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28 Feb

Should We Watch Weathermen or Animals for Accurate Predictions of Weather?

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"There will be a 90% chance of snow this evening, so gear up for a bad one, people." 

"Thank you, John. Now Rebecca, back to you with sports." 

We've all had that day, or several days, after watching the morning news and bracing for a storm or looking forward to a beautiful day, only to find that the weatherman was wrong. But we always hear stories of animals seeking safety and gearing up for weather changes before anything occurs. So, should we just watch the animals at the zoo? The pets in our home? Or the furry, flighty creatures in our backyards? Does animal instinct predict the weather better than meteorologists can? 

Well, yes and no. 

Animals have the ability to sense things we humans can't: changes in air and water pressure and high and low frequency sound vibrations, main indicators of weather change. 

For example, when a hurricane is brewing, sharks don't know what's happening, but they do know that the hydrostatic (water) pressure is changing, so they seek safety in deeper waters, Jessika Toothman from HowStuffWorks reports.

And elephants can sense earthquakes, or well, they can't sense earthquakes, but they can sense the changes in vibrations beneath their feet triggered from the shock waves produced from its epicenter. These unusual vibrations let them know something is up and they flee to safety. 

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27 Feb

Behind the Scenes: Design Details from Pankiw's Paradise

 Contributed by Celeste Gruenstein of Décor Direct-Sarasota, FL

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The Pankiws, with backgrounds in building and construction, naturally have a love of wood.  So we used Decor Direct's line of natural sustainable tree slabs for their “Insane Pool” build.  Rather than linear pieces, we chose reclaimed felled tree slabs in organic shapes with live edge finishes.  These blend harmoniously with the natural elements of stone, marble and boulders in the pool and bar area construction. With one of our custom thick sustainable slab tables for dining, the Pankiws can enjoy poolside dining in stylish fashion.  

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One of our mission statements at Decor Direct is that every piece has function and artistic qualities, so for a seating area off the Pankiw's bedroom, we showcased a coffee table that is functional art.  This super thick irregularly shaped reclaimed slab coffee table has a fresh vibe with metallic bullet style legs.  We continued the slab theme, with “art” in the form of a 6 foot tall slice of a reclaimed/re-purposed  tree mounted on a pedestal.   The result: a classic Decor Direct organic yet contemporized style for the pool area that builds on the natural elements of the pool area, yet retains an open vista to the wonders of the bay-front setting.

Watch Insane Pools every Friday at 9/8c!

27 Feb

Frank's Creative Audio-Visual Results at Pankiw's Paradise

Contributed by Frank Giuffre

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With limited space in the new outdoor kitchen/bar area, Lucas gave me the challenge of where to place a TV and Terry’s beloved “Dock & Bar” sign. By building a custom enclosure that motorized up to reveal the TV, I was able to locate the TV and bar sign in the same spot. The enclosure also provided protection for the TV in its outdoor environment.

The lack of the typical lush Lucas Lagoons landscaping in this minimalistic design provided problems for speaker locations for me. Satellite speakers were mounted high up near the soffits while the burial subwoofer was installed in the sole landscape bed of the entire project.

27 Feb

Dog Found Frozen to the Ground is OK, but Reminds Us of These Tips to Keep Your Pets Safe in Cold Temps

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Calling all pet owners! It's cold. But we don't need to tell you that. What you should know is that animals think it's cold, too. And sometimes, it's just way too cold for them to be outside.

Little Elsa, a chow-mix from Ecorse, Mich., was found frozen in her backyard on February 17.

Luckily, a neighbor heard her cries and checked on her, otherwise, she'd still be frozen, tangled and bleeding! 

"It took about a half an hour to get her unfrozen from the ground," Patricia Trevino of the River Rouge Animal Shelter told myFOXdetroit. "They had to pour warm water on her. Her two legs were frozen. The side of her face and her side, she was literally laying [sic] frozen to the ground," myFOXdetroit reports.  

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She's being treated for frostbite at Healthy Paws Veterinary Medical Center, but her rescuer Patricia Trevino says that "she may lose a leg or two," myFOXdetroit reports.

Elsa's story is a perfect example of why keeping your dog outside 24/7 is a bad idea in the winter; it's just not safe. 

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27 Feb

Samoyed Alarm Clock, Scientifically Proven as Best Way to Start Your Day (VIDEO)

OK maybe that headline is a little bit of an exaggeration ... but I would argue it a legit possibility and scientific FACT. Watch for yourself: 

Lexi, you are the CUTEST!

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27 Feb

Meet Three Treehouse Masters That Aren’t Pete Nelson

You didn’t think Pete Nelson was the only treehouse designer in America, did you? Pete is only one member of a tight-knit, global community of builders that are redefining the conventional and pushing the boundaries of what society thinks of treehouses.

In tonight’s Treehouse Masters special, Ultimate Treehouses III, we’ll join Pete on a road trip across America to meet three inspiring treehouse builders that have left a lasting impression on him. They are:

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27 Feb

Blue or Gold?! What Color Is This PUPPY?

The internet is ABLAZE about that dress — and so are we about THIS puppy! We've been circulating this puppy photo around our offices and the Animal Planet family is torn apart over the color of this adorable pup. We can't decide — what color do you see?! Keep staring and give it a few ... Post in the Comments section below!

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All jokes aside — dogs can only see two colors: blue-violet and yellow.  They have one-tenth of the concentration of color-capturing cones in their eyes that humans have. So while humans can see a vast array of tones, dogs only see those two colors along with any combinations of the pair. The rest of their world appears in shades of gray.  Read the full report here >>

Recognize this precious golden-blue pup? That's right — she's the lovely Golden, Pearl, a star from Puppy Bowl IX. Check her out in the Starting Lineup >>

Catch highlights of her in action in this PBIX playlist:

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Betty Chu is a Digital Media Executive Producer for AnimalPlanet.com. Follow her on Twitter @beddychew or Facebook.

 

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. - This precious fox may be this man's BFF but don't try this at home with 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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