Some of the most popular animal stories from the last week include:
- Emperor penguins were seen climbing cliffs to find new breeding grounds as climate change continues to decimate sea ice.
- The nation's largest pet insurance provider released their annual update of the top 10 cat and dog names of 2013.
- U.S. pork producers called for more humane treatment of their animals after decades of protests and scandal.
- South Dakota may finally make animal abuse a felony.
- Lions are nearing extinction in West Africa, and we didn't even know it.
- National Geographic took readers deep into the weird, wild world of the Komodo dragon.
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