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17 Nov

Oregon Elephants are Ready for Fall to be Over

While humans groan and complain about stores and shops rushing them through the fall and into the holiday season, there is a herd of Asian elephants at the Oregon Zoo excited for it all to be over. They are celebrating the end of pumpkin season by smashing the biggest ones in the Pacific Northwest and it is quite a sight to behold.

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Taking the lead in the demolition is Lily, the three-year-old calf whose enthusiastic personality and shameless pumpkin smashing has been praised by her keepers since she was born. She's not afraid to show the pumpkin who is boss.

"She's definitely not shy," said Bob Lee, the zoo's elephant curator. "She competes with the bigger elephants for enrichment toys and treats. She doesn't just wait for her turn."

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20 Oct

Little Tortoise Goes Ham on Big Tomato

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(Guest post by Anna Swartz from

This might be the cutest snacktime ever. Look how happy this little tortoise is to have a tomato all to himself — he just needs a little help keeping it steady ... 

That tomato may be small, but it's at least twice the size of the tortoise's little head. So this must be like, the best day ever for him.

"C'mere tomato ... I'm gonna eat you up!!"

Someday he's going to eat that whole thing. Maybe.

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Not only can these creatures scarf down fruits and veggies like nobody's business, they're actually quite quicker on their feet than you'd think. 

6 Oct

Snack Time Turns Intense as Guinea Pig Sisters Reach the Final Bite

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(Guest post by Stephen Messenger from

A tasty treat is always best when shared with a friend — except maybe as the tasty treat nears its end.

Like many siblings, guinea pig sisters Gracie and Suzie seem to love nothing more than spending snack time together. Well, to a point. In this video uploaded to Facebook, the snow-white sisters are seen happily enjoying a nibble on the same leafy green, putting them on a collision course to a less-than-sweet little smooch as they both vie for the final bite.

No fairy tale ending here, but we love it just the same. Watch more adorable pets in slow motion below.

4 Oct

Paddleboarder Has Once-in-a-Lifetime Experience with Pair of Whales

Dave Price is one lucky guy. While he was paddle boarding off the coast of Esperance, Australia, a pair of Southern Right whales decided to come over to him and say hello! Thanks to the quick thinking of an Esperance local, Jaimen Hudson, the moment was captured on camera. Once Hudson heard news of the whales' appearance, he launched his drone and caught this amazing encounter. This birds-eye perspective truly showed how large these animals really are, especially compared to humans!


Photo by Jeff Foott (not the whales from the video)

Southern Right Whales grow to about 45 to 55 feet and can weigh up to 60 tons! They are native to the water of Australia, South Africa, and Argentina. It is also estimated by NOAA that there are only 7,000 of them left in the world. 

Learn more about some amazing whales here!

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3 Oct

Heartthrob Veterans Help Shelter Dogs

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(Guest post by Anna Swartz from

What could be better than a bunch of heroic hot dudes taking their clothes off for shelter pets? Exactly.

Dallas photographer Ricki Beason got the idea for her "Heartthrobs and Hound Dogs" calendar last year. She already volunteers her time to take photos of shelter dogs — but she wanted to help even more.

"My passion for rescue dogs began six years ago when I got my first rescue of my own, Blue," Beason told The Dodo. "I want to help save as many dog's lives that I can with my photography … Last year I started the Heartthrobs and Hound Dogs Calendar, featuring firemen cuddling adorable dogs, in an effort to reach beyond the borders of Dallas."

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29 Sep

Future Animal Lover Loses it When He Sees His New Favorite Animal

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(Guest post by caitlinnjill from

Most of us start learning about animals from a young age, going over animal names and sounds with our parents. This little guy was doing the same thing — and accidentally discovered what his favorite animal is destined to be.

This little boy's mom was showing him flashcards of animals, and every time she got to the donkey ... he completely lost it.

Just hearing the word donkey made this guy SO unbelievably happy, I can't imagine what will happen when he actually sees a real donkey for the first time. I've never heard someone laugh so hard ... especially about donkeys.

It just goes to show that loving animals can start from a very, very early age. I hope he gets to see a real donkey soon. He's totally earned it.

Want an animal in your child's life? Then check out the top 10 dog breeds for families here!

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29 Sep

Little Boys Catches Bird Only to Have His Siblings Release it

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(Guest post by Caitlin Jill Anders from

Most kids enjoy animals, but some take loving them a little more seriously than others. A little boy was filmed talking about how he finally succeeded in catching a bird ... while his two younger siblings debated on how to set the bird free.

The boy was clearly very proud that he had trapped the bird under a bucket, but his younger siblings weren't so sure. His little sister and brother examined the bucket in the background, skeptical about the whole thing.

At one point his little sister said, "How do we get it out?"

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26 Sep

Rare Bird Looks Downright Stunning in His First-Ever Photos

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(Guest post by Stephen Messenger from

It's taken decades of searching, but scientists have finally done it — they've captured the very first photos of one of the most elusive and mysterious birds on the planet.

And boy, was it worth the wait.

All that was known about these elusive birds, native to the forests of Guadalcanal in the Solomon Islands, came from just three female specimens collected half-a-century prior. Male moustached kingfishers, meanwhile, had never once beenobserved by scientists before — but that all changed last week. Now we know just how stunning they really are.

The vibrant-hued bird, of course, was released back into the thick veil of the forest where he belongs, leaving us with these fantastic images for posterity. 

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25 Sep

Watch Animals Attacking Drones

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We see a lot of animal videos here at Animal Planet. Every once in a while one comes across our screens that stands out from the rest.

This video of animals all shapes and sizes taking on drones is one of them. It's a great reminder that no matter how much technology we have, Mother Nature still wields tremendous power in the form of her beasts, and can destroy our machines with fangs, talons, claws and muscle.

That's not a bad reminder to get.

Watch this octopus actually steal a camera!

23 Sep

Badass Female Snake Proves She Doesn't Need a Man

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A yellow-bellied watersnake at Missouri's Cape Girardeau Conservation Nature Center hasn't had contact with a male snake in over eight years, but has given birth twice in the last two, reports the Washington Post.

While the phenomenon of "virgin births" is common in insects, it's not common with snakes, naturalist Jordi Brostoski told the Post. Scientifically, this process is known as parthenogenesis, a type of asexual reproduction, which essentially allows a female to reproduce without any contribution from a male partner.

Earlier in the summer intern Kyle Morton discovered several membrane's in the snakes catch (watersnakes give birth to live snakes), and initially thought someone was playing a joke on him, according to a press release. While two of the snakes the female water snake gave birth to last year are still alive and in good health, none of this year's offspring survived, unfortunately.

Check out this video of male garter snakes using trickery for better chances of mating success:

Check out five more badass females of the animal kingdom!

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