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17 Apr

Behind the Scenes: The Baines Family Wins the Ultimate Treehouse

 Contributed by Tory Jones

Get an in-depth look at how the beautiful designs inside these treehouse masterpieces come together with Treehouse Masters' own Tory Jones. Find out more about the Ultimate Treehouse Giveaway Winner inside this blog post!

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This past winter in Jim Thorpe, Pa., Treehouse Masters gave a family a big surprise. The Baines family was the winner of the Delta Faucet Ultimate Treehouse Sweepstakes.

James Baines entered the contest with the hope of gifting his mother, Carrie, the treehouse she’s always wanted. Carrie raised James and his sister Sarah as a single mom before James played matchmaker and connected her with local resident Bill Baines. Now the family, along with Bill’s two daughters (Ashley and Chelsea), has been one big blended family for the last nine years.

The Baines family home is set on a creek side property in Jim Thorpe, Pa. The family is quite active and enjoys camping and fishing and all the other outdoor activities that the area offers, and they even host the “Baines Bash” every summer when extended family and friends come and camp in the backyard.

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A large build with a living room, loft bedroom and bathroom, the treehouse has decks for entertaining and an outdoor shower off the back deck.  Delta Faucet was very generous and even supplied the fixtures and the groovy shower in a tree was the Carlisle Monitor 17 Series Tub and Shower with H20kinetic technology

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17 Apr

Bull Shark Makes Unexpected Visit in a Florida Backyard (VIDEO)

If you look in your backyard, chances are you'll see some birds, perhaps some squirrels - depending on what region you live in. But here's one thing we didn't think would show up in a backyard - and likely these residents in Bonita Springs, Fla., didn't either.

According to the Irish Examiner, bull sharks have been showing up in canals right in the backyard of several residents. According to NBC-2, the sharks keep returning to the water because people are throwing leftover bait in the water.

Check out Jeremy reeling in a bull shark in a freshwater river:

Tune in for a brand-new episode of River Monsters this Sunday at 9/8c!

16 Apr

29-Foot Whale Shark Washes Ashore in Ecuador (VIDEO)

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Dozens of volunteers did everything they could to put the whale shark back into the ocean.

Fishermen in Santa Marianita, Ecuador were in for a shock when they saw a 29-foot whale shark washed up on the beach Monday morning.

Officials and dozens of volunteers spent hours doing everything they could to move the whale shark back into the deeper waters, according to NBC News. Despite their valiant efforts—which included two police boats and a tractor—the whale shark died.

Take a look at how it all unfolded:


16 Apr

You Can Help Protect Monkeys and Their Natural Habitats

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If you head to the theaters April 17, and purchase a ticket for Disneynature's Monkey Kingdom, you'll be getting more than just an incredible viewing experience. You'll also be helping protect monkeys and their natural habitats.

The film, narrated by Tina Fey, follows blonde-bobbed monkey Maya and her family in their home among ancient ruins in the jungles of South Asia. If you purchase a ticket during opening week (April 17-23), Disneynature will make a donation in your honor to Conservation International. According to CI's website, "The funds will support CI programs in Indonesia, Cambodia and Sri Lanka that protect monkeys and other endangered species, restore their forest habitats and support local communities."

So, not only will you see a heartwarming tale about a monkey doing her best to provide for her family, you'll have done your part to save animals in the wild.

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Learn more about the movie here.

For more heartwarming monkeys, check out the video below:

15 Apr

What's Life Going to be like for Katie the Giraffe's New Baby Girl? 10 Facts About Her First Years

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After Katie gave birth this weekend to her beautiful baby girl, we thought, you're probably wondering what it's like to be a baby giraffe, huh? 

Well, here are 11 baby giraffe facts that will make you say "oh!" as many times as you'll say "aww." 

1.) You know when your friends joke around and say "Were you dropped on your head as a baby?" Well, baby giraffes actually are! From six feet above the ground from their mom's belly, babies just fall out. Talk about a rough first day!

2.) When baby giraffe's are born, their horns are stuck to their heads. Within the first week of their lives, the horns pop straight up

3.) Calves are never left alone. Moms take turns babysitting their friends' babies in their "towers" (groups) so that other mothers can go grab a bite to eat. These nursery groups continue until the giraffe is about five months old.

4.) Giraffes have bumps on their heads, horns yes, but bumps, too. As giraffes get older, those bumps get larger! Boys grow about three as they age, and girls usually only have one. 

5.) Baby giraffes are taller than most humans at about six feet tall post-birth, and after their first year, definitely are. 

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14 Apr

Purr-fect Summer: Animal Planet to Help Host CatConLA in June

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Lil BUB is one of the guests scheduled to attend CatConLA June 6 and 7 in Los Angeles! (Photo by Animal Planet)

Cat people, rejoice!

The first-ever CatConLA gathering is less than two months away and we’re joining the “purr-ty”! We are proud to announce that Animal Planet will be the exclusive cable partner for CatConLA June 6 and 7 at The Reef in Los Angeles.

CatConLA, presented by Rachael Ray Nutrish, is a two-day event celebrating cats and their people, showcasing cat-centric merchandise (from furniture and art, to toys and clothes) and conversations with some the leading cat experts from around the world.

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13 Apr

Flying Carp Attack College Rowing Team (VIDEO)

The Washington University men’s rowing team had some unexpected guests at practice Friday morning.

They had carp. Like, a LOT of carp.

Asian carp flew out of nowhere water in Creve Coeur Lake, surrounding the team and even landing in . Take a look at the amazing footage captured by team captain Benjamin Rosenbaum and shared with CNN:

Fortunately, no one was hurt, but the boat did smell like fish for quite a while.

10 Apr

Baby Elephants Being All Cute 'n Stuff with Their Trunks (VIDEO)

Our friends at The Dodo dug into our video archives JUST to bring you all the special cuteness we've kept tucked away for a rainy day! And, guess what? ... IT'S RAINING.

Watch precious bébé elephants being all cute 'n stuff:

 

Want more? Check out more baby elephant videos from our archives:

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9 Apr

Bobcat Attacks Shark

 


This is the ultimate case of land vs. sea.

John Bailey was walking on the beach when he saw what he thought was a dog emerging from the water. He was surprised to see it was dragging a shark in its mouth. But that was nothing compared to his surprise when he realized it wasn't a dog. It was a bobcat!

He snapped this photo that has gone viral of the rare predator vs. predator event.

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Many people questioned whether the photo was real or fake. I'm not a photoshop expert but as a Naturalist with the National Wildlife Federation, I don't have trouble believing it to be authentic.

Bobcats, though shy and elusive around people, are bold, opportunistic predators that will take advantage of any food source. For a bobcat living in a coastal area, hunting at the water's edge makes perfect sense.

H/T to Huff Post Green.

9 Apr

Stray Dogs Attend a Stray Care-Giver's Funeral Unannounced

After dedicating years of her life to taking care of strays, dogs and cats alike, 71-year-old Margarita Suárez, received an unexpected honor at her funeral.

Even though she was transported 830 miles from her home town, strays in Cuernavaca Morelos, Mexico, gathered to express their condolences. 

The workers at the funeral home hadn't seen anything like this before. 

Her daughter Patricia Urrutia said her "mom has always been good with all animals and people... Always fed the dogs on her block and the 20 stray cats that lived there." She even carried around bags of food for the strays she met. 

Maybe the food and love she gave to the strays around her home was the talk of the stray community all over Mexico? Who knows! Canine friends just wanted to come to pay respects and mourn the loss of this generous woman. 

"They stayed with my mother all day, and then at night they all stayed- but In the morning all the dogs vanished but one, but one hour before we brought my mom to be cremated the dogs came back and grouped around as if to say goodbye," Urrutia told ABC News. "I swear by God that it was beautiful, marvelous."

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