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21 May

Burned in House Fire, Cat Recovers at Clinic and Offers Snuggles to Other Animal Patients

Darla and Russell would like everyone to know that they're going to be on the evening news! Special thanks to ABC11...

Posted by Animal Emergency Hospital and Urgent Care on Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Now it's time for a cute break.

We want to introduce you to a cat named Russell. Russell has been living and recovering at North Carolina's Animal Emergency Hospital and Urgent Care after he was burned in a house fire a year and a half ago, according to the Huffington Post. The fire destroyed his family's home and left him without the tips of his ears.

While Russell has been recovering, he's also been making friends with other animals at the clinic who are also recovering from various ailments. Most recently Russell has taken a shine to a fawn named Darla, who was discovered on someone's lawn after she most likely lost her own mother.

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20 May

Beautiful Crane Fights Off Hungry Tigers (VIDEO)

When a crane was blown into a tiger enclosure by strong winds at a zoo in China, the crowds yelped in horror as they watched the battle that unfolded.

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Photo: The Telegraph CCTV video image

The tigers immediately chased after the crane -- but the bird beauty impressively managed to fend off her attackers with a few graceful wing swoops and looking larger than life! The crowds of zoo visitors cheered and watched the drama at the Fuyang Wildlife Park in Zhejiang Province:

The crane was eventually rescued by zoo staff and removed from the tigers' territory.

 

It's MONSTER WEEK! Watch videos about a killer tiger on the loose in India from our program SERIAL KILLER TIGER AT LARGE:

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14 May

British Cat Sets Guinness World Record for Loudest Purr

British cat Merlin just broke the Guinness World Record for having the loudest purr. According to BuzzFeed, this guy's purr reaches 70 decibels, perhaps the equivalent to having an AC unit or dishwasher running right in your face. For cat owners out there, you know how loud your cat's purr can be - can you even imagine having Merlin around? 

“Occasionally when he’s really loud I have to repeat myself," Merlin's owner, Tracy, said. When you’re watching films you have to turn the telly up or put him out of the room, if he’s eating he’ll purr loudly. I can hear him when I’m drying my hair."

 Merlin lives in Torquay, Devon (UK), is 13 years of age, and was adopted from an animal rescue centre in nearby Kingskerswell by his owner Tracy Westwood and her daughter Alice, according to the Guinness World Record website.

Meet the cat that last held the world record:

13 May

Bobcat and Coyote Face Off in Suburbia (VIDEO)

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Posted by Jon Snow on Monday, May 11, 2015

 

This is a pretty amazing video! The bobcat and the coyote featured both have wide ranges across the country, living close to humans, sometimes even in our cities, towns and backyards. But both are also extremely elusive. They are usually nocturnal and go out of their way to avoid being seen by humans.

So this video captured by a cyclist at River Legacy Park in Arlington, Texas is an extremely rare thing. Not only is it rare to see one of these animals in the daylight, right out in the open, but to see them both together is nothing short of a once in a lifetime wildlife encounter.

Bobcats and coyotes are both medium-sized predators that compete with each other for prey. All cats are strict carnivores, while coyotes have a more varied diet and can consume everything from plant material to insects to the rodents, rabbits and other small animals also fed on by the bobcat.

The video certainly answers the question of who's the "top dog" in this competition between carnivores--and it isn't the coyote!

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Photo by Linda Tanner via Flickr Creative Commons.

 

Protect Wildlife with the National Wildlife Federation.

 

12 May

After Spending 49 Days in a Shipping Container, This Cat Proves it Has Nine Lives (VIDEO)

Talk about having nine lives! An Australian cat named Pippa is miraculously alive after having spent 49 days in a shipping container, according to Time.

Pippa apparently snuck into the container while her owner was filling it with items for a neighbor who had just moved to Brisbane, Australia. When he opened the box, it was covered with cat hair, feces, and urine - and Pippa. Since she was so malnourished, she was taken to an animal welfare league, where she has been cared for, and has since moved in with a foster family. Rebecca Schilling, Pippa's owner, is working on bringing home the 3-year-old tabby, but also doesn't want to traumatize her further with long travel so soon after her ordeal.

Get tips on how to travel/move with cats here.

Watch this video to see how to ease your pet's anxiety while riding in the car:

11 May

Cat Bros Caught on Camera in Hot 'n Heavy Make-out Sesh (VIDEO)

Prepare to witness one of the most passionate make-out sessions ever — but try not to judge them for being brothers:

Seamus and Angus are two short-haired exotic Persian cats who clearly share a strong sibling bond — in addition to sharing ADORABLE DNA! 

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Photo: YouTube video image

Want more Persian kitty cuteness? Meet America's Next Cat Star, Brimley! Watch the videos below to get his amazing adoption story:

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29 Apr

Who's More Well Trained: This Cat or His Human? (VIDEO)

It's no secret that we love cats, so it seems only natural that Pecan the cat has basically stolen our hearts.

It's hard to tell if he's just well-trained, or if he has trained his human well, as whenever he rings a bell, he gets a treat. Once you checked out the video above, visit Pecan's Facebook page for even more adorable photos and videos.

Check out another well-trained cat!:

28 Apr

Road to Puppy Bowl Rolls Into Chicago as Animal Planet Hosts First Ever Draft on Wednesday

Contributed by Matt Windsor

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All right everyone, listen up, this is your ROAD TO PUPPY BOWL Ref and I’ve got one important announcement to make. So, please gather round, grab a knee, sit, stay and perk those ears up because you won’t want to miss this.

Everyone listening? Terriers in the corner, keep it down or I’ll have to send you to the showers! Ok, now that we’re all paying attention, here it goes…

On Wednesday, Animal Planet is teaming up with the NFLPA, PAWS Chicago and the ASPCA for the first-ever ROAD TO PUPPY BOWL DRAFT adoption event!

As you may have seen, I’ve been traveling nationwide with Animal Planet as they’re spreading the good news about adopting shelter animals and helping cover adoption costs so every animal has a chance to find a forever home. It’s been an amazing experience so far, but tomorrow, it’s getting even BIGGER!

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14 Apr

Purr-fect Summer: Animal Planet to Help Host CatConLA in June

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Lil BUB is one of the guests scheduled to attend CatConLA June 6 and 7 in Los Angeles! (Photo by Animal Planet)

Cat people, rejoice!

The first-ever CatConLA gathering is less than two months away and we’re joining the “purr-ty”! We are proud to announce that Animal Planet will be the exclusive cable partner for CatConLA June 6 and 7 at The Reef in Los Angeles.

CatConLA, presented by Rachael Ray Nutrish, is a two-day event celebrating cats and their people, showcasing cat-centric merchandise (from furniture and art, to toys and clothes) and conversations with some the leading cat experts from around the world.

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9 Apr

Bobcat Attacks Shark

 


This is the ultimate case of land vs. sea.

John Bailey was walking on the beach when he saw what he thought was a dog emerging from the water. He was surprised to see it was dragging a shark in its mouth. But that was nothing compared to his surprise when he realized it wasn't a dog. It was a bobcat!

He snapped this photo that has gone viral of the rare predator vs. predator event.

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Many people questioned whether the photo was real or fake. I'm not a photoshop expert but as a Naturalist with the National Wildlife Federation, I don't have trouble believing it to be authentic.

Bobcats, though shy and elusive around people, are bold, opportunistic predators that will take advantage of any food source. For a bobcat living in a coastal area, hunting at the water's edge makes perfect sense.

H/T to Huff Post Green.

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