(ANIMAL PICTURES) Global Animal has compiled pictures of the most influential and inspiring animals of 2013. From the notorious sour mug of Grumpy Cat to the focus on Tilikum the killer whale in Blackfish, these animals have touched the hearts of animal lovers around the world in this past year. Take a look at these influential animals in the photo gallery below. — Global Animal
Elle won the American Hero Dog Award for 2013, disproving misconceptions about Pit Bulls being overly aggressive compared to other dog breeds.
Therapy dogs brought comfort to Boston after the Boston Marathon bombings.
A newly discovered mammal, the Olinguito captured hearts this year when adorable pictures were released with news of the find.
Grumpy Cat has become one of the biggest internet sensations due to her perpetual and adorable frown. She even has a movie deal and will star with Will Ferrell and Jack Black.
This year's hit documentary, "Blackfish," focuses on the treatment of Tilikum the Killer Whale and has triggered discussion on the ethics and activities of Seaworld.
Earlier this year, the Obama family welcomed in a new puppy, Sunny, a Portuguese Water Dog.
After votes were cast from around the world, The National Zoo's baby panda was named Bao Bao at a ceremony that included a recorded message from Michelle Obama.
Chris P. Bacon was born without the use of his back legs but he doesn't let that stop him. He is a source of inspiration and is the star of a children's book released last month.