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26 Feb

Two Llamas Lead Arizona Authorities on Epic Chase

Apparently, earlier today two llamas were on the run in the Phoenix suburb of Sun City, Ariz., multiple media outlets have reported.

The hilarity of the news led to a livestream of the "llamas on the lam" (thanks Digg!) and a flurry of posts across social media capturing the excitement. It was unclear where the llamas came from. Eventually, both llamas were caught, but not before becoming Internet stars.

Watch as the Turtleman attempts to bring in another runaway llama:

26 Feb

Fox Snuggles Are the Best Snuggles (VIDEO)

It's snowy. It's COLD.  It's winter. And, the only thing that makes it bearable might be warm, cuddly, snuggly moments like these, right? Enjoy!

ADORABLE. (But P.S. - DO NOT try this at home!! Just to be clear - NEVER a good idea to pet wild foxes.)

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26 Feb

Bats Can Be Adorable Too! Just Add Banana (VIDEO)

Some people (*guilty*) may be terrified of these nocturnal hunters -- but here's proof that bats can be quite cute and cuddly:

WHO is craving bananas now? And snuggling with a BAT??

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26 Feb

Pit Bull Who Survived Abuse Wears Cute Doggie Outfits

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A pit bull entered Atlanta's Fulton County Animal Services last summer, covered in skin abrasions, home-cropped ears and a sweet personality.

Diamond, a brown and white pit bull with a huge smile, caught the attention of volunteer Neely Conway.

"When I saw Diamond, I was immediately brought to tears," Conway said in a recent Huffington Post interview. "When I took her outside I couldn't stop crying. This sweet animal had suffered so much, but was approaching dogs and humans with such a loving and gentle demeanor. I knew she needed to be saved."

Conway looked for rescue groups to help find Diamond a foster home; a safe situation she envisioned that would lead to her adoption. But Conway was having trouble finding a home for the abused pit bull, who may have looked scary to some.

Everything changed when Conway wrote a blog post about Diamond and shared it on Reddit.

The post was forwarded to Melinda McGuire, who wasn't in the market for a new dog. Regardless, the photos caught McGuire's heart forever.

"All I can say was something grabbed my heart when I saw Diamond's picture, and even sitting here now looking over at her I still feel it," McGuire told The Huffington Post.

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25 Feb

Conservation of the World's Rarest Cat is Working: Population Doubled!

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The Amur leopard is the world's rarest cat. In fact, there are only 65 to 69 of these guys on Earth. 

Unlike most big cats, these leopards don't live in Africa; they live in Russia, in the temperate, broadleaf and mixed forests of the far east: Russia's Land of the Leopard National Park. A handful are even in China.

That's definitely different than the Savannah. 

But what makes these cats so entirely interesting and diverse is that there are so little of them. As Discovery News reported, in 2007 there were only 30 Amur leopards! Can you say "endangered?" 

That's why the the World Wildlife Fund, Far Eastern Branch of the Russian Academy of Sciences, Amur Leopard Center and Leopard National Park are working so hard to protect the species. Scientists have set up cameras over the leopards' 900,000 acres, said the World Wildlife Fund, in order to watch growth and/or depletion. 

The main goal is to get these cats back in full swing: breeding and surviving. Russia is attempting to extend the leopard habitat into China with the Sino-Russian transboundary nature reserve, so the number of leopards in China will also have a safety net. 

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25 Feb

Life After Death for a Whale

Whale Fall (After Life of a Whale) from Sweet Fern Productions on Vimeo.

 

It's easy to feel sad after a death. It's permanent, after all, right? Maybe not.

Death might be permanent on the individual level, but if you step back and look at things in the big picture, it's not so black and white. The beautiful animated short from Sweet Fern Productions above shows exactly how a dead whale "lives on" by feeding the other species that share its ecosystem.

The food web connects all of us to all of the other life surrounding us. And Earth is teeming with life. When any organism dies, its individuality might go away but its body and its energy simply shift into other life forms, and that's a pretty cool thought. 

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Protect Wildlife with the National Wildlife Federation. 

25 Feb

'Road to Puppy Bowl' Tour to Kick Off Its Second Year

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If you're anything like us here at Animal Planet, the days since Puppy Bowl XI have been absolutely ruff! We all have to wait until 2016 rolls around to see next year's puppy athletes romping around the gridiron, but there's fortunately one great reason for you to keep calm and smile on. Road to Puppy Bowl is on its way! 

For a second year, Animal Planet is bringing the spirit of Puppy Bowl to animal rescue organizations around the country through Road to Puppy Bowl, a series of all-star adoption events meant to help families find their very own MVP (Most Valuable Pet) in a shelter in their community. First stop: the nation's capital, Washington, DC!

 

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On March 1, Animal Planet will kick off the Road to Puppy Bowl tour at the Washington Animal Rescue League, the District of Columbia's oldest animal shelter and home to the adorable and adoptable stars of the APL!VE Kitten and Puppy Cams. Between noon and 4PM EST, Animal Planet will cover fifty percent of the adoption fees for animals adopted during the event. That's not just limited to puppies either. Whether you fall in love with a feline, a canine, a senior companion, or a playful, young tyke, half of the costs will be covered as long as you register for the event. To make things even sweeter, there will also be exciting chances for photo ops, free giveaways, and so much more.

While you're there, share your Road to Puppy Bowl experience with us.  Post your photos to Instagram and tag them with #R2PB. We'll post our favorites at AnimalPlanet.com/PuppyBowl.

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

 

Sign up for the Road to Puppy Bowl at the Washington Animal Rescue League here!


Live video by Animal Planet L!ve 

25 Feb

Massive, 280-Pound Wels Catfish Caught in Italy

Just when you thought we’ve seen all the catfish in the world, this behemoth makes its way out of the water and into the news.

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Fisherman Dino Ferrari poses with the wels catfish he caught in Italy's Po Delta region.

While fishing in Italy’s Po Delta, Dino Ferrari caught a massive wels catfish, weighing in at 280 pounds and measuring 8 feet, 8 inches in length.

It is believed that Ferrari’s catch could break the record for biggest catfish ever caught with a humble rod and line, according to the Daily Mail.

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24 Feb

British Celebrities Implore Chinese President to End Ivory Trade

 

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Over 20,000 elephants are being killed annually in Africa, and the UN puts that figure higher at 32,000 a year. And why is that? 

Ivory.

And it is making people angry.

English broadcaster and naturalist, Sir David Attenborough, along with the help of other broadcasters, conservationists, politicians and celebrities, has written an open letter to the president of China, Xi Jinping, asking him to stop the buying and selling of ivory and offer education to his citizens, The Guardian reports

As the world's biggest market for ivory and one of the world's most influential nations, China's outlawing of trade would be astronomically beneficial on the world stage. Cites, an international trade body, provided research stating that the "country's increasingly affluent middle class is causing demand for ivory to soar," according to the same Guardian article.

"We write to you today on behalf of global citizens to ask for your help in saving the elephants of Africa," the letter begins.

The letter asks for a ban on trade, for the security of African heritage, as the poaching of elephants weakens government and economic development in Africa, and for the saving of a species. 

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24 Feb

Octopus Takes Out Crab On Land (VIDEO)

We’re going to cut to the chase and let the woman recording this video introduce it:

“THERE’S AN OCTOPUS EATING A CRAB!!”

The footage, captured in western Australia by YouTube user Porsche Indrisie, shows a crab walking across rocks, minding its own business, when BOOM! An octopus comes out of nowhere, lands on the crab, and then drags it down into the depths of the unknown.

And with that, we’ll end things with Porsche’s words: “HOLY SH*T!”

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