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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:
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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."

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Watch a few adorable baby elephants with their rescuers:
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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?

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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

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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?

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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!

LEARN MORE ABOUT HUSKIES on AnimalPlanet.com!

3 Mar

Go on a Virtual Safari to Celebrate World Wildlife Day

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At Animal Planet, there’s something wild inside us all. A sort of primal yearning that drives us to connect with the natural world. For many of us that means sharing our homes with “wild things” like Mr. Pouncy Pants, Rover or Nemo. Others develop and create inspiring animal content, volunteer at wildlife rehabilitation centers, lobby for better animal welfare laws and promote animal adoption. We all have different ways of expressing our appreciation for the wild world we love so much. 

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 In celebration of World Wildlife Day, go on a virtual safari to the Okavango Delta with one of our employees . . . and get in touch with your inner wild.   

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3 Mar

Pint-Sized Pony Gets Help Seeing Over His Stall (VIDEO)

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Pedro may be small, but he has a big personality. (Photo from YouTube/Susan Collins)

Meet Pedro, the cutest Shetland pony you’ll ever see.

While it’s easy to fall in love with Pedro for his short stature, it’s also easy to forget that his size can make things difficult for him. So when the young riders at Ebony Horse Club in Brixton, London noticed Pedro couldn’t see over his stall, they decided to do something about it. Watch:

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