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The 14 Most Influential Canadian Animals Of 2015

Forever in our hearts.

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1. This sweet lil' raccoon who stowed away on a GO train near Toronto.

Judging by the dark circles around his eyes, this little guy could have used some extra sleep. #GOTrain

Cuteness: 😍 😍

Pleasantly scruffy, pert ears, and adorably lost β€” an excellent specimen.

Influence: πŸ”₯

While cute, this wayward critter was but a small blip.

2. This NDP dog who was keenly interested in the federal election.

The Canadian Press // BuzzFeed Canada

Cuteness: 😍 😍 😍

That outfit, tho.

Influence: πŸ”₯ πŸ”₯

In an election sorely lacking in animals, NDP dog was a welcome addition.

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3. This cat named Erik the Red, the β€œRodent Control Officer” aboard the CSS Acadia in Halifax who was thrown a bomb-ass retirement party this year.

Look who's in the chart room of CSS Acadia #ErikRetires -JN

Cuteness: 😍 😍 😍 😍

They had a retirement party for an elderly cat. They made hats. It's perfect.

Influence: πŸ”₯ πŸ”₯ πŸ”₯ πŸ”₯ πŸ”₯ πŸ”₯

Look, maybe you didn't personally know Erik, but he meant a lot to the people of Halifax. And that's good enough for us.

4. This is Toilet Bat, a soggy wee thing that was found in a Toronto man's bathroom. Thankfully for all of us, the toilet-owner documented the entire rescue procedure.

Michael Connor / Via Facebook: Michael.G.W.Connor

Cuteness: 😍 😍 😍

Bats are cute, okay? They're like little goth mice. Points lost for being in a toilet, however.

Influence: πŸ”₯

The man who found it? His life has probably been changed forever. The rest of us are okay, though.

5. This is Helmut The Pug, who did the most perfect impression of Drake's Hotline Bling video.

Helmut The Pug / Via buzzfeed.com

Cuteness: 😍 😍 😍 😍 😍 😍 😍 😍 😍 😍 😍 😍

Literally what more could you want.

Influence: πŸ”₯ πŸ”₯ πŸ”₯ πŸ”₯ πŸ”₯ πŸ”₯ πŸ”₯

Little Helmut hopped on to the Hotline Bling train at just the right time and rode it all the way to stardom. He now has a hot man calendar.

6. This alleged snake who was found in a can of cranberry sauce in Saint Catharines, Ontario, who shall henceforth be known as Jelly Snake.

Cuteness:

Literally nothing cute about Jelly Snake.

Influence: πŸ”₯ πŸ”₯

This probably made you think, at least for a minute, about what you would do if faced with your own Jelly Snake.

7. This cutie named Cassidy, the miracle kitten from B.C. who lost his back legs shortly after birth.

Tinykittens / Via Facebook: tinykittens

Cuteness: 😍 😍 😍 😍 😍 😍 😍 😍 😍 😍 😍 😍 😍 😍 😍

It's a tiny kitten with a mobility device. Your heart is literally melting.

Influence: πŸ”₯ πŸ”₯ πŸ”₯ πŸ”₯

Rescued by an organization called TinyKittens, we were all hankering for updates on Cassidy on social media.

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8. This goat who decided to hunker down at a Tim Hortons in Warman, Saskatchewan.

Warman RCMP

Cuteness: 😍 😍 😍 😍 😍

Goats are criminally underrated.

Influence: πŸ”₯ πŸ”₯ πŸ”₯ πŸ”₯ πŸ”₯ πŸ”₯ πŸ”₯

This was big news in Warman and the local RCMP got involved. While investigating, they found out this poor little cloven cutie was the victim of a kidnapping.

9. This brave cat named Henry who survived being hit by a vehicle in Red Deer, Alberta. The incident left him with the most squee-worthy cast.

edmontonjournal.com

Cuteness: 😍 😍 😍 😍 😍 😍 😍 😍 😍 😍 😍 😍 😍 😍 😍 😍 😍 😍 😍 😍

It's a kitten in a cast. What are you, a monster?

Influence: πŸ”₯ πŸ”₯ πŸ”₯ πŸ”₯ πŸ”₯ πŸ”₯ πŸ”₯ πŸ”₯ πŸ”₯

Henry's story inspired more than 200 people to donate thousands of dollars for his care.

10. This baby llama named Louise that managed to escape from a farm in Quispamsis, New Brunswick before running amok.

Owen Kaser

Cuteness: 😍 😍 😍 😍 😍 😍

Tell me you didn't fall in love with those doey eyes. You can't. Because you did.

Influence: πŸ”₯ πŸ”₯ πŸ”₯ πŸ”₯ πŸ”₯

Lousie got an entire (albeit small) town, including the local CBC station, invested in her safe return. That's power.

11. This bear in British Columbia who was helped by some kindly humans with a leash after injuring itself.

via Eric Volpatti

Cuteness: 😍 😍 😍 😍 😍 😍 but then πŸ˜₯

This little guy is pretty cute, and it's heartwarming that these people were so eager to help. But β€” SAD SPOILER JUST STOP READING NOW β€” the bear was later put down.

Influence: πŸ”₯ πŸ”₯

To be honest, we were probably the most interested party.

12. This peacock that escaped from a zoo in Toronto in June and started frolicking around a nearby neighbourhood. And the city was enthralled.

CP24

Cuteness: 😍 😍

Peacocks are pretty cute for birds. I guess.

Influence: πŸ”₯ πŸ”₯ πŸ”₯ πŸ”₯ πŸ”₯ πŸ”₯ πŸ”₯ πŸ”₯ πŸ”₯ πŸ”₯

Toronto has a sick obsession with animals, the peacock being no exception. Local television stations cut to live cameras on location as it hopped from roof to roof. It also inspired one city councillor's Halloween costume.

13. This innocent moose out for a swim that some jerks in British Columbia decided would be ~totally sick~ to hop onto for a ride.

Wolftracker TV / Via youtu.be

Cuteness: No.

Not cute. Don't harass animals.

Influence: πŸ”₯ πŸ”₯ πŸ”₯ πŸ”₯

I feel like we all learned a lot about protecting wild animals.

14. Oh, Conrad. Dear, sweet, dead Conrad. Better known as #DeadRaccoonTO, Conrad is probably the most viral non-Rob-Ford-related thing Toronto has ever produced.

Cuteness: 😍 😍

"Cute" just isn't the right word, here. But it's also, like, not uncute.

Influence: πŸ”₯ πŸ”₯ πŸ”₯ πŸ”₯ πŸ”₯ πŸ”₯ πŸ”₯ πŸ”₯ πŸ”₯ πŸ”₯ πŸ”₯ πŸ”₯ πŸ”₯ πŸ”₯ πŸ”₯ πŸ”₯ πŸ”₯ πŸ”₯ πŸ”₯ πŸ”₯

#DeadRaccoonTO was a hashtag heard around the world. Rest in peace, Conrad.

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