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30 Mar

Pit Bull Comforts Frightened Deer (VIDEO)

Anyone that sees pit bulls as menaces to society hasn’t met Gotti the Pit Bull.

Don’t let the name fool you—Gotti has a sweet side that came out when a deer became stuck in his family’s garden fence in Greenville, NY. According to the YouTube user that uploaded the video, Gotti stayed by the deer’s side, licking its face and comforting the frightened creature, until animal rescue officials arrived.

Watch and let your heart turn to mush:

See what sweet and loving dogs pit bulls really are and watch heartwarming moments from Pit Bulls and Parolees, only on AnimalPlanet.com.

26 Mar

CUTE ALERT! Baby Leopard Sleepytime at Tampa Zoo (VIDEO)

Ready for some late afternoon, heart-melty awwws? Here you go:

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26 Mar

Get Your Morning Stretch On With Bikke The Chip! (VIDEO)

Rise and shine, everyone! It’s the morning in Japan, and Bikke the Chip is awake and ready to take on the day!

We can’t help but look at this sweet chipmunk and feel warm and fuzzy inside. Maybe we should lay off the snooze button and stretch a little more. What do you guys think?

26 Mar

Ten Things You Need to Know About Quokkas

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Photo: Thinkstock

We already know they are super cute, but here are 10 more things you need to know about quokkas.

1. When Dutchman, Willem de Vlamingh, visited the island near Australia they inhabit, he thought Quokkas were large rats, so he named their island, "Rattennest," which later became Rottnest.

2. Quokkas are 16-21 inches in length. 

3. These little guys eat at night, since they're nocturnal. They really like to eat swamp peppermint.

4. Quokkas kick back and chill around watering holes with up to 150 other Quokka buddies.

5. These marsupials don't chew their food. They swallow it immediately and later regurgitate the "cud" and chew that. 

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25 Mar

Punxsutawney Phil's March Mayhem Bracket Might be Better Than Yours

 

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Photo: Allstate

Chances are, even if you aren't a huge college basketball fan, you still filled out a March Madness bracket. And chances are somewhere down the road one of your "for sure" picks was busted due to a Cinderella upset.

So, what if we told you that famous groundhog Punxsutawney Phil might be better at picking who will make it to the "big dance" than you? Because when Phil filled out his Allstate March Mayhem Challenge bracket, he definitely went for the upsets and correctly picked UAB's win over Iowa State. He's also one of the few 7.7 percent predicting a West Virginia win over Kentucky. Will he be correct?

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Photo: Allstate

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24 Mar

Fritz the Golden Retriever Can't Catch Food, but He Will Win Your Heart (VIDEO)

Oh, Fritz. We applaud your efforts.

This Golden Retriever wants so desperately to catch the items his owner throws to him. We don't know if it's that he's getting bad tosses, has not-so-great depth perception - or perhaps a combination of both - but he's having a little trouble getting said food items into his mouth.

According to The Huffington Post, Fritz's owner, Evan Ball, doesn't actually feed his pup everything that's tossed to him (some of the human food items aren't so great for dogs, so it's probably good Fritz won't ever be a star outfielder).

"I actually intercept most of the food and give him just a little for his efforts. Plus, he only gets a food tossed to him about once a week," Ball told the media outlet via email.

We applaud Fritz for never giving up and still trying to catch that steak.

Check out this video of a dog who has NO problem getting food into his mouth:

19 Mar

Luna the Otter is Ready for March Madness

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Luna, Shedd’s rescued sea otter pup is in the March Madness spirit playing with one of her new favorite toys – a basketball! Courtesy: Shedd Aquarium

Now that March Madness has officially kicked off, those 64 basketball teams aren't the only ones hoping for some magic this championship season. The Shedd Aquarium's otter, Luna, has been showing off her own basketball skills with a newly acquired favorite toy: a basketball!

We don't know about you, but we wish we had put Luna in our March madness brackets!

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Shedd Aquarium’s rescued sea otter, Luna loves March Madness! Think she’s dreaming about her Final Four picks? Courtesy: Shedd Aquarium

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18 Mar

Squirrel Uses Tiny Fork to Eat Almond Butter (VIDEO)

Wally the squirrel is hungry, and the only solution: almond butter and a tiny fork for his tiny squirrelish hands. 

Choosy squirrels choose JIF.

 Learn more about squirrel eating habits:

17 Mar

Animal Basketball Players

 

With March Madness upon us the folks at HooplaHa have created this great compilation video of basketball-playing animals. I confess that I'm not much of a sports fan, but being a Nature Geek I could watch these cute critters shooting hoops all day long!

I only have one question: do only mammals have a propensity for basketball? I'd love to see some birds or reptiles get in on the action too!  

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Photo by Just Jefa via Flickr Creative Commons.

 

17 Mar

Family Rescues Magpie, Treated to a Forever Friend

 

A photo posted by Penguin Bloom (@penguinthemagpie) on Sep 12, 2014 at 5:47pm PDT

While most families might have a dog or cat for a pet, the Bloom family of Sydney, Australia, has a different sort of animal friend: a magpie.

 

A photo posted by Penguin Bloom (@penguinthemagpie) on Jan 16, 2015 at 2:23am PST

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