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26 Mar

'Road to Puppy Bowl' Scores Double with Events in Atlanta and Miami This Weekend


Earlier this month, Animal Planet kicked off its second annual Road to the Puppy Bowl tour with three successful stops in Washington, D.C., Baltimore, MD, and Austin, TX. Continuing with the ongoing mission to promote animal adoption and responsible pet ownership, Animal Planet and several animal rescue organizations have teamed up to host a series of all-star adoption events and help families find their very own MVP (Most Valuable Pet) in cities throughout the United States.

This Saturday, Road to Puppy Bowl will head to the southeast for two simultaneous events in Atlanta and Miami. One event will be hosted in Florida at the Miami-Dade County Animal Services from 10AM to 4PM EST. The second will take place from 11AM to 4PM at the Atlanta Humane Society in Georgia. Join us in either location for an exciting day filled with giveaways, photo ops, and overly adorable animals. We'll post our favorite fan snapshots from the day at, and you can share your own using #R2PB on Instagram.

As an added bonus, any individuals or families wishing to adopt a pet during these events will be able to do so free of charge. That's right! Animal Planet will cover 100 percent of the adoption fees, making it that much easier for you to take your new furry friend off to their fur-ever home!

Get more details and sign up for Road to Puppy Bowl: Atlanta and Miami now!

Can't make it? Stay tuned as we announce more Road to Puppy Bowl dates. There may be an event coming soon to a city near you. 

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25 Mar

Drone Records Dolphin Stampede

You've probably heard of horses stampeding, but what about dolphins?  

This video captures the behavior using a remote control drone. Not only is Dolphin Safari (the California-based ecotourism company who created this video) using this new technology to locate whales and dolphins for whale-watching opportunities, but they are hoping to use it to help located and rescue animals entangled in stray fishing gear. That sounds like a win-win to me.

Dolphin stampede

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Protect dolphins and other wildlife with the National Wildlife Federation. 

16 Mar

Rescuers Help Puppy Stuck In Exhaust Pipe (VIDEO)

Leave it to a puppy’s curiosity to hand him in trouble.

One two-month-old pup almost found that out the hard way after getting stuck inside an exhaust pipe earlier this week in Thailand. Fortunately for the little guy, a group of rescuers came to its aid. Take a look at some footage captured from the scene:

As you can see from the clip, rescuers pulled out all the stops to help the puppy, going as far as to use some sort of power tool to cut the pipe. And it all paid off in the end!

See how this rescue compares to some of the greatest, and even weirdest, animal rescues captured on film!

12 Mar

Perth Truck Driver Pleads for Stolen Puppy's Safe Return

What kind of person steals puppies?!

Have you seen 9-week-old Yogi?

Trent, a truck driver from Perth, Australia, bought little Yogi, a great dane and mastiff cross breed, two weeks ago to be his companion on the road, according to a report by 9 News Perth. But Yogi was stolen from his truck parked at a Wangara shop last Saturday - in the brief time it took Trent to buy a sandwich. Trent is offering a $1000 reward for his safe return, according to Australia's Today show.

Find out what to do when your dog is stolen!

Watch what happens when Shorty from Pit Boss goes after a man accused of stealing a neighborhood dog:

12 Mar

Hoppiest Thursday: Meet Instagram's Bunnymama

Hello Everybun! It’s time to share the ultimate holy grail for all bunny lovers! Imagine having three bundles of cuteness hopping around your home! This is the life of Insta-famous Bunnymama.

Bunnymama, of course, is not a bunny herself…but she should definitely be crowned the title of the bunny whisperer. With almost 700,000 followers on Instagram, she is educating and entertaining everybunny, and their mamas, around the world!

Ms. Bunnymama was featured in Vogue, People Magazine, Buzzfeed, Marie Claire, Glamour—and now, Animal Planet has the opportunity to interview her (below is a Q&A with Bunnymama).

For more bun-dles of cuteness, follow the bunny bunch!  Ms. Bunnymama is on both Instagram and Facebook.  For more information, visit her website

She started using Instagram as an online photo album for her first two bunnies, Rambo & Eddy, and quickly rose to popularity (all pictures shown are permitted to use for this blog by Bunnymama).

The current three bunnies
Her account now features her three new additions—Marbles, Olive, and Taffy!

(Read the interview after the break:)


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11 Mar

Co-Creator of the 'Simpsons,' Sam Simon, Passes Away; Sea Shepherd Team Remembers His Contributions


Sam Simon, co-creator of the Simpsons, vowed to give away his entire fortune to charity after being diagnosed with colon cancer in 2012.

He died Sunday, March 8, having kept his word, donating incalculable amounts of money to various organizations: PETA, Save the Children, Mercy for Animals, the Sam Simon Foundation, and the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society.

His Sea Shepherd contribution hits home here at Animal Planet, funding one of the vessels featured on Whale Wars.

In 2012, Simon donated money to Sea Shepherd to purchase the fourth ship in its fleet, which was proudly named after the long time animal rights activist and television executive. The Sam Simon joined the Bob BarkerSteve Irwin, and Brigitte Bardot. 

Samsimon one

The Sam Simon, and the three others in its fleet, plan to carry out the organization's mission: "to end the destruction of habitat and slaughter of wildlife in the world's oceans in order to conserve and protect ecosystems and species," and confront the illegal whaling activities of the Japanese whaling fleet.

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11 Mar

Five Malnourished Pit Bulls Rescued from Bronx Apartment

NYPD cops from the Bronx responding to reports of a domestic dispute ending up finding another type of crime: animal cruelty.

Members of the 49th Precinct’s conditions team found five starving and malnourished pit bulls at an apartment in Williamsbridge last Thursday, according to a New York Daily News article. Upon entering the home, the cops found zero food or water dishes in the entire apartment.

The pups were brought to the 49th precinct station house where they were fed and given water before being given to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals for further treatment.

The couple to whom the cops were originally responding were both arrested and charged with animal cruelty.

No animal should go hungry. Watch as Tia and crew rescue a starving pit bull:

Watch Pit Bulls & Parolees every Saturday at 10/9c!

10 Mar

Rare Leatherback Sea Turtle Rescued from South Carolina Shore


A rare leatherback sea turtle found itself on a South Carolina beach Saturday, becoming one of just a few live leatherback strandings reported in the United States.

The turtle, named Yawkey based on where it was found (Yawkey South Island Reserve) South Carolina Department of Natural Resources (SCDNR) to the South Carolina Aquarium Sea Turtle Hospital to receive treatment, according to a press release. The turtle is a juvenile, under 10 years old, and weighs in at 475 pounds.

It is unclear how Yawkey became stranded. According to the same press release, during the spring and fall seasons, leatherback sea turtles migrate through South Carolina's coastal waters. They can currently be found nesting off of the Florida coast - a key reason why the Aquarium hopes to release Yawkey back into the wild within the next two days.

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10 Mar

World's First All-Female Anti-Poaching Unit Fights for Rhinos in South Africa

In South Africa's Kruger National Park, the first all-female anti-poaching unit fights to save the endangered rhino, the majestic animal on the brink of extinction.


The Black Mamba Anti-Poaching Unit was founded by Transfrontier Africa, an organization mobilizing to protect and save rhinos and other wildlife in Balule Nature Reserve within Kruger. 

The unit is unique in that it is composed of woman, unarmed but trained in combat.  Twenty-fix Black Mambas and 23 armed guards protect the Balule region in South Africa, a country where a rhino is killed every seven hours. 

And, guess what? The program is WORKING — the reserve has not seen a rhino loss in ten months while another neighboring reserve has lost 23 rhinos in the same time.  Snare poaching has dropped by 90%.


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9 Mar

Florida Dog Shot Twice, Tied to Railroad Tracks, THANKFULLY Rescued

A dog that was shot twice then tied to railroad tracks in Tampa, Fla., was saved by police officers who responded to reports of gunfire last Wednesday.

The 1-to-2-year-old mixed breed, named Cabela, had been shot in the neck and shoulder and tied to railroad tracks with a belt, according to The Huffington Post

After being freed, Cabela was taken to the Tampa Bay Veterinary Emergency Center. It was initially believed she might have needed a leg amputated, but according to TV station WTSP, vets at the center put stainless steel hardware in her leg, thus saving it. 

The Tampa Police Department has asked for help in locating suspects in this case and has encouraged anyone with information to call 813-265-4043. For information on how to help Cabela, please visit the TBVEC site.

Watch another tearful rescue below:

For more amazing rescues, watch Pit Bulls & Parolees Saturdays at 10/9c!

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