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8 Apr

Help Us Spread the Word on Whaling: Vote for Webby-Nominated Whale Wars: Blood and Water

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Animal Planet's interactive experience Whale Wars: Blood and Water has been nominated for a Webby Award in the "Web: Television" category. Not familiar with Blood and Water? It follows the life of Paul Watson and his journey to end whaling.

If you're a Whale Wars fan, consider casting a vote in the people's choice award for the Webbys in order to help raise awareness for the program that shined a light on the important issue of whaling.

Cast Your Vote Now >>

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28 Mar

Cat 4 Sale! Watch Out Batman, Meet BaneCat

Batman, prepare to meet your greatest adversary yet. Meet BaneCat.  He's hungry, controlling and he's not messing around ... BE AFRAID:

Well done, BaneCat owners. Well done.

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Photo: YouTube image

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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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11 Mar

Calico Cats Help Scientists Understand the Genetics of Obesity

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Credit: iStockphoto/Thinkstock

In scientific research, the greatest inspiration can come from the most unexpected sources. Last month at the Biophysical Society Meeting in San Francisco, scientists revealed that the secret to understanding the genetics behind obesity and breast cancer may be found in the colorful coats of calico cats.

In female calicos (which nearly all calicos are) one X chromosome has an orange fur gene while the other X chromosome has a black fur gene. In a spectacular genetic feat, the chromosomes are turned off and on at random, resulting in the calico’s distinctive splotchy coat.

The process of a cell preventing the expression of a certain gene is called “gene silencing” and researchers at the University of California, San Francisco think that calico cats may be the key to unlocking the mystery of this phenomenon. According to The Huffington Post, these scientists hope that gene silencing research could someday be used to help understand and control genetic tendencies. Although the research is in its infancy, “silencing” the genes that express obesity and other diseases associated with the X chromosome, like breast cancer, may be a reality in the future.

Next time you see a calico cat, think of the amazing genetics that make their unique coat possible!

Want to see some more amazing cats? Check out the AP L!VE Kitten Cam!

9 Mar

#CatCash Fever at SXSW

If you were on Twitter Saturday night, you may have stumbled upon some #CatCash -- a trending topic that exploded out of our event at South By Southwest.

We were proud to be part of a panel at SXSW called Cat Cash: The Economy of Internet Cat Videos with our very own Social Media Director, Grace Suriel, as well as our pals Ben Lashes (Manager of Grumpy Cat, Nyan Cat, Keyboard Cat and others), Scott Stulen (Curator of the Internet Cat Video Festival) and Will Braden (Creator of Henri Le Chat Noir).

The idea was to take a seriously fun look at how Internet "cat-lebrities" have inked movie deals, inspiried touring festivals and generally made money. You know this is real when folks like Shark Tank's Mark Cuban visit backstage.

Here are some of our favorite moments and quotes as captured in the medium across the Twitterverse. As you'll see, surprise guest Grumpy Cat pretty much stole the show:

 



Want to see more? Check out this scrapbook on Seen.co. And get theguardian.com's in-depth coverage of the panel and the phenomenon.

28 Feb

Two-Legged Kitten Shows Us Nothing Is Impossible With A Few Steps

This is Mercury.

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Mercury has two functioning hind legs. (Screen capture taken from YouTube)

Mercury is a kitten with only two functioning hind legs. As you can imagine, getting around can be difficult for this fluff ball, but as you’ll see in the video below, he can do whatever he puts his mind too.

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28 Feb

New Nepalese Cat Discovered Deep in Himalayas! MEOW!

A beautiful new little cat species — new to Nepal, that is — was discovered deep in the Himalayan mountain range.

Caught on night-vision camera, this lovely little night prowler was discovered by Bikram Shrestha of The Snow Leopard Conservancy. The new cat, which until now had never been spotted in Nepal, was identifed as a Pallas' Cat — there isn't even a Nepalese name for the species.  These adorable cats are about the size of a typical house cat and found in Central Asia at higher elevations.  

Don't know about you guys, but I am *so* in LOVE <3 ... MEOW.

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11 Feb

Tiger Kills Tenth Victim in Seven-Week Spree

A tiger on the loose in northern India killed its tenth victim since its first attack on Dec. 29. 

The lone tigress, believed to have escaped Corbett National Park, has been attacking humans due to a lack of its natural prey in the region.  This past Saturday, wildlife officials were close to capturing the big cat, but the effort failed when she didn't take the live bait left for her.

According to the most recent census, India is home to approximately 1,706 tigers — that's half the Earth's tiger population left in the wild and only a small fraction of about 45,000 that used to inhabit India a century ago.

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Only 1,706 tigers remain in the wild in India (Photo Credit: iStock/Thinkstock)

Most of the remaining tigers live in wildlife reserves designated by the government. However, unregulated tourism and development intruding into the protected lands have impacted the tigers' remaining habitat and availability of natural prey. As a result, tigers have begun to attack human populations — not a natural food source for the cats.

The loose tiger did not however eat her first three victims — officials believe in her initial attacks, she may have been frightened and attacked out of panic. But she has traveled across 150 miles approximately and is believed to be fatiguing from inadequate rest.

About 40 tigers were killed by poachers last year — their body parts remain a highly valued product in Asia.

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11 Feb

Mohawk Cat Pities the Fool Who Doesn't Appreciate a Good Hair Day

Here's one cat with a serious updo. We'd be hard pressed to pull it off but this kitty certainly does! And, he's definitely got the too cool 'tude to work it:

Rock on, kitty! *ROWR*

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2 Feb

Lil BUB's Special Special is Coming, Coming!!!

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Are you ready, ready?!

Lil BUB's owner Mike is heading out for a night on the town on Saturday.  And, Lil BUB, "bubby-sitter" Amy Sedaris and Andrew W.K. are all ready for a FUN night of their own — with the cutest, furriest friends!  Sneak a peek in the promo below.

Tune in Saturday @ 9PM E/P!

 

 

 

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