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, by hunter–gatherers over 15,000 years ago, before the development of agriculture. Due to their long association with humans, dogs have expanded to a large number of domestic individuals and gained the ability to thrive on a starch-rich diet that would be inadequate for other canids. more.

Did you know that it is proven that dogs can make you happier? Playing with a dog lowers your stress levels, resulting in more calmness, a better mood, and less anxiety. One study even found that dogs are more effective at lowering people's stress levels than their romantic partners.

Dogs are one of the best animals on this list. They are cute and serve as best friends to people, offering help and companionship. Truly, they are man's best friend.

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 ...more

Dogs deserve to be ranked above cats. They are more independent and make the world's best pets. They get up, go for walks, play fetch, and do lots of other activities. In contrast, cats sleep all day. Some people say, At least a cat won't bother you because it sleeps all day! So there's nothing to worry about! That's pathetic. If a pet is nothing to worry about, it's as if it's not even there. Dogs are more like people. They can play with you and bring you happiness. If you have no friends or siblings and don't have time to visit an adoption center, adopting a dog from the street or buying one from a pet store is a better option. Dogs make perfect companions.

P.S. Either say something good about dogs, or keep your opinions to yourself.

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 ranges freely and avoids human contact.

Domestic cats are valued by humans for companionship and their ability to kill rodents. About 60 cat breeds are recognized by various cat registries. 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.

Go Cats! Cats are the best animals in the world. A few reasons why cats are better than dogs: Dogs slobber all over the place. Dogs are noisy mutts that wake up irritated neighbors. Dogs are idiotic animals. They pant crazily and it's annoying. Dogs chase you around whether you want to be chased or not, and again, they are idiots. Cats don't slobber. Cats aren't as loud as dogs and they don't wake up neighbors. Cats are way smarter than dogs. Cats don't pant unless it's an emergency, etc.

Cats are number one! But don't come after me, dog lovers. Dogs require you to take them on walks no matter if it's snowing or blistering outside. All you have to do for a cat is get a box and fill it with sand. Also, they kill rats. Dogs bark and are loud and smelly. Additionally, I'm allergic to them.

Cats are individual, independent, and true to themselves. They don't do "tricks" to make anyone happy unless they choose to. We domesticated dogs because we wanted to. The cat chose us, creating a mutual partnership favoring both parties. Yet, if you earn their respect, they show unconditional love and warmth always. Dogs cannot survive long without us. Cats can and do. If I could vote for cats 10 times, I would! They are much better than dogs in every way.

3 Wolf The wolf (Canis lupus), also known as the gray wolf or grey wolf, is a large canine native to Eurasia and North America. More than thirty subspecies of Canis lupus have been recognized, and gray wolves, as popularly understood, comprise wild subspecies. The wolf is the largest extant member of the family Canidae. It is also distinguished from other Canis species by its less pointed ears and muzzle, as well as a shorter torso and a longer tail. The wolf is nonetheless related closely enough to smaller Canis species, such as the coyote and the golden jackal, to produce fertile hybrids with them. The banded fur of a wolf is usually mottled white, brown, gray, and black, although subspecies in the more.

Wolves are the best. They are way smarter than house dogs. People often hate them because they think wolves are evil creatures who like to kill. However, they are just killing for food, not for sport. Besides, they are so majestic and beautiful, and it's really cool that they can howl. Wolves don't deserve all the hate they get. They should be first.

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.

Wolves are definitely smarter than house dogs. They live in organized packs, unlike dogs who rely on people for food. Wolves also have ranks, like the alpha, to keep them all in line. They can even use stealth to their advantage. When I'm watching YouTube, I know exactly when and where my dog is behind me. In contrast, when I'm at a creek, I've felt the presence of a wolf and even saw one once. Wolves are also among the strongest dogs. I would never recommend having your dog interact with a wolf unless your dog is fully trained for hunting. Otherwise, that wolf will completely obliterate both your dog and probably you as well.

Wolves are the largest members of the dog family. In fact, wolves are very intelligent and are even more loyal than dogs. They work together as a pack and take care of each other. The howling of wolves and their very presence are majestic. Their cooperation is highly organized and they are very strong. They may not be fast, but they have strong endurance, as well as keen senses of smell and hearing. Some may even sacrifice themselves to protect the family unit.

Centuries ago, wolves were almost extinct because of humans, but the wolves' intelligence and flexibility saved them. Wolves are incredibly interesting and are the best animals, in my opinion.

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 a solitary but social predator, requiring large contiguous areas of habitat, which support its requirements for prey and rearing of its offspring. Tiger cubs stay with their mother for about two years, then become independent and leave their mother's home range to establish their own. 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.

Tigers are my favorite animal. They are possibly the most serious of all animals, look really cool, and even have a cool name - no offense. The tiger also walks around like a boss and has unique, rare, impressive skills when fighting. Though I believe lions are stronger, tigers do have unique fighting moves, which I can't help but admire.

Tigers are one of the most majestic and beautiful animals in the world. Other than that, they're the biggest (Siberian tigers, that is) and strongest cats in the world. They're solo hunters and can take down prey much larger than they are. They're powerful and efficient hunters, some of the best nature has to offer.

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 river dolphin). There are 40 extant species named as dolphins. more.

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!

Dolphins are believed to be the most intelligent animals on the planet. Yes, this includes humans. As an added bonus, they are beautiful, swift, and very friendly when they come in contact with humans. The most common dolphin is the bottlenose, as seen in pictures, but these are only one species of dolphin. The other species are also typically friendly, social, and just as intelligent as the bottlenose.

Fun fact: Orcas, also known as Killer Whales, are actually not whales but the largest species of dolphin.

Dolphins are one of the most intelligent creatures on the planet, and they're also very social with their pod members, as well as with humans and other animals. They are very playful and are sometimes known to tease blowfish, making them inflate. I've watched almost every nature documentary about them, so take it from an almost expert.

Dolphins are known to be the smartest animals on Earth. They use echolocation to find food. The sad thing is that dolphins are close to extinction. They are killed by polluted waters, can get trapped in fishing nets, and, worst of all, in some parts of Japan dolphins are killed for sushi.

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 plumage and flippers for swimming. Most penguins feed on krill, fish, squid and other forms of sea life which they catch with their bills and swallow it whole while swimming. A penguin has a spiny tongue and powerful jaws to grip slippery prey.

They spend roughly half of their lives on land and the other half in the sea. 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!

This is the best animal in existence that is real. 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 other bird that flies, with the exception of 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!

In the movie series Ice Age, the characters spend the whole movie complaining. In one of the films, they complain about the continents moving but don't do anything about it. In contrast, in Happy Feet, the entire community is stuck in a hole. However, they don't just sit around complaining. They work to get the whole city out of the hole. That is why penguins are the best animals.

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 a social species, forming groups called prides. A lion's pride consists of a few adult males, related females, and cubs. Groups of female lions usually hunt together, preying mostly on large ungulates. The lion is an apex and keystone predator; although some lions scavenge when opportunities occur and have been known to hunt humans, the species typically does not actively seek out and prey on humans. 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.

9?! 9?! Lions deserve to be number 1. By far the most iconic big cat and one of the most iconic animals in the world. Lions are gifted hunters as they can hunt and kill animals such as buffalo, which is three times their weight. Sharp claws, dagger-like teeth, and super senses make this big cat the king of the animal kingdom.

Lions are at least better than tigers in a way, but they can still do this for a few reasons. I know they're kind of overrated. I love lions! They are the best but not better than my loyal, cute, strong dog, Dunking. And I'm not saying that because it's my opinion, but he really is, even if he was not my dog!

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 has evolved over the past 45 to 55 million years from a small multi-toed creature, Eohippus, into the large, single-toed animal of today. Humans began domesticating horses around 4000 BC, and their domestication is believed to have been widespread by 3000 BC. Horses in the subspecies caballus are domesticated, although some domesticated populations live in the wild as feral horses. These feral more.

Among all of the animals, horses are the only animal that shares a relationship such as the one that exists between horse and human. They enter into a partnership with us in which they yield control to us and carry the physical burden of the relationship - willingly! There is a saying, There is nothing better for the inside of a man than the outside of a horse. This is completely true! Time spent with a horse will benefit and aid in mental healing far better than that of any psychiatrist. Also, horses are firmly woven into the fabric of this country. If not for horses, we would not have progressed as we did in the U.S.!

Although other animals may be cooler, fiercer, braver, cuddlier, and easier to take care of, it is the horse that carried humanity for centuries. They helped us farm, move, and even fight in battles. Now, they are mostly used for show or fun, but not too long ago - only a couple of hundred years ago - they were everywhere, helping with a whole lot of tasks that machines now do. They can also be extremely loyal and are trainable, unlike many undomesticated animals. They can be great companions who stay with you longer than a dog or cat. To top it off, horses are beautiful.

I think horses should be the first. They are beautiful, intelligent, spiritual, and they were a big part of history. I've been riding horses for almost two years and have fallen in love. I leased a horse for three months, and it was amazing - a lot of responsibility, but still amazing. Now, I am leasing another horse, and it's the best thing ever. Also, once you love horses, most people never stop. I always feel better when I'm around horses.

Where to start? The horse is the most amazing animal ever, though I think dogs come in a close second. I am only 11, but I have been riding since I was five and have loved horses every second. Horses have not only led us into battle before cars but have also provided great comfort and support to people. For example, my brother has autism. He doesn't ride horses now, but when he was younger, he would go on therapy rides. Anyone could see he loved it by the smile on his face, and I think he would have wanted a horse too, just like me.

When someone says stuff like girls prancing around on ponies, I tell them that I have ridden an 18.3 hand draft and was cantering bareback. I also say that people risk their lives to participate in sports on horses. It's not just about riding. It's also about the happiness horses bring. I have a dog and love her, but there's really nothing in this world like horses. People tell me I just have fun riding them and that's all they're good for, but I ...more

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, mollusks, fruits, berries, vegetables, seeds, fungi and carrion. Some of the best known species of fox are the fennec fox, red fox, gray fox, arctic fox, and the swift fox. Foxes are considered one of the most adaptable animals because it can live on almost every continent. Foxes range from all different colors and habitats. Foxes can be a deep red, a light tan, or white. If you are lucky enough you more.

Foxes are one of the smartest of all animals and are my favorite animal. Just because they hunt doesn't mean they're bad. They can become really nice to humans if they are tamed by a professional and can act like dogs. Also, why are foxes on both the worst animals list and the best animals list? It's weird, but anyways, foxes deserve to be higher on this list and removed from the worst animals list.

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.

Foxes are adorable. They are definitely my favorite animal. Many people dislike foxes because they are sneaky and cute. I LOVE FOXES! My brother loves foxes, which made me love foxes and made my whole family love foxes! (OK, not my whole family, but me and my brother do!) Even though foxes are in the dog family, they actually act like cats. They sleep a lot, just like cats, and they climb trees, just like cats. Foxes are the only dog family that can climb trees.

I've always been intrigued by foxes ever since I was young and read folk tales. The thing that made me ponder the most was: why are foxes always the bad guys? I believe they use their stealth, intelligence, and skill for good! Cute foxes have been misrepresented all over the world for generations. Vote for Fox!

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 and mastodons. Distinctive features of elephants include a long proboscis called a trunk, tusks, large ear flaps, pillar-like legs, and tough but sensitive skin. The trunk is used for breathing, bringing food and water to the mouth, and grasping objects. Tusks, which are derived from the incisor teeth, serve both as weapons and as tools for moving objects and digging. The large ear flaps assist in more.

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!

I don't feel there's much to explain here. They're very powerful, super smart, and majestic. They have giant tusks, which are very useful weapons, even though they're already massive in size. On top of that, they have a trunk that acts as a limb, which is both incredibly strong - to the extent that it can push down trees - and also nimble enough to pick up single blades of grass. I don't think there's much more to say in their favor.

Elephants are amazing. You must know that a single well-grown elephant can easily kill a lion, and lions don't usually attack elephants when they are in their herd. However, lions do attack small elephants that sometimes get separated from their herd. Elephants can be loyal to you easily if you raise them properly. But people don't usually use elephants as domestic animals because they are difficult to handle. They require a large amount of food and a large space to live, among other things.

I can't believe elephants didn't make the top ten, despite being some of the most widely used animals in corporate advertising. Lions, pandas, and penguins don't interact with humans as much as dogs, cats, and elephants do. If dogs and cats made it, then elephants should too. On that note, koala bears and bunny rabbits are also cute and cool.

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 are found on the continents of North America, South America, Europe, and Asia. Common characteristics of modern bears include large bodies with stocky legs, long snouts, small rounded ears, shaggy hair, plantigrade paws with five nonretractile claws, and short tails. 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!

The bear is the ultimate survivor. It is very tough and strong. It can live in the harshest conditions, swim, and climb trees. It can eat both meat and plants and could beat almost every animal on this list!

I love bears so much! I actually earned the nickname Bear Girl from my friends because I act like a bear a lot. I have a rather short temper, a love for swimming, and cravings for honey, fish, meat, berries, etc.

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. Though it belongs to the order Carnivora, the giant panda is a folivore, with bamboo shoots and leaves making up more than 99% of its diet. Giant pandas in the wild occasionally eat other grasses, wild tubers, or even meat in the form of birds, rodents, or carrion. In captivity, they may receive honey, eggs, fish, yams, shrub leaves, oranges, or bananas along with specially prepared food. 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!

Pandas are adorable, and when they have babies, they are very protective over them. That is a good thing. I love pandas so much because they are funny too.

Pandas are the cutest things ever! They are just so cute and eat like adorable babies. Although the red panda is cute, the giant panda is about 5,000 times cuter. They are so chubby and cuddly! My favorite thing about them is how they roll down snowy hills, so please vote for these cuties!

Pandas are so cute. We should save them so they don't become extinct! I thought we humans had come so far, but we're still putting animals into extinction.

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?

I have been reading some of these comments, and for goodness sake, why can't people have their own opinions? If you are one of these people, then shut your mouth. You are horrible and insulting. I'm not particularly fond of monkeys, but does it matter? No! So before you comment, think for goodness sake.

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. Sylvilagus includes 13 wild rabbit species, among them the seven types of cottontail. The European rabbit, which has been introduced on every continent except Antarctica, is familiar throughout the world as a wild prey animal and as a domesticated form of livestock and pet. With its widespread effect on ecologies and cultures, the rabbit is, in many areas of the world, a part of daily life—as 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.

Rabbits deserve to be at the very top of the list. They are awesome! They are intelligent and really fast runners who can reach incredible speeds of up to 45 miles per hour. They are very protective of their kits (babies), have great survival instincts, and are great swimmers. How are they underestimated so much? Seriously, they can make great pets. Science even shows they are smarter than cats and dogs. Don't mess with them though, because their powerful hind legs can cause a lot of damage.

Yes, rabbits are cute and adorable. They are tiny, innocent balls of fluff, but that's not the major reason I love them. I came down with extreme sickness and an anxiety disorder. I would never leave the house or do anything that I wanted to. Then I got to pick out my very own bunny, something I'd been wishing for for a very long time.

It took all that fear away. I loved picking her out. She was the cutest, fluffiest white one, with the prettiest blue eye and brown eye. (Yes, she has two different colored eyes.) I knew she was perfect, and all that sickness and anxiety went away for a bit. Because I had that little girl with me, and I knew everything was going to be okay. That's why I love bunnies.

Why on earth are rabbits number 18? They are by far the gentlest and cutest animals of all time. They also match with my personality as they are quite shy animals, and I'm a rather shy person. Rabbits all the way!

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 to decline about 10% by 2040. It is threatened by poaching and habitat destruction following infrastructural developments. It inhabits alpine and subalpine zones at elevations of 3,000–4,500 m (9,800–14,800 ft), ranging from eastern Afghanistan, the Himalayas and the Tibetan Plateau to southern Siberia, Mongolia and western China. In the northern part of its range, it also lives at lower elevations. 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."

Snow leopards are beautiful and elegant. There have been NO reports of snow leopards attacking humans. They are incredibly fluffy and smart. Go snow leopards!

It is sad that one day, snow leopards will be extinct. Generations to come will think of the leopard as we think about dinosaurs. All those animal protectors are too late. Boo mankind. :(

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 for speed, including a light build, long thin legs and a long tail. It typically reaches 67–94 cm (26–37 in) at the shoulder, and the head-and-body length is between 1.1 and 1.5 m (3 ft 7 in and 4 ft 11 in). Adults weigh between 21 and 72 kg (46 and 159 lb). Its head is small and rounded, and has a short snout and black tear-like facial streaks. The coat is typically tawny to creamy white or pale more.

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.

Cheetahs are so awesome. They are so different and so expeditious. They rule! FYI, cheetahs rule. Tigers suck. Cheetahs are so awesome! They are the coolest animals ever! So are cats!

Best ever! They're so fast and don't cheat with speed like those peregrine falcons. All the falcons do is fall! They don't work as hard as cheetahs.

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 and South America, and 3 in Australia. Eagles are not a natural group but denote essentially any kind of bird of prey large enough to hunt sizeable (about 50 cm long or more overall) vertebrates. Eagles are also one of America's national symbols.

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.

They are so amazing. Flying around the mountains with their awesome wings and beaks - who wouldn't vote for this awesome creature? Vote for the Eagles!

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 much larger than their heads (cranial kinesis). To accommodate their narrow bodies, snakes' paired organs (such as kidneys) appear one in front of the other instead of side by side, and most have only one functional lung. Some species retain a pelvic girdle with a pair of vestigial claws on either side of the cloaca. Lizards have evolved elongate bodies without limbs or with greatly reduced limbs 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.

Snakes are thought to be really dangerous, but it's really just your fault if you get bitten. The only ones that attack deliberately are Burmese pythons, green anacondas, and reticulated pythons.

Snakes are so majestic. Everyone thinks they're evil because of Harry Potter, but this is so untrue. We humans tend to think the creatures most different from us are the most dangerous.

19 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. A cosmopolitan species, orcas can be found in all of the world's oceans in a variety of marine environments, from Arctic and Antarctic regions to tropical seas. 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.

They are literally the smartest animals in the world, other than humans. They can observe many things and use this knowledge in their day-to-day lives. For example, they somehow know that flipping a shark can paralyze it, and they use that knowledge to hunt great white sharks. They are the best animals.

The best ocean creatures are orcas. I like dolphins too, but orcas forever! Also, I hate the name Killer Whales because it makes them look like murderers, and they're not. Go orcas! They seriously deserve a better ranking.

20 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 of turtles, including land-dwelling tortoises and freshwater terrapins. They are found on most continents, some islands and, in the case of sea turtles, much of the ocean. Like other reptiles, birds, and mammals, they breathe air and do not lay eggs underwater, although many species live in or around water. Genetic evidence typically places them in close relation to crocodilians and birds. 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.

Turtles are cute. But my class at school always says, "I like turtles," every day, which gets annoying. But that doesn't mean turtles are horrible!

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 proposed dividing them into up to eight extant species due to new research into their mitochondrial and nuclear DNA, as well as morphological measurements. Seven other extinct species of Giraffa are known from the fossil record. 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.

Do I really need to say anything about them? They are the best animals in the whole world, no doubt. So you better agree!

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, the term "shark" has also been (incorrectly) used to refer to extinct members of the subclass Elasmobranchii, which are technically outside the Selachimorpha clade. Notable examples of improper classification include Cladoselache, and various other members of the Chondrichthyes class like the holocephalid eugenedontidans.

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.

First, I'd like to reply to a previous comment about sharks that needs to be corrected:

"Sharks, unlike other animals, are not bullied and abused by mankind to be aggressive. We pretty much leave them alone, unless they attack an innocent person."

This is false information. Sharks have been constantly hunted, attacked, and pursued by humans for years. This is for various reasons, whether it's for shark fin soup, makeup products, or even just sport. Sharks have every reason to be wary of us. That being said, shark attacks are extremely rare. In 2019, there were only five unprovoked shark attacks recorded - a minuscule number compared to the 100 million sharks killed by humans each year.

Yes, you read that correctly: 100 million. Yet, it's always the sharks that are portrayed negatively, rather than the far more predatory humans who wipe out approximately 6.4 to 7.9 percent of all shark species annually. I suggest you find more information on this subject before ...more

Sharks are seriously underestimated creatures. You know that saying, Don't judge a book by its cover? That's what people are doing all the time. Sharks eat a lot of our favorite animals, but it's nature. We can't blame them for their instinct!

I'm sure a lot of people in the world think sharks kill billions of us a year, right? Wrong. Shark attacks are not common. They only happen about 3 to 10 times a year. Meanwhile, humans kill 100 million of them each year for a tasteless, horrible, disgusting soup called shark fin soup, which contains a shark's fin. Sharks don't even like to eat us. A recent study proved that.

Sharks only have a limited amount of sensors. One way for them to see if something is tasty is to smell it, since they have sensors in their noses. They also have sensors in their teeth, so they might try to take a bite of someone. Humans swim awkwardly in the mind of a shark, so they will think we are an injured animal and try to eat us. It's nature, and we ...more

Sharks are one of the most amazing animals, and they happen to be my personal favorite. Sharks have fascinating qualities. For example, some species like the shortfin mako can't stop swimming, or they won't be able to extract oxygen from the water. My personal favorite shark is the great white, but that's just me. Truly, they are one of the coolest animals ever.

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 humans, from 95 to 99% depending on what is included, and they are the next closest living relatives to humans after chimpanzees and bonobos. 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.

Gorilla at #111? Is this how you people show your respect for Harambe? Disgusting.

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 the luminescence of its reflective eyes.

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!

How is this lower than monkeys?

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!

Sloths are one of the most misunderstood animals in the world. They are extraordinarily cute and are only slow and "lazy" because of their digestive system. Contrary to popular belief, they are actually much higher in popularity than people think. They are the 14th most popular animal in the world. The fact that they rank lower than the top 20 is a crime worse than animal poaching.

I've watched Ice Age, so I'm commenting because I feel sorry for Sid. Sloths are awesome! Not that it's going to make a difference. Face it, Sid, NOBODY LIKES YOU!

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