As always, animals and insects played a huge part in our world this year.
The surprise discovery of a rare and mysterious trilobite beetle in Singapore became big news in November when the National Geographic Society shared a video of the creature, saying that the "ancient-looking insect has kept scientists baffled for nearly two centuries". And then, there was the spikeless hedgehog named Nelson which requires an oil massage thrice daily.
But our pick for animal sighting of the year goes to Hermie, a giant Huntsman spider which was caught on video dragging a mouse up a fridge. Around the same time, Charlotte, the world's biggest Huntsman spider to ever be photographed, was also spotted in Queensland, Australia.