Facebook viral list: Animals and war ships were big news in May

Every month, Behind Local News uses Crowdtangle to look at the ‘most viral’ stories from local news over the past month.

We do this using Crowdtangle’s scoring system which shows the popularity of a page’s posts relative to the typical reach of content posted by that page. For this list, we look at posts weighted by likes, comments and shares. Any title can only appear once in the list.

This means that the list should include titles of all sizes and audiences from across the UK.

Once again, the list shows Facebook users to be animal lovers … and fans of war machinery too….

1. Burnley wildlife photographer is king of the snappers — Burnley Express (2,546x more engaging than a typical post)

2. German Shepherd stolen from Poole Quay returned to owners — Daily Echo (1,532x)

3. HMS Queen Elizabeth and HMS Prince of Wales aircraft carriers sail together for first time — HampshireLive (1,042x)

4. Third springer spaniel gundog stolen from East Yorkshire farm is found in Kent three months later — Yorkshire Post (391x)

5. Tower of London re-opens -MyLondon (536x)

6. Our Yorkshire Farm nominated for National Television Award — YorkshireLive (534x)

7. Stoke-on-Trent mum creates incredible food creations — StokeonTrentLive (247x)

8. New upgrade to Royal Navy aircraft carriers HMS Queen Elizabeth and HMS Prince of Wales takes them to ‘new level’ — Portsmouth News (522x)

9. Labrador pup sees for first time thanks to Penrith vets — Cumbria Crack (495x)

10. Colchester Zoo announces long-awaited arrival of critically endangered orangutans — EssexLive (492x)

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The stories behind the stories, from the regional press in the UK

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