2018 Trending Viral Animal

At the conclusion of my monthly SiriusXM Stars 109 “Ask the Vet” show, I close with the trending viral animal of the month.  Since the arrival of a new year prompts us to review the old one, I thought it would be fun to look back at some of the trending viral animals highlighted on “Ask the Vet” in 2018.  Be sure to tune in to the January episode of “Ask the Vet” Saturday January 5 at 9 am EST and Sunday January 6 at 8 pm EST.  Have a question for me?  Record your question by calling 866-993-8267 or contact us via AMC’s social media channels.

Misty of Chincoteague

The annual pony swim from Assateague Island to Chincoteague Island in Virginia makes news every year landing the wild ponies on our trending viral animal list.  While Misty is long gone, children still love this classic tale of the Saltwater Cowboy round up of these charming creatures.  Thousands of spectators watch the pony round up and enjoy the carnival.  The foals are then auctioned to support the local fire department.

Haji Hernandez

“Keith doesn’t have a cat, I have Keith” proclaims the Twitter profile for @keithpurrnandez, the 15-year -old Bengal cat “boss” associated with former NY Met and current ESPN commentator, Keith Hernandez.  Hajii continuously tweets for tuna and criticizes the lack of high quality service from Keith.

Dia the detection dog

I have nothing but admiration for the working dogs who serve as our eyes, protect us against explosives and help people suffering from serious medical conditions.  This year I learned about a new type of working dog – an invasive plant sniffing dog.  Diaworks for the New York and New Jersey Trail Conference.

https://www.nynjtc.org/news/dog-will-change-way-we-fight-invasives

Dia, a yellow Labrador will work in concert with the efforts of Lower Hudson Partnership for Invasive Species Management to eradicate an invasive species known as scotch broom (Cytisus scoparius).  You can follow her on Instagram @DiaTheDetectionDog as she sniffs out invasive plants.  Her GPS collar will allow pinpoint location of the invasive plants and a team will use that information to facilitate eradication.

One big cow

Knickers is actually not a cow, but is a steer, the correct term for a neutered male bovine.  

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/11/28/world/australia/such-a-big-steer.html

Standing over six feet tall, this Australian Holstein-Friesian will live out his years on a farm in Western Australia since he cannot be sold for steaks since he is too large for the processing plant equipment.   Other animals on the farm look up to Knickers, literally!  

Goat babies in pajamas

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qfxUt9UM0nc

I know you think this is crazy, but just watch a few seconds of this viral video and I can guarantee your worst day will become just a little bit better.  

Like the goat babies in pajamas, all the other viral animals bring smiles to our faces and reinforce exactlywhy we have pets in our lives.  What a great way to end 2018 and we wish you all the happiest of New Year

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