangzhou province on Aug. 9. According to local media, this is the fourth set of giant panda triplets born with the help of artificial insemination procedures in China, and the birth was seen as a miracle due to the low reproduction rate of giant pandas.

Year-Animals-Pictures-2014-2An egret preens itself as it stands on a branch along the River Brahmaputra on the eve of World Environment Day in Gauhati, India, June 4. World Environment Day is celebrated every year on June 5 by the United Nations to stimulate global awareness on environmental issues.

Year-Animals-Pictures-2014-3Tara the beagle cross is able to walk again after being fitted with state-of-the-art prosthetic limbs thanks to a British animal rescue charity. Tara was found clinging to life in Romania and suffering such severe gangrene in all four legs that the front two had rotted down to the bone. Veterinary surgeons managed to save the back two but amputated the front two – saving Tara’s life but leaving her unable to walk. After reading about her plight, Kelly Hare, who runs Safe Rescue For Dogs, which specializes in the care and re-homing of severely injured dogs, volunteered to help Tara.

Year-Animals-Pictures-2014-11Oklahoma City police officer Sgt. Ryan Stark leans over the casket of his canine partner, K-9 Kye, following funeral services for the dog in Oklahoma City, Aug. 28, 2014.

Ryan StarkA staff member examines a 14-year-old male orangutan found with air gun metal pellets embedded in his body at the Sumatran Orangutan Conservation Center in Indonesia on April 16. The center has cared for over 280 orangutans rescued from palm oil plantations, poachers and pet owners, and over 200 have been reintroduced into the wild. The critically-endangered primate population is dwindling rapidly due to poaching and destruction of their forest habitat as it is converted into palm oil plantations.

Year-Animals-Pictures-2014-4Polar bear Nanuq plays with an Easter egg ball at the Hanover Zoo in Hanover, Germany on April 3, 2014.

Year-Animals-Pictures-2014-16Bullfighter Vicente Cabanes is tossed by a bull during a fight at Las Ventas bullring in Madrid on Aug. 10.

Year-Animals-Pictures-2014-5Molly Pederson, right, and her daughter Laura Patkotak take a selfie as a bowhead whale caught by Alaska Native subsistence hunters from their family is brought ashore in Barrow, Alaska, on Oct. 7. Whaling is a community event in Barrow, as family members and town residents race to the beach to congratulate the hunters and help butcher the catch.

Year-Animals-Pictures-2014-6Maria Torero, seen here with her son, cares for 175 cats with leukemia at her home in Lima, Peru, Aug. 15, 2014.

APTOPIX Peru Cat HospiceA two-headed snapping turtle sits on a rock in Hudson, Maine, Sept. 25, 2014.

Year-Animals-Pictures-2014-12A startled raccoon appears in the stands at New York Yankees spring training camp, Tampa, FL, Feb. 14, 2014.

Year-Animals-Pictures-2014-18A leopard leaps across a construction site near a furniture market in the Degumpur residential area in Meerut, India, Feb. 23, 2014.

Year-Animals-Pictures-2014-17Andean bear twins Tupa and Sonco open their Christmas gift box, full of fruit and vegetables, in their enclosure at the zoo in Frankfurt, Germany, Dec. 25, 2014.

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