12/29/2012 02:57 pm ET | Updated Dec 30, 2012

The 15 Most Important Pets Of 2012 (SLIDESHOW)

It has been a truly epic year for Internet animal stars.

In 2012, we were captivated by the cute Echidna rescued from the Australian outback, a dapper monkey running around in a coat, and a live puppy cam for almost every species of dog.

We also met the world's smallest, grumpiest, tallest and most hipster pets. And we loved them all.

Which should be considered the top pet of the year? Scroll through the slideshow below -- where the animals are listed in no particular order -- and tell us what you think in the comments.

Most Important Animals of 2012