Bites at Animal Planet

2 Sep

Golden Retriever Adopts an Orphaned Kitten

It feels good to be loved.

When this kitten was rejected by its mother, a superhero came to save the day. This Golden Retriever took in the kitten as if it was one of its own. Why? Maybe it's instinctual to take care of young and help them survive, or maybe it's just empathy.

Regardless, this relationship is TOO CUTE! View the full photo album HERE.

 

Tune in Saturday at 8/7c for more cuteness on Animal Planet's Too Cute!  

2 Sep

Rare Blue Lobster Makes His Way to Maine State Aquarium

Apl-bites-blue-lobster-miss-Meghan-02 A rare blue lobster that was caught last week off the coast of Maine has now been given a permanent home at the Maine State Aquarium.

Fourteen-year-old Meghan LaPlante and her father Jay found the lobster - a 1-and-2 million find according to ABC News - in the traps on Aug. 23. LaPlante operates Miss Meghan's Lobster Catch.

The lobster's blue color is technically created by a genetic defect. Thankfully for this lobster, this defect ended up saving its life.

Want to see more awesome lobsters? Check out this video of a 29-pound lobster (most lobsters are only one to three pounds!):

27 Aug

Hideously Cute Baby Bat Munches on Mealworms

Some animals are just so ugly that they are cute.

Here's a video of a tiny bat named Frank being raised by wildlife rehabilitators in Australia, happily munching on mealworms.

 

 

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27 Aug

Giant Grouper Takes Down Shark With One Bite

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That's one for the grouper!

Friends in Florida were in for a shock while fishing off the coast of Bonita Spring, FL this month. While reeling in a black tip shark, a goliath grouper jumped out of nowhere and took the predator in its mouth.

Don’t believe us? Take a look at the video posted to YouTube by user Gimbb14:

Some may find it surprising that a fish could attack a shark, but as we’ve seen on River Monsters, groupers aren’t ones to be messed with. According to the Florida Museum of Natural History, goliath grouper (like the one in the video) can grow beyond eight feet and weigh as much as 800 pounds. And while shark isn’t on its usual menu, crustaceans, stingrays, octopus and young sea turtles are, making the fish a revered predator in the water.

Interested in learning more about groupers? Take a look at some video from River Monsters

26 Aug

Umbrella Cockatoo Makes it Rain Dog Treats

Bj048 We can't help but laugh and cheer Spike the umbrella cockatoo on as he sends Milkbone treat after Milkbone treat down to his great dane friends.

Watch the video below:

Want to see even more cockatoos? Check out this one that can really shake a tail feather!

25 Aug

Moray Eel Eats Lionfish

It's an eel-eat-fish world out there!  Check out this video below of a spotted moray eel attacking and eating a lionfish.  

Pay special attention to the eel's hunting technique. It bites the lionfish in the middle of its body and uses its double set of jaws to both hold and cut the lionfish in half. Then it pulls the lionfish through its coils and tears it in two. It's pretty amazing to watch!

 

Eel:1, Lionfish: 0!

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23 Aug

Plant Milkweed for Monarchs!

Monarch butterflies are in serious trouble. Their populations have crashed and are at an all time low, and experts fear that this iconic black and orange butterfly species could disappear altogether if action isn't taken. 

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Monarch butterfly on milkweed. Photo by Rick&Brenda Beerhoorst via Flickr Creative Commons.

Monarchs, like all butterfly species, require host plants where they lay their eggs and where their caterpillars feed. Through the process of co-evolution, over hundreds of thousands of years each butterfly species has evolved immunity to the chemical defenses of just a limited number of plants. These are that species' host plants.

In the case of monarchs, milkweed (Asclepias spp.) is their only host plant, and unfortunately, we have done a bang-up job at a massive elimination of milkweed from coast to coast. Like many native plants that support wildlife, milkweed has gotten a bad reputation as a "weed." The default position of both conventional commercial agriculture as well as conventional home gardening is to eliminate it.

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21 Aug

Orphaned Eagles Released into the Wild

Check out this news report of my friend Ed Clark, President of the Wildlife Center of Virginia, releasing three young bald eagles back into the wild.

The eagles were all blown out of their nests by storms earlier this year, and have spent the last few months in captivity under the care of the vets and other staff at the Wildlife Center.  (Die-hard Animal Planet fans will remember the Wildlife Center from the series Wildlife Emergency that aired in the late 90s and early 00s.)

Speaking from experience, there is NOTHING that feels as good as releasing a wild animal back into its natural habitat.

 

Protect Eagles with the National Wildlife Federation. 

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Juvenile Bald Eagle. Photo by Ken Janes via Flickr Creative Commons.

 

20 Aug

Bighorn Sheep Rescued from Near-Fatal Swim

Bighorn sheep are creatures of the desert and mountains. They are specially adapted to survive in the extremes of arid habitats, where vegetation is tough and brown and water is hard to come by during much of the year. So when one showed up swimming in a golf course canal in La Quinta, CA it was a surprise sight for many.

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Photo via Riverside County Animal Services' Facebook page.

Turns out there's a herd of bighorn sheep that hang around the Arnold Palmer Golf Course to take advantage of lush green grass and the regular water source in the otherwise arid Southern California.

This particular sheep apparently got a little too close to the water while getting a drink, and fell in. The steep, slick sides prevented it from getting out.

Fortunately for this sheep, rescuers from Riverside County Animal Services got to the scene in time.

They reported that there were scrape marks on the side of the canal where the exhausted animal had tried but failed to pull itself out.

Unfortunately, wild animals in trouble don't know that rescuers are trying to help them. Rescuers ultimately had to loop the rope on a control stick around one of the sheep's horns and pull it out that way. At that point the sheep realized it was being rescued and didn't resist. Once it was free of the water, it fled the scene and headed for the hills. Hopefully it learned its lesson and will avoid the canal. 

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19 Aug

Download the Call of the Wildman Game, BACKWOODS RESCUE!

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Now you can join in the LIVE ACTION with Turtleman and Neal!  In the new game BACKWOODS RESCUE, you can find and rescue critters with Turtleman! Take care of your critters, then release them back into the wild. AND, build and decorate your own wildlife park! Sneak a peek of the game here:

 

Download the game to your device NOW! Click on the button for your OS:

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