It's been a tough year for world famous animals. Knut died. Ming Ming, the world's oldest panda, died, too. And Shrek, the New Zealand sheep that hid in a cave for six years to avoid his owner's shears, was was put down last weekend. When Shrek emerged from his cave in 2004 his fleece was finally clipped, producing almost 60 pounds of wool. He then set off on a nationwide tour that included a meeting with the prime minister.

Shrek's owner, John Perriam, told a local news station: "He had an unbelievable personality. He loved children and he was really good with the elderly in retirement homes." Shrek was 16.

[AFP; image via AP]