Internet Which Famous Animals Are The Most Deserving Of Their Internet Stardom?  

Kellie Kreiss
June 14, 2018 355 votes 65 voters 1.1k views 16 items

List Rules Vote up the animals that made the most of their precarious situations.

It takes more than being "man's best friend" to become a true internet sensation - and it certainly helps if the story is picked up by the local news circuit. These animals all made their way to internet stardom by taking the initiative upon themselves to climb to new heights (sometimes literally), touching our hearts on the way.

What makes these stories all the more noteworthy is how the animals' fame was of their own making - be it because of the crazy predicaments that they found themselves in or the unexpected actions they took in response to the world around them - these are the true trailblazers of the animal kingdom.

But which animal sensations are truly the most memorable? Vote up the animals that really made the most out of their precarious situations.

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The Raccoon In St. Paul is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Which Famous Animals Are The Most Deserving Of Their Internet Stardom?
The Raccoon In St. Paul

On June 12, 2018, a rather curious raccoon made her way up the side of a St. Paul, MN, skyscraper, finding herself the focus of valiant rescue efforts when she got herself stuck on the ledge of a window on the 23rd floor of the UBS Bank building. Luckily, the raccoon was able to find the courage to reach the roof over night, where she was trapped and brought back to her natural habitat.

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The Dog Who Uses Leaves To Buy... is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Which Famous Animals Are The Most Deserving Of Their Internet Stardom?
The Dog Who Uses Leaves To Buy Candy

After watching students use money to buy various items, including treats, at a school store in Colombia, this crafty dog named Negro decided to get in on the exchange himself - using leaves the same way students use money. Lucky for him, it worked.

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The Octopus That Escaped From ... is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Which Famous Animals Are The Most Deserving Of Their Internet Stardom?
The Octopus That Escaped From The NZ Aquarium

In 2016, an octopus known only as Inky made a daring escape from his enclosure at the National Aquarium of New Zealand. What made his escape all the more impressive is that he not only scaled the side of his tank in the dead of night, but proceeded to squeeze into a drainpipe that just so happened to lead back to the ocean. 

 

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Frida, The Earthquake Dog is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Which Famous Animals Are The Most Deserving Of Their Internet Stardom?
Frida, The Earthquake Dog

After a September 2017 earthquake sent Oaxaca into turmoil, Frida - a labrador retriever trained to help in emergency situations - was deployed alongside the Mexican Navy in hopes of rescuing survivors in the rubble.

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Seattle's Bus-Riding Dog is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Which Famous Animals Are The Most Deserving Of Their Internet Stardom?
Seattle's Bus-Riding Dog

Seattleites became confounded when this friendly black lab began hopping on the city bus by herself, riding casually to the dog park. It turns out that her owner had trained her to find her way to the park where he would meet up with her later on.

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Harry And Pepper, The Gay Peng... is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Which Famous Animals Are The Most Deserving Of Their Internet Stardom?
Harry And Pepper, The Gay Penguins At The SF Zoo

In 2003, Harry and Pepper - two male penguins residing at the San Francisco Zoo - made headlines when they began nesting together, and even adopted an egg that had been left behind by another penguin. 

 

 

 

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The Weasel Riding On A Woodpec... is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Which Famous Animals Are The Most Deserving Of Their Internet Stardom?
The Weasel Riding On A Woodpecker

This internet sensation can truly be attributed to luck, as photographer Martin Le-May happened to be out on a walk with his wife near their home in London when they witnessed this curious sight, and managed to snap a quick picture.

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Eddie, The Slam-Dunking Otter is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Which Famous Animals Are The Most Deserving Of Their Internet Stardom?
Eddie, The Slam-Dunking Otter

In 2012, staff at the Oregon Zoo decided to train Eddie - a senior otter at the facility - to use a toy basketball hoop in hopes of treating his arthritis. Before long, Eddie was slam-dunking his toys on the daily.

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Darwin, The Monkey Lost At Ike... is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Which Famous Animals Are The Most Deserving Of Their Internet Stardom?
Darwin, The Monkey Lost At Ikea

In a rather strange turn of events, shoppers at a Canada Ikea were shocked to find a monkey in their midst - sporting a stylish fur coat no less. It turns out the curious macaque, aptly named Darwin, had escaped from a car in the parking lot only to be apprehended at the front door of the Ikea store.

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Harambe is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Which Famous Animals Are The Most Deserving Of Their Internet Stardom?
Harambe's Meme Legacy

After a tragic incident in 2016 at the Cincinnati Zoo, the image of Harambe - a 17-year-old gorilla who was killed after a child fell into his enclosure - became an internet sensation almost overnight, being used in a multitude of memes ranging from tragic to comedic.

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The Beluga Who Liked A Mariach... is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Which Famous Animals Are The Most Deserving Of Their Internet Stardom?
The Beluga Who Liked A Mariachi Band

When a mariachi band, Mariachi Connecticut, was taking a break while performing at a wedding at the Mystic Marine Life Aquarium, they decided to give a nearby beluga a show of its own.

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The Kangaroo Who Fought A Man is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Which Famous Animals Are The Most Deserving Of Their Internet Stardom?
The Kangaroo Who Fought A Man

After seeing a kangaroo going after his pet dog, this man decided to go fist-to-fist with the 'roo, even managing to land a defensive punch - and, of course, it was all caught on film.

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The Penguin Who Fell In Love W... is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Which Famous Animals Are The Most Deserving Of Their Internet Stardom?
The Penguin Who Fell In Love With An Anime Cutout

When a Humboldt penguin at the Tobu Zoo in Japan began expressing interest in a cardboard cutout of anime character Hululu, staff members knew it had to be love.

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Paul, The Clairvoyant Octopus is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Which Famous Animals Are The Most Deserving Of Their Internet Stardom?
Paul, The Clairvoyant Octopus

After correctly predicting Spain's win during the 2010 summer World Cup football final, Paul the octopus earned himself quite the reputation as a clairvoyant sea critter. 

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New York's Pizza Rat is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Which Famous Animals Are The Most Deserving Of Their Internet Stardom?
New York's Pizza Rat

In the dog-eat-dog world that is New York City, this rat - who has since become known as Pizza Rat - proved that the city is hard going for everyone as he attempted to steal away with an entire piece of pizza, only to be documented by an amused passer by.

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The Tussle Between A Horse And... is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Which Famous Animals Are The Most Deserving Of Their Internet Stardom?
The Tussle Between A Horse And An Alligator In Florida

When onlookers witnessed a tussle between a wild horse and an alligator at the Paynes Prairie Preserve State Park in Micanopy, FL, the resulting video footage of the incident immediately took the internet by storm.