Best of 2011

Biggest Animal Headlines of the Year

From Knut's death to the Bronx Zoo cobra, animal news went wild this year

JACK THE CAT

When New Yorker Karen Pascoe needed to relocate to California, she checked her two cats with American Airlines at JFK Airport. One of them, Jack, went missing, which mobilized concerned pet lovers to set up a Facebook page to help find him. Eight weeks later, Jack was discovered, but was severely malnourished. The 7-year-old male eventually succumbed to his life-threatening infections and died.