Viral cat videos and more vie for Urlesque’s Urly award for Animal of the Year

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Who will be the Internet’s MVA (‘Most Valuable Animal,’ of course) for 2010? Pop-culture website Urlesque is letting its readers decide which lucky cat, dog or octopus will be named Animal of the Year from a field of five contestants in its annual Urly Awards.

Voters must decide between Standing Cat, above, a French cat with alarmingly good balance (he can also sit upright) whose real name is Rocky; a Bichon frise-poodle mix named Riley whose birthday party photo became a popular Internet meme; OMG Cat, whose expression of pure shock was caught on video and has since been viewed untold thousands of times on YouTube; Paul, the ‘psychic octopus’ who correctly predicted the outcomes of 8 World Cup games in a row; and a cat named Iggy who went to town playing with apps on his owner’s iPad shortly after the device was released earlier this year. (As Urlesque puts it, the so-called ‘iPad Cat’ video is ‘worth watching because it’s like the cat is playing with yarn. Then it does a keyboard cat impression. Memes!’)

Urlies will also be awarded for Meme of the Year; Video of the Year; Biggest Facebook Trend of the Year; Celebrity Photoshop Meme of the Year (please, please let it be Prancing Michael Cera); Breakout of the Year; Coolest Web Kid of the Year; Justin Bieber Internet Thing of the Year; Best New Single Topic Blog of the Year (we were pulling for either Faces of the Last Season of Oprah or Selleck Waterfall Sandwich, but both currently trail Hungover Owls); and Hero of the Year.

At present, Paul the Octopus leads in the Animal of the Year category, and he’s something of a sentimental favorite since he passed away a few months ago. Voting closes Wednesday at midnight Eastern time, so you’ve still got a few hours to cast your vote.


[Update 12/17: Urlesque has announced that the winner of its Animal of the Year Urly award is Paul the Octopus. A fitting tribute for our fallen mollusk friend, we think!]


-- Lindsay Barnett
Video: DaisYannou via YouTube