The 40 Cutest Things That Happened This Year

Real good year for cute things, you guys. I honestly think we will look back on 2012 as the year when cuteness finally hit the big time. Excellent work, everyone!

40. A goat wore some mega-stylish boots to help with her arthritis.

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39. A dentist had the brilliant idea of bringing his golden retriever into the office to comfort his patients.

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38. A corgi puppy ran in HD.

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It looked really great.

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37. A seal waved hello.

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36. A seal waved good-bye.

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35. Hamlet the mini-pig went down the stairs.

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34. A brown bear woke up from hibernation…

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…not totally ready to face the workday, but definitely getting there.

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33. A dog became a lawyer.

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32. Some people brushed a sleeping prairie dog. Always a good idea.

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31. A pygmy hippo named Prince Harry gave a lucky lady a kiss.

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30. An attempt to put socks on a dog did not go well at all.

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29. A deer was born, and she was immediately awesome.

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28. We all found out what a wet koala looks like.

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27. A lot of pugs found gainful employment as Etsy models.

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26. A really top-notch panda was born in San Diego.

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25. An extremely courteous dog helped a girl get a drink of water from the fountain.

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24. A baby duck chased a man.

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23. The coolest dog ever went for a walk.

Marco Ugarte / AP
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Marco Ugarte / AP
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22. A husky surprised another husky with a clandestine kiss. Like, really surprised.

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21. Animals with stuffed animals of themselves was a thing again. And it was a very good thing indeed.

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20. A kangaroo and a lemur played tag

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19. Echidnas came back in style in a big way.

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Tim Wimborne / Reuters
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Tim Wimborne / Reuters
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18. Cats and babies finally found a few things they could agree on.

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17. This happened.

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16. Two kittens fell in love in a laundry basket.

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15. Some 2-legit-2-quit baby otters were born…

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…and proceeded to eye everything warily.

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14. An orphaned baby elephant found a new family to love.

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13. Dogs carrying smaller dogs in tiny baskets was a thing.

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12. An overworked cat fell asleep on the job.

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11. A mischievous sloth photobombed the hell out of some bros.

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10. Dogs were shamed…

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9. …and redeemed.

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8. Someone threw Ludwig the baby elephant a birthday party, and he LOVED it.

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7. Thor Hedgehog. THOR HEDGEHOG.

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6. A raccoon was overwhelmingly grateful for some treats. “For me?” asked the raccoon. “Yep, for you, buddy. No one else around here even eats raccoon food.”

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5. Marmot Boy was friends with marmots!

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Caters News
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4. Someone surprised this baby red panda

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3. The most dramatic picture ever taken of a fugitive seal happened after a zoo escape.

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2. A possum broke into a bakery and ate so many danishes that he couldn’t leave.

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1. And someone discovered a cat island.

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A cat island is an island where cats make all the rules.

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The rules are mostly just being awesome and having a great time.

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Everybody loves their lives on the cat island. Cat islands are the best kinds of island.

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The end.

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