This adorable polar bear cub was rescued after poachers killed his mother. He was very weak from hunger but managed to regain his strength and feistiness. He briefly lived in an airplane hangar and then an apartment before being given to the Moscow zoo.
It doesn’t take much for an animal to look adorable, but this bunch of creatures managed to turn up the cuteness dial to another level. Some of these pets and wild animals were in the middle of the year’s most harrowing natural disasters.