Top 10 Best Animals in the World

The Top Ten
1 Dog The dog or domestic dog (Canis familiaris or Canis lupus familiaris) is a domesticated descendant of the wolf, and is characterized by an upturning tail. The dog is derived from an ancient, extinct wolf, and the modern wolf is the dog's nearest living relative. The dog was the first species to be domesticated,... read more

I believe dogs are strong animals, not only physically but mentally. I recently adopted a dog who came from an absolutely horrible past. We were looking into getting her DNA tested to see what breeds she is a mix of, but we are guessing it's a German Shepherd Terrier Mix. Her story is rough, but she's started to turn things around. I must warn whoever reads this, her past is heartbreaking.

She was born on February 3, 2010, and is currently 6 years old. Her name is Tori. The poor girl was first adopted as a young adult and lived outside only, in a pen with another dog. She was never allowed inside, and the only things in the fenced-in area were another dog, a doghouse, and some food and water.

Unfortunately, we don't know the whole story, but she was rescued and adopted again in December of 2014. However, she got away the very same day. The family never put up any signs looking for her, and she was on the run for 15 months straight. She managed to stay alive thanks to the help of neighbors who left out food, water, and occasionally a bed for her.

Eventually, she was captured and taken to a shelter. She is afraid of thunder and doesn't like her crate. She didn't like being in a kennel at the shelter either, so she went to a foster home with two other dogs to guide her. She did better with other dogs because she needed an "alpha" dog to follow and learn from.

We are her first owners and we have no other dogs, but we do have a cat. She's beginning to manage. We've had her for a little over two weeks now, and she's getting better every day and starting to come around. Can you really blame her for being afraid of people? After all the people who have hurt her, she has finally found her forever home.

2 Cat The cat (Felis catus) is a domestic species of small carnivorous mammal.
It is the only domesticated species in the family Felidae and is often referred to as the domestic cat to distinguish it from the wild members of the family. A cat can either be a house cat, a farm cat or a feral cat; the latter... read more

As much as I love dogs, I am a cat person. I used to have a German Shepherd, and while I loved playing with him and taking him on hikes, he was a massive headache. He would constantly wake me up in the middle of the night, was super hyperactive, and would always jump on people. He would also pee all over the floor. You name it, he did it. My parents ended up finding him a new home because he was just too much for us.

I now own just my cat, and I love her! She's really friendly, loves to play, and is a lot less of a pain than my dog was. If you're a dog person, then I have nothing against you and I respect your opinion. But if you're someone who just wants a chill pet who will lie with you on the couch but also be fun to play with, I feel like cats are the better option.

3 Wolf The wolf (Canis lupus), also known as the gray or grey wolf, is a large canine native to Eurasia and North America. Over thirty subspecies of Canis lupus have been recognized, with gray wolves comprising the wild subspecies. As the largest extant member of the Canidae family, the wolf is distinguished... read more

It's a simple fact that wolves are more intelligent than dogs. Wolves live in packs, with the alpha wolves serving as leaders. Their goal is simple: keep the pack alive. Betas train the delta wolves to become betas, and the omega wolf typically stays as the omega and eats last. The wolves identify the prey's weaknesses and herd them accordingly. When they get the chance, they finish off the prey.

Most people think wolves are dumb because they howl at the moon, but this behavior is more akin to praying. The exact reason isn't known for sure, but I've found theories suggesting that wolves howl at the moon as a form of prayer. They take care of each other, enduring even the toughest weather conditions. They work as a team to survive. It's sad when a mother wolf dies after having pups.

Wolves are the best animals, 100% loyal - way more loyal, intelligent, and beautiful than dogs. Best animal ever.

4 Tiger The tiger (Panthera tigris) is the largest living cat species and a member of the genus Panthera. It is most recognisable for its dark vertical stripes on orange fur with a white underside. An apex predator, it primarily preys on ungulates such as deer and wild boar. It is territorial and generally... read more

I love all animals, but tigers are my favorite. They are beautiful, cute, and powerful. It's such a shame to know that there are more tigers in captivity than in the wild. Tigers are wild animals. They should be running around in the jungle, not stuck in a cage. I don't even want to mention the awful treatment tigers face in circuses, roadside zoos, and exotic fur farms. Also, this roar is rare. Please protect it! Save the tigers!

Tigers are awesome. They are fast, athletic, and intelligent. Most tiger breeds, I think, are endangered and are being held captive. Tigers deserve to be free. They are wild animals. Tigers are my favorite, but close behind are wolves. Another thing is, a tiger is my spirit animal. I get a lot of traits from them, and I even have similar teeth. Tigers are free and great animals.

5 Dolphin A dolphin is an aquatic mammal within the infraorder Cetacea. Dolphin species belong to the families Delphinidae (the oceanic dolphins), Platanistidae (the Indian river dolphins), Iniidae (the New World river dolphins), Pontoporiidae (the brackish dolphins), and the extinct Lipotidae (baiji or Chinese... read more

Dolphins are highly intelligent and social creatures known for their playful nature. Dolphins are popular tourist attractions in many parts of the world and are also used in marine therapy programs.

Allow me to tell you what I know about dolphins. Dolphins use echolocation to find food. This ability comes from the melon in their heads, and it also involves their ears. Dolphins are intelligent animals, and they are known to save people from shark attacks. When attacking, dolphins ram their targets like a bull. They eat about 45 pounds of food a day. So, if you keep a dolphin in a dolphinarium, make sure you feed them that much.

Baby dolphins are called calves. Dolphins don't just live in the ocean. Some live in rivers, like river dolphins. If you like dolphins, you should consider working at a dolphinarium! I like dolphins too!

6 Penguin Penguins (order Sphenisciforme, family Spheniscid) are a group of aquatic flightless birds. They live almost exclusively in the Southern Hemisphere: only one species, the Galápagos penguin, is found north of the Equator. Highly adapted for life in the water, penguins have countershaded dark and white... read more

Number 7? This is the best animal in existence that is real. I can understand monkeys being popular. They are my third favorite. Penguins don't want to fly because flying is for 5-year-old Justin Bieber fans. Flying is for ducks, and if you've seen Daffy Duck, you'll understand why that is an insult to flying. Penguins can swim, which is far superior to any bird that flies except for hawks. Blue Jays may fly, but their food is on the ground. Penguins swim and eat fish. Vote for penguins!

Penguins are awesome! They may look quite funny when waddling around, but that's what makes them unique. Most people who dislike them do so because they can't fly. But not flying is what makes them special! I think their current ranking at #6 is reasonable, but I'd love it if they swapped places with cats. And that's not just because I don't like cats. Penguins genuinely deserve the #2 spot!

7 Lion The lion (Panthera leo) is a large cat of the genus Panthera native to Africa and India. It has a muscular, broad-chested body, short, rounded head, round ears, and a hairy tuft at the end of its tail. It is sexually dimorphic; adult male lions are larger than females and have a prominent mane. It is... read more

The lion deserves to be on this list. Just like the tiger, they are my favorite animals in the world. Lions and tigers are the best. Pigs are the worst!

I know they're kind of overrated, but it's not for no reason. They're one of the most majestic animals out there. They're very strong and are basically the superior versions of wolves (physically). As a pride, they're one of the most powerful animals in nature. A lot of people criticize the males since the females do 90% of the hunting, but the males defend the territory of their pride, as well as the cubs, like a king defending his land and people.

8 Horse The horse is an odd-toed, hoofed mammal of the taxonomic family Equidae whose sole major subspecies (Equus ferus caballus) is a domesticate, although wild subspecies have survived into the modern period. All subspecies, including the two extant ones, descend from the Pleistocene Equus ferus. The horse... read more

I think the horse should be at the top of this list ! Horses are gentle, caring, obedient... I've been riding for four years now and I still absolutely love horses ! Horses have the kindness to carry people on their back, they are majestic... They are also very comfortable to ride ! Without them, nobody could have gone to war a long time ago, because they were the only transportation et that time. Some were loyal, and a lot got killed on the battlefield. They entirely deserve to be the best animals !!

Horses are majestic and powerful creatures that have been used by humans for transportation and companionship for centuries. Horses are also popular for recreational activities such as horseback riding and racing.

9 Fox Foxes are small to medium sized animals and belong to the Canidae family along with other animals such as jackals, wolves, and domestic dogs. There are 37 species of fox but only 12 are considered true Vulpes. A fox's prey is small mammals, birds, reptiles, frogs, eggs, insects, worms, fish, crabs,... read more

Many people dislike foxes because they are sneaky, sly, and mean. But this is very false. Not just humans, but all animals have personalities not according to their species. If we look at one species, they are not all the same, are they? They all have very different lives and thoughts. I have to say, out of all animals, I think foxes are the ones who have the most personality, second to humans. Every fox I've ever met has been different. Completely different. Some are very shy and quiet. Others are very playful and outgoing. They are also extremely beautiful. Some may disagree, but I definitely know that I think foxes are amazing.

10 Elephant Elephants are the largest existing land animals. Three living species are currently recognised: the African bush elephant, the African forest elephant, and the Asian elephant. They are the only surviving members of the family Elephantidae and the order Proboscidea, extinct relatives include mammoths... read more

My favorite animal, a gentle beast, has a sick design, badass, and is very strong and cool. There's a video of one going to a lion pride to fight, and all the lions ran away quickly.

Elephants are the largest land mammals on Earth, and they are known for their intelligence, gentleness, and social behavior. Elephants are popular tourist attractions in many parts of the world.

Seriously, elephants are amazing! Their trunks are incredible. The elephant's trunk contains over 40,000 muscles, divided into as many as 150,000 individual units! Compare that to the human body, which contains a paltry 639 muscles, and you start to get an idea of how intricate the appendage is. Their resourcefulness is also surprising. I mean, they use their ears as fans, eat rocks to help digest food, and use their trunks to bathe themselves in dirt or water. It's incredible! But my favorite thing about them is their love for their young. Their fierce protection and devotion to them is remarkable, not to mention the babies are adorable. And, a woman is the alpha of the group! Way to go, female elephants!

The Contenders
11 Bear Bears are carnivoran mammals of the family Ursidae. They are classified as caniforms, or doglike carnivorans. Although only eight species of bears are extant, they are widespread, appearing in a wide variety of habitats throughout the Northern Hemisphere and partially in the Southern Hemisphere. Bears... read more

Bears are one of the strongest, most magnificent, and powerful animals in nature. People keep saying that tigers and lions are the strongest predators. But next to a bear, tigers and lions are just little kittens. Practically nothing is able to defeat the fury of a mother bear protecting her cubs. While bears are very dangerous, they are also so cute, cuddly, playful, and gluttonous that it makes me wish I could give them a big hug. They are the best animal ever and sadly underestimated.

When a polar bear hunts a seal, most people say, No, escape, seal! Not me. I look at that plump, fat seal living in luxury and then I look at the scrawny and starving polar bear just desperate to get food. I think, Oh yeah, let's go polar bear! Did you know only 2% of polar bear hunts are successful? I find it ridiculous how no one cries for the plant being eaten by the elephant, yet everyone cries when the lion kills the elephant. Plants are living things too!

12 Panda The giant panda (Ailuropoda melanoleuca), also known as the panda bear (or simply the panda), is a bear species endemic to China.
It is characterised by its bold black-and-white coat and rotund body. The name "giant panda" is sometimes used to distinguish it from the red panda, a neighboring musteloid... read more

I was amazed when I saw this on the list! It's crazy to think of these animals as not cuddly, or soft, or chubby, or even just so darn cute! I love pandas! I definitely like the giant pandas way more than those red pandas. I have at least 10 panda cases for my phone because I love them very much.

Even though they're not my favorite animal, they're definitely in the top 3. My favorite animal is personally a manatee. They are so cute and chubby, just like a panda! I get it, you think I'm a Simpson freak (I kind of am, actually). One of the things that made me like manatees even more was an episode of The Simpsons. (Let's not go there.)

Anyways, these animals are truly wonderful, so please, vote for them!

13 Monkey Monkeys are haplorhine primates, a paraphyletic group generally possessing tails and consisting of approximately 260 known living species.

Monkeys are not only cute, but they are also incredibly cool. I mean, come on, swinging through trees and leaping around? That is awesome! Not only that, but they eat bananas! They seriously have a case for being in the top 3.

Monkeys are awesome. So are horses, dogs, cats, and oh, how could I forget, DOLPHINS. But monkeys are the most fascinating and most like us. I think they have feelings beyond any other animal, humans included. What do they think like?

Monkeys are smart and incredibly cute. There's just something about them that makes them so amazing. I mean, they are excellent climbers and can even be kept as pets. Michael Jackson had a monkey, and a lot of people own monkeys nowadays.

14 Rabbit Rabbits, also known as bunnies or bunny rabbits, are small mammals in the family Leporidae (which also contains the hares) of the order Lagomorpha (which also contains the pikas). Oryctolagus cuniculus includes the European rabbit species and its descendants, the world's 305 breeds of domestic rabbit... read more

Why is the rabbit not at the top of this list? Rabbits are the cutest animals ever. An argument can be made that some dogs are cuter than rabbits, but some species of dogs (AKA the smaller ones) are loud, unfriendly, and annoying. All rabbits love humans. They love being petted and love to cuddle with anyone or anything they meet.

They come up to you when you enter the room and stand on their hind legs like little babies so that you can pick them up. They love to play games and to run around and explore where they live. One time, I found my rabbit in my little brother's room, cuddling among his stuffed animals. It was adorable.

15 Snow Leopard The snow leopard (Panthera uncia), also known as the ounce, is a felid in the genus Panthera native to the mountain ranges of Central and South Asia. It is listed as Vulnerable on the IUCN Red List because the global population is estimated to number fewer than 10,000 mature individuals and is expected... read more

I want to keep two Snow Leopards as pets: a boy and a girl, so they can keep breeding. They would be protected, and then they would keep breeding and breeding, and there would be so many! Unfortunately, that's not how it works. 1. I can't have them as pets, and 2. Two snow leopards will not yield millions of snow leopards, sadly.

I have done multiple reports in school about Snow Leopards, and they are known as the most beautiful animal in the world in every article I have read. It's sad to think that anyone would want to harm them. They are just creatures living on Earth like us. Snow Leopards are NOT supposed to be hunted, so protect these beautiful creatures, "Snow Leopards."
-Pink

16 Cheetah The cheetah (Acinonyx jubatus) is a large cat and native to Africa and central Iran. It is the fastest land animal, estimated to be capable of running at 80 to 128 km/h (50 to 80 mph) with the fastest reliably recorded speeds being 93 and 98 km/h (58 and 61 mph), and as such has several adaptations... read more

Same answer as the snow leopard. I am the same person who said the snow leopard is beautiful. So, what I'm saying is a cheetah is also beautiful, in my opinion.

I love cheetahs. They're super fast but not as dangerous as other big cats. Cheetahs are quite majestic to see as well. They would have made great pets if not for the genetic weakness of the species that leads to various problems.

Cheetahs are the 11th fastest animal on the planet, and falcons don't just fall. They don't have the title of the world's fastest animal for no reason. They do fly at a ridiculously fast rate.

17 Eagle Eagle is the common name for many large birds of prey of the family Accipitridae. Eagles belong to several groups of genera, some of which are closely related. Most of the 60 species of eagle are from Eurasia and Africa. Outside this area, just 14 species can be found - 2 in North America, 9 in Central... read more

I once saw a golden eagle at the zoo, and it was HUGE. All eagles are cool. I don't really have a favorite. It would be a tie between the golden eagle and the bald eagle. But really, all those eagles are cool. My ranking of eagles:

1. Bald eagle
2. Golden eagle
3. Harpy Eagle
4. Wedge-tailed eagle
5. Tawny eagle
Yep, that's about it.

Why is it number 12?!?! Eagles are majestic, beautiful, iconic birds of prey that deserve the utmost respect! I am a lifelong birder, and I would know! Number 12. Seriously.

America, bald eagles - any of this, uh, ringing a bell? Eagles are amazing! Would you like me to repeat it until all you can say is GO BALD EAGLES!? Yeah, I didn't think so.

18 Snake Snakes are elongated, limbless, carnivorous reptiles of the suborder Serpentes. Like all other squamates, snakes are ectothermic, amniote vertebrates covered in overlapping scales. Many species of snakes have skulls with several more joints than their lizard ancestors, enabling them to swallow prey... read more

Snakes are some of the oldest animals on Earth today. They are ancient, and mankind has always been both fascinated and terrified of them. The oldest known religion was Python worship, dating back over 70,000 years ago. In ancient times, kings were often known as Dragon Kings or Serpent Kings.

Today, snakes are still a source of fear for many, but for some, they are much more. Many people keep snakes as pets and are learning that the snake is not something to fear but to respect.

It's sad to me how much many people hate snakes. If people would learn more about them, they would know that snakes are gorgeous yet generally timid creatures that should be treated with respect.

19 Turtle Turtles are an order of reptiles known as Testudines, characterized by a shell developed mainly from their ribs. Modern turtles are divided into two major groups, the side-necked turtles and hidden neck turtles, which differ in the way the head retracts. There are 360 living and recently extinct species... read more

I was scrolling down looking for this. I'm happy it's here, since there are lots of animals in the world, but I'd be happier if it had a better ranking. They are my favorite. The babies are so cute because they come in eggs, which, if I can guess, are about 3 cm long! Turtles are the best.

I have two turtles of my own, and they are the sweetest things ever. Turtles are my favorite animals, and I love them so much! They deserve to be in the number one spot! Go turtles!

Turtles should be directly after cats. I don't agree with the comments that say cats are selfish. Dogs are much worse. I can't wait for the day when cats are first and turtles are second.

20 Killer Whale The Orca, or Killer Whale (Orcinus orca), is a toothed whale belonging to the oceanic dolphin family, of which it is the largest member. It is recognizable by its black-and-white patterned body. Orcas are a cosmopolitan species and can be found in all of the world's oceans, in a variety of marine environments,... read more

Imagine a great white shark that can't breathe underwater but is super intelligent, hunts in packs, and uses the environment to its advantage. Basically, if you voted for dolphins and wolves over these creatures, you're objectively incorrect. Orcas are essentially a combination of the two, except they are also larger, stronger, and deadlier. If you ever see these creatures in the wild, you will remember it for the rest of your life.

These creatures are absolute weapons and are also very smart. They have strong emotional intelligence, and I wouldn't be surprised if they wage a war on humans soon. They have that capability with the right whale in charge.

21 Giraffe The giraffe is a tall African hoofed mammal belonging to the genus Giraffa. It is the tallest living terrestrial animal and the largest ruminant- hoofed herbivorous- on Earth. Traditionally, giraffes were thought to be one species, Giraffa camelopardalis, with nine subspecies. Most recently, researchers... read more

I really love giraffes. They are cute, kind, friendly, and adorable. I like the way their necks are tall, and how they bend down to drink water in savannah areas. I think I've seen some giraffes in real life, but not exactly up close.

It has a long neck and a long tongue, which is awesome. How did it not even make it into the top 20? It's so amazing that it can kill a lion with a single kick.

The long neck is very awesome. That's how they can reach their treats up in the trees! They're like the harmless dinosaurs of today.

22 Shark Sharks are a group of elasmobranch fish characterized by a cartilaginous skeleton, five to seven gill slits on the sides of the head, and pectoral fins that are not fused to the head. Modern sharks are classified within the clade Selachimorpha (or Selachii) and are the sister group to the rays. However,... read more

I appreciate many animals since I generally enjoy nature as a whole (except for parasites, of course). Several animals higher on this list catch my eye, though I don't understand why pets feature so prominently. However, I think I'll vote for the shark.

For one, sharks are unfairly vilified, and many people seem to fear them. Even I feel slightly uneasy when I see a video of one. Sharks are fascinating creatures that have existed on Earth longer than many other animals on this list, and we still have much to discover about them.

Another point to mention is that they are frequently hunted, which shouldn't happen at all (though the same could be said for other animals on this list). There's also a true story, the details of which I can't fully recall, where a woman pulled a hook out of a shark's mouth and now has formed a bond with it. Sharks deserve more credit than most people give them.

23 Gorilla Gorillas are herbivorous, predominantly ground-dwelling great apes that inhabit the tropical forests of equatorial Africa. The genus Gorilla is divided into two species: the eastern gorilla and the western gorilla, and either four or five subspecies. The DNA of gorillas is highly similar to that of... read more

Hello, gorillas are one of the smartest animals. They possess strength that humans training all their lives can't obtain, and they are really gentle. Show some respect.

Gorillas are my all-time favorite animals. They are intelligent, strong, but gentle creatures. Vote gorillas.

A gorilla can lift something that weighs 2,000 kg (as heavy as 30 humans), which is over 10 times their body weight.

24 Lynx A lynx is any of the four species (the Canada lynx, Iberian lynx, Eurasian lynx, or bobcat) within the medium-sized wild cat genus Lynx. The name lynx originated in Middle English via Latin from the Greek word λύγξ, derived from the Indo-European root leuk- ('light, brightness') in reference to... read more

Really, can someone give me a good reason why a lynx, a CANADIAN LYNX, is lower than a crazy thing that hangs out with Tarzan? No offense.

Oh my gosh, these amazing creatures are so smart and perfect for hunting. I wish I could see one in person.

Best and coolest animal, EVER. Just go have a look at them!

25 Sloth Sloths are mammals classified in the families Megalonychidae and Bradypodidae, including six extant species. Noted for their slowness of movement, they spend most of their lives hanging upside down in the trees of the tropical rainforests of South America and Central America.

This is crazy. How the cutest, most elegant, and unique animal on the planet ranks 50th escapes me. Sloths are one of the most popular animals in the world. When I went to Costa Rica this year (2020), there were mobs of screaming tourists sprinting around the forest looking for sloths. People are so obsessed with them that I literally saw tourists climbing over each other up a tree to try and get to a sloth. Thankfully, they didn't reach it. In my opinion, sloths should be in the top 3.

Wait, how did sloths get back here? NO! Sloths are amazing. They conserve their energy by just eating leaves. They're WAY cuter than monkeys, and even though it takes a while, they always get where they need to go, beating both the tortoise and the hare!

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