Memorable animal stories of 2014: White cobra in Thousand Oaks
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Memorable animal stories of 2014

Memorable animal stories of 2014: White cobra in Thousand Oaks
This venomous white cobra ran loose in Thousand Oaks for four days in early September before being captured. It eventually ended up at the San Diego Zoo.  (San Diego Zoo )
Memorable animal stories of 2014: Little Dude dies
Angela Jackson Brunning picks up Little Dude, a 33-pound domestic shorthair cat that she boarded in her Costa Mesa home while he tried to lose weight. He would later die after struggles with his health. (Don Leach / Daily Pilot)
Memorable animal stories of 2014: Rescued newborn sea otter
Estimated to be 1 week old and weighing in at just over 2 pounds, this female sea otter pup was found abandoned Sept. 30 on Coastways Beach between San Mateo and Santa Cruz. She got fattened up at Monterey Bay Aquarium and was then sent to Chicago.  (Brenna Hernandez / Shedd Aquarium)
Memorable animal stories of 2014: Mysterious creature in Norwalk
Grainy surveillance video footage shows a mysterious creature wandering on a Norwalk street. Experts analyzed the footage to determine what it was -- some speculated it was an African lioness -- but we may never know for sure.  (City of Norwalk)
Memorable animal stories of 2014: Murphy home after missing 2 years in forest
Murphy, the golden retriever that emerged from Tahoe National Forest in June after going missing during a camping trip two years ago. The dog was said to be “doing great” after being reunited with her owners, who confirmed the dog’s identity by finding a scar."It’s truly her. It’s just an unbelievable story,” her owner Erin Braun said. ()
Memorable animal stories of 2014: P-22 mountain lion in Griffith Park
Months after turning up looking sickly and suffering from mange, Griffith Park’s resident mountain lion and unofficial mascot of sorts, P-22, was spotted looking much healthier in early December. (National Park Service )
Memorable animal stories of 2014: Neglected dogs get a makeover
Babe, a dog that was seized from a “dog hoarder” in San Bernardino County in July, is shown. He and almost 40 other dogs recovered from the hoarder’s home later got makeovers from Cutie Pie’s Grooming.  (San Bernardino County Animal Care and Control)
Memorable animal stories of 2014: Babe, the after picture
Babe, a dog that was seized from the home of a “dog hoarder” in San Bernardino County, is shown after his makeover from Cutie Pie’s Grooming. (San Bernardino County Animal Care and Control)
Memorable animal stories of 2014: Tara the hero cat
Tara, a cat from Bakersfield, became famous after a viral video surfaced of her saving a 4-year-old boy from a dog attack in May. She was lauded as a hero and even “threw” out the ceremonial first pitch at a Bakersfield Blaze minor league baseball game. ()
Memorable animal stories of 2014: Snake house in Santa Ana
Santa Ana Police Department Animal Services officials recovered dead and alive snakes from a home in January. After discovering about 400 snakes in the residence, Santa Ana police arrested 53-year-old William Fredrick Buchman on animal cruelty charges. (Irfan Khan / Los Angeles Times)
Memorable animal stories of 2014: Hippo birth at L.A. Zoo
The Los Angeles Zoo held a media debut for their newest star, a 50-pound hippopotamus born at the zoo in November. The newborn was a “happy surprise,” especially since mother Mara was on birth control, officials said. (Mark Boster / Los Angeles Times)
Memorable animal stories of 2014: Endangered rhino dies in San Diego
Angalifu, a northern white rhino, died at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park in December of ailments related to old age. He was 44. With his death, the species is five rhinos away from extinction.  (San Diego Zoo Safari Park)
Memorable animal stories of 2014: Catfe hits Chinatown
Businessman Carlos Wong is shown with staff members and Simone the cat during the Kickstarter opening of the Catfe (Cat Cafe) in Chinatown on Oct. 2. It was a four-day pop-up shop, where feline fanatics could sit in a room full of cats, sip coffee and eat snacks. (Mark Ralston / AFP/Getty Images)
Memorable animal stories of 2014: Frida the dog is S.F. mayor for the day
Frida, a Chihuahua mix, became San Francisco’s dog mayor for a day, after her owner’s bid for the honor at an anniversary gala for the city’s Department of Animal Care and Control. Frida is popular on social media and a regular participant at the city’s St. Patrick’s Day parade. (Josh Norem / The Furrtographer)
Memorable animal stories of 2014: Deer runs amok in Modesto furniture store
A Modesto police officer used a knife to kill a panicked, injured deer in July after it dashed into a furniture store and caused havoc inside. The scene was caught on video.  ()
Memorable animal stories of 2014: Calf found in backseat of car
A 3-day-old Jersey calf was found in the backseat of a parked car in Riverside. The owner of the car was arrested on suspicion of possessing a calf without proper documentation. (Riverside Police Department)
Memorable animal stories of 2014: Giant tortoise wanders in Alhambra
A giant 150-pound tortoise was found wandering the streets of Alhambra in August. When found, “the tortoise did try to make a run for it, but our officers are pretty fast,” the Alhambra Police Department said on its Facebook page. The tortoise was eventually reunited with its family. (Alhambra Police Department)
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