The past year was filled with much turmoil -- from violent protests to a tumultuous election that left many feeling shell-shocked. But all throughout, these animals pictures helped keep us going. Handpicked by our own ABC News photo editors, enjoy our favorite animal pictures from 2016.

One of three lion cubs that were born at Gaia Zoo sits in a bucket to be weighed in Kerkrade, the Netherlands, July 5, 2016.
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