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6 Mar

10,000-Year-Old Baby Woolly Rhino Discovered


We all know about woolly mammoths, but did you know that woolly rhinos exist? 

Sasha, the ten-century-old baby woolly rhino, is one of a few rhinos to be discovered, but she is the only calf. 

Two hunters found Sasha in September while boating down a stream in Siberia, after mistaking her for a dead reindeer. They dug her out and stored her through the winter until delivering her to the Sakha Republic Academy of Sciences last week, Wired reported

Experts guess that she was about 18-months-old when she died, living in the Pleistocene era, around 2,588,000 to 11,700 years ago, when climate change drove most species to extinction. 

This infant will help researchers understand this specific species: how it grew, where it lived and which rhinos today descended from it.

The baby, woolly rhino's body is a little chewed, but researchers still have its leg, torso,and head, as well as an ear, an eye, teeth, two horns, and a piece of woolly skin. 

Even though she's not completely intact, she's still pretty adorable.

Learn more about mammoth ancestors:

6 Mar

Pete Builds His Biggest Treehouse Yet on Treehouse Masters

As we’ve seen over the past three seasons of Treehouse Masters, there’s nothing Pete Nelson can’t build. Whether he’s crafting a Japanese teahouse in the sky, or a country music speakeasy nestled in the trees, Pete goes above and beyond to make someone’s treehouse dreams come true.

Tonight’s Treehouse Masters season finale will push Pete and the Nelson Treehouse team to build their BIGGEST TREEHOUSE yet for Raising Cane’s Chicken Fingers founder and CEO Todd Graves. So what can we expect from this triple-decker record setter?

Mock up
If this is what the mock up looks like, then we can't wait to see the finished product. (Photo by Animal Planet)
  • Three floors
  • 65-foot bridge
  • Crow’s nest
  • Four platforms
  • More than 1,200 square feet
  • And two adorable pups
    Cane ii and roux
    Cane II and Roux like it! (Photo from Raising Cane's Chicken Fingers)

Want to see the final product? Don’t miss the season finale of Treehouse Masters TONIGHT at 10/9c!

6 Mar

Prosthetic Boot Gives Pit Bull Another Chance At Life (VIDEO)

Seven months ago, a pit bull named Girlie Girl was left paralyzed after getting hit by a car. Today, after months of rehabilitation, she is walking and looking for her forever home.

Things didn’t come easy for this sweet pit bull from Arkansas. While she regained the use of her legs over time, one of her hind paws remained paralyzed. That’s when Josh Ketelsen from the Snell Prosthetic and Orthotic Laboratory entered and decided to donate this time and services to building Girly Girl a prosthetic boot.

Get some tissues for this one:

For more on Girlie Girl, visit The Dodo.

And for more feel-good pit bull moments, watch videos from Pit Bulls & Parolees.

5 Mar

BREAKING: Ringling Bros. To Free Its Elephants, Thanks To Public Backlash

It's a historic day for animal rights! Ringling Bros. have announced their plans to retire all of their elephants. Read the full report from our friends at The Dodo:

By Stephen Messenger

The era of exploiting elephants for human entertainment just took a huge blow, thanks to public backlash.

One of America's largest circus companies announced on Thursday that it will phase out its elephant act. Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus will retire all of its elephants to the company's Center for Elephant Conservation by 2018.

Watch amazing elephant videos to celebrate:

Alana Feld, vice president of the circus's parent company, Feld Entertainment, cited a change in public sentiment behind the decision, telling the Associated Press:

"There's been somewhat of a mood shift among our consumers. A lot of people aren't comfortable with us touring with our elephants."

Read More at The Dodo >>


Watch a few adorable baby elephants with their rescuers:

Photo: Flickr/shankar s. via The Dodo



5 Mar

10 Polar Bears Who Totally Understand How Sucky This Weather is

The East Coast has been pummeled by an intense amount of snow this winter season - with more on the way today. These 10 polar bears know exactly how we're feeling.

1) Wait. HOW many inches are coming?


2) Please tell me why this is happening!


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5 Mar

Lioness Attempts "Carjacking" on Family

Note to self: lock your doors while on a drive-thru safari.

Our friends over at Crimefeed gave us a scare when they shared a story about a "carjacker” that nearly frightened a family to death while on a safari in South Africa recently. Watch and see what one incredibly clever lioness named Blonde did:

Did we mention that you should always lock your doors?

Want to see how smart lions truly are? Watch Into the Pride and witness their intelligence for yourself.

4 Mar

Get An Up-Close Look at a Goblin Shark (VIDEO)

Have you ever wanted to see a goblin shark up close? Now could be your only chance, thanks to the Australian Museum.

The museum received a specimen of a juvenile male goblin shark caught by a commercial fisherman off the coastal town of Eden, New South Wales. Watch as Mark McGrouther, the museum’s collection manager for ichthyology, gives us an in-depth look of the creature.

Goblin sharks are incredibly difficult to come by, but not entirely impossible. Last year, a shrimp fisherman caught an 18-foot goblin shark in off the coast of Key West, Florida.

4 Mar

Forget Superstitions: Black Cats (and Other animals) Could be Born Lucky

Photos: Black Dog: m01229/Flickr; Black Cat: TraumTeufel666/Flickr

Toss your superstitions aside. It turns out that being a black cat or dog (or other animals) is actually incredibly lucky since it helps these animals live longer, new research shows.

Discovery News reports that the dark or black coloration in these animals stems from melanism, "or development of the dark-colored pigment melanin in the skin and its appendages (fur, hair, eyelashes, etc.)." However, it's still a mystery as to how or why melanism leads to better health.

"We don't know for certain," Gregory Barsh of the HudsonAlpha Institute for Biotechnology, co-author of the study that appeared in PLOS Genetics told Discovery News. "Factors such as foliage, humidity, temperature, and/or infectious agents are all possibilities, and could affect camouflage, resistance to heat or thermoregulation, or resistance to infections."

The dark-peppered moth is a great example of melanism working to help a species. The moth's coloring helps camouflage it from prey since it can blend in better with its surroundings.

For even more information on this story, we encourage you to visit the full article on Discovery News!

Learn more about black-furred dog and cat breeds in the videos below:

4 Mar

Baby Elephant Summits Epic Log Climb, Wins Hearts (VIDEO)

Ever see a baby elephant learn how to climb a log? Well, this little guy figures it out pretty quickly in this video posted by the Save Elephant Foundation of Thailand:

Pretty adorable, right?


Sadly, this precious pug did not have as much luck:


Watch more amazing and adorable baby elephant videos from our archives:

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4 Mar

Listen Up to Ramsey the Talking Husky Puppy (VIDEO)

HuskyHuskies are great. Puppies are great. Talking Husky puppies are the BEST! Listen to our furry friend, Ramsey, use his best speaking voice.

Apparently, Ramsey had just received a scolding for eating another dog's food. Maybe he just was just sticking up for himself!

Check out how adorably talkative he is in the video below!

 Is that a husky puppy or a hairy child?

Turns out Ramsey isn't the ONLY vocal Husky!


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