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28 Jan

Animals Frolicking in the Snow

 

Cat snowAs Winter Storm Juno slammed into the Northeast this week, snow was on everyone's mind. Flights were cancelled, schools were closed and the roads were treacherous. Many have spent the last few days digging out.

Now that the worst is over, this video of cute animals frolicking in the snow is a good reminder that sometimes, you just have to give in and enjoy the winter weather! 

23 Jan

Puppy Bowl XI: You're Gonna Hear Her ... ROWR! Katty Furry to Headline Kitty Halftime Show

In case you missed it, PUPPY BOWL XI is right around the corner!  And, this year, the Bissell Kitty Halftime show is blowing it out with a very special guest — the one, the only, the fabulous, feline sensation ... KATTY FURRY!

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That's right — she'll be headlining everyone's most anticipated TV event of the year on PUPPY BOWL SUNDAY and performing her chart-topping hits! Here's a sneak peek >>

Katty Furry brings the MEOW to the doggy dog party and trust us — you won't want to miss this!  All the COOLEST puppy lovers will be watching. SEE? —

 

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Tune in Sunday, Feb. 1, at 3 p.m. for PUPPY BOWL XI

 

In the meantime, watch the PUPPY BOWL Pregame Show to get all the details on the big day:

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And, who will win that other game taking place on PUPPY BOWL SUNDAY?  Watch our puppies predict the winner:

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21 Jan

Orcas in the Wild Put On a REAL Show Worth Seeing, Off California Coast

Paddle boarder Rich German has always dreamt of seeing Orcas in the wild. Well, earlier this month, his dream came true ... and it was SPECTACULAR:

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Photo: YouTube image

Gray whales, blue whales and orcas can be seen off the coast of Southern California this time of year making their annual migration. Though, orcas are not as commonly seen.  But, thanks to German, he captured the beautiful footage for all of us to now enjoy! Check out his full video which happened off the coast of Laguna Beach, Calif. a couple weeks ago:

 

For more on the latest in orca news, visit our friends at The Dodo >>

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15 Jan

Thandi the Rhino, Poaching Survivor, Gives Birth

Thandi the rhino — and poaching survivor — gave birth to a calf this past Tuesday at the Kariega Game Reserve in South Africa. ... HOORAY THANDI!

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Photo: Kariega Game Reserve / Adrian Steirn (www.adriansteirn.com | instagram.com/adriansteirn@adriansteirn

Thandi and two male rhinos were the victims of a horrific attack by poachers armed with machetes in March 2012. Very tragically, the two males died. But, Thandi survived after losing her horn — though she endured many surgeries including a skin graft procedure thanks to Dr. William Fowlds.

Remember Thandi's story? The horrifying attack was featured in the Animal Planet program SAVING AFRICA'S GIANTS WITH YAO MING just this past Fall:

Dr. Fowlds reports this week that after observing Thandi and calf from a distance, both appear to be doing well.

“I am sure that the whole rhino caring community will share in the joy of this amazing birth. Thandi’s story has always been an incredible testimony of the will to survive against all odds. She represents so much of what her species faces under the current poaching crisis. Her survival has already given us inspiration but the birth of her calf brings a new dimension of hope to the crisis showing us that a future generation of life is possible if we put our minds and hearts to it.” - See more at: http://www.kariega.co.za/blog/poaching-survivor-thandi-the-rhino-gives-birth#sthash.g1wozyC8.dpuf
“I am sure that the whole rhino caring community will share in the joy of this amazing birth. Thandi’s story has always been an incredible testimony of the will to survive against all odds. She represents so much of what her species faces under the current poaching crisis. Her survival has already given us inspiration but the birth of her calf brings a new dimension of hope to the crisis showing us that a future generation of life is possible if we put our minds and hearts to it.” - See more at: http://www.kariega.co.za/blog/poaching-survivor-thandi-the-rhino-gives-birth#sthash.g1wozyC8.dpuf

"I am sure that the whole rhino caring community will share in the joy of this amazing birth. Thandi’s story has always been an incredible testimony of the will to survive against all odds. She represents so much of what her species faces under the current poaching crisis. Her survival has already given us inspiration but the birth of her calf brings a new dimension of hope to the crisis showing us that a future generation of life is possible if we put our minds and hearts to it,” Dr. Fowlds said.

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13 Jan

Take the Challenge to Help 85-Pound Beagle 'Kale Chips' Slim Down

When a sweet beagle was surrendered by his elderly owner to the Chicago Animal Care & Control, the staff had never seen a dog as overweight as the fittingly renamed dog, "Kale Chips."

Kale Chips weighed in at 85 pounds — a healthy, average beagle weighs about 22 to 25 pounds.

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Photo: Courtesy of One Tail at a Time. Visit the One Tail at a Time Facebook page for more photos >>

The organization One Tail at a Time stepped up to help to pup — but, when a representative came to pick him up, he was so heavy, he could barely walk and had to be wheeled out by wagon.

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13 Jan

Crazy Smart Pup Rides Bus to Dog Park, All By Herself

Eclipse, a black Labrador and Bullmastiff mix in Seattle, Wash., rides the bus ... ALONE. Pretty smart, eh?

That's right -- she's learned how to hop on the bus in front of her apartment and carefully watches for her destination, 3 or 4 stops later, at the dog park.

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Photo: KOMO News Video image - Watch the full video report >>

It all started when her owner, Jeff Young, would have a cigarette as they waited for the bus. And one time, when he hadn't finished yet, the bus arrived and she just hopped on. He got on the next bus and caught up with her at the park shortly after.  And, she's been doing her solo ride ever since!

She's totally "urbanized," Young told KOMO News. "She's a bus-riding, sidewalk-walking dog," he said. "Probably once a week I get a phone call. 'Hi. I have your dog Eclipse here on 3rd and Bell,'" he recounted. "I have to tell them, 'no. She's fine.' She knows what she's doing."

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12 Jan

Adorable Tortoise Can Walk Again with Custom Lego Wheelchair

Meet Blade, an adorable little tortoise with a very special story. Blade was born with a metabolic bone disease, gradually leaving him unable to support the weight of his shell.

When his owner Iris Pleste started to notice his slowing pace, she took him to the local veternarian, Dr. Carsten Plischke in Bielefeld, Germany.

Dr. Plischke was able to fashion a very special, custom, "wheelchair" made of Legos.

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Photo: RuptlyTV via YouTube image

“We mounted Lego wheels on the tortoise Blade because he had a bone metabolism illness and his shell was too heavy and he had a loss of muscles,” Plischke told CNET. “That’s why he couldn’t pick up himself and walk anymore. The bones were like rubber and the musculature had clearly diminished,” Dr. Plischke said, according to a Yahoo News report.

The wheelchair should help strengthen Blade's legs so he can, hopefully, eventually walk on his own one day.

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6 Jan

Watch a Giant Panda Play in the Snow

We can't help but smile watching Bao Bao, the Smithsonian National Zoo's 16-month-old giant panda, play in the snow during her first ever snow day!

According to the Zoo, the giant panda cub rolled around in the snow, pounced on her mom, Mei Xiang, and climbed some trees. Other animals in the Zoo also enjoyed the two or so inches of snow that fell across the D.C. region.

Want to watch even more adorable animals frolic in the snow? Check out the video below, then watch more in our "Snow-Loving Animals" playlist!

 

5 Jan

Must-See: The Internet's Newest Viral Philanthropy

Photo Doggies for Anthony is the newest viral philanthropy on the internet. 

Anthony is a 16-year-old undergoing chemotherapy for acute lymphoblastic leukemia. A family friend started a Facebook event as a place for friends and family to post photos of dogs to cheer up Anthony.

The friend shared this post with the hope that others would join in helping lift Anthony's spirits:

"Hi all, my friend Kristen Lyons has her son Anthony at Phoenix Children's hospital. Some days he gets doggy visits and some he does not. They make him smile. I thought if I create this event, you can post a picture of your dog to help make him smile. His mom shows them to him and he smiles."

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868,000 people are "attending" the event (at the time this article was published), with hundreds of thousands posting photos and videos of their own playful pups.

Event host, Roberta, posted an update yesterday:

"UPDATE: Jan 4...From Roberta... God Bless you and God Bless the world wide web...we are over 1/2 million photos...Anthony is smiling joyfully because of YOU..This has gotten so viral that it is making local and soon National News....One thing I have to say is, make yourself smile too by looking at these beautiful animals that God gave us. I can't stop crying from tears of happiness...Roberta"

It just goes to show that when a lot of people make a small gesture, a big difference can be made!

Want some of your own puppy happiness? Check out the video below, then tune to Dogs 101 for more!

18 Dec

Shedd Aquarium Otter Pup Has a Brand New Name: Meet Luna!

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©Shedd Aquarium/Brenna Hernandez

Last week, Chicago's Shedd Aquarium - with the help of Good Morning America and over 10,000 voters - announced the new name for Otter 681, who was taken in by the aquarium through a partnership with the Monterey Bay Aquarium last month.

Voters had the opportunity to choose from five names (Cali, Ellie, Poppy, Ana and Luna). Which was the winning name? Luna! We think it's a perfect fit.

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©Shedd Aquarium/Brenna Hernandez

During the special event held at the aquarium last Thursday, Luna was introduced to the otter exhibit at the Regenstein Sea Otter habitat in the Abbott Oceanarium at Shedd - where she'll become a fixture in the spring of 2015.

When she was first brought in, she weighed in at just six pounds. She's 11 pounds now and learning new things every day - from diving, to foraging for food, to grooming on her own.

For the latest updates on Luna, visit Shedd’s website at sheddaquarium.org/sheddpup, or follow the pup’s progress on Shedd's Facebook page and Twitter account.

To learn more about otters, check out this article. To see a sea otter learn how to forage for fish, watch the video below:

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