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26 Nov

Why did the Turkeys Cross the Road?

Why did the turkeys cross the road?  For the same reason that the chicken did, to get to the other side!

Wild turkeys are only found in North America and were once almost totally wiped out by unregulated hunting and habitat destruction. Today, thanks to the efforts of conservationists and the sportsman community, wild turkeys have made a resounding comeback. They have become so common in some areas that they hang out in people's backyards...and even cross the road in huge flocks!

Hope everyone has a happy and safe Thanksgiving! 

 

 

 

25 Nov

First Footage of a Monster from the Deep

What's believed to be first ever footage of a live, female anglerfish swimming at extreme depths has been recorded by researchers with the Monterey Bay Research Institute.  

AnglerfishThis species of anglersfish is known as the black seadevil. These terrifying-looking fish live in the deep ocean where no light reaches. The females have an appendage on their head with a bioluminescent tip. The glowing tip lures in potential prey just like lure on the end of a fishing pole, hence the name "anglerfish."

No one knows why so many creatures from the deep look like horror movie monsters. Perhaps our image of monsters is influenced by the human species' deep instinctual fear of the dark, cold depths of the ocean where we could never survive. Luckily, anglerfish are harmless to people. 

Regardless of human impressions of them, anglerfish are a fascintating species, as this video proves.

Protect wildlife with the National Wildlife Federation.  

25 Nov

Six Reasons Why Animal Planet is Thankful

There are a lot of reasons why Animal Planet is thankful this year, but here are six reasons that stood out!

  1. YOU ALL WENT #IVORYFREE TO END ELEPHANT POACHING >> http://bit.ly/IvoryFree

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  2. WE DIDN'T GET ATTACKED BY LAMPREYS >> http://bit.ly/BloodLake

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  3. UBER BROUGHT US KITTENS FOR NATIONAL KITTEN DAY >> http://bit.ly/KittensonDemand

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  4. WE DIDN'T GET INFECTED DURING THE #ZOMBIE CAM OUTBREAK >> http://bit.ly/ZombieCamAPL

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  5. PIT BULLS & PAROLEES TOOK THE ALS CHALLENGE >> http://bit.ly/PBPALS

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  6. HOPE FOUND A WAY >> http://bit.ly/Hope4Hope

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                 Photo Credit: Steve LaChapelle

25 Nov

Reindeer Get Ready for Take-Off on APL!VE's Holiday Live Stream

Reindeer Cam Returns for 2nd Year on APLVE

With a jingle, a jangle, and the clippity-clop of hooves, Animal Planet is off to a fantastic start of the holiday season thanks to the return of our favorite winter spectacle: Reindeer Cam!

While Santa Claus and his elves are busy putting the final touches on this year's toy shipment at the North Pole, members of his reindeer crew are getting into tip-top, flying shape at the Como Park Zoo & Conservatory in Saint Paul, Minnesota. You're invited to watch all of their pre-flight preparations on Animal Planet L!VE, the web's top destination for some of the very best live animal cameras around.

Get into the holiday spirit with festive tunes, a rustic Christmas countdown, and the whimsical reindeer themselves who are more than happy to have viewers peek in on their reindeer games. If you've been good this year, you might get the chance to see Mr. Claus, too! He's expected to visit his loyal flight team on December 19, 22, and 23 before embarking on his sleigh ride through the night's skies.

With easy 24/7 access on www.apl.tv, Roku, Xbox, Samsung, and Amazon Fire TV, Reindeer Cam is one experience you'll want to share with friends and family at your next holiday party. Happy Holidays!

 


Broadcast live streaming video on Ustream 

25 Nov

Be Thankful for These Tiny Hamsters, Having a Tiny Thanksgiving

Thank you, tiny hamster trainer people for giving us a little more to be thankful for this Thanksgiving season. You know, like this tiny hamster Thanksgiving celebration:

Happy Thanksgiving from your friends at Animal Planet! May your dinner table and mouths be as full and bountiful as these little guys'!

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Photo: YouTube image

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24 Nov

Stray Dog Treks 430-Mile Adventure Race, Makes New Human Friends for Life

When a team of four endurance athletes from Sweden set off on the most grueling journey of their lives, they didn't expect to pick up a fifth — FURRY — teammate along the way.

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Photo: Krister Göransson / Peak Performance | Peak Perfomance on Facebook

The Swedish team embarked on a 430-mile trek to compete in the Adventure Racing World Championship in Ecuador.  As they began the rainforest portion of the race, team member Mikael Lindnord noticed a hungry, stray dog and gave him a meatball ... And, it was LOVE at first bite.

The dog who they soon dubbed "Arthur" continued to follow them the rest of the epic journey, which usually takes a team of four, about 10 days. The rigorous race includes biking, hiking, trekking and kayaking — Arthur kept up every step of the way! 

By the end of the race, they certainly couldn't leave their new friend behind — he's headed back to Sweden to his new forever home with Lindnord. Awwww.  *TEAR*

You can get even more details on the story from our friends at The Dodo >>

Congratulations, Arthur and Team Sweden!

See More Race Photos with Team Sweden & Arthur >>

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22 Nov

Dolphin Laughs at Cartwheeling Girl

There's no way that there's not some form of interspecies communication going on in this video. A member of FunDipped Productions, an Orlando based circus theatre company, decided to do bit of a routine in front of the viewing window of a dolphin enclosure. She definitely got the dolphins' attention.

What do you think, is the dolphin in the video experiencing joy at her acrobatics?

 

 

 

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An acrobat performs for a dolphin.

Protect wildlife with the National Wildlife Federation. 

21 Nov

Over 22,000 Species Are Now Facing Extinction, Conservationists Say

Over 22,000 plants and animals are facing extinction — 33 species have been declared extinct just in the past year. Read the full report from The Dodo and find out which surprising animals are topping the list.

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Photo: Danilo Cedrone/FAO vis The Dodo

 

By Melissa Cronin

Conservationists named 22,413 out of 76,199 species of plants and animals surveyed as at risk for extinction, according to the annual update to the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Red List, released this week. In the past year alone, 33 species have been declared extinct. The update points to pressures from activities like fishing, logging, mining and agriculture as the main drivers for species loss.

Continue to the Full Report at The Dodo >>

 

 

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20 Nov

Watch a Lion "Sleep Roar"

You've heard of sleep walking, but what about sleep roaring?

If you have a pet dog, you know that canines dream. You've probably seen your dog flipping his or her paws, breathing heavily and maybe even barking--all while sound asleep.

This video is the cat version of that:

The lion's name is Hercules and he lives in Colorado at a facility called Wild Animal Sanctuary which specializes in rescuing large carnivores. Large carnivores such as big cats, bears and wolves face euthanization more than any other group of captive wild animal due to the high cost of feeding them and the extreme danger associated with caring for them.  

(Sidenote: please don't try to get a big cat, bear, wolf--or any other kind of wild animal--as a pet. It's not cool and usually end badly for the animal. Getting to live in a wildlife sactuary like Hercules did is the rare exception.)

They had this to say about the video:

"...he sometimes dreams of roaring while he is sleeping. Much like dogs do (where they dream of barking or running in their sleep), lions also have vivid dreams, and Hercules is having one heck of a wild dream!"

What do you think lions dream about?

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Protect wildlife with the National Wildlife Federation. 

18 Nov

Be Ivory Free. Saving Africa's Giants with Yao Ming Premieres Tonight at 10/9c

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Can one person change the habits and mindset of an entire country? For most people, the answer is no. But when that one person in question is basketball superstar Yao Ming, then it’s time to believe in the impossible.

Yao Ming is teaming up with WildAid and using his celebrity to stop ivory demand in China, the world’s biggest ivory consumer. In Saving Africa’s Giants with Yao Ming, airing tonight at 10/9c, Yao ventures to Kenya to learn more about elephants, rhinos and how the ivory trade affects not only the wildlife, but also mankind.

Yao’s image has already made an impact in a country with over one billion people. His work with WildAid to end the shark fin market in China resulted in a 50 percent to 70 percent decrease in shark fin consumption, which leads us to believe history can repeat itself this time around.

Still, it’s important to lend our voices to the cause. There’s a lot we can do individually to help fuel change, and one way to start is to recognize the demand for ivory and rhino horn will do more harm than good. More than 33,000 African elephants are killed every year for their ivory, and if the trend continues, the species may go extinct by 2020. Three species of rhinos are classified as critically endangered, including the Northern white rhino.

Knowing that, will you join us in being Ivory Free? Sign WildAid’s Ivory Free pledge, and see what other ways you can incite change.

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