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1 May

Farm Animals Rescued After California Freeway Crash

Los Angeles firefighters were on the scene after a tractor-trailer carrying farm animals crashed on the westbound 210 freeway in the northern area of the San Fernando Valley on Wednesday, 89.33 KPCC reports.

NBC 4 reports that the driver suffered non-life threatening injuries and was being treated at a local hospital. The trailer contained two pregnant cows, sheep and a dog. Sadly, one of the cows suffered a broken leg and had to be euthanized. The cause of the crash is unknown at this time.

For more on the story, check out NBC4.

Watch this incredible video of a cow giving birth:

30 Apr

$1.1 Billion Distributed to Preserve America's Wildlife and Natural Resources

Pigeon guillemot with a small fish in its beak. Cepphus columba. Farallon Islands, California. Photo: Jeff Foott

It was reported today by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service that $1.1 billion in revenues generated through the hunting and angling industry will be distributed to state and territorial fish and wildlife agencies throughout the nation, the Orange County Breeze reports.

California and Nevada will be the main beneficiaries of the funds, with over $63 million going to both states.

“These funds are the cornerstone of state-based efforts that are critical to the preservation of America’s wildlife and natural resources,” Service Director Dan Ashe said in a Press Release. “But they are also the fuel for a massive financial engine that benefits outdoor recreationists, hunters, boaters and anglers, equipment manufacturers and retailers, and local and regional economies. Their value cannot be overstated in providing opportunities for the next generation of Americans to get outdoors, experience our wild places and learn the importance of conserving our natural heritage.”

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30 Apr

Man Saves Villagers in India from Leopard Attack Using Only a Stick (VIDEO)

This Indian man is being hailed as a hero after he singlehandedly warded off an attack by a leopard with just a stick. The man, who the Times of India identified as Balram, works as a watchman in the village of Olani (as reported in the Inquisitr)

According to Inquisitr, the leopard had put villagers in a panic and they regarded Balram's actions as heroic.

Read more of the story.

Check out another video below:

30 Apr

Villagers in India Come to Elephant Calf's Rescue After it Falls Down Abandoned Well (VIDEO)

After discovering that a baby elephant had fallen into an abandoned well while traveling with its herd, Villagers in southern India worked together to rescue the animal - something we can all celebrate because we could all use something a little heartwarming this Thursday.

The two-year-old calf, who was traveling in Kuttampuzha Forest Range in Kerala according to The Independent, fell into the hole and its cries alerted villagers to its troubles. The poor little guy was confused and was seen going under water, trying to dig its way out.

Forestry officials were called and they brought in an excavator to dig a pathway for it, then helped pull it out. The calf then ran into the forest, were we hope it found its herd.

While Yao Ming worked with African elephants and not Asian ones, we still find acts like this encouraging. Watch Yao Ming interacting with an orphaned African elephant calf in the video below:

29 Apr

Local Man Lands Largest Fish Ever Caught in Oklahoma - and the Bragging Rights That Go With it

Snagged from Lake Texoma, this 8 ft. alligator gar weighed 254 pounds with a girth of 44 inches and is the largest fish...

Posted by Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation (ODWC) on Tuesday, April 28, 2015

This fisherman will have boasting rights for years to come! Paul Easley managed to wrangle the biggest fish ever caught in Oklahoma history last Thursday.

The unique fish, an alligator gar, weighed in at 254 pounds, was 8 feet long, and had a girth of 44 inches. According to NewsOK, the fish are long-lived with minimal spawning opportunities. Easley caught the fish in Lake Texoma.

Learn more about the catch from the news article or on the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation Facebook page.

Watch Jeremy Wade land a giant alligator gar himself:

Watch Jeremy's favorite River Monsters episodes this Sunday at 7/6c, then tune in for an all-new episode at 9/8c!

Monster Week starts Sunday, May 17, at 9/8c!

29 Apr

Canadian Tourist Gets Adorable Cuddles from Baby Elephant Seal (VIDEO)

Canadian tourist Charlene Fritz got the cuddle session of a lifetime when a 200-pound baby elephant seal snuggled up to her during an expedition to the Antarctic peninsula, according to

The pup was most likely looking for affection as elephant seal parents often abandon their babies, leaving them alone until they're able to head out to sea.

Watch the video above for more info!

Watch another video of a young elephant seals below:

29 Apr

Goliath Grouper Caught off Florida Coast (VIDEO)

A Goliath catch was made off the coast of Sanibel Island, Fla., last week.

A couple fishing on the coast reeled in a 300-pound grouper, then returned the fish back to the ocean, according to WFMY News 2. For more on the story, watch the video above or check out the news article.

Learn how to catch a Goliath tigerfish with Jeremy Wade in the video below:

Want to see more monster catches? Tune into River Monsters, Sundays at 9/8c!

29 Apr

Who's More Well Trained: This Cat or His Human? (VIDEO)

It's no secret that we love cats, so it seems only natural that Pecan the cat has basically stolen our hearts.

It's hard to tell if he's just well-trained, or if he has trained his human well, as whenever he rings a bell, he gets a treat. Once you checked out the video above, visit Pecan's Facebook page for even more adorable photos and videos.

Check out another well-trained cat!:

28 Apr

Road to Puppy Bowl Rolls Into Chicago as Animal Planet Hosts First Ever Draft on Wednesday

Contributed by Matt Windsor


All right everyone, listen up, this is your ROAD TO PUPPY BOWL Ref and I’ve got one important announcement to make. So, please gather round, grab a knee, sit, stay and perk those ears up because you won’t want to miss this.

Everyone listening? Terriers in the corner, keep it down or I’ll have to send you to the showers! Ok, now that we’re all paying attention, here it goes…

On Wednesday, Animal Planet is teaming up with the NFLPA, PAWS Chicago and the ASPCA for the first-ever ROAD TO PUPPY BOWL DRAFT adoption event!

As you may have seen, I’ve been traveling nationwide with Animal Planet as they’re spreading the good news about adopting shelter animals and helping cover adoption costs so every animal has a chance to find a forever home. It’s been an amazing experience so far, but tomorrow, it’s getting even BIGGER!


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28 Apr

Rare and Strangely Cute Pocket Shark Discovered

You wouldn't want to reach into your pocket and find this little guy...

Posted by Discovery on Friday, April 24, 2015

It's rare to find pocket sharks, but researchers recently stumbled across the second sighting in history. The last was found off the coast of Peru 36 years ago.

Scientists at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration found the rare creature while sorting through fish caught in 2010 in Louisiana, that were then frozen, as part of NOAA study following the eating habits of sperm whales, according to Discovery News.

The shark found was only about 5.5 inches in length. Scientists realized it was not just a regular fish when a “remarkable pocket gland with its large slit-like external opening located just above the pectoral fin,” was found, according to NOAA biologist Mark Grace's research paper.

Get more info on the story over at Discovery News.

Check out this video of the Glyphis Shark, another rare shark species:

Monster Week starts May 17 at 9/8c!

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