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The best animal photos of 2017

It seems fair to say that animals live much simpler lives than humans — minus the whole fleeing from larger animals part. As we hope for a smooth transition into the new year, we can draw inspiration from our furry and feathered friends. Here are the Journal-World’s best animal-related photos from 2017, with some commentary on how the images were captured.

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A Labradoodle named Millie ignores the Downtown Shot Put event as other spectators watch from ...

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An armadillo named Mulligan curls up into a ball during a presentation on Thursday, July ...

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A mother goose and four of her young walk along the south bank of the ...

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Vietnam veteran John Musgrave, a member of the 1st Battalion 9th Marines, is approached by ...

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Framed by shake shingles, a cat relaxes in the window of a home in East ...

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A dog named Cotton gets a first-class ride within his owner Levi Burd's hoodie while ...

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A roomful of spectators watch as an opossum named Penny crawls back into her carrier ...

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