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1 Apr

Tokyo's Pet Rental Service Lets You Pay to Play with Dogs

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Dog Heart, the Japanese doggie daycare rental center, gives pet lovers the chance to "rent" pets. 

Full of beagles, toy poodles and one golden retriever (as of now), guests can come in and pay $8 to hang out with them. People can even take the pups for hour walks in the nearby Yoyogi Park starting at around $30, and going up from there for longer walks.

Since Tokyo is crowded and apartment space is limited, it can be hard for most Tokyoites to own pets. Owner Yukiko Tsuchiya, 50, says the Japanese capital needs her shop. 

"In the suburbs, it is easier to get in contact with dogs, but in Tokyo, there is a demand for a places like this... People bring their kids here, couples come for dates, men and women come on their own... and elderly people as well, because they feel too old to have a pet at home," Tsuchiya said.

Before renting dogs for walks you have to sign a waiver and then you're given appropriate supplies: water and poop bags. You can then begin the day with your new pup in Yoyogi Park! 

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1 Apr

Lamb Born in Russia With Human Face

 

 

Mother Nature Network posted a blog about a lamb born in Russia with a human face, and I have to admit that I first thought it was an April Fools' Day joke. But after watching the video above, it seems legit.

MNN reports:

Lamb deformed"The lamb does look disturbingly like a cranky grandpa. Its eyes and mouth are eerily human, with a large nose that gives it a cartoonish angry expression. The cause of the animal's deformities are not due to an aberrant farmer getting a little too cozy with one of his ewes, as some jokesters may suggest. Rather, they are likely the cause of a Vitamin A overdose, at least according to local veterinarian Dorofei Gavrilov, who is also from the village of Chirka in southwestern Russia where the lamb was born."

Often, animals born with deformities don't survive, but in this case, the little lamb doesn't seem to be negatively affected by its unique face and with human care, should have a normal life.

Read more about this bizarre lamb and its fate here.

 

Here's another example of a animal with a bizarre-looking deformity.

 

 

30 Mar

'100 Miles From Nowhere' Captured in 10 Photos

100 Miles From Nowhere follows adventurer Matt Galland and his two best buddies, Danny Bryson and Blake Josephson. In each episode, the trio of fun-loving regular guys chooses remote, extreme locations throughout the globe where cameras - let alone people - rarely have gone. Matt, Danny and Blake's mission is straightforward: to get off life's usual humdrum path for a more exciting, daring and off-the-beaten one. In just three or four days, the guys trek approximately 100 miles and burn up to 10,000 calories on foot, raft, skis and even skateboard while they document and shoot their own escapades with absolutely no crew. What is it like?

10 Photos That Capture '100 Miles From Nowhere'

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Take a Sneak Peek into '100 Miles From Nowhere'

30 Mar

Pit Bull Comforts Frightened Deer (VIDEO)

Anyone that sees pit bulls as menaces to society hasn’t met Gotti the Pit Bull.

Don’t let the name fool you—Gotti has a sweet side that came out when a deer became stuck in his family’s garden fence in Greenville, NY. According to the YouTube user that uploaded the video, Gotti stayed by the deer’s side, licking its face and comforting the frightened creature, until animal rescue officials arrived.

Watch and let your heart turn to mush:

See what sweet and loving dogs pit bulls really are and watch heartwarming moments from Pit Bulls and Parolees, only on AnimalPlanet.com.

28 Mar

Monkey Meeting Puppies Will Melt Your Heart

 

This short video of a monkey meeting some newborn puppies will melt your heart. The poster didn't give any background information on the situation on YouTube, but clearly the monkey is enamored of the little balls of canine cuteness. The best part is how the monkey's tiny little hands gently scratch the puppy. SO. CUTE.

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 H/T to Gawker.

27 Mar

'Earth Hour 2015': Tomorrow's World Happy Hour to Fight Climate Change

This Saturday, March 28, at 8:30pm will mark Earth Hour – when millions of people turn off their lights demonstrating a commitment to save the planet. In the designated hour, humans will join many other species across the planet who prefer the dark: nocturnal animals.

The World Wildlife Fund's Earth Hour 2015 wants to bring attention to the climate change crisis, that's shrinking habitats and declining food and freshwater sources, and posing a threat to humans and animals alike. 

"It’s up to all of us to do everything we can to tackle this grave threat. Turning off the lights for Earth Hour symbolizes the need to better protect our planet and help save these nocturnal, and all, species from extinction," the WWF said in a statement. 

And if you're confused on how to tackle it, well, have no fear! With WWF's bright ideas on how to take part, you can make Earth Hour fun while joining the world in a collective signal to world leaders to fight climate change. 

Taking part in Earth Hour is easy, says the World Wildlife Fund. 

All you have to do is turn off all non-essential lights at 8:30 pm your local time. You can even let WWF know you are taking part, by signing up on their website!

After lights are off, celebrate your commitment to the planet with your friends, family, community or coworkers. You could have a candlelight dinner party with friends or practice your yoga skills by moonlight. Find more ideas of what you can do in the dark.

"Earth Hour 2015 is on its way to becoming the largest display for climate change action ever. With your help, we can get everyone to join us," said WWF. So join the hundreds of other cities, landmarks, organizations and universities  participating this year! 

Let's noc-turn-al the lights off! 

And take a look at these 8 species that love the dark, provided by the World Wildlife Fund:   

Pangolins – These scaly-skinned animals are one of the most trafficked mammals in the world due to demand for its scales and meat. They are predominantly solitary, nocturnal animals, and are easily recognized by their full armor of scales. WWF works to stop illegal wildlife trade to help save the pangolin. 

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26 Mar

Animal Planet to Air Special Show Us Your Pits Episode of Pit Bulls and Parolees

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Are you in Pit Bulls and Parolees withdrawal yet? Another amazing season has come to a close and we’re already waiting for the next!

Over the past six years, we’ve followed Villalobos Rescue Center and their hundreds of dogs across California, to the Lower Ninth Ward of New Orleans, where Tia and her crew have withstood hurricanes, wild fires, and the obstacles that come with running the world’s largest pit bull rescue. The fans have been there every step of the way, as we’ve witnessed the highs and lows that come with changing society’s perception of the world’s most misunderstood dog breed.

As a thank you from us, Animal Planet will air a special Show Us Your Pits episode of Pit Bulls and Parolees, featuring the #ShowUsYourPits pit bull photographs from YOU that we haven’t aired yet. Tune in Saturday at 10/9c for the special presentation that was made with the fans and their beloved dogs in mind. Your dog may even make a cameo appearance!

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26 Mar

'Road to Puppy Bowl' Scores Double with Events in Atlanta and Miami This Weekend

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Earlier this month, Animal Planet kicked off its second annual Road to the Puppy Bowl tour with three successful stops in Washington, D.C., Baltimore, MD, and Austin, TX. Continuing with the ongoing mission to promote animal adoption and responsible pet ownership, Animal Planet and several animal rescue organizations have teamed up to host a series of all-star adoption events and help families find their very own MVP (Most Valuable Pet) in cities throughout the United States.

This Saturday, Road to Puppy Bowl will head to the southeast for two simultaneous events in Atlanta and Miami. One event will be hosted in Florida at the Miami-Dade County Animal Services from 10AM to 4PM EST. The second will take place from 11AM to 4PM at the Atlanta Humane Society in Georgia. Join us in either location for an exciting day filled with giveaways, photo ops, and overly adorable animals. We'll post our favorite fan snapshots from the day at www.AnimalPlanet.com/PuppyBowl, and you can share your own using #R2PB on Instagram.

As an added bonus, any individuals or families wishing to adopt a pet during these events will be able to do so free of charge. That's right! Animal Planet will cover 100 percent of the adoption fees, making it that much easier for you to take your new furry friend off to their fur-ever home!

Get more details and sign up for Road to Puppy Bowl: Atlanta and Miami now!

Can't make it? Stay tuned as we announce more Road to Puppy Bowl dates. There may be an event coming soon to a city near you. 

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26 Mar

CUTE ALERT! Baby Leopard Sleepytime at Tampa Zoo (VIDEO)

Ready for some late afternoon, heart-melty awwws? Here you go:

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26 Mar

Get Your Morning Stretch On With Bikke The Chip! (VIDEO)

Rise and shine, everyone! It’s the morning in Japan, and Bikke the Chip is awake and ready to take on the day!

We can’t help but look at this sweet chipmunk and feel warm and fuzzy inside. Maybe we should lay off the snooze button and stretch a little more. What do you guys think?

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