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18 Jul

National Zoo Welcomes New Red Panda Cubs!


Photo Credit: Photo Credit: Photo: Janice Sveda/Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute

The National Zoo in Washington, D.C. has welcomed four new litters of red panda cubs! However, you won't be able to see them just yet, as they are living at the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute, or SCBI, in Front Royal, Virginia. This is where the zoo does much of its research concerning animal reproduction. According to The Washington Post, four pairs of red pandas live there, all of which have had babies within the last year. That means 10 babies, more than the zoo has ever had in one year!

The little guy pictured above was born to Regan and Rocco. The cub is currently being hand-reared to increase its chance of survival, as Regan has been known to neglect cubs in the past. However, zookeepers are working hard to keep these cubs alive as well as care for the parents. In about 12 months, the cubs will be full grown and the size of a house cat!


Photo Credit: Photo Credit: Photo: Janice Sveda/Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute

Out of these panda pairs, one of the fathers is Rusty, the infamous red panda who escaped the zoo and ran the streets of D.C. last summer! Hopefully his babies won't be as mischievous. 

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14 Jul

UK Wildlife Park Welcomes Baby Muskox!

On June 2, 2014, the Highland Wildlife Park in the Scotland was very excited to announce the arrival of a new baby muskox calf. The new calf is being closely monitored in hopes that he continues to grow and become stronger. The muskox is a native to the Artic and was hunted almost into extinction for its fur and meat. Thanks to conservation regulation, reintroductions and natural colonization, the species now has much higher populations.


Photo Credit: Jan Morse

The calf’s mother, Karin, was born in the Czech Republic in 2002.  The new calf’s birth is a major event because muskox are very difficult to breed due to their extremely high neonatal mortality rates.  The first muskox calf to survive until adulthood was born in the United Kingdom in 1992. 

The Highland Wildlife Park also faces challenges due to the aggressive nature of adults.  Last year, a muskox calf that was born at the park died from an injury caused by one of her parents when she was five months old.  The keepers are doing everything possible to ensure that this new calf does not suffer the same fate. 

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11 Jul

These Maine Coon Kittens Wish You a Happy Friday

Happy Friday, everybody! Only a few more hours stand between you and your weekend but those hours seem to drag. So, to make that time go by faster, here's a video of some Maine Coon kittens all moving their heads in unison:

Look at them go! You could watch for hours (but maybe you shouldn't).


Photo Credit: YouTube

For more adorable kittens, check out our Too Cute! Kittens playlist!

To learn more about Maine Coons, check out our Cat Breed Selector and check out the Cats 101 video about Maine Coons below:


10 Jul

Celebrities Love Their Pets, Too!

We are all ferociously dedicated to our pets and celebrities are no exception. Yes, they are busy with filming and concerts and promoting their newest endeavours, but they will always have time for their pets! Check out some of the stars and the newest additions to their families!

Pop Star Lady Gaga and her French Bulldog, Asia:

One thing is for sure: Lady Gaga is obsessed with the newest addition to the Little Monsters family. Her French Bulldog puppy, Asia, has dominated her Instagram and Facebook pages since she got her in late April. And why wouldn't she?? Just look at that face. 

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10 Jul

Congrats to Japan's Shiba Inu, WORLD PUP Champion!

Dog lovers everywhere have spoken! Congratulations to the SHIBA INU, your WORLD PUP Champion! 


After a *ruff* few weeks of competition, the beloved Shiba Inu of Japan has prevailed as top dog in our first-ever WORLD PUP! The competition was tight from the start but the Shiba inu defeated Belgium's Brussels Griffon in Round 1. And moved on to eliminate the USA's Alaskan Malamute in Round 2. In Round 3, the brave little Shiba defeated Spain's Great Pyrenees. And, in the final championship match, the Shiba bested China's Shar-pei. Congratulations to our intrepid, brave, confident, little friend!

The celebration continues on Twitter!  Check out the photo gallery of our favorite supporters so far cheering on their championship title! Tweet at us with your photos (@AnimalPlanet) if you'd like to be included in our photo gallery.


Shiba Inus are wonderful dogs — and we all know the Internet LOVES them. BUT! Buuut, they are NOT for everyone — check out our Dog Breed Selector, do plenty of research and decide if they are right for you. Here's the Dogs 101 on the breed: 


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10 Jul

Throwback Thursday: Petey from 'Little Rascals'



Photo Credit: CBS Photo Archive

There are few shows dearer to our hearts than Little Rascals, or Our Gang as it was called in its earlier days. And no one was more iconic from that show than Petey, the adorable pit bull who followed and protected the gang. Besides his love of his children companions, Petey was known for the ring around his eye. But did you know that ring was actually part of his natural coloration?

Petey was originally played by a pit bull named Pal the Wonder Dog, who was born with a partial ring around his eye that was completed with make-up for his on-screen appearances. This ring was even recognized as an oddity by Ripley’s Believe It or Not! His iconic look was featured not only in the TV show, but also in Harold Lloyd’s 1925 film The Freshman and the Buster Brown films. When Pal passed away, his son, Pete, took over as Petey at just 6 months old.

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9 Jul

Tiny Hedgehogs Have Tiny Birthday Party with Tiny Cake

In case you need a little pick-me-up during your work day, take a tiny moment for a tiny celebration with these teeny, tiny, adorable hedgehogs, celebrating the cutest, teeniest birthday! ... And, though the cake may be miniature (and hedgehog food), it still looks delicious! Where's my slice?!

Happy birthday, little guy!

Photo: YouTube image

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8 Jul

Get the Scoop on Dairy from APL!VE's Calf & Chick Chats

It’s the dog days of summer, and for most of us that means a lot more time spent outside soaking up sun beams. However, there comes a time when the heat gets the best of us, and we all need to cool down and reach for a sweet, icy treat. Chances are there’s one cool, creamy dessert that you'll reach for first: Ice Cream! Its refreshing creaminess makes the mouth water and is nearly undeniable after a long day in the sun, but when was the last time you stopped to think about what it takes to deliver a cone full of milky deliciousness to your hand (and stomach)?


Well, this summer Animal Planet L!VE has the scoop with the re-introduction of Calves and Chicks Chats starting Wednesday, July 9 at 10:30AM EST!


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Meet us on Calves and Chicks Cams each week to find out fascinating information on the animals that provide the basic ingredients for all of your favorite dairy and egg treats. For example, did you know that a calf weighs 90 pounds when born but will grow up to be over 1,000 when it reaches adulthood? Or that a single adult cow will produce between 5 to 12 gallons of milk per day?


Each week, you'll have the chance to learn more fun facts like these from the staff of the South Mountain Creamery. They'll be in the chat room to answer viewers’ questions about what life is like for calves and chicks growing up on the farm and to give tidbits into what it requires to produce the dairy products we consume daily. As you chat, you’ll also be entertained by the antics of our cute APL!VE Calf and Chicks cam stars.  Be sure to join us!

Our first chat is on Calf Cam so get moooo-ving over to APL!VE. >>

Don't forget the other APL!VE cam chats you can participate in including Puppies, Kittens, Sharks, Tamarins, Sloths, and Bunnies! Go to for the full chats schedule.



8 Jul

Too Cute Tuesday: Germany’s First Walrus Pup is Born


On June 15, an adorable, whiskered male walrus pup was born at Hamburg’s Hagenbeck Zoo. But this isn’t an ordinary walrus pup.

Why? Because he is the first and only walrus to be born in Germany. The zoo’s website states that this group of walruses (the pup’s mother and enclosure mates) came to them about a year ago from the Moscow Zoo to fulfill the dream of Tierpark Hagenbeck to host the only walrus breeding group in Germany. And their dreams have come true! This little guy doesn’t have a name yet, but it will be decided by zoo visitors.

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6 Jul

'Independence Day' Reenacted by PUG PUPPIES

Move over Will Smith! There's cuter talent in town! 

Hopefully you were celebrating the glorious holiday weekend and honoring America with family, friends, good food, fireworks - and, maybe a movie? Perhaps ... Independence Day starring Will Smith and Jeff Goldblum?

Well, here's an efficient, 2-minute, possibly cuter version as recreated by these ADORABLE pug puppies. Enjoy!

We're not entirely sure this little guy below is happy with the production ... or, knows what's actually going on. But he sure looks CUTE doing it.

Photo: YouTube image

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