FILE PHOTO: Grumpy Cat arrives to ride in the 84th Annual Hollywood Christmas Parade in the Hollywood section of Los Angeles, California, November 29, 2015. REUTERS/David McNew/File Photo
New York: A lovelorn singing whale, a world-famous feline sourpuss and ravenous goats credited with thwarting a dangerous California wildfire were among animals whose escapades across the United States made news in 2019.
Animal antics drawing attention this year included:
GRUMPY CAT, WHOSE SCOWL DROVE A MILLION MEMES, DIES AT AGE 7
Life sucks, then you die. The feline who embodied that philosophy became known to millions of online fans as Grumpy Cat, her permanent frown catapulting her to internet stardom. The scowling kitty, whose real name was Tardar Sauce, appeared on magazine covers, television advertisements and even starred in her own movie "Grumpy Cat's Worst Christmas Ever." She died in May at age 7 after a urinary tract infection.
GRASSHOPPERS TAKE VEGAS BY SWARM, UPEND WEATHER RADAR
A near-Biblical plague of grasshoppers descended on Las Vegas in July, with so many swarming around the bright lights of America's Sin City that the National Weather Service detected them on its radar. The grasshopper migration was triggered by a wetter-than-normal winter. It sparked fear and loathing on social media, and prompted some hotels in the tourist district known as the Strip to shut off lights and operate in darkness in an effort to foil the insect invasion.