This year has been tough in many ways, but there have been some lighter moments, including numerous fun animal stories.
We take a look back at the Top 7 animal stories of 2021!
7. Bear steals bucket of chicken: A Sierra Madre man discovered a wild intruder inside his house that helped itself to a bucket of KFC.
6. Turkey mimics police siren: A Washington state trooper was making a traffic stop and noticed a turkey on the side of the road that seemed to be copying the sound of his siren!
5. Sharks that can glow in the dark: Scientists captured the first ever photos of a glow-in-the-dark shark producing its own light.
4. Bald eagle seen swimming in Minnesota lake: A bald eagle was spotted swimming in a Minneapolis lake - an unusual sight captured on video.
3. Invasion of the cicadas: Scientists who study cicadas have waited 17 years for the noise machines to emerge from their slumber.
2. Tortoises try virtual dating: 70-year-old Hugo and 21-year-old Estrella, two endangered Galapagos tortoises, had their first date via FaceTime.
1. "I'm here live, I'm not a cat!": An attorney in west Texas received some unexpected attention during a Zoom call that involved the face of a friendly cat. The attorney couldn't figure out how to turn off his "cat filter," resulting in a priceless viral video moment.