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17 Dec

Help Make Wishes Come True This Holiday Season with Make-A-Wish and Animal Planet

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It's no secret that our Animal Planet stars love working with and saving animals - but they're also just as passionate for great causes like Make-A-Wish, which grants the wishes of children diagnosed with life-threatening illnesses. More than a few of these "wish kids" want to meet everything that crawls, slithers, flies or swims - and who better to help make these wishes come true than Animal Planet and its stars?

Caylee (photo above) is four years old and battling a gastrointestinal disorder. She loves the Gator Boys and Paul Bedard and Jimmy Riffle were just as excited to meet her and show her the ropes. She even got a lesson in wrestling a stuffed-animal gator. Check out more of her wish visit in the video below.

Want to watch even more magical moments? Check out AJ picking out a tree for his awesome treehouse with Pete Nelson, Wyatt taking over River Monsters with Jeremy Wade and much more in our Make-A-Wish playlist!

Do you want to help grant a wish for a child in need? Learn how at: www.wish.org

 

5 Nov

Wildlife Photographers of the Year Named: See the Photos

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Duchess of Cambridge with overall winner Michael Nichols. © Trustees of NHM, London

Photographers from 96 countries contributed over 42,000 submissions for the Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition - and the winners have now been announced! The United States' Michael "Nick" Nichols won the overall award for his black and white photo of lions resting atTanzania's Serengeti National Park. Eight-year-old Carlos Perez Naval of Spain took home the Young Wildlife Photographer of the year award for his photo of a common yellow scorpion against the background of a shining sun.

Check out the other winners and finalists below!

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Winner - Black and White / Overall Winner - Wildlife Photographer of the Year: "The last great picture" by Michael ‘Nick’ Nichols (USA) 
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Winner - 10 Years and Under/Overall Young Wildlife Photographer of the Year: Stinger in the sun - Carlos Perez Naval (Spain)

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3 Nov

Dogs in Cars: Capturing Canine's Happiest Moments

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Chulo, Dapple Chiweenie (Lara Jo Regan)

What do dogs love almost as much as their best friend? We're guessing probably long car rides with their heads out the window, with the wind blowing through their fur. Photographer Lara Jo Regan captured these extreme moments of happiness in her new book Dogs in Cars, which you can purchase here. We've got a few photos as a sneak peek, though, and the book is not only adorable, but it also is a guaranteed way to make you smile as you see dogs in their purest form of happiness.

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Napoleon, Lulu and Stitch, Pugs (Lara Jo Regan)

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9 Sep

Mongoose Fends Off Four Lions

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Everyone is a fan of the underdog story. For example, the 1980 men's USA Olympic hockey team, otherwise known as "The Miracle on Ice," is one of the greatest underdog stories and perhaps considered one of the most well-known. But this mongoose taking on four lions - and coming out victorious - is a strong contender for that top spot. 

Lions are supposed to be the kings of the jungle, but apparently no one told this mongoose. 

 

Have you seen Mongoose pups? They're Too Cute! 

Watch Too Cute Saturdays at 8/7c!

2 Jul

Bigfoot Hairs Ruled Out, but New Mystery Emerges

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A cast of an alleged Bigfoot footprint. Image Credit: Cliff Barackman

Research published in the Proceedings of the Royal Society B claims that hair samples presented as evidence of Bigfoots did not actually come from the mythical creature. However, as the article from Discovery News states, those believed to belong to the Yeti actually uncovered another mystery - an ancient and new species of bear.

Is this difinitive proof that Bigfoot may not exist? No need to fret yet, Bigfoot believers.

Jennifer Viegas of Discovery News writes, "The study solely focused on hair samples, and did not address the footprints, photographs, recorded sounds and other 'evidence' purportedly linked to Bigfoot, the Yeti and similar supposedly human-like creatures."

Out of 57 hair samples provided, only 36 were tested. And as viewers see on Finding Bigfoot - there is a lot more evidence out there to be shared.

Read more about the research, what was found and more on Discovery News >>

So, what do you think? If you're a Bigfoot skeptic, does this confirm your disbelief? If you believe Bigfoot is still out there, does this change your mind in any way? Talk to us below in the comments and be sure to tune in Sunday, July 6 at 10PM E/P for an all-new episode of Finding Bigfoot!

6 Jun

PHOTOS: Bees: Up Close and Beautiful

Many probably think of bees as those pesky things that come around during picnics and manage to give everyone a good scare.  Sam Droege, a biologist at the USGS Bee Inventory and Monitoring Lab, however, gives everyone a chance to see these insects in a beautiful new light with his brilliant photographs.

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Photo Credit Sam Droege

Droege's role is to document many of the 4,000 species of bees that can be found here in North America.  From this information he is able to work with his colleagues to track fluctuations in different species’ populations.  The photographs are magnified to show the bees at up to five times their actual size according to Smithsonian.com.

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16 May

Jumping Crocodiles Offer Strong Reminder to Never Get in the Water Again

8rk74In further evidence supporting our decision to never enter the water again, this video of amazing crocodiles leaping majestically out of the water to catch some meat on a fishing line proves that these chomping beauties aren't creatures to be messed with.

The video, from Northern Territory, Australian Outback YouTube channel shows how you can get up close and personal with the crocodiles (in a safe, smart manner, of course). Check it out.

As for us? With all of our Monster Week research, we'll stick to dry land, thanks. Check out more reasons to never get back in the water - including this piranha whose teeth can bite through steel:

Tune in for a brand new Monster Week - starting THIS Sunday at 9PM E/P

(with specials premiering at 8PM E/P too!)

10 May

Moms, Always There to Show Us the Way…

Contributed by Amal Omer, World Wildlife Fund

8pkgs…sometimes with a little needed push! This rare footage shows a wild panda with her cub in China’s Anzihe Nature Reserve. The reserve is in the Sichuan province of China and a core panda habitat. The two pandas appear in the frame, where you can see the mom grab her cub by the neck to lead the baby into the bamboo jungle, as the little one gets distracted and stops to sit down. Pandas live mainly in bamboo forests high in the mountains of western China, where they subsist almost entirely on bamboo and eat about 26 to 84 pounds of it every day.
 
World Wildlife Fund works with the Chinese government’s National Conservation Program to help protect the giant panda and its habitat. The footage – even though it’s totally worthy of being your favorite cute animal video of the week – is actually a valuable conservation tool that helps scientist monitor panda populations and develop strategies to save the world’s rarest bear.
 
Happy Mother’s Day!

See even more animal moms in action!

5 May

Monster Monday: Man-Eating Super Crocodile Caught in Uganda, Weighs in at One Ton

Crocodile-captured-500wThis picture taken on March 31, 2014 shows residents of the Kakira village, in the Jinja District of eastern Uganda, gathering to look at a crocodile that was captured by Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA) staff. AFP PHOTO / Peter BUSOMOKE

In late March, a one-ton crocodile was caught in Uganda, according to ABC News.

According to reports, the crocodile, believed to be about 80 years old, had terrorized residents of the town and is thought to be responsible for one death and several other maulings.

It was transferred by truck to Murchison Falls National Park in Lolim, Uganda.

Learn more about another super-crocodile caught in the Philippines.

Check out even more ferocious monsters here! >>

Tune in for a brand-new Monster Week May 18 at 8PM E/P!

30 Apr

Too Cute: Tiny Hamsters Eating Tiny Burritos

8hckxWe can relate to this adorable hamster eating specially prepared tiny burritos. If only we had cheeks like him so we could shovel in tasty burritos so much faster.

Check out the video below then continue watching some even more adorable hamster clips.

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