Bei Bei, panda baby

The Denver Post - - LIFE & CULTURE - By Sue Man­ning

los an­ge­les» An­i­mals can melt the hu­man heart, tickle the funny bone or bring us to tears. And thanks to In­sta­gram, YouTube and other on­line op­tions, you can enjoy their an­tics sim­ply by fol­low­ing, lik­ing or pin­ning them.

Six an­i­mals in 2015, from dogs and cats to a panda and a rat, de­vel­oped pop­u­lar­ity that is likely to con­tinue into the new year. Here’s a look.

Grumpy cat

No­body’s busier than Grumpy Cat. She had 8.3 mil­lion Face­book fol­low­ers as of Christ­mas Eve. Her YouTube videos have drawn view­ers by the tens of mil­lions.

The 3-year-old, 4-pounder with fe­line dwarfism is making her sec­ond movie as well as a car­toon se­ries, and is fea­tured in a se­ries of Ran­dom House Lit­tle Golden Books, makng owner Tabitha “Tabby” Bun­de­sen proud.

On­line: https://www.youtube.com/user/Sev­ereAvoid­ance and https://www.face­book.com/ TheOf­fi­cialGrumpyCat/ There is no end to the num­ber of on­line an­i­mals — from YouTube to ex­plore.org and all the so­cial me­dia sites in be­tween. No­body was busier than Grumpy Cat in 2015. As­so­ci­ated Press file

On­line: http://in­sta­gram.com/ marutaro

Toast

Toast is a King Charles spaniel and puppy-mill res­cue with a floppy pink tongue that hangs out of her mouth. She’s also a celebrity, ap­pear­ing in fash­ion shows and shoots. Check her In­sta­gram feed, toast­meetsworld.

On­line: https://www. in­sta­gram.com/toast­meetsworld/ ?hl=en

Bei Bei (BAY BAY) weighed just 4 ounces when he was born Aug. 22 at the Na­tional Zoo in Wash­ing­ton D.C. He was pink, hair­less, blind and de­pen­dent on his mother Mei Xiang (may SHONG). Four months later, he weighs around 18 pounds and is a lively bun­dle of fur, mus­cles, claws and teeth. Bei Bei’s pub­lic de­but is sched­uled for mid-

Shin­jiro Ono hugs his Shiba Inu Maru at Ueno Park in Tokyo. The 7-year-old Shiba Inu has been top dog on In­sta­gram for sev­eral years.

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