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2 Jul

Animal Planet L!VE Gets Patriotic!

It’s almost the 4th of July and that means our Animal Planet L!VE cams are getting decked out in all things red, white and blue to celebrate. Whether it be bunting in the cam's corner or an all-American blow out (here’s looking at you, Kitten Cam), Animal Planet L!VE is ready for the Fourth! Our ants on Ant Cam are even marching on to some classic patriotic music! Need more convincing? Here are some highlights of what you’ll find over at Animal Planet L!VE this Fourth of July weekend!

Kitty in a Hat
Our Kitten Cam is all dressed up and ready to party.

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1 Jul

Pig the Unusual-Looking Pup is Anything but Ordinary

Dogs come in all shapes and sizes, and Pig the Akita mix definitely proves it. How is she unusual looking, you ask? Pig has Short Spine Syndrome which is exactly what it sounds like: she is missing several vertebrae, so her body is much shorter than it is supposed to be.

Photo courtesy of Alabama Media Group

Pig was born to a feral mother and was rescued along with the rest of her brothers and sisters in Jefferson, Georgia. Kim Dillenback, who didn’t originally rescue the litter, met Pig and fell in love with her right away, as Dillenback had previously fostered rescue dogs. However, no one thought Pig was going to make it because of her shape. In an interview with, Dillenback said, "We assumed that by now, she would be suffocating under her own organs, or something like that, because of her shape." Despite the odds, Dillenback took Pig in and now Pig is almost 8 months old and about 15 pounds.


And she is just like any other dog. She loves to play fetch, wrestle with her other dog friends, and even stand on two hind legs. Despite missing part of her spine and vertebrae being fused together, Pig has few health problems and is in no obvious pain. Dillenback does have to make sure she eats slowly to avoid choking. In Pig’s story on, Dillenback said, "She doesn't have the space in her to eat large meals without getting out of breath because her lungs are crowded."

Despite the odds, Pig is a happy, relatively healthy mutt who definitely turns heads in public. Learn more about Pig and her foundation to help foster dogs on her Facebook page.

For more unusual pets, check out our Too Cute Extra Special Pets playlist:


8 May

Turns Out We Share the Same Diet as Tiny Hamsters: First Burritos, Now Pizza

8nrl0First there were tiny hamsters eating burritos. Now they're eating pizza.

We'd say this is the cutest thing ever, but until we see tiny hamsters eating tiny bowls of macaroni and cheese, we remain unconvinced.

Enjoy more hamster cuteness with this hamster playlist.

Watch the tiny hamster (thanks to AprilsAnimals) here:

10 Jan

Host an exclusive Puppy Bowl VIP (Very Important Puppy) House Party!


This year’s Puppy Bowl is less than a month away, and if you’re anything like us, you can’t wait to watch. But why just watch the gamewhen you could treat your friends to an exclusive Puppy Bowl party instead?

To celebrate Puppy Bowl’s 10th Anniversary, we’ve teamed up with House Partyto throw tens of thousands of official “Puppy Bowl VIP House Parties” all around the country — and we want you to host one! It’s free and easy: all you have to do is head over to the House Party site and apply today. Everyone who applies will have the opportunity to become an official party “Tailgater” (get it? “Tail”-gater). But the fun doesn’t stop there, because 1,000 applicants will also be selected to join the official Home Team. If you’re chosen for the Home Team, we’ll mail you a Party Pack full of balloons, tattoos, party snacks, game-day accessories and more!

But whether you’re selected to be a Tailgater or a member of the Home Team, you’ll have access to exclusive downloadable game-day recipes, fun party ideas, Puppy Bowl X bios and more, all designed to help you and your friends make this the biggest and best Puppy Bowl yet.

And, as if that wasn’t enough, you’ll also have the chance to enter the Puppy Bowl X Ruff and Ready Sweepstakes, where you could win an Animal Planet VIP Pack, a Bissell SpotBot® Pet Deep Cleaner or even an iPad Mini.

There’s no limit to the number of Puppy Bowl VIP House Parties — so tell your friends! We want to make this the biggest Puppy Bowl ever, and we want your help in spreading the word.

On Twitter? Don’t forget to use the #PuppyBowlParty hashtag and be sure to follow House Partyand intrepid sideline reporter Meep the Bird for party tips and updates.

Applications are open now, so sign up today. We’ll see you on game day!

Haven't heard of House Party?

House Party makes it easy to have a party in your own home and get exclusive access to awesome products for you and your friends. They provide the fun, you provide food, your friends and feedback and promise to have an amazing time.

Their parties are sponsored by the brands you love. You don't pay anything or sell anything. Your party just went from event to epic!

iPad is a trademark of Apple Inc., registered in the U.S. and other countries. Apple is not a participant in or sponsor of this promotion.

NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN.  The “Puppy Bowl X Ruff And Ready Sweepstakes” is subject in all respects to the complete Official Rules available at at the Sweepstakes section of the website, or by sending a S.A.S.E. to “Puppy Bowl X Ruff And Ready Sweepstakes – Rules Request”, c/o House Party, Inc., Fifty South Buckhout Street, Suite 301, Irvington, NY 10533.  The Sweepstakes is only open to entrants who are hosts and/or registered guests of the Puppy Bowl VIP (Very Important Puppy) Home Team House Party and/or Puppy Bowl VIP (Very Important Puppy) Tailgater House Party  and, at the time of entry, (a) tweet using #PuppyBowlParty with a photo of you and/or your guests having fun partaking in the ‘ruff and ready’ party action at your Puppy Bowl VIP House Party, (b) are legal residents of the United States, (collectively, the “Sweepstakes Territory”), (c) are at least 18 years old and (d) have internet access and (e) are registered members in good standing of Twitter. The Sweepstakes is void outside the eligible Sweepstakes territory; and where prohibited or restricted by law. Five (5) eligible entrants will be selected to win a Puppy Bowl VIP Prize Pack that will include a Puppy Bowl poster, a Puppy Bowl t-shirt, an Animal Planet water bottle, and an Animal Planet backpack; five (5) eligible entrants will be selected to win a Bissell SpotBot Pet; and one (1) eligible entrant will be selected to win an iPad mini. Entry period begins at 12:01 p.m. Eastern Time on February 2, 2014 and ends at 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on February 9, 2014. Winners will be selected February 14, 2014 based on random selection. Odds of winning depend on the number of eligible entries received.  Eligibility, entry methods and limits, and prize information and restrictions, are set forth in the Official Rules.  LIMIT:  1 entry per person in this Sweepstakes.  Twitter, Inc., is not a sponsor of this Sweepstakes and does not endorse or otherwise have anything to do with this Sweepstakes.(View Complete Official Rules)

19 Nov

Too Cute Tuesday: Adorable Puppy and Toddler Share Naptime

Credit: Jessica Shyba, Momma's Gone City

We know this has been making the rounds on the Web, but we just had to get in on the cuteness.

Theo the puppy and Beau the little boy share a remarkable friendship. And they espcially love sharing naptime together.

Click through to the photo gallery to see how their relationship blossomed!

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29 Oct

Sloths Get Their Nap on in Our Newest Live Cam!


They're so peculiar looking, they're adorable. And now you can watch the cuteness live 24/7 on our new Live Sloth Cam! Thanks to our friends at Zoo Atlanta, we're able to give you an inside look into these mysterious, mostly lethargic, animals. The sloth cam features two-toed sloths Cocoa (20), Okra (19), and Bonnie (13).

And that's not all! Prepare for overwhelming cuteness when our newest series, Meet the Sloths, premieres Saturday, November 9, at 11AM E/P!

Watch the Sloth Cam now!

23 Oct

Show Us Your Animal-Themed Pumpkins!

We took a break from watching animal videos last Friday to get together and carve some Animal Planet-themed pumpkins at our Silver Spring, Md., headquarters.

See the results below!

Think you can do better? Share your animal-themed pumpkins with us at!


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23 Oct

These Sweet Kittens are Ready for Halloween


Halloween is almost here and if you've yet to figure out what to dress your pet up as, get some cute inspiration from these three adorable kittens dressed up as Tootsie Rolls.

It seems appropriate given that these little ones are just too sweet for words.

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23 Jul

Keeping Cool: Animals Get Creative


A white tiger is cooled off with water in the Ouwehand Zoo in Rhenen, on July 23, 2013, as temperatures reach 32 degrees Celsius (89.6 F). Credit: Koen van Weel/AFP/Getty Images

I think we can all agree that summer has been a bit hotter than usual. And we're not the only ones who are feeling it.

How are your pets keeping cool this summer? Share your photos with us by emailing them to!

And after you do that, check out these examples of other animals and their creative attempts to keep cool:

Etta, one of Interactive Producer Jodi Westrick's cat, chills out on the fridge.

Keeping cool without a pool!

14 Feb

Single Goats Scream Like Humans in Horror, Disapprove of Valentine's Day


YOU might be all lovey-dovey smoochypoo today but some people — and, GOATS — not so much. Watch these goats who disapprove of this touchy-feely love day:

And, just because we know you want to see more animals that scream:

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