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9 Apr

Stray Dogs Attend a Stray Care-Giver's Funeral Unannounced

After dedicating years of her life to taking care of strays, dogs and cats alike, 71-year-old Margarita Suárez, received an unexpected honor at her funeral.

Even though she was transported 830 miles from her home town, strays in Cuernavaca Morelos, Mexico, gathered to express their condolences. 

The workers at the funeral home hadn't seen anything like this before. 

Her daughter Patricia Urrutia said her "mom has always been good with all animals and people... Always fed the dogs on her block and the 20 stray cats that lived there." She even carried around bags of food for the strays she met. 

Maybe the food and love she gave to the strays around her home was the talk of the stray community all over Mexico? Who knows! Canine friends just wanted to come to pay respects and mourn the loss of this generous woman. 

"They stayed with my mother all day, and then at night they all stayed- but In the morning all the dogs vanished but one, but one hour before we brought my mom to be cremated the dogs came back and grouped around as if to say goodbye," Urrutia told ABC News. "I swear by God that it was beautiful, marvelous."

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9 Apr

Baby Elephant and Mother Reunited After Years Apart (VIDEO)

It took more than 60 miles and several days, but a baby elephant and her mother are finally reunited after four years apart.

Me-Bai was only 3-years-old when she was sold into the tourism industry to give people rides, according to iflscience.com. After years of working, Me-Bai was retired due to stress, giving Elephant Nature Park workers and volunteers the opportunity to reunite the elephant with her mother, Mae Yui.

What happened next was an epic 4-day, 62-mile journey thru Thailand.

Even after years apart, mother and daughter picked up right where they left off. Get your tissues ready and watch their emotional reunion:

To learn more about Elephant Nature Park, visit their website. You can also learn more about elephant rescues and watch clips from Saving Africa’s Giants with Yao Ming.

2 Apr

African Elephants Could Go Extinct Within Our Lifetime, As Soon As 2020

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Photo: Thinkstock

At the Africa Elephant Summit in Botswana, delegates from about 20 countries throughout Europe, Asia and Africa, as well as China, gathered together to talk about the future of the African Elephant species. 

“This species could be extinct in our lifetime, within one or two decades, if the current trend continues... In five years we may have lost the opportunity to save this magnificent and iconic animal,” Dune Ives, senior researcher at philanthropic organization, Vulcan, said. 

China is accused of fueling the ivory trade, which is driving the extinction. China places high value on ivory, with figurines, given as traditional gifts, and ivory chopsticks, hair ornaments, and jewelry also as highly prized luxuries. 

"China regards ivory as a cultural heritage; they are not going to ban it," said Grace Gabriel of the International Fund for Animal Welfare.

At the summit, a Chinese delegate "complained that the country was being unfairly targeted and should be considered an ally in fight to save the elephant. The delegate said China funds anti-poaching efforts in Africa and is strengthening legislation," AFP and The Guardian reported.

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2 Apr

April is National Dog Fighting Awareness Month

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Well, dog-gone! Who knew? Organized dog fights still take place in many parts of the country, even though it's a felony offense across all 50 states.

So, the ASPCA is asking animal advocates to #GetTough on this cruel and barbaric practice by speaking out and creating a social movement by using its hashtag and spreading the word throughout the month of April, and especially on National Dog Fighting Awareness Day (NDFAD) on Wednesday, April 8. 

"In recent decades, fights have become informal street corner and playground activities. Many people who participate in these fights lack even a semblance of respect for the animals, often starving and beating them to encourage aggressive behavior," the ASPCA said. 

It's crazy to think that even the dog owners involved come from every community and all backgrounds, with audiences including lawyers, judges and teachers and other upstanding community leaders.

The main reason people participate is because of the financial benefits, sometimes bringing home sums of $20,000 to $30,000 from dog fights. Using breeds like the Fila Brasileiro, Dogo Argentino, Tosa Inu, Presa Canario and the American Pit Bull Terrier, to carry out the brutal blood sport. 

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26 Mar

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

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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 www.AnimalPlanet.com/PuppyBowl, 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.

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H/T to takepart.com.  

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).

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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

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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. 

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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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