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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. - DO NOT try this at home!! Just to be clear - NEVER a good idea to pet 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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26 Feb

Pit Bull Who Survived Abuse Wears Cute Doggie Outfits

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A pit bull entered Atlanta's Fulton County Animal Services last summer, covered in skin abrasions, home-cropped ears and a sweet personality.

Diamond, a brown and white pit bull with a huge smile, caught the attention of volunteer Neely Conway.

"When I saw Diamond, I was immediately brought to tears," Conway said in a recent Huffington Post interview. "When I took her outside I couldn't stop crying. This sweet animal had suffered so much, but was approaching dogs and humans with such a loving and gentle demeanor. I knew she needed to be saved."

Conway looked for rescue groups to help find Diamond a foster home; a safe situation she envisioned that would lead to her adoption. But Conway was having trouble finding a home for the abused pit bull, who may have looked scary to some.

Everything changed when Conway wrote a blog post about Diamond and shared it on Reddit.

The post was forwarded to Melinda McGuire, who wasn't in the market for a new dog. Regardless, the photos caught McGuire's heart forever.

"All I can say was something grabbed my heart when I saw Diamond's picture, and even sitting here now looking over at her I still feel it," McGuire told The Huffington Post.

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25 Feb

Conservation of the World's Rarest Cat is Working: Population Doubled!

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The Amur leopard is the world's rarest cat. In fact, there are only 65 to 69 of these guys on Earth. 

Unlike most big cats, these leopards don't live in Africa; they live in Russia, in the temperate, broadleaf and mixed forests of the far east: Russia's Land of the Leopard National Park. A handful are even in China.

That's definitely different than the Savannah. 

But what makes these cats so entirely interesting and diverse is that there are so little of them. As Discovery News reported, in 2007 there were only 30 Amur leopards! Can you say "endangered?" 

That's why the the World Wildlife Fund, Far Eastern Branch of the Russian Academy of Sciences, Amur Leopard Center and Leopard National Park are working so hard to protect the species. Scientists have set up cameras over the leopards' 900,000 acres, said the World Wildlife Fund, in order to watch growth and/or depletion. 

The main goal is to get these cats back in full swing: breeding and surviving. Russia is attempting to extend the leopard habitat into China with the Sino-Russian transboundary nature reserve, so the number of leopards in China will also have a safety net. 

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25 Feb

Life After Death for a Whale

Whale Fall (After Life of a Whale) from Sweet Fern Productions on Vimeo.

 

It's easy to feel sad after a death. It's permanent, after all, right? Maybe not.

Death might be permanent on the individual level, but if you step back and look at things in the big picture, it's not so black and white. The beautiful animated short from Sweet Fern Productions above shows exactly how a dead whale "lives on" by feeding the other species that share its ecosystem.

The food web connects all of us to all of the other life surrounding us. And Earth is teeming with life. When any organism dies, its individuality might go away but its body and its energy simply shift into other life forms, and that's a pretty cool thought. 

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Protect Wildlife with the National Wildlife Federation. 

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