A look at animals making the news for varied reasons.
When New Zealand's most famous sheep, Shrek (above) passed away in June this year due to old age, the nation mourned the death of an icon.
A sheep that went missing and was presumed dead, Shrek emerged six years later with a massive fleece three times larger than itself.
After a "haircut", it was whisked off to meet then Prime Minister Helen Clark, before becoming the star of children's books and various charity programmes.
Besides Shrek, there were other animals that made the news for different reasons. Let's take a look at some of them.