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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.

16 Apr

Will and Kate Meet Adorable German Shepherd Police Puppies

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Mark Mitchell - Pool/Getty Images

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!

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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© Wim van Passel / WWF-Canon

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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12 Mar

Animal Planet #MEOWS in Austin

By Matthew Windsor, Publicist for Animal Planet

Over the weekend, Animal Planet clawed it’s way to Austin, Texas and left a gigantic sized scratch mark on the SXSW scene with it’s participation in a "paw-some panel," Cat Cash: The Economy of Cats, and with a celebration of all things feline at the Cats Live Here party.

On Saturday, Grace Suriel, social media director of Animal Planet, appeared on the feline themed panel to discuss the network’s role in the global phenomenon that is internet cat videos. Grace mentioned Animal Planet’s dedication to cats on-air runs the gamut from shamelessly cute with the likes of TOO CUTE! KITTENS and LIL BUB’S SPECIAL SPECIAL, to ferociously frightening with MY CAT FROM HELL. In addition, she touted the success of APL L!VES’ Kitten Cam and the network’s role in changing the perception of cat ladies online. Gracel was joined by Scott Stulen, of the Cat Vid Fest, of which Animal Planet is the exclusive sponsor, Will Braden, creator of Henri Le Chat Noir, and Ben Lashes, manager of famous feline’s Nyan Cat, Keyboard Cat and Grumpy Cat, who made a surprise appearance at the panel and sent social media into a frenzy. The panel was also covered by The Guardian, OnlineVideo.net and The Star Online.

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28 Oct

Sea Lion Stuns Unsuspecting Fisherman

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We CANNOT stop laughing over this poor fisherman whose fish was stolen by a stealthy seal.

Yvan Mucharrz was posing with his catch along with Mike "The Griz" Ritz during filming of a fishing show in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. Apparently this seal has been seen frequently around the docks and locals have named him Pancho.

Mucharrz was standing close to the end of the boat posing for photos, when out of nowhere the seal jumped up and snagged the catch by its tail. The rest is history.

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