LifestylePets NYC animals that stole our hearts in 2015 By MELISSA KRAVITZ firstname.lastname@example.org Updated November 29, 2015 8:02 AM Print Share fbShare Tweet Email 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 Photo Credit: amNY / Alison Fox An endangered penguin visits Times Square. Classic. Expect the animated biopic in IMAX next summer, if we're lucky. By MELISSA KRAVITZ email@example.com Share on Facebook Share on Twitter More on this topic Dogs brave the 'ruff' winter weather in cute coats and hatsSee 15 NYC dogs brave the winter weather in cute coats and hats. Comments We're revamping our Comments section. Learn more and share your input.