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16 Sep

Loch Ness Monster Flees to England Ahead of Scotland's Independence Vote?

Is ol' Nessie making her own political statement by fleeing to England? Or, could this be a distant English cousin, "Bownessie"? ... Orrrr, just another HOAX?

Just days away from a historic vote to determine Scotland's future as part of the United Kingdom, photos of a lake monster spotted in England have been circulating the interwebs.  The photo was captured at the Lake District in Windermere, where sightings have been reported since 2006.  If it is Nessie, well, she's a good 300 or so miles away from her Scottish home. 

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Photo Credit: REX USA/Autographer/Rex

Twenty-four-year-old photographer Ellie Williams had set up her camera to snap a few pics on timer of the lovely changing foliage.  Upon reviewing her images, she noticed her serendipitous capture:

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Photo Credit: REX USA/Autographer/Rex

What do you think? Hoax or REAL?  Post your theory in the Comments section below.

 

In the meantime, watch what Jeremy Wade's investigation into the Loch Ness monster uncovered:

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16 Sep

Moving Funeral Service Held for Oklahoma City K-9 Officer Killed on Duty

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Oklahoma City police officer Sgt. Ryan Stark, center, leans over the casket of his canine partner, K-9 Kye, following funeral services for the dog in Oklahoma City, Thursday, Aug. 28, 2014. K-9 Kye, a three year old Belgian German Shepard, died Aug. 25 after being stabbed by a burglary suspect on Aug. 24. Sgt. Stark tried to separate the dog and the suspect before fatally shooting the suspect. Credit: AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki

In a moving tribute to the bond created between police offices and their canine counterparts, funeral services were held for 3-year-old Kye, an Oklahoma City K-9 officer, after he was killed apprehending a suspect Aug. 24.

The Oklahoma City Police Department held a full funeral service, with honors, for the Belgian German Shepherd where more than 1,000 people showed up along with dozens of service dogs, according to BuzzFeed.

On Aug. 24, police were in pursuit of a suspect in a high-speed car chase. When the suspect crashed the car into a ditch, Kye chased after him with his partner, Sgt. Ryan Stark, not far behind. When Stark caught up to them, he found the suspect repeatedly stabbing the dog with a knife, according to Today.com. He died the next day.

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15 Sep

Giant Manta Ray Seeks Help from Nearby Divers

C59afTwo divers went on the dive of a lifetime and were able to help a manta ray after the creature swam up to them in Costa Rican waters.

Brazilian Thomaz Monteiro and Canadian Brian Thompson saw the animal in the distance and watched as it swam closer. It was then that they saw that the female manta ray was tangled in rope from a fishing line, The Dodo reported. Thompson was able to remove the line, which left a small wound in her side, according to Ninemsn. Once they managed to free her, the manta ray swam around the divers for about 30 minutes before heading to deeper waters.

Watch the amazing video:

Want to learn more about manta rays? Watch this video!

15 Sep

Pull Out Your Tissues: Abandoned Pit Bull Gets Touching Rescue

PitbullrescueWe're used to seeing touching pit bull stories on Pit Bulls and Parolees quite often. But that doesn't mean we don't find ourself in need of a tissue or two after watching each one.

This rescue, captured by animal rescue organization Hope for Paws, got us a little choked up at our desks. According to Viral Nova, this pit bull's previous bad experiences with humans made her a bit hesistant to be rescued. They were able to finally bring her into safety with a trail of hamburgers leading to a cage. Once the pit bull, who has been named Bunny, was brought into the safety of the rescue sheleter, it was clear all she wanted was a bit of love.

Watch the whole video to see the touching moments:

Ready for even more touching pit bull rescues? An all-new season of Pit Bulls & Parolees returns Oct. 4 at 10PM E/P!

13 Sep

Overweight Cat Gets New Lease on Life

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Meet King Leo. He's a Maine Coon weighing in at a whopping 23 pounds. He was, sadly, left by the side of a road in Nashville, Tennessee, where he was, luckily, discovered by some caring individuals who took him to Metro Animal Care and Control. He was later brought to Cat Shoppe Rescue, where he recieved care. Poor King Leo had about two pounds of matted, heavy fur removed. He's since been adopted by veterinary technician LaTisha Lampley, who, along with her family, has been monitoring his caloric intake and monitoring water treadmill sessions, which are helping him build strength and lose weight.

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12 Sep

Sitting Ducks, Surprise Tractors and More on Beaver Brothers

Beaver-bros-2Tune in this Sunday at 9:30PM E/P as the Beaver Brothers solve a variety of issues around Nova Scotia - and celebrate Charlie's 65th birthday.

In this week's 30-minute episode, Eddie and Mike try to surprise Charlie with a new birthday tractor, but it seems he was hoping for something bigger. With Mike trying to make sure Charlie's other birthday surprise goes on without a hitch, Charlie and Eddie work on solving a case of a hawk hungry for a rare breed of Black Indian Runner ducks - which must be solved without harming the bird.

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Will the brothers be able to solve the issue? Will Eddie and Mike be able to surprise Charlie? Tune in on Sunday to find out!

 

12 Sep

Too Cute: Giant Men Meeting Kittens for the First Time

C0n7o There are a lot of cat lovers at Animal Planet, so we all know how wonderful feline friends are despite the stereotype that follows them. But we couldn't contain our laughter when we saw this video of (giant) men meeting tiny kittens for the first time. I mean, how can you not love a kitten?

Watch for yourself:

Want even more cute? Tune in Saturday at 8PM E/P for an all-new episode of Too Cute: Pint Sized!

11 Sep

Bulldog Puppy, Late to the Party, Takes on #IceBucketChallenge

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Welp ... minus the bucket and water part. But this adorable clip is TOO CUTE to pass up!

Watch this precious little bulldog challenge one frigid adversary — brrrr! We'd much rather watch moments of cuteness like so, than dump a bucket of ice water over our heads.

We can't get enough cute bulldog clips here at Animal Planet HQ — here are a few awww-inspiring videos of the fun, silly and determined breed:

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9 Sep

Copperhead Gives Birth

Crocodiles, lizards, turtles and snakes are reptiles, and generally speaking, most reptiles lay eggs--but not all of them. Some snakes give birth to fully formed live young, just like mammals. Copperheads are one of them, and this time of year is birthing season for these beautifully camouflaged snakes.

At National Wildlife Federation, copperheads are causing quite a buzz. Our headquarters landscape is a Certified Wildlife Habitat, which means it is filled with native plants that provide food, cover and places to raise young for all sorts of wildlife. Several ponds offer a water source. The landscape is filled with songbirds, butterflies, frogs--and yes, snakes.

A few of my colleagues spotted a copperhead on their walk into the office earlier this week and sent an email out alerting others to the presence of the snake so folks could avoid the area. It was a great wildlife sighting and they snapped this picture of the gorgeous animal:

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Photo by Greg Hudson.

But that's not all that was going on. The snake was a female and she was there giving birth! The next day, several small snake skins were found in the exact location. Shortly after coming into the world, the tiny newborn snakes shed their skin and let us know that mom had given birth to her babies.

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9 Sep

Mongoose Fends Off Four Lions

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Everyone is a fan of the underdog story. For example, the 1980 men's USA Olympic hockey team, otherwise known as "The Miracle on Ice," is one of the greatest underdog stories and perhaps considered one of the most well-known. But this mongoose taking on four lions - and coming out victorious - is a strong contender for that top spot. 

Lions are supposed to be the kings of the jungle, but apparently no one told this mongoose. 

 

Have you seen Mongoose pups? They're Too Cute! 

Watch Too Cute Saturdays at 8/7c!

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