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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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Credit: John E. Newby WWF

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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?

26 Mar

Ten Things You Need to Know About Quokkas

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We already know they are super cute, but here are 10 more things you need to know about quokkas.

1. When Dutchman, Willem de Vlamingh, visited the island near Australia they inhabit, he thought Quokkas were large rats, so he named their island, "Rattennest," which later became Rottnest.

2. Quokkas are 16-21 inches in length. 

3. These little guys eat at night, since they're nocturnal. They really like to eat swamp peppermint.

4. Quokkas kick back and chill around watering holes with up to 150 other Quokka buddies.

5. These marsupials don't chew their food. They swallow it immediately and later regurgitate the "cud" and chew that. 

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26 Mar

Wolf and Bear Go Fishing

On the Alaska Peninsula, salmon constitute a significant portion of a wolf’s summer diet. This video, taken at Brooks...

Posted by Katmai National Park & Preserve on Tuesday, March 17, 2015

 

This video posted to Katmai National Park and Reserve's Facebook page is pretty amazing. Most people are aware that grizzly bears in Alaska gather every year to take advantage of the salmon spawning runs. Most don't know that bears aren't the only mammalian carnivores to get in on the action.

The wolf in the video is quite the expert at catching salmon. Just goes to show you how adaptable wildlife needs to be to survive. 

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Photo by Robbin D. Knapp via Flicker Creative Commons.

 Protect wildlife with the National Wildlife Federation.

25 Mar

D.C. Recruiting Border Collies to Scare Away Geese

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Like a scarecrow protecting its crops from crows, that's what Washington D.C. has in store for border collies and its Washington Monument, Lincoln Memorial and Lincoln Memorial reflecting pool.  

The National Park Service is recruiting collies under its goose harassment service, hoping to rid the area of an exceeding amount of goose poop, from our neighboring goose: the Canada goose. 

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The Lincoln Memorial reflecting pool is especially in danger as the defecation "is leading to the degradation of the pool water... in and on [the] walkway near the pool," said the National Park Service in their note to Implement Environmentally Friendly Canada Goose Control.

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25 Mar

Punxsutawney Phil's March Mayhem Bracket Might be Better Than Yours

 

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Photo: Allstate

Chances are, even if you aren't a huge college basketball fan, you still filled out a March Madness bracket. And chances are somewhere down the road one of your "for sure" picks was busted due to a Cinderella upset.

So, what if we told you that famous groundhog Punxsutawney Phil might be better at picking who will make it to the "big dance" than you? Because when Phil filled out his Allstate March Mayhem Challenge bracket, he definitely went for the upsets and correctly picked UAB's win over Iowa State. He's also one of the few 7.7 percent predicting a West Virginia win over Kentucky. Will he be correct?

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