2012 YEAR IN REVIEW

IMPRESSIVE ANIMALS

Impressive Animals: #4 Fat cat

Another animal that had people buzzing was a 40-pound cat named (what else?) Garfield. Unlike the reasons behind the purple squirrel of Pennsylvania, the clues to Garfield's size are pretty obvious. The supersize tabby was taken in by the North Shore Animal League of America on Long Island after his owner passed away. Staff at the no-kill shelter hope Garfield can lose two pounds a month, thanks to a strict diet. "He needs to lose at least 20 pounds," shelter spokeswoman Devera Lynn told the New York Daily News. "He's so big, he's like a dog. He actually has his own room."