Cute polar bear cubs, a whale splashing water at people, an escaped leopard, and a pig stuck in a well. These are just some of our favourite animal photos of 2014.

starlings
February 12, 2014: A flock of migrating starlings perform a manoeuvre near the southern Israeli village of TidharMenahem Kahana/AFP
leopard building site
February 23, 2014: A man jumps out of the way as a wild leopard leaps across an under-construction structure in Meerut, northern IndiaAFP
pygmy hippo
February 26, 2014: Winnie, a three-week-old baby pygmy hippo calf, walks towards the pool in her enclosure at Bristol Zoo GardensMatt Cardy/Getty Images
squirrel
March 1, 2014: A pet squirrel owned by an anti-government protester is pictured at one of the blockade camps in BangkokManjunath Kiran/AFP
crufts great dane
March 6, 2014: A dog owner holds her Great Dane on the first day of the Crufts dog show at the NEC in Birmingham, EnglandMatt Cardy/Getty Images
sphynx cat
March 16, 2014: A judge inspects a hairless Sphynx cat during the International Feline Fair in Medellin, ColombiaRaul Arboleda/AFP
polar bear cubs
March 19, 2014: Twin 14-week-old polar bear cubs play outside in their enclosure at Tierpark Hellabrunn in MunichMichael Dalder/Reuters
eagle owl
March 26, 2014: An eagle owl fluffs out its feathers as it sits on one foot on a branch in its enclosure at the Grugapark in Essen, GermanyIna Fassbender/Reuters
polar bear
April 2, 2014: A child runs alongside a polar bear during the opening day of a new Arctic area at the zoo in Mulhouse, FranceSebastien Bozon/AFP
alpaca
April 16, 2014: An alpaca looks out from a car on a busy street in Changchun, Jilin province, ChinaReuters
orangutan
April 16, 2014: A vet at the Sumatran Orangutan Conservation Programme examines a 14-year-old male orangutan found with air gun metal pellets embedded in his bodyin a small patch of forestSutanta Aditya/AFP
polar bear
April 24, 2014: A polar bear named Uslada shakes off water in her pool at the Leningrad Zoo in St. PetersburgAlexander Demianchuk/Reuters
pig drain
April 25, 2014: Firefighters try to pull a pig out of a well at a farm in Huanghua township, Leqing, Zhejiang province, ChinaReuters
orangutan
May 19, 2014: Rizki, a 10-month-old orphaned Bornean orangutan starts learning to eat leaves at Surabaya Zoo, Indonesia, in preparation for being released into the wildRobertus Pudyanto/Getty Images
jaguars
June 12, 2014: Two jaguars fight over a football at the Santa Fe zoo in Medellin, ColombiaRaul Arboleda/AFP
poison dart frog
June 17, 2014: A baby poison dart frog sits on the end of a pencil at the London AquariumAndrew Cowie/AFP
whale rescue
July 9, 2014: Sea World marine rescue workers try to rescue a humpback whale beached at Palm Beach on Queensland's Gold Coas, AustraliaPatrick Hamilton/AFP
whale shark
August 1, 2014: A whale shark is carried on a tractor at a seafood wholesale market in Xiangzhi township, Quanzhou, east China's Fujian provinceAFP
beluga whale
August 6, 2014: A beluga whale sprays water onto visitors at the Hakkeijima Sea Paradise aquarium in Yokohama, JapanYoshikazu Tsuno/AFP
dog bike
August 7, 2014: A cyclist carries a dog on his back in Berlin's Tiergarten districtTobias Schwarz/AFP
baby elephant
August 12, 2014: An orphaned baby elephant feeds itself, during World Elephant Day at the David Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage in Nairobi, KenyaSimon Maina/AFP
swans
August 17, 2014: A family of swans make their way through a field in Popielarze, a village outside WarsawJanek Skarzynski/AFP
panda cubs
August 17, 2014: Newborn giant panda triplets are seen inside an incubator at the Chimelong Safari Park in Guangzhou, Guangdong province, ChinaReuters
dogs
July 19, 2014: Two dogs play in the Massapequa Dog Park in East Massapequa, New YorkBruce Bennett/Getty Images
polar bears
August 22, 201: Polar bear twins Nobby and Nela sleep in their enclosure at the Tierpark Hellabrunn in MunichStephan Jansen/AFP
panda bamboo
August 23, 2014: A giant panda named Bao Bao is pictured on her first birthday at the US National Zoo in Washington, DCMandel Ngan/AFP
rhino
September 3, 2014: A three-week-old female white rhinoceros calf runs with her mother Tanda at the Ramat Gan Safari, an open-air zoo near Tel AvivJack Guez/AFP
walrus
September 7, 2014: A male walrus named Seita blows a bubble ring during a performance at the Yokohama Hakkeijima Sea Paradise aquarium in YokohamaToshifumi Kitamura/AFP
surf dog
September 28, 2014: Tillman the bulldog rides a wave during the 6th Annual Surf Dog competition at Huntington Beach, CaliforniaMark Ralston/AFP
horse
October 2, 2014: A horse nuzzles a little girl at Piazza di Spagna in RomeAlberto Pizzoli/AFP
deer richmond park
October 3, 2014: A red deer stag with antlers covered in bracken walks through undergrowth during the rutting season in Richmond Park, LondonToby Melville/Reuters
white lion cubs
October 20, 2014: Two three-week-old white lion cubs play with a stuffed donkey toy at Belgrade ZooAndrej Isakovic/AFP
tompkin dog
October 25, 2014: A pug takes part in the 24th Annual Tompkins Square Halloween Dog Parade in New YorkCarlo Allegri/Reuters
whale calf
October 29, 2014: Beluga whale Zhuoya gives birth to her first offspring at an aquarium in Changsha, Hunan province, ChinaReuters
lion park
October 30, 2014: A male lion stands on a cage with children inside it the Safari Lion Zoo in Rancagua, ChileMartin Bernetti/AFP
gorilla
October 31, 2014: A Western Lowland Gorilla named Mbeli holds her three-day-old baby in their enclosure at Sydney's Taronga ZooDavid Gray/Reuters