1. Kentucky police officer Jason Ellis was killed in a suspected ambush over the weekend. At his funeral, his K-9 partner, Figo, honored him, laying a paw on his coffin.
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2. A photo of two shelter puppies cuddling went viral, as the story of the siblings — one of whom is blind, and the other who guides his brother — warmed hearts. They now have a home.
3. Ray Charles, a blind golden retriever, became an instant Internet star after his owner created a Facebook page for him.
4. Five-year-old pit bull Elle’s efforts as a school therapy dog earned her the honor of being named the2013 American Hero Dog by the American Humane Association.
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5. A lioness reunited with the two conservationists who saved her life after years apart.
6. An orphaned foal named Breeze snuggled up with a teddy bear at The Mare and Foal Sanctuary in Newton Abbot, Devon, England.
7. Puppy love! These cozy pics made mom (and photographer) Jessica Shyba’s “heart explode with joy.”
8. Lun Lun the giant panda gave birth to twins, the first giant panda twins to be born in the United States since 1987, at Zoo Atlanta.
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9. A lesson in patience? A man in Kentucky takes his pet tortoise on a (very slow) stroll twice per week. It takes them three hours to go 10 blocks.
10. This little paralyzed piggy gets a wheelchair — and becomes a viral sensation.
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