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NYC animals that stole our hearts in 2015

2015 was a great year for the animals of NYC.

From Pizza Rat to his predecessors, there were plenty of wild and domesticated animals that stole our hearts this year.

Let's take a look back at the year in NYC animals.

Mary Lee the Shark

Tracked off the coast of Robert Moses State
Photo Credit: OCEARCH.org

Tracked off the coast of Robert Moses State Park this past May, Mary Lee, a great white shark who has her own Twitter account (@MaryLeeShark) became the talk of the town right before beach season this past May.

Inwood Alligator

In July, the NYPD's 34th Precinct tweeted a
Photo Credit: Twitter / NYPD 34th Precinct

In July, the NYPD's 34th Precinct tweeted a photo of an alligator that was spotted on Ninth Ave. at 205th St. After being rescued from Inwood, the alligator was taken to Animal Care Centers of NYC, but unfortunately died a few days later. Inwood Alligator will forever live on in our memories.

George the Subway Cat

George was rescued from subway tracks in July,
Photo Credit: Courtesy of Mila Rusafova

George was rescued from subway tracks in July, after delaying and re-routing 83 trains on the A, B, C, D, E, and F lines. Luckily, he's cute.

A bunch of coyotes

Coyotes were all over NYC this year! From
Photo Credit: DCPI

Coyotes were all over NYC this year! From Battery Park City to Riverside Park to LaGuardia Airport, these furry creatures roamed the city and stole our hearts.

Pizza Rat

The rat known around the world for being
Photo Credit: YouTube / Matt Little

The rat known around the world for being so basic -- a New York rodent eating pizza on the subway?! No way!! -- the Internet literally couldn't even, Pizza Rat inspired tattoos, plush toys, sexy Halloween costumes and a new fascination with animals eating leftovers in NYC. You go, Pizza Rat.

Milkshake Squirrel

Showing obviously better taste than Pizza Rat, Milkshake
Photo Credit: Youtube

Showing obviously better taste than Pizza Rat, Milkshake Squirrel foraged a Shake Shack delicacy out of the trash and ran it into Madison Square Park, where his milkshake brought all the squirrels to the yard.

Bagel Pigeon

The ultimate accessory for NYC pigeons: a bagel
Photo Credit: connierubirosa via Imgur

The ultimate accessory for NYC pigeons: a bagel collar. We don't know if this little guy flew to Sadelle's or Bagelsmith or just found his bagel accessory on the street, but he rocked the bread necklace just fine.

Winnie the Times Square Penguin

An endangered penguin visits Times Square. Classic. Expect
Photo Credit: amNY / Alison Fox

An endangered penguin visits Times Square. Classic. Expect the animated biopic in IMAX next summer, if we're lucky.

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