Written by Rae Paoletta.

It's no secret that 2016 has been a garbage fire.

David Bowie, Prince, Leonard Cohen and Vine died, along with our collective sense of hope. Just when it seemed we'd hit rock bottom, America elected a racist bodega fruit president.

As this abominable year comes to a much-anticipated close, let's purge our memories of the painful past with adorable animal gifs.

Because sure, why not.


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Let's start with capybaras, shall we?

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Capybaras are friends to all creatures in the animal kingdom.

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Despite being the world's largest rodents, they act like puppies.

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They're fluffy islands of love...

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...who can't resist a good scratch.

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Now, let's take a meow-ment to appreciate some kittens.

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You can literally hear this one's meow!

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Stretch those toe beans, little guy.

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I'm officially hyperventilating.

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But before I pass out, let's look at some quokkas.

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They love to smile...

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...and MUNCH.

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I don't have a clever transition for this, but here are some red pandas!

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They love to pounce...

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...and fight pumpkins.

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So fierce.

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Next up, sloths!

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They're so full of love.

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I'm getting emotional and need to stop.

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JK, here's one more.

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And now, the moment you've all been waiting for...PUPPIES!

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What even is this???

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I have so many questions and I don't even care.

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Look at this fluff...

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...and THESE puppy head tilts.

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You can never have too many puppy head tilts.

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Finally, here is a tiny platypus that thinks it's a puppy. Therefore, it is a puppy.

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