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KEIKO THE ORCA

Free Willy (1993), Free Willy 2: The Adventure Home (1995), Free Willy 3: The Rescue (1997)

Captured by a whaling ship near Iceland in 1979, Keiko the killer whale's real-life journey to freedom mirrored its onscreen one, as it was released into the wild after 24 years in captivity.

It died of pneumonia in December 2003, about a year after its release.

WINTER THE DOLPHIN

Dolphin Tale (2011) and Dolphin Tale 2 (2014)

Winter was found in December 2005 off the coast of Florida, US, entangled in the ropes of a crab trap. It lost its tail as a result.

The bottlenose dolphin was rescued and taken to Clearwater Marine Aquarium, a non-profit organisation that rescues injured marine animals. It was fitted with a prosthetic tail, and its story was brought to the big screen with a starring role in Dolphin Tale.

CRYSTAL THE CAPUCHIN MONKEY

The Hangover Part II (2011), The Hangover Part III (2013)

From playing Dexter in the Night At The Museum trilogyto the scene-stealing, drug-dealing monkey in The Hangover movies, Crystal is one of the most prolific animal actors of its time.

Its career began with a role in the 1997 film George Of The Jungle, and it has since been in over 20 films.

SPARKY, AKA TRACY, THE JACK RUSSELL TERRIER

StarHub advertisements

Local TV viewers would remember Singapore's very own celebrity pup.

It first appeared as Sparky in a 2002 StarHub Coverage ad where it swallows its owner's mobile phone before running away.

It became the telco's mascot over the next decade, starring in other ads.

According to StarHub's chief marketing officer Jeannie Ong, Tracy was picked as it perfectly matched the energetic and playful traits that were required for the campaign.

The dog was adopted by a family in February.