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20 Nov

Watch a Lion "Sleep Roar"

You've heard of sleep walking, but what about sleep roaring?

If you have a pet dog, you know that canines dream. You've probably seen your dog flipping his or her paws, breathing heavily and maybe even barking--all while sound asleep.

This video is the cat version of that:

The lion's name is Hercules and he lives in Colorado at a facility called Wild Animal Sanctuary which specializes in rescuing large carnivores. Large carnivores such as big cats, bears and wolves face euthanization more than any other group of captive wild animal due to the high cost of feeding them and the extreme danger associated with caring for them.  

(Sidenote: please don't try to get a big cat, bear, wolf--or any other kind of wild animal--as a pet. It's not cool and usually end badly for the animal. Getting to live in a wildlife sactuary like Hercules did is the rare exception.)

They had this to say about the video:

"...he sometimes dreams of roaring while he is sleeping. Much like dogs do (where they dream of barking or running in their sleep), lions also have vivid dreams, and Hercules is having one heck of a wild dream!"

What do you think lions dream about?

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Protect wildlife with the National Wildlife Federation. 

11 Nov

Animal Friends Salute Our Vets

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Ty, a 13-year-old male California Sea Lion, provides a salute to America’s veterans. A popular resident pinniped of Shedd Aquarium’s Abbott Oceanarium, Ty spent his first four years as a member of the U.S. Navy’s Marine Mammal Program in San Diego, before receiving the equivalent of a medical discharge due to his limited vision. Shedd aquarium adopted him in 2005, where he has been thriving in their care ever since. (©Shedd Aquarium/Brenna Hernandez)

We're following Ty's lead and saluting our veterans today. Ty himself is a veteran having served in the U.S. Navy's Marine Mammal Program in San Diego. When he was discharged due to limited vision, he came to live at Chicago's Shedd Aquarium in 2005.

See more animals who have served their country:

29 Oct

Happy National Cat Day! Celebrate With On-Demand Kitten Snuggles

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National Cat Day might just be our favorite day here at Animal Planet (there are a lot of cat people here) and we're so excited to help you celebrate as well!

Today, Uber is letting you order a car that will deliver kittens directly to your office for some quality snuggle time. As Uber explains via their blog, this is how it works:

  1. Open your Uber app between 12 pm & 4 pm.
  2. Request the “KITTENS” option in your app. In NYC or DC? Enter promo code kittensnyc or kittensdc to unlock the option in your app.
  3. Once the kittens arrive, you and your friends will get to enjoy 15 minutes of kitten cuteness! PRO TIP: Make sure to have an enclosed space purrrfect for playtime! In New York City, kittens can only be delivered to offices.
  4. The best part? In most cities, kittens are eligible for adoption.

For just $30, you get 15 minutes of quality time with the kittens. Even better? Every dollar from your visit is donated to a participating shelter in your city. Uber expects the demand to be high, so while you may not get a chance to cuddle up with these cuties, you can still do your part by visiting participating shelters:

If we haven't quite convinced you yet, maybe Uber Spokescat Princess Monster Truck will change your mind...

And if the kittens aren't available where you are, you can track all the fluffy moments via the #UberKITTENS tag on Twitter right here!

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9 Oct

Animal Cruelty Now a "Crime Against Society," Will be Tracked by FBI

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In a big win for animals and animal lovers everywhere, the FBI will now begin tracking animal cruelty cases via the Uniform Crime Report (UCR) and reports from local agencies, according to CatChannel.com.

Formerly, animal cruelty cases were classified under "all other offense" and they were difficult to track because a variety of local law enforcement agencies, animal control officers and humane society agents enforced animal cruelty laws. Under the inclusion, animal cruelty will be an offense in a distinct category simlar to that of murder, assault and arson crimes.

Simply put, animal cruelty is now a "crime against society" and this new classification should motivate law enforcement agencies to pay greater attention to animal cruelty cases - particularly those within the four categories: simple/gross neglect, intentional abuse and torture, organized abuse and animal sexual abuse.

For more info on the update, check out CatChannel.com.

See Tia and crew rescue pit bulls from a fighting ring, featured on the latest episode of Pit Bulls & Parolees, every Saturday at 10PM E/P.

6 Oct

Great Cause: Michelson Found Animals Saving Pets Challenge

Pet-challenege-blog Here at Animal Planet, we love great causes that help animal organizations financially and also help raise awareness about their cause.

The Michelson Found Animals Saving Pets Challenge launched Sept. 29 and has already done big things in a short amount of time. The challenge, which is meant to help organizations that specialize in reducing euthanasia in shelters - whether it's through TNR, SNR, spay neuter, shelter and rescue and so on - is giving organizations a platform to raise money to help their cause. The best part? The organization that raises the most money will also receive a $50,000 donation. The second will get $20,000, the third $10,000. Each week, organizations will also have a chance to win up to $20,000 in prizes.

And while this is a challenge with a competition element, whatever each organization raises between now and Oct. 30, they'll get to keep. And so far a little over $135,000 has been raised. We'd say that's pretty awesome.

If you want to learn more about the challenge and also support a cause of your choice, head the the challenge page. We also encourage you to learn more about Found Animals, an independently funded non-profit that seeks to to reduce the number of animals euthanized in shelters each year.

And don't forget to check out our ROAR campaign as well!

29 Sep

#NothingButOctober: Feline All-Stars Show their #Catitude on the Animal Planet L!VE Kitten Cam!

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Photo: Joseph Schaefer

Last night, the Washington Nationals finished their regular season in historic style with their first ever no-hitter. Delighting fans and pets alike, the Nats’ win made the biggest impression on five feline fans who are now meowing their support for the hometown team via the Animal Planet L!VE Kitten Cam!  

Streaming LIVE 24/7 from the Washington Animal Rescue League, Kitten Cam underwent a spirited baseball transformation and introduced a new team of furry players who are ready to showcase their #Catitude and rally their team to victory in the postseason. At press time, they’re running laps around their room, sleeping in player’s helmets, and cuddling up with two plush versions of their favorite Nationals teammates.

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Meet the players on the APL!VE Kitten Cam

Now who may you ask are the five fantastic felines in the APL!VE starting line-up? We have the dynamic & adoptable team of Bryce Harpurr, Kitten Strasburg, Jordan Zimmermeow, Adam LaRoar, and Whiskers Werth.  And if those names look slightly familiar, you need not look any further than the National’s team roster for their human counterparts!

So this fall, step up to bat and hit a home run with the cutest players around!  Watch the baseball-lovin’ kittens of the Washington Animal Rescue League bringing their A-game and #Catitude straight to a screen near you on the APL!VE Kitten Cam.

 

26 Sep

“Werewolf” Cat Breed Raises Questions And Curiosities

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Lykoi Cat (Photo by: Nelius Rademan/Foto24/Gallo Images/Getty Images)

At first glance, werewolves and housecats go together like oil and water. But breeders have bridged the two into a new cat: the Lykoi.

The breed’s distinct look is due to a natural mutant gene variation that interferes with hair growth, resulting in a sparse, patchy coat, according to Nautilus. Not only does the Lykoi resemble a werewolf, it shares some similarities with dogs. Lykoi cats are particularly affectionate and known to follow their owners around.

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13 Sep

Overweight Cat Gets New Lease on Life

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Meet King Leo. He's a Maine Coon weighing in at a whopping 23 pounds. He was, sadly, left by the side of a road in Nashville, Tennessee, where he was, luckily, discovered by some caring individuals who took him to Metro Animal Care and Control. He was later brought to Cat Shoppe Rescue, where he recieved care. Poor King Leo had about two pounds of matted, heavy fur removed. He's since been adopted by veterinary technician LaTisha Lampley, who, along with her family, has been monitoring his caloric intake and monitoring water treadmill sessions, which are helping him build strength and lose weight.

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12 Sep

Too Cute: Giant Men Meeting Kittens for the First Time

C0n7o There are a lot of cat lovers at Animal Planet, so we all know how wonderful feline friends are despite the stereotype that follows them. But we couldn't contain our laughter when we saw this video of (giant) men meeting tiny kittens for the first time. I mean, how can you not love a kitten?

Watch for yourself:

Want even more cute? Tune in Saturday at 8PM E/P for an all-new episode of Too Cute: Pint Sized!

3 Sep

R.O.A.R. To Their Rescue - Calling All Pet Pics! Send Us Your Adoption Stories

Sept. 1 marked the launch of the R.O.A.R. To Their Rescue program where Animal Planet is teaming up with the ASPCA® to cover adoption fees in Austin, Texas; Miami, Fla.; and Cleveland, Ohio. You can get the details all about the initiative and partner organizations here! >>

To celebrate the launch, we want to hear from Animal Planet fans, far and wide — and we want to know all about your beautiful adoption stories!

Send us your adoption stories and photos and we'll feature our favorites right here on AnimalPlanet.com at the R.O.A.R. website and share them with the hashtag #ROARToTheirRescue.  To submit, email us at animalplanetdotcom@gmail.com. Be sure to send us:

  • Your Name
  • Where You Live (City/State)
  • Your Pet's Name
  • At Least 1 Photo of Your Pet (and any other family members)
  • Your Adoption Story — Tell us why you chose to adopt and how you found your pet soulmate! <3

See additional rules about photo submissions below ... And, stay tuned for YOUR stories!

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