Slinky Malinki the cat might not have the most noble-sounding of names, but despite the rather whimsical moniker, his life saving actions this year showed him to be nothing short of a bewhiskered little superhero.
When Slinky's owner, a retired nurse in England named Jenny, collapsed at home after having a bad reaction to some medication, it might have seemed that death was inevitable. For days, the elderly woman drifted in and out of consciousness. But fortunately, the cunning cat somehow knew it was up to him to take matters into his own paws.
After managing to escape the house, Slinky then began persistently tapping on the window of a neighbor's house, prompting them check on Jenny who was discovered in the nick of time.
"He saved my life," Jenny later said of her beloved Slinky. "Without him I might not have made it."