Bites at Animal Planet

28 Aug

Waxed Floors Are Not a Cat's Best Friend

Cats are known for their athletic abilities, from high jumps to landing on their feet no matter the fall. But, it seems that their grace is foiled by slippery floors. This poor kitty was just trying to get back into this cage but the floors were so slippery, he couldn't get enough traction to actually make his target.

JumpingCat

It sounds like the other kitties around him are cheering him on, but to no avail. Hopefully the human recording helped the kitty back into his cage!

Continue reading

28 Aug

Behind the Scenes: Sunrise Day Camp Clubhouse

Contributed by Tory Jones

Get an in-depth look at how the beautiful designs inside these treehouse masterpieces come together with Treehouse Masters' own Tory Jones. Find out more about the Sunrise Day Camp Clubhouse inside this blog post!

Sunrise Day Camp could only be described as a labor of love. Being able to give a very special gift to the campers was a wonderful way to start the summer. Pete designed a beautiful large oval gazebo-like treehouse and I got to work to make this indoor/outdoor space colorful and comfortable for our campers.

Ceiling

Inside, Lindahl Woodcrafts sent me wooden cut outs of woodland birds and leaves, which I had some early campers at the hospital decorate to hang from the rafters. Also hanging were some mobiles and chimes from Woodstock chimes to add a musical touch to the breeze.  Speaking of music I stocked up on instruments like kazoos, ukuleles, wash boards, drums, tambourines, and of course a trumpet from BMG to call reverie.

Continue reading

28 Aug

Swan Couple Separated by Sickness has Sweetest Reunion

Dodo Circular

(Guest post by Sarah V Schweig from thedodo.com)

They're the kind of couple that would finish each other's sentences — if they spoke in sentences.

But when one swan got sick, he was separated from his love.

Saddled with a severe infection, the swan had to leave the Netherlands canal the pair calls home to be treated. For probably the first time since they chose each other 10 years ago, the perfectly matched couple was torn apart.

A beautiful video making the internet rounds among animal lovers everywhere shows the moment when the recovered swan returns to his love. 

Continue reading

28 Aug

Whale Washes Up On Beach and People Do the Exact Right Thing

Dodo Circular

(Guest post by Sarah V Schweig from thedodo.com)

A minke whale who washed up on a coastline was slowly drying out, and time was running out to save him.

Good samaritans alerted Project Jonah, an organization in New Zealand that helps whales in need.

  Screen Shot 2015-08-27 at 5.05.18 PM

Continue reading

28 Aug

Rhino Flies Across the World to Save the Last 100 of His Kind

Dodo Circular

(Guest post by Sarah V Schweig from thedodo.com)

A critically endangered rhino in Ohio is preparing for the trip of a lifetime.

Already declared extinct in Malaysia, the Sumatran rhino is one of the rarest animals on Earth — there are only about 100 left.

In an effort to breed the species and prolong the Sumatran rhino's survival, a rhino named Harapan will voyage from Cincinnati, Ohio, to Indonesia to help, the Cincinnati Zoo announced this week. He has been the only rhino of his kind on view to the public anywhere in the world. But because breeding efforts are crucial for the species' survival, the zoo is saying goodbye to Harapan, who was born there in 2007.

Screen Shot 2015-08-28 at 11.10.33 AM

Continue reading

28 Aug

6 Times Cats Forgot How to Meow

Cats can make some pretty hilarious sounds. There's the standard "meow" and aggressive hissing, but cats do much more than that, from chirping to chattering to almost speaking human! All of these vocalizations, while silly, also have various meanings. For example, when a cat chirps, it usually means they are content. Cats also chirp when they see birds or other small animals outside. Other times, there's no explanation and all you can do is laugh. 

Check out these six cats who have their own special ways of communicating!

1. Li'l Bub is known for making adorable little noises. From squeaks to gurgles, this is just another example of what makes Bub special! Good job, Bub!

2. This kitty has a lot to say.

Continue reading

28 Aug

Dog Nanny Helps Stray Kittens Feel Loved and Protected

Dodo Circular

(Guest post by Ben Kerns from thedodo.com)

Ten years after surviving the devastating onslaught of Hurricane Katrina, Boots the dog is alive and well and still helping out hopeful kittens at the Arizona Humane Society (AHS).

Boots, a chow/shepherd mix who was rescued by AHS emergency animal medical technicians a decade ago, has been hard at work paying it forward for dozens of kittens through AHS's kitten nursery. The vivacious little pup was one of nearly 300 animals retrieved in New Orleans and brought back to Arizona for treatment. After making a full recovery, he was adopted by one of the volunteers who helped rescue him. 

We previously reported on Boots's escapades in comforting these little guys and helping them acclimate to their new surroundings while also providing them with an important outlet for socialization. The Dodo is happy to say that on the eve of his anniversary of survival, he's still hard at work being a buddy for his feline friends.

"Boots is amazing!" AHS's public relations manager Bretta Nelson told The Dodo. "He puts on his kitten nanny vest and comes every Wednesday to volunteer in the Arizona Humane Society's kitten nursery."

The kitten nursery was created to fill a critical need in the social development of the kittens who come into the care of the shelter. Studies have shown that there's a brief period in the early weeks of a kitten's life where social interactions can determine how he'll act toward others the rest of his days.

Continue reading

27 Aug

Puppy Left for Dead in Cardboard Box Gets a New Lease on Life

Dodo Circular

(Guest post by Solon Kelleher from thedodo.com)

Rain seeped into the cardboard box where she lay: alone, abandoned and on the brink of death.

When workers arrived at Animal Care Center in New York one dreary April morning in 2014, they found this box on the Manhattan sidewalk with a crying, nameless puppy inside. She was about 8 weeks old and in dire need of immediate medical attention. They called Second Chance Rescue (SCR), an NYC organization that responds to cases of severe abuse and neglect.

"She wasn't moving, but occasionally she'd let out a cute little breath," SCR volunteer Denise Diaz told the Dodo. Diaz borrowed her sister's car in order to race this young puppy to the animal emergency center. "She was in extreme pain and had the worst case of mange I've ever seen," said Diaz, also noting how the stench the dog's dying skin "lingered in my car for weeks. … I could smell it in my mouth and in my stomach."

1
Peach's fight back from the brink

Bumper-to-bumper traffic along the FDR Drive slowed the car down to snail's pace for 40 minutes. Whenever the car came to a stop, Diaz peeked into the cardboard box, hoping to see the puppy still breathing. 

Continue reading

27 Aug

Stolen Pug Can't Contain Her Excitement When Reunited with Owner

Dodo Circular

(Guest post by Caitlin Jill Anders from thedodo.com)

An incredibly wiggly pug was recently reunited with her owner after she was stolen and she just can't contain herself.

Lola went missing from her home after a potential home burglary. She was recovered during another police investigation.

Lola the pug was waiting patiently with police from the Essex Police Department in the U.K., when she heard her human, Kate Witham, call out to her.

Lola whips her head around and instantly goes careening toward Kate. 

Continue reading

27 Aug

Park Visitor Leaves the Most Ridiculous Note About Bears

Dodo Circular

(Guest post by Stephen Messenger from thedodo.com)

For some folks, the great outdoors is apparently only "meh."

One recent visitor to Yellowstone was evidently less than fully satisfied with his stay at the world-famous National Park — all because of one major disappointment. As it turns out, the performance of the park's wildlife fell quite short of expectations, with bears showing particular disregard for his vacation plans. It's like they didn't even try.

In a note to park staff, the guest left a ridiculous suggestion for how the park might improve 

Continue reading

Advertisement
tags
archives
Advertisement

shows

 

video

 

mobile

stay connected

our sites

shop

corporate