Throughout the year, we saw many odd animal items, and one that stretched our imaginations was Stewie, Reno, Nevada's world's longest cat.
But this Pussy Galore was hardly the only amazing feline we encountered. A British house cat became an international hit when its owner used food coloring to dye its white coat pink.
In China, there was a cow with a horn (rhino-cow!) right in the middle of its forehead, trying to horn-in on the popularity of the unicorn mythology.
Step aside, Ashlee Simpson, your lip sync debacle on "Saturday Night Live" a few years ago may have been the precursor of this female simian singing sensation during a show by a monkey drama troupe in Bangkok.
Right in time for the year-end holidays, we met a dozen penguins, dressed as Santa Claus and his reindeer, at the Everland amusement park in South Korea.
And you just had to feel a bit sorry for this sad-looking lamb in China, beating the odds and struggling to survive with just two legs.
You know, psychic powers aren't limited to humans. Just ask anyone impressed by Paul, the psychic octopus, who predicted the outcomes of eight consecutive World Cup soccer matches this summer from his tank at the Sea Life aquarium in Germany.
In the animal kingdom, fascinating things often come in very teeny, tiny packages, like the pea-sized frog discovered in Malaysia – a real-life little prince charming.
Indiana Jones would probably be doubly scared to death if he ever encountered a two-headed albino snake like the one – aptly named Lenny and Squiggy – on display at the Venice Beach Freakshow in California this year.
Sticking with the two-heads-are-better-than-one theme, we marveled at the double-headed calf born in Egypt.
Finally, one chilling story that came to us from Peru was about rabid vampire bats that attacked and bit more than 500 people, causing that country's health officials to send teams of bat hunters into the Amazon.
Check out our gallery above to see many more of our favorite 2010 denizens from the animal kingdom.