In the past, the only real way to spot the next big Internet-celebrity animal was to wait patiently for it to appear on your Facebook feed. That all changes now.
If Grumpy Cat is the cream of the viral crop, these are the young upstarts, waiting in the wings for their shot at meme glory.
Using a select group of lesser-trafficked subreddits (/r/animalsbeingderps and/r/sittinglikehumans to name a few) and various algorithms you wouldn't understand, we've thrown out the old system and tracked down the next crop of famous Internet animals before they broke the threshold into what will surely be eternal celebrity status. You're welcome.
Take a look at our picks for the next big animal celebrities and stay ahead of the cute animal trends.
Extremely Photogenic Labrador
This photogenic, family-sized labrador (who wishes to remain anonymous) has been modeling for several years, but only recently picked up Internet fame as a side gig. Experts are calling him the canine Vincent Schiavelli.
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Jack is the George Clooney of dogs. Jack's the type of dog who will acknowledge that your jokes are funny, but never really laugh out loud. He enjoys long walks and only needed to watchInception once before he totally understood it. Watch for Jack's popularity to rise meteorically during major sporting events and sweeps week.
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Seen here in her spacious, New Hampshire home, lounging hedgehog has all the tools to be the next great film critic. Her favorite film is Half Baked and she's very skeptical about Batman vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice.
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This recent Maxim photo-shoot should tell you everything you need to know about Oliver. Equal parts curvy and farty, Oliver should be making his way to your Facebook feed within the next few months.
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Fashion Forward Stag
Any questions regarding modern fashion can be directed to this fashion-forward deer, seen here wearing the grass beret from Calvin Klein's winter 2014 collection.
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Meet Leo, a 13-year-old Italian Greyhound with a heart of gold and zero teeth. Leo enjoys eating soft foods, licking things by accident and watching The Price is Right for eight hours while his family is at work.
Expect more to come -- it's the summer of Leo.
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Babycakes, a beautiful house cat who sits like a human, is known for being shaped like both a baby and a cake. Though she spends most of her time eating and sitting, she also claims to enjoy "hiking" and "just hanging out with friends."
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He has all the tools -- doge eyes, the ability to be stuck in things, a great attitude -- it's only a matter of time before stuck-in-things dog gets stuck right in our collective Internet hearts.
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Goofy-Face Selfie Bunny
Making stupid faces while taking selfies is a huge trend amongst both youngsters and rabbits today. This bunny totally gets it. Watch out for this one.
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Nervous about buying that new patterned sweater on JackThreads? Worry no more, guys -- streetwear dog will try it on before you buy. Get ready for streetwear dog to take over the Internet in late August.