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25 Jul

Go Off The Grid With Ice Lake Rebels

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Meet Stephan Hervieux and Allyce Rattray, two of the stars from Animal Planet's new series, Ice Lake Rebels! (Photo Credit: David Johnson and Discovery Communications)

Picture living in a world without any laws or government. It’s hard to imagine, but it’s the reality for a group of settlers living in northern Canada in Animal Planet’s new show, Ice Lake Rebels.

In the series, premiering Sunday, July 27 at 10/9c, we’ll follow the community of Great Slave Lake, the picturesque land where the inhabitants are free from taxation and Canadian law. It sounds like paradise, but living in a lawless utopia comes with a price.

“Off the grid to us…is being 100 percent self sufficient off the world’s services,” said Stephan Hervieux, one of the Rebels. “We’re providing our own water, power, and sewage.”

Think they can just go to the grocery store on a whim? Think again.

“We fish whatever we can, we grow whatever we can,” said Allyce Rattray, Stephan’s girlfriend.

Stephan and Allyce’s resilience will be tested in Sunday’s season premiere when an emergency to their houseboat forces them to stop at nothing to keep it from sinking. Over the course of several episodes, we’ll witness the ups and downs Great Slave Lake houseboaters face living on their own terms.

It isn’t an easy way to live, but these rebels wouldn’t have it any other way.

“I thank God every time I cross the water,” Stephan said. “I don’t take my life for granted anymore.”

See what unfolds and tune in for Ice Lake Rebels, premiering Sunday, July 27 at 10/9c, only on Animal Planet!

24 Jul

Finding Bigfoot: Four States, Four Times the Level of Squatch

In Sunday's season finale of Finding Bigfoot, beginning at 8 PM E/P, the team travels to the Four Corners area of the United States to conduct one of the widest investigations to date. Here, Bobo, Cliff, Matt and Ranae split up to cover ground in Arizona, Colorado, Utah and New Mexico and review more evidence and meet with more witnesses than any previous expedition. 

Before they split up, however, the team explores some photographic evidence from two investigators in New Mexico, who found some intriguing footprints along the San Juan River. The team thinks these footprints could be from a juvenile sasquatch, but it will take seeing the casts in person to make a final assessment.

  

After an initial night search as a team, Bobo, Cliff, Matt and Ranae split up and begin their own investigations in separate states. Matt heads out to New Mexico, Ranae to Utah, Bobo to the snowy mountains of Colorado and Cliff to Arizona. 

In Cliff's solo adventure, he investigates casts and photographs collected by two residents in Arizona. The three later conduct a successful night investigation that leads Cliff to believe that Arizona will be the best place for the team to regroup and conduct one final night expedition.

 

Tune in to Finding Bigfoot Sunday at 8 PM for a special two-hour episode where the team’s investigation casts the widest net ever. With four states instead of one, there will be four times the chances for the team to find what they are looking for! Don't miss it!

23 Jul

Alligator Crashes Teens' Camping Trip

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S'mores, spooky stories and a campfire make up a typical, safe, night of camping.

For a group of teens in Texarkana, TX, things became truly spooky when a large guest decided to join the fun. The kids heard something perusing around their tent, but didn't know the size of the visitor until the next day.

The next morning, while swimming in a pond, they were chased out by an eight-foot-long, 300-pound alligator. A wildlife expert said the alligator could have seen the kids as prey, if the gator was indeed following them. 

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This isn't the only time someone has been chased from a nice swim! Watch when Paul and Jimmy, from Gator Boys, had to rescue a gator from someone's pool. 

Make sure to tune in to an ALL NEW season of Gator Boys, August 3rd at 8/7c!

22 Jul

Pete Nelson's 'Be in a Treehouse' is Just the Inspiration You Need

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Photo by David Johnson

You may not realize how much you want your own treehouse until you’ve been exposed to the tons of beautiful pictures and building inspiration in Pete Nelson's new book, Be in a Treehouse. The host of Treehouse Masters has outdone himself as he provides readers with everything they may need to be inspired for their own treehouse build.

You will be taken on a walk down memory lane as Pete recounts the journey that was the creation of Treehouse Point, a Treehouse Bed and Breakfast run by him and his family. While many may consider the treehouse building life a glamorous one, Pete explains the struggles they all went through as they learned the hard way the importance of working with the local building authorities and ensuring everything is up to code. His story proves that good things come to those who stick with it, as Treehouse Point now has seven beautiful treehouses and is host to many weddings, retreats, and special stays all throughout the year.  

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22 Jul

Ed Stafford 'Marooned' in Desolate Enviroments

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On the back of his incredible 860 day feat crossing the jungle for Walking the Amazon, and 60 days spent alone with just a camera on a deserted island for Naked Castaway – Ed Stafford truly is one man marooned.

Marooned, airing TONIGHT at 8/7c, sees Ed strive to prove to himself that he can tackle the challenges of any environment, once again with nothing except his camera – and find everything he needs to not just survive, but thrive in some of the world’s toughest environments.

Shot in the mysterious Gran Sabana mountains of Venezuela, the dangerous Okavango Delta in Botswana and the unforgiving coast of Western Australia - each location presents a unique and deadly test which could kill Ed within hours. Completely exposed, he’s alone with nothing; no food, no water, not even a knife. Ed pits himself against nature and the elements and has 10 days to succeed against the odds – or succumb to everything Mother Nature has to throw at him.

Tune in to the Animal Planet special of Marooned on Tuesday July 22 8/7c!

Learn more about Ed Stafford HERE!

 

21 Jul

Dukey's Last Day on Earth

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You may have heard about Dukey the dog who had an amazing last day on Earth. You may have wanted to avoid it because of the threat of tears. But, it is an amazing photo tribute to an obviously loved dog. The beautiful photos and blog piece were done by Houston photographer and friend of Dukey's owner, Robyn Arouty. She also wrote a follow-up piece about Dukey and his life, titled "Dukey Broke the Internet," which you can read here.We want to thank Robyn for sharing this story and encourage you to look through her touching photos in this gallery, then head over for the full story on Arouty's blog.

18 Jul

National Zoo Welcomes New Red Panda Cubs!

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Photo Credit: Photo Credit: Photo: Janice Sveda/Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute

The National Zoo in Washington, D.C. has welcomed four new litters of red panda cubs! However, you won't be able to see them just yet, as they are living at the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute, or SCBI, in Front Royal, Virginia. This is where the zoo does much of its research concerning animal reproduction. According to The Washington Post, four pairs of red pandas live there, all of which have had babies within the last year. That means 10 babies, more than the zoo has ever had in one year!

The little guy pictured above was born to Regan and Rocco. The cub is currently being hand-reared to increase its chance of survival, as Regan has been known to neglect cubs in the past. However, zookeepers are working hard to keep these cubs alive as well as care for the parents. In about 12 months, the cubs will be full grown and the size of a house cat!

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Photo Credit: Photo Credit: Photo: Janice Sveda/Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute

Out of these panda pairs, one of the fathers is Rusty, the infamous red panda who escaped the zoo and ran the streets of D.C. last summer! Hopefully his babies won't be as mischievous. 

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17 Jul

Finding Bigfoot: Bobo's "Squatchy Backyard" Turns Up Intriguing Evidence

This week on Finding Bigfoot, the team heads to "Bobo's backyard" in Humboldt County, California, to investigate some exciting photographic evidence. Considered the place where the term "Bigfoot" was coined, Humboldt is packed with acres of Redwoods, which would make for a perfect Sasquatch habitat.

The photograph, taken by a man named John Johnson, features a figure partially hidden by brush. Bobo has investigated the picture in the past on his own and is excited to bring the whole team back to the same spot to examine the location one more time. 

 

Matt, Ranae, Cliff and Bobo also have more witness encounters to look into, as well as two nights of investigating in the forests of Humboldt County. Tune in to Finding Bigfoot Sunday at 10 PM to hear compelling witness accounts and to see what happens during the team’s night investigations in some of the Squatchiest woods in America.

16 Jul

Activists Want to Move Arturo, Argentina's Last Polar Bear, Miserable, Depressed and Hot, In Captivity

Arturo is Argentina's last polar bear — his long time companion died in 2012 and Arturo's grown especially lonely and depressed ever since with noticeable changes in behavior indicating the unfortunate shift in his mental health, according to experts. 

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The 29-year-old bear lives in captivity at the Mendoza Zoo outside of Buenos Aires, where temperatures reach 95 degrees and upward — activists have protested the hot, cramped conditions of his confinement where he also has no contact with other bears or pools of water. The deterioration of his mental state and odd behavior include constant pacing which you can see in this video:

Protesters are calling for him to be moved to the Assiniboine Park Conservancy in Winnipeg, Canada. Unfortunately, Canada requires 3 years of health records which the Mendoza Zoo cannot provide.  Additionally, the Argentine zoo officials are against the move, claiming that the bear would not survive the trip.

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What Can You Do to Help?

There's a Change.org petition you can sign — already, close to its goal of 150,000 signatures.

And, you can also contribute to a fundraiser on Reddit which has already raised over $6,000 for Arturo.

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15 Jul

Happy Shark Awareness Day!

Today is Shark Awareness Day! And with Shark Week swimming up quickly, what better way to celebrate everyone's favorite week a little early? Don't know how to celebrate? You could head over to our Shark Cam full of Blacktip sharks on APL!VE!

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You could also read some of these fast shark facts that show just how cool sharks are and why they need to be protected!

  • There are over 400 species of shark around the world, ranging in size from mere inches to over 50 feet!
  • Out of those 400 species, only 20 species of shark are known to attack humans.
  • Sharks can smell one drop of blood in a million drops of water.
  • Sharks have lived in our oceans for over 400 million years.
  • A shark's liver is full of oil, which makes the shark buoyant and better able to keep its balance in the water.
  • You are more likely to be injured by a cat, a dog, your toilet, lightening, or a bucket than be injured by a shark.
  • Humans are sharks' #1 predator, followed by killer whales, crocodiles, and seals.

Other ways to help and learn about sharks:

Need more convincing? Watch this video to learn What's To Love about Great White Sharks!

 

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