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16 Apr

Buzzfeed Presents: Puppies Learning Things for the First Time

Whether it's figuring out what to do with food, how to deal with water or learning how to be a team player, being an adorable puppy is HARD WORK.  This is serious business, people — our Buzzfeed friends just filed the full report:

SOOOOOO ADORABLE.  Thank you, Buzzfeed.

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Want more CUTE? How about these precious bath time videos >> 

 

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16 Apr

Will and Kate Meet Adorable German Shepherd Police Puppies

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When we're not watching videos of kittens and puppies (for work, of course), some of us have been following the royal visit to New Zealand. So, imagine our delight when our two favorite things - puppies and Duchess Catherine's perfect hair - joined up for a picture perfect photo opp today.

Kate and Prince William visited the Royal New Zealand Police College in Wellington, and had the chance to meet police puppies from the Dog Training Centre. The couple took part in a ceremony to remember the lives of New Zealand police officers killed on duty over the last 127 years. They then watched recruit training and a dog-handling demonstration. After that, they were introduced to some of the cutest future German shepherd police pups.

Learn more about this breed below!

To see even more dogs in action, check out our Small Dogs, Big Jobs playlist!

11 Apr

Smartest Dog Ever Steals Hearts, Crushes Squeaky Toy

Meet Jumpy, quite possibly the smartest dog on planet Earth. No, seriously - watch him listen to his owner's every, single, command. I'm pretty sure my Dad couldn't get me to listen this well, ever:

Well done, Jumpy! WELL DONE.

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Photo: YouTube image

 

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Betty Chu is a Digital Media Executive Producer for AnimalPlanet.com. Follow her on Twitter @beddychew or Facebook for the cutest animal posts EVER.

8 Apr

Help Us Spread the Word on Whaling: Vote for Webby-Nominated Whale Wars: Blood and Water

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Animal Planet's interactive experience Whale Wars: Blood and Water has been nominated for a Webby Award in the "Web: Television" category. Not familiar with Blood and Water? It follows the life of Paul Watson and his journey to end whaling.

If you're a Whale Wars fan, consider casting a vote in the people's choice award for the Webbys in order to help raise awareness for the program that shined a light on the important issue of whaling.

Cast Your Vote Now >>

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8 Apr

Rescue Dogs Continue Search In Washington After Deadly Mudslide

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Search and rescue dogs have worked around the clock since a mudslide ravaged Oso, Washington and left several people missing. (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

It has been more than two weeks since a major mudslide ravaged Oso, Washington and with reports of missing persons lingering, search and rescue dogs are working around the clock to find any signs of life.

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1 Apr

What’s Scarier Than Lions, Tigers and Bears? Life Without Them.

Remember that tourist video of a lion pride and a crocodile playing a deadly game of tug-of-war with a buffalo calf? Just when the lions seemed about to triumph the buffalo herd came charging to the rescue. If you’re like most people you cheered when the baby buffalo got up and staggered back to its herd. For some reason, we humans rarely root for the predator. But if we know what’s good for us, we better start.

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A recent study in the journal Science, "Status and Ecological Effects of the World's Largest Carnivores," finds that life without top predators is a scary prospect for the planet—and us. 31 carnivore species weighing over 15 kilograms were analyzed. After reviewing over 100 different surveys the authors conclude that losing predators from ecosystems causes those ecosystems to unravel. The effects range from an increase in pest animals, wildfires and diseases, loss of beneficial species, rivers changing courses, desertification and speeding up of climate change, to name just a few.

Sylvester.RGB.altIn contrast, the environmental and economic benefits these ecosystem engineers provide runs the gamut—from mountain lions who keep mule deer in check allowing plants and trees to grow to sea otters who’s appetite for sea urchins protects kelp beds and the productivity of coastal areas. Even with all our technology we humans cannot duplicate the ecological services these predators provide for FREE 24/7/365 days a year.

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28 Mar

Cat 4 Sale! Watch Out Batman, Meet BaneCat

Batman, prepare to meet your greatest adversary yet. Meet BaneCat.  He's hungry, controlling and he's not messing around ... BE AFRAID:

Well done, BaneCat owners. Well done.

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Photo: YouTube image

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27 Mar

BREAKING: Nation's Capital Welcomes 10 Dogs from Sochi

UPDATE, Friday, March 28: The dogs arrived at WARL's Northwest D.C. facilities and are comfortably settling in. Watch a video of their sweet welcome to their new home country. добро пожаловать — welcome to America, puppies! We love you!

UPDATE, March 27, 7:30 p.m. ET: 10 dogs rescued from Sochi arrived at WARL's facilities in Washington, D.C., thanks to support from U.S. Olympians. Watch the report from NBC Washington below.

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27 Mar

It Takes a Country: Nepal’s Year of Zero Poaching

Contributed By Shubash Lohani, Deputy Director, Eastern Himalayas Program, World Wildlife Fund (WWF)

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Nepal recently celebrated a great achievement: 365 days of zero poaching. This means that there were zero killings of elephants, rhinos and tigers in the country. The New York Times even penned an op-ed about the feat.

Sadly, this is a rare achievement. Wildlife around the world is under threat due to demand for their parts for high-end luxury items, such as tiger-skin rugs, elephant ivory carvings and traditional medicine. This demand is emptying forests around the world that support both biodiversity and the livelihood of local communities.

Since 1970, Nepal has been considered a model for conservation when it brought rhinos and tigers back from the brink of extinction, when fewer than 100 of each of these animals remained in the country. By the beginning of this century, 612 rhinos and about 123 breeding tigers thrived in Nepal. However, the country has faced a grave poaching crisis in recent years. Between 2000 and 2005, at least 94 rhinos were killed in famed Chitwan National Park for example, resulting in a 31 percent decline in the park’s rhino population.

As the threat of poaching and illegal wildlife trade reemerged, Nepal took swift action in a major collaborative effort involving park authorities, army, police and local communities. This led to two years – 2011 and 2013 – of zero poaching.

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25 Mar

Danish Zoo That Killed Baby Giraffe Euthanizes Entire Lion Family

The same Danish Zoo now infamous for euthanizing a giraffe named Marius, dissecting his remains and feeding it to lions in front of an audience has euthanized an entire lion family — two cubs and two adults.

The Copenhagen Zoo reports they needed to make room for a new male lion being brought to their facilities and they were unable to find a new home for the family. And, given behaviorial expectations, the new male would have immediately killed the cubs, according to the zoo.

This time around however, the lion family will not be dissected or fed to other animals in front of zoo visitors.

Read our original report about Marius the baby giraffe who was killed in early February >>

 

Learn more about lion behavior from our big cat video archive:

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