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30 Nov

Sister Sumatran Tigers Give Birth Within Days of Each Other

There are reportedly less than 400 Sumatran Tigers left in the wild. Their existence is shriveling to dangerously low numbers due to poaching and deforestation in their native habitats on the tropical Indonesian island. However, in the span of five days, two healthy cubs were born in Florida, finally giving conservationists something to smile about.

On Nov 23, Zoo Miami announced the birth of an adorable 3-pound male cub. The cub was born on Nov 14 and has yet to be named, according to the Miami Herald. The birth marks the first Sumatran Tiger birth at the zoo and the first offspring of Leeloo a four-year-old female that arrived in Miami in 2013 from the Oklahoma City Zoo. Berani, the cub's father, arrived the same year, from San Francisco Zoo.

Just up the coast of Florida at the Jacksonville Zoo, Leeloo's littermate gave birth to her very first cub just five days later. The cub, whose sex has yet to be revealed, is reportedly healthy, as is mother Dorcas. Interestingly, the cub's father is also named Berani. However, THIS Berani hails from Ohio and is 14 years old. 

"This rare cub's birth is so exciting for the zoo and our community," said Dan Maloney, the Jacksonville Zoo's Deputy Director of Animal Care and Conservation in an interview with a local news channel. "We can't wait to see the youngster grow, develop and explore the special features we designed into our newest Land of the Tiger habitat, especially the unique trail system."

The proud tiger parents are reportedly all a part of the elaborate AZA Tiger Species Survival Plan® (SSP) Conservation Campaign, which aims to increase genetic diversity within zoos to ensure the success of the species.  

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Learn about other endangered species fighting for survival and be sure to watch Racing Extinction on Dec 2 at 9/8c on Animal Planet and Discovery Channel. 

30 Nov

Cat Found a Lizard Friend and is Totally Keeping Him

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(Guest post by Caitlin Jill Anders from

When animals of different species become friends, it's pretty much the best thing ever.

Puppet the cat was living an ordinary life, doing what cats do — until she met Puff (yes, that's really his name) the bearded dragon. Now the pair are pretty much inseparable, and nothing has ever been sweeter.

Puppet and Puff do everything together, from just hanging out ...



... to cuddling ...


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30 Nov

Porcupines Munching on a Pumpkin Might be the Sweetest Thing Ever

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(Guest post by Caitlin Jill Anders from

Between Halloween and Thanksgiving, most people are probably sick of pumpkins at this point — but not these hungry babies.

Two porcupine friends named Zig and Zag both decided they wanted to enjoy a snack of a tiny pumpkin that their owner had grown for them in his garden ... at the same time.

The result? Absolutely adorable.

Who would have thought watching two porcupines compete for their share of a tiny pumpkin would be the best thing ever? We can only hope that Zig and Zag's owner will make them more holiday snacks to share ... and film them, of course.

Not all porcupines are so sweet. They are wild animals, after all! Watch as the VRC teams save two pit bulls that messed with the porcupine:

30 Nov

Dog Busts a Move to Grandma' Accordion

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(Guest post by Stephen Messenger from

If stealing the show was against the law, Nathan the dog would be one smooth criminal.

The charming little Chinese Crested pup, who took the internet by storm a few years back for his uncanny ability to boogie along to pop songs, is back and as wiggly as ever.

This time, Nathan is getting his groove on to the cheery sounds of a grandma rocking the accordion — proving without a doubt his incredible versatility a backup dancer.

Best of all, Nathan's signature dance skills aren't just fun to watch — they're helping to raise awareness about other pups like him. He's been serving as a a spokesdog of sorts for the group Bald Is Beautiful dog rescue, putting the spotlight on these unique pets' playful side.

"Although their looks are considered odd to some, Nathan's growing fan base is discovering what makes them incredibly special; quirky antics, expressive faces and loving personalities," his owner wrote on Facebook. "Because of Nathan, adoptions within the rescue have benefitted. Inquiries and interest about the breed has increased and comments have been more positive than ever."

Here's another video of Nathan in action, this time grooving to a tune with a bit more rhythm.

Take a look at some more pooches prancing and dancing to tunes.

30 Nov

Live Goat Given to Tiger as Food and They Become Best Friends

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(Guest post by Solon Kelleher from

He's hunted numerous goats before, but when zookeepers placed one nameless goat in his cage as live food earlier this week, Amur the Siberian tiger decided to do something different.

"Nobody taught the goat to be afraid of the tiger. So, Amur decided not to mess with the fearless goat, and didn't eat it," the park wrote on its website.

Located in Primorsky, Russia, the Far East Safari Park has given goats and rabbits to Amur about twice a week, but he's never acted this way before to an animal who was given to him as food.

They've since befriended each other. And now that it seems the goat will stay for longer than expected, the astonished zookeepers have given him a name: Timur.



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30 Nov

Mark Zuckerberg Celebrates 5 Years With His Favorite Ball of Fur

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(Guest post by Solon Kelleher from

It's been five years since Facebook creator Mark Zuckerberg welcomed the fluffy Hungarian sheepdog, or Puli, named Beast into his family, and this past weekend, he shared one of his favorite photos of Beast along with a few kind words.

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"In the spirit of this holiday weekend, I want to share the most joyful photo ofBeast jumping I've ever seen," Zuckerberg wrote in the caption. "Even after living with this guy for five years, seeing him bounce around still makes me smile. I hope your holiday weekend has been joyful too."

It's been a beautiful five years together. Below are a few highlights from the family's photo collection.

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26 Nov

Blind Greyhound Puppy and Her Brother Stuck Together No Matter What

(Guest post by Christian Cotroneo from

A pair of forlorn greyhound puppies found in the scrublands of Spain had everything against them.

Abandoned. Starving. One of them was blind.

But even in that darkness, there was a light: the unbreakable bond between a brother and sister. 


Residents at a women's shelter near Madrid came across the siblings, as one of them, the brother, led his blind sister on a search for food. 

"On approaching the dogs, it was possible to see that one of them had a cloudy veil covering the retina of the eyes," Nacho Paunero, the head of El Refugio,wrote on the website. "Her brother seemed to be fully aware of the blindness of his sister and would not be separated from her for a single second. He was protecting and guiding her."

And then it was time for the kind to lead the blind.


Dubbed Pisper and Blinder (you can probably guess who was who), the dogs were taken to a local veterinarian. An infection was determined to be the cause of Blinder's condition. A full recovery is expected. 

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26 Nov

Manny the Frenchie Makes Most Adorable Visit to Sick Fan

It's no secret that Manny the Frenchie is an internet sensation. His Instagram is inching closer and closer to hitting one million followers, a mark hit some time ago on his massively popular Facebook page. Not to mention, he's quite the avid Puppy Bowl fan. However, it's not just about the glitz and glam of stardom for the precious pooch. 

Recently, Manny traveled to Louisiana to bring a smile and a sloppy wet kiss to the face of a true survivor. Joycelun, one of Manny's biggest fans, suffers from Cystic Fibrosis and had no idea her favorite pup was coming to visit. Check out the incredible surprise below: 

Bites @ Animal Planet had the opportunity to chat with Manny about his travels and what it meant to bring some joy to Joycelun. 

Bites: What made the email about Jocyelun stick out in your inbox? Was there ever any hesitation in making this surprise happen for her?  

Manny: We receive a couple hundred emails like this every month and although I wish I could help every single human and animal that emails me, unfortunately I can't. This particular email stood out because it was regarding a disease that affects only humans and not animals. Katie showed us how much Joycelun loved looking at my pics and how much I help cheer her up when she is in pain. After learning more about Cystic Fibrosis and what Joycelun has endured her whole life, there was no hesitation to visit her.  My mommy and daddy decided that instead of a regular visit, we wanted to surprise her and capture her reaction. 

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26 Nov

Sleepy Wolf Cub Bravely Battles Hiccups

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(Guest post by Hudson Hongo from

For thousands of years, doggy hiccups have mildly irritated the world's pups, but one courageous wolf baby has finally said, "Enough."

In a video uploaded by New York's Wolf Conservation Center, tiny Nikai can be seen taking a stand against the squeaky scourge — despite also fighting off a critical case of puppy sleepies.

"I *hic* will defeat this yippy curse *hic*." 

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25 Nov

When Smelling Things Was the Wrong Choice

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(Guest post by April Son from

Worst. Decision. Ever. 

Sometimes the stink just comes out...

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