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26 Feb

Two Llamas Lead Arizona Authorities on Epic Chase

Apparently, earlier today two llamas were on the run in the Phoenix suburb of Sun City, Ariz., multiple media outlets have reported.

The hilarity of the news led to a livestream of the "llamas on the lam" (thanks Digg!) and a flurry of posts across social media capturing the excitement. It was unclear where the llamas came from. Eventually, both llamas were caught, but not before becoming Internet stars.

Watch as the Turtleman attempts to bring in another runaway llama:

26 Feb

Bats Can Be Adorable Too! Just Add Banana (VIDEO)

Some people (*guilty*) may be terrified of these nocturnal hunters -- but here's proof that bats can be quite cute and cuddly:

WHO is craving bananas now? And snuggling with a BAT??

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23 Feb

And the Academy Award for Best Ewok Performance Goes To ... (VIDEO)

In case you missed the Oscars last night, here's all the warm and fuzzy from the entire evening wrapped up into one ADORABLE clip:

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23 Feb

SNOW DAY! Cincinnati Zoo Red Pandas Show Off in the Winter (VIDEO)

It’s been a tough winter so far for most of the United States. In fact, it has been the cause for pandemonium in some parts.

Or should we say Red Panda-monium?

Most of us are over the snow and cold weather, but two red pandas at the Cincinnati Zoo can’t get enough. Watch and see:

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21 Feb

Who Knew? Crocodiles Like to Play - and Give Each Other Piggy Back Rides

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Photo: Jeff Foott

Leisure and happiness? This is far from usual crocodile demeanor, isn't it? 

Contrary to popular belief, crocodilians are quite the playful bunch: crocodiles, alligators and caimans. The three species piggyback their mates frequently from place to place like the two above. 

According to an article in National Geographic, they also blow bubbles, play with flowers and snap up stream, which are only a few of the 15 playful behaviors zoologist Vladimir Dinet observed over his 3,000 plus hours of research. 

The zoologist is the forerunner on crocodilian play research, observing how crocodiles engage for enjoyment. Not that any other scientist hasn't ever noticed that crocodiles play, but Dinet is the first person to actually write about it. His published piece is titled, quite rightly, "Play Behavior in Crocodilians."

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20 Feb

It Turns Out Your Dog Can Actually Read Your Emotions

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Photo: Karramba Production/Veer

Well, that's something to smile about, huh?

Your dog knows what you're feeling! A conundrum for years: do you and your dog have an emotional connection?

Yes, you do. A new study shows that dogs can tell the difference between human facial expressions of joy and anger. 

So, what we're saying is, dogs know what the downward tilt of our brows signifies.

Biologist Corsin Muller of the University of Veterinary Medicine in Vienna, Austria told National Geographic that because dogs "spend so much time with humans, they have a lot of opportunities to see human expressions." 

With the help of her colleagues and 11 chosen canines, Muller conducted choice trials, presenting the pups with different images of happy and angry faces. Once two groups had been trained, one with the ability to pick out happy emotions and the other angry emotions, Muller showed the dogs only bits and pieces of each of the faces. 

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20 Feb

Hungry Cat Heroically Leaps Through Snowbank to Save the Day! ... Well, *EAT* (VIDEO)

Brrrrrr! Heard enough complaints about the east coast deep freeze yet?  Well, though ice and slush may be halting some of our daily lives — here's one kitty who LAUGHS in the face of Old Man Winter! NOTHING will stop this cat from getting his food:

Bundle up those furry loved ones and stay warm out there! 

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Does YOUR cat have any special heroic talents? We're searching for AMERICA'S NEXT CAT STAR!  Is there a kitty in your life you want to nominate? Well, here's your chance!

Nominate Your Cat Star and ENTER NOW >>

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Betty Chu is a Digital Media Executive Producer for AnimalPlanet.com. Follow her on Twitter @beddychew or Facebook.

 

 

19 Feb

Books: Harlow & Sage (and Indiana) is a Heartwarmer

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Courtesy of Putnam Books

Have you guys met Harlow, Sage, and Indiana yet? Oh boy, if you haven't, you're sure in for a wonderful surprise.

The three have created countless reasons to "Aww" on their Instagram page, but they recently published a book last October. While we are familiar with their Instagram page, we never quite understood why it is called "Harlow and Sage" when the dog's names are Harlow and Indiana.

That's where this delightful book comes in. Written in miniature dachshund Harlow's voice (shhh, she's really a Weimaraner, but her parents don't have the heart to break it to her), the lovely pup tells the story of how she became a part of her family and met her older sister and best friend Sage. Harlow recalls moments of her life with Sage, the lessons her big sister taught her, and more.  She also describes her sadness of losing Sage at the age of 13.

Pretty soon, though, Harlow's family brings home Indiana - a precocious miniature dachshund. Harlow quickly finds she must become the big sister to Indiana and turns back to Sage's wisdom to guide her.

This book is great for all ages - and may be particularly good for families with young children and pets, as they way author (and doggy mom) Brittni Vega describes animal friendship and loss is heartwarming and tear-inducing (in a very good way).

For more information on how to order the book, head to harlowandsage.com.

 

They were really happy to see each other.

A photo posted by Harlow, Sage, Indiana & Reese (@harlowandsage) on Feb 18, 2015 at 7:04pm PST

As for us? We're looking forward to a sequel as Harlow and Indiana just welcomed another sister, Reese!

Need more cute right now? Check out this Too Cute compilation video of the cutest puppy piles:

19 Feb

Big Cat Plays in the Snow, Melts Hearts (VIDEO)

With the bitter cold winter keeping most of us indoors, it’s heartwarming to see someone outside enjoying the snow.

Meet Nala, a 5-year-old Norwegian Forest Cat/Maine Coon mix with a love for the outdoors. The fluffy feline lives in Norway and looks to be her happiest outside frolicking in the snow, enjoying snowball fights with her owner.

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19 Feb

Odd Couple of the Day: Goat and Dog

 

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BFFs: Goat and Dog

This video went viral on social media, showing a white German Shepherd looking over and cuddling with a family's newborn baby Pygmy goat, a breed of miniature domestic goat. According to her owner, she took care of the adorable goat as if it were one of her puppies! Look at that face!

Watch videos of 'Animals In Love' on AnimalPlanet.com!

Watch another adorable goat and puppy in love on Too Cute!

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