Images: San Diego’s Memorable Animal Stories of 2016

Photos of San Diego's most memorable animal tales of 2016.

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Bernard Guillas/Facebook
A malnourished and dehydrated sea lion pup made her way into The Marine Room restaurant in La Jolla on Feb. 4. She made herself comfortable, sleeping in a booth in the dining room. She was later rescued by a team from SeaWorld San Diego.
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Coronado Lifeguards
This rare, venomous, yellow-bellied sea snake washed up on the beach in Coronado in January 2016 after powerful El Nino weather conditions.
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Bernard Guillas/Facebook
A malnourished and dehydrated sea lion pup made her way into The Marine Room restaurant in La Jolla on Feb. 4, 2016. She made herself comfortable, sleeping in a booth in the dining room. She was later rescued by a team from SeaWorld San Diego.
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Ken Bohn/San Diego Zoo Safari Park
The "Swift Six" cheetah cubs are now on exhibit at their home at San Diego Zoo Safari Park. When the San Diego Zoo Safari Park released new video of the largest cheetah litter delivered at the park’s off-exhibit breeding center, our hearts swooned.
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NBC 7 San Diego
Luna, a pup presumed dead at sea, was reunited with her owner, Nick Haworth, in San Diego in March. The U.S. Navy made the heartwarming reunion possible.
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County of San Diego Department of Animal Services
Yikes. This ball python was found by a Golden Hill resident in her bathtub drain and rescued by officers with the County of San Diego Department of Animal Services in May 2016.
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San Diego County Department of Animal Services
RVT Yadira Figueroa and Dr. Regina Radtke helped rescue Mr. Ruffles, a pug mix, after his paw got stuck in the drain of his owner's bathtub in May 2016. After the successful effort, they happily hugged the pooch.
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Courtesy of San Diego Zoo
Janey, the San Diego Zoo's 55-year-old Borean orangutan was euthanized over the summer. She was the oldest living Bornean orangutan in the United States.
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TRACY PLOWY
An NBC 7 viewer said she was running in Kit Carson Park in June 2016 when she spotted three puppies in a coat on the grass. The abandoned puppies were then cared for by three officers with the Escondido Police Department.
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San Diego Zoo Safari Park
One of two fuzzy, adorable greater flamingo chicks hatched at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park over the summer.
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Photo taken on July 29, 2016 by Tammy Spratt, San Diego Zoo
Xiao Liwu celebrated his 4th birthday at the San Diego Zoo over the summer with lots of gifts and treats.
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San Diego Zoo Safari Park
Kokomo the gorilla holds her 2-day-old baby at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park on Oct. 20, 2016, as guests gather to catch a glimpse of the newest addition to the gorilla troop.
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