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28 Mar

Nest Watch 2014: Baby Eagles Hatching Their Way onto APL!VE

Photo Credit: Veer Images

A new flock of birds just arrived on Animal Planet L!VE, and the brood is getting even bigger as the minutes go by! Nesting season is here, and thanks to new cams from our partners at WildEarth, you’ve got a front-row seat to some extraordinary hatching action!

In fact, we’ve already seen commotion in the nest on Pittsburgh Bald Eagle Cam today. As reported on the Facebook page of the webcam's installer, PixController, these eagle parents welcomed their first eaglet of the season at 2:36 PM ET.  Originally expected to hatch on March 26, 2014, the late arrival of this newborn has been highly anticipated ever since the first egg was laid on February 19.

With one egg hatched and two more to go, the nest watch is far from over for this cam! We expect more anxious yet heartwarming moments to unfold before us over the next few weeks and months until the eaglets are ready to fledge the nest. You will not want to miss it!

And the hatching action on APL!VE does not stop there! Be sure to visit our other fantastic bird cams from WildEarth including the Peregrine Falcons, White-Rock Bald Eagles, and Bald Eagle Nest cams!

UPDATE, Sunday, March 30: A second egg started to hatch in the Pittsburgh Bald Eagle nest this morning at 7:17 am ET.  Both eaglets and the final egg can be seen on the camera as they are tended to by their proud parents!

Here's our first look at Mom and her newborns:

Pittsburgh Eagle 1
Credit: WildEarth/PixController

19 Mar

First Kakapo Chick Born Since 2011

Kakapo-born-500wIt's good news for endangered kakapo parrots - the first chick since 2011 has hatched in New Zealand.

The Kakapo Recovery team on Whenua Hou/Codfish Island anxiously watched the egg after it had been crushed in the nest before hatching. They repaired it with tape and glue, which helped the new baby, named Lisa One (its mother is Lisa) make it to its birthday.

According to TVNZ, the baby is in an incubator and receiving round-the-clock care. The sex of the baby won't be known for several weeks.

Learn more about why the kakapo is endangered.

7 Mar

Abandoned Pelican Learns How to Fly, Wears GoPro, Just Because

When a pelican was abandoned by his flock and washed ashore after a big storm, our feathered friend named Bigbird was rescued by the staff of Greystoke Mahale in Tanzania.

Here he is, learning how to fly!  And, you know, just because it's 2014, he was outfitted with a GoPro camera — so we get the viewing pleasure of seeing him take flight!

I don't know about you, but pretty sure I saw a tear roll down his face ... ;)

Photo: YouTube image


Learn more about Pelicans in our Wild Animal Guide >>



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


31 Jan

Snowy Owl Hit by D.C. Bus, Recovering at National Zoo

A snowy owl that has become an area celebrity of sorts in the D.C. area was hit by a city bus and found Thursday. 

The species, rare to find outside of the Arctic tundra (their habitats are typically the Arctic, Alaska, Canada and northern Eurasia), had made its way south and was regularly spotted by D.C. residents. He even has a Twitter handle you can follow @DCSnowyOwl.

The owl is recovering and in good hands now at the Smithsonian National Zoo.  Watch the video as he/she (The owl's gender is up for debate!) is examined by wildlife experts:

Get well soon, sweet Mr. Owl!!


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26 Dec

Gators and Crocs Use Sticks To Attract Prey, Studies Show

Watch out for gators and crocs near sticks. (Photo Credit: Debbie Tubridy/TNWA Photography)

As we’ve learned from watching Gator Boys, alligators aren’t animals to mess around with. But while we may fear gators and crocodiles for their physicality, it’s their brains that we should be more afraid of.

Recent studies show both species are patient and quite cunning when looking for prey. It seems that both crocodiles and alligators balance sticks on their snouts near nesting colonies in an attempt to attract birds, according to a story from the Huffington Post and ScienceNOW.

The practice was first observed as an Indian zoo back in 2007. There, a behavioral ecologist named Vladimir Dinets saw crocs balancing sticks near a rookery where egrets look for sticks to build their nests. Once an egret would approach, the crocs would snap and lunge for the bird.

We’re sure Jimmy and Paul would agree that these animals are a lot smarter than we think. Visit the Gator Boys page for more gator goodness, including photos, video and more.

18 Sep

Fly Like an Eagle Through the French Alps


Photo: YouTube screengrab  

Ever wonder what it's like to soar through the French Alps? Well, your wish has been granted by one brilliant individual who strapped a camera to an eagle. And the results are pretty SPECTACULAR.  WOW.

Take an eagle's-eye-view tour of the Mer De Glace area of Chamonix:

Eat your heart out, Steve Miller Band!

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4 Sep

Acoustic kitties, remote-controlled birds and other tales of animal espionage

Spy Cat? The US government tried to use cats as spies in the Soviet Union, but failed. (Photo Credit: Thinkstock)

In this week’s weird animal news, Egyptian authorities detained a stork on the suspicion of spying, after finding it wearing tracking device, according to Sky News. Upon examination, Egyptian vets determined the bird wore a wildlife tracker meant to study its migration pattern.

The news may come as a disappointment for fans of James Bond and The Americans (ok, me), but it doesn't mark the beginning or possibly end of animals in espionage. According to a story from the Guardian, critters—from birds and monkeys, to cats and squirrels—have been suspected by governments for all sorts of treasonous dealings. Let’s take a trip through history with this timeline:

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16 Jul

Ready for Take-off! When will the Osprey Fly?

Recent sightings have documented one of the Osprey babies getting loose for a first flight.  It seems to be "Wing-ersizing" frequently and closely scoping the surroundings.Osprey Flapping 

As the days get hotter and the Sun shows little signs of relief, the thought of a relaxing and refreshing glide through the wilderness would drive an eager mind to take the chance.

Check back here for future updates.

Watch the Osprey live on APL.TV's Osprey Cam, and see if you can catch the first flight in real-time!

8 Jul

Update: Baby Puffin Hatches!

Welcome to motherhood Mr & Mrs Puffin! 

Today marks the first day the little guy (or gal) can be seen on the Puffin Cam.  We are not really sure when the baby Puffin initially hatched, but it looks like he or she is alert and healthy.  Looking at the pictures, it seems that the baby is about the size of a baby chick or duck.

Baby Puffin

As we enter into the Dog Days of Summer, the baby might be anxious to venture out and see the world that lies before it.  If Mr. & Mrs. Puffin have their way however, (which they probably will) the little one will have to take it slow and develop the muscles and techniques to fly.  Not only that the baby will probably have to help around the nest, do some chores, and listen to some life advice from Mom and Dad.

With that in mind I think it’s safe to say we won’t see it leave the nest anytime soon, but once it does and Animal Planet L!VE will be there to show you on its Maiden Voyage!



26 Jun

Summer Lovin' in the Animal Kingdom: Which APLIVE Birds are Waiting for Babies?



By Michael Nannetti

“Summer lovin’ happened so fast” 

Who said Summer Lovin’ was only reserved for Sandy, Danny Zuko, and other humans? 

As of yesterday, two of Animal Planet L!VE’s creatures are now expectant mothers!  Both from the bird family, single eggs have been spotted in the nests of the Black Eagle and Puffin.  It is not known when the eggs were laid, however yesterday was the first time during my countless viewer hours where I first spotted the birds-to-be.

[Watch Now: Black Eagle Live Cam]

Both the Black Eagle and Puffin have brought in motherhood with open-wings.  Neither of the mothers leave their nests if they don’t have to, and their heads are constantly on a swivel in constant surveillance for predators and other dangers.

[Watch Now: Puffin Live Cam]

BlackeagleeggsAll we can do now is wait patiently for those little beaks to poke out and start their lives in the wild and wonderful wilderness.  You can be sure that Animal Planet L!VE will be there to share the moment with them.

Oh those Summer Nights…

UPDATE:  As of today TWO eggs have been spotted in the Black Eagle nest.  Mom will have her hands-full with these little chirpers! 

Michael Nannetti is an Associate Interactive Producer for APL!VE.

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