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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

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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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

Weasel Hitches Ride on the Back of a Woodpecker

You may have seen this amazing photo of a weasel on the back of a woodpecker making it rounds on the web.  Although this may seem like a scene out of adorable fairy tale fiction, the reality is, this weasel is apparently trying to KILL this woodpecker, according to multiple reports. Click through to the full ITV News report for the full report and more photos:

 

For more epic animal battles, check out our collection of incredible videos:

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2 Mar

Grouper Kills Invasive Lionfish in Open Water (VIDEO)

A non-profit organization believes it has captured the first footage ever recorded of “a grouper making an open water kill of an invasive lionfish without encouragement of any kind by a diver.”

Jim Hart, co-founder and executive director of Lionfish University, recorded the encounter between the lionfish and a Nassau grouper, according the YouTube video below:

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28 Feb

Should We Watch Weathermen or Animals for Accurate Predictions of Weather?

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"There will be a 90% chance of snow this evening, so gear up for a bad one, people." 

"Thank you, John. Now Rebecca, back to you with sports." 

We've all had that day, or several days, after watching the morning news and bracing for a storm or looking forward to a beautiful day, only to find that the weatherman was wrong. But we always hear stories of animals seeking safety and gearing up for weather changes before anything occurs. So, should we just watch the animals at the zoo? The pets in our home? Or the furry, flighty creatures in our backyards? Does animal instinct predict the weather better than meteorologists can? 

Well, yes and no. 

Animals have the ability to sense things we humans can't: changes in air and water pressure and high and low frequency sound vibrations, main indicators of weather change. 

For example, when a hurricane is brewing, sharks don't know what's happening, but they do know that the hydrostatic (water) pressure is changing, so they seek safety in deeper waters, Jessika Toothman from HowStuffWorks reports.

And elephants can sense earthquakes, or well, they can't sense earthquakes, but they can sense the changes in vibrations beneath their feet triggered from the shock waves produced from its epicenter. These unusual vibrations let them know something is up and they flee to safety. 

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27 Feb

Samoyed Alarm Clock, Scientifically Proven as Best Way to Start Your Day (VIDEO)

OK maybe that headline is a little bit of an exaggeration ... but I would argue it a legit possibility and scientific FACT. Watch for yourself: 

Lexi, you are the CUTEST!

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26 Feb

Two Llamas Lead Arizona Authorities on Epic Chase

Apparently, earlier today two llamas were on the run in the Phoenix suburb of Sun City, Ariz., multiple media outlets have reported.

The hilarity of the news led to a livestream of the "llamas on the lam" (thanks Digg!) and a flurry of posts across social media capturing the excitement. It was unclear where the llamas came from. Eventually, both llamas were caught, but not before becoming Internet stars.

Watch as the Turtleman attempts to bring in another runaway llama:

26 Feb

Bats Can Be Adorable Too! Just Add Banana (VIDEO)

Some people (*guilty*) may be terrified of these nocturnal hunters -- but here's proof that bats can be quite cute and cuddly:

WHO is craving bananas now? And snuggling with a BAT??

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25 Feb

Conservation of the World's Rarest Cat is Working: Population Doubled!

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The Amur leopard is the world's rarest cat. In fact, there are only 65 to 69 of these guys on Earth. 

Unlike most big cats, these leopards don't live in Africa; they live in Russia, in the temperate, broadleaf and mixed forests of the far east: Russia's Land of the Leopard National Park. A handful are even in China.

That's definitely different than the Savannah. 

But what makes these cats so entirely interesting and diverse is that there are so little of them. As Discovery News reported, in 2007 there were only 30 Amur leopards! Can you say "endangered?" 

That's why the the World Wildlife Fund, Far Eastern Branch of the Russian Academy of Sciences, Amur Leopard Center and Leopard National Park are working so hard to protect the species. Scientists have set up cameras over the leopards' 900,000 acres, said the World Wildlife Fund, in order to watch growth and/or depletion. 

The main goal is to get these cats back in full swing: breeding and surviving. Russia is attempting to extend the leopard habitat into China with the Sino-Russian transboundary nature reserve, so the number of leopards in China will also have a safety net. 

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