We’ve covered some pretty spectacular animal stories over the past year, ranging from “aww”-inspiring to downright freaky. We saw photos of a little girl who grew up with elephant and cheetah friends in Africa, and were shocked at how humans are milking blood from horseshoe crabs. There was a strange little green cat running around the streets of Varna, Bulgaria, and we learned about a bizarre little tick whose bite can turn people into vegetarians! From a heartbreaking story about how our actions are causing sea turtles to break out in tumors to a shriek-inducing tale of a Baltimore warehouse infested with over 100 million spiders, our animal stories have certainly kept us on our toes. Check out the top stories from the past year below, and let us know which was your favorite!