Bites at Animal Planet

27 Aug

Puppy Left for Dead in Cardboard Box Gets a New Lease on Life

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(Guest post by Solon Kelleher from thedodo.com)

Rain seeped into the cardboard box where she lay: alone, abandoned and on the brink of death.

When workers arrived at Animal Care Center in New York one dreary April morning in 2014, they found this box on the Manhattan sidewalk with a crying, nameless puppy inside. She was about 8 weeks old and in dire need of immediate medical attention. They called Second Chance Rescue (SCR), an NYC organization that responds to cases of severe abuse and neglect.

"She wasn't moving, but occasionally she'd let out a cute little breath," SCR volunteer Denise Diaz told the Dodo. Diaz borrowed her sister's car in order to race this young puppy to the animal emergency center. "She was in extreme pain and had the worst case of mange I've ever seen," said Diaz, also noting how the stench the dog's dying skin "lingered in my car for weeks. … I could smell it in my mouth and in my stomach."

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Peach's fight back from the brink

Bumper-to-bumper traffic along the FDR Drive slowed the car down to snail's pace for 40 minutes. Whenever the car came to a stop, Diaz peeked into the cardboard box, hoping to see the puppy still breathing. 

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27 Aug

Stolen Pug Can't Contain Her Excitement When Reunited with Owner

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(Guest post by Caitlin Jill Anders from thedodo.com)

An incredibly wiggly pug was recently reunited with her owner after she was stolen and she just can't contain herself.

Lola went missing from her home after a potential home burglary. She was recovered during another police investigation.

Lola the pug was waiting patiently with police from the Essex Police Department in the U.K., when she heard her human, Kate Witham, call out to her.

Lola whips her head around and instantly goes careening toward Kate. 

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27 Aug

Park Visitor Leaves the Most Ridiculous Note About Bears

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(Guest post by Stephen Messenger from thedodo.com)

For some folks, the great outdoors is apparently only "meh."

One recent visitor to Yellowstone was evidently less than fully satisfied with his stay at the world-famous National Park — all because of one major disappointment. As it turns out, the performance of the park's wildlife fell quite short of expectations, with bears showing particular disregard for his vacation plans. It's like they didn't even try.

In a note to park staff, the guest left a ridiculous suggestion for how the park might improve 

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27 Aug

Throwback Thursday: Shrek the Sheep Avoids Sheering, Lives in Cave for Six Years

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We'd like to take advantage of Throwback Thursday to talk about and remember Shrek, a renegade sheep who hid in a New Zealand cave for six years and avoided sheering, until he eventually was found in April 2004.

As several media outlets have reported, when Shrek was eventually sheered, he produced enough wool to create 20 large men's suits - approximately 60 pounds! The event was televised and eventually his wool was auctioned off, with proceeds donated to children's medical charities, The Dodo reported.

While most sheep only live to about six years of age, Shrek lived until the age of 17, when he was euthanized after illness in 2011. We'd say he had a pretty good life!

Perhaps Shrek met a canine friend during his time in the wild like the one in the video below?

27 Aug

Cat Knows Precisely How to be a Pig's Perfect Cuddle Buddy

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(Guest post by Stephen Messenger from thedodo.com)

For some, snuggling is merely a pleasant way to pass the time — for others, it's a passion. 

Here's a sweet kitty who clearly falls into that latter camp. Scoffing at any undue prejudices some may have toward pigs, this skillfully affectionate feline couldn't possibly be a better cuddle buddy to his curly-tailed friend. As the dozing swine snores away, the cat sticks close by to keep the pig feeling cozy and safe, gently stroking his sleepy face with an ever-loving paw.

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27 Aug

You Haven't Seen Anything Until You've Seen Rosie the Cat on a Leash

This video starts off completely normal, with two Huskies just walking along on leashes

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But wait! Who is this little gal walking behind them?

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27 Aug

It’s Alive! Half Praying Mantis, Half Wasp Is Both Creepy and Cute

 

You might be asking yourself, "how can this possibly be real?" and you are not alone. The creature in the video above certainly looks like some bizarre mutation or unnatural hybrid, but the truth is that it's a totally normal and natural insect known as the mantidfly.

Mantidflies look like mantises, and this particular species has coloration that mimics a wasp, but in reality it's neither a mantis or a wasp, but belongs to a different order of insects called Neuroptera and is related to lacewings, antlions and dobsonflies.

They are carnivorous and feed on other insects, but luckily their coloration is just a ruse and they don't sting or even bite (people, at least).

So if you see one, sit back and enjoy the wonders of that the natural world produces.

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 Protect wildlife with the National Wildlife Federation.

 

27 Aug

You Too Can Make Yourself Look Like a Siberian Husky

We have to applaud Ilana, a YouTuber who shares makeup and special effects tutorials on her channel, for this stunning tutorial on how to do makeup to look like a Siberian Husky. If you're a committed animal lover, this would be a great look for Halloween!

Look at how much detail goes into making the eyes look just right:

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27 Aug

Two-Legged Dog Gets Around Just Like a Kangaroo

Nimby is a 10-month-old Jack Russell terrier mix who is missing his two front legs, but in no way is he missing his spirit and zest for life.

The Fuzzy Pet Foundation 

Nimby was recently given up by his family because, as they told the shelter, they couldn't handle him being different. The Fuzzy Pet Foundation, the rescue organization that took Nimby in, told The Dodo in a press release that Nimby was likely born this way, and has therefore had plenty of time to adapt to his two-legged way of life. Instead of moving around like a typical dog, Nimby channels another animal — a kangaroo.

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27 Aug

Cat Doors? Where This Cat is Going, it Doesn't Need Cat Doors (VIDEO)

For further proof that cats really just do what they want, check out this video from Philo Cat. Philo's human spent over an hour installing a brand-new cat door to make it easier for Philo to go in and out. Turns out that Philo is quite handy on his own and probably doesn't need the cat door, thankyouverymuch.

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