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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:

20 Feb

Tokyo Zoo Stages Animal Escape With a Man in a Snow Leopard Costume (VIDEO)

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I don't know what's more terrifying: an actual snow leopard escape or this costume. 

The costume.

An employee at the Tokyo Zoo dressed as a snow leopard last week as part of an annual animal-escape drill, breaking out of an enclosure and wreaking havoc on zoo staff, as captured in this AFP video

He pushes an employee to the ground behind an enclosure. 

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And looks back without remorse. 

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18 Feb

Beagle Miss P Wins Westminster Best in Show

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Photo Credit: AP Photo/Mary Altaffer

Congrats to Miss P (registered as Tashtins Lookin For Trouble), who took home Westminster's top title, Best in Show.

The 4-year-old 15-inch beagle is the grand-niece of Uno, the first beagle to win the title in 2008, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

"She never let me down. She didn't make any mistakes," her handler Will Alexander told the outlet.

Miss P is co-owned by Eddie Dziuk, who also co-owns Uno, and Lori Crandlemire and daughter Kaitlyn.

While there is no prize money for winning Westminster's top prize, winners earn prestige in dog show circles, plus potential for lucrative breeding rights. Miss P will also be quite busy today - appearing on morning talk shows, meeting with Donald Trump, a lunch date at Sardi's, and a small part in the Broadway musical Kinky Boots.

Want to learn more about beagles? Visit our Dog Breed Selector!

10 Feb

Meet Didga, an Adorably Well-Trained Cat

When we first watched this clip, we thought it was going to be some sort of funny video about how it's hard to train cats and other typical cat stereotypes.

Boy, were we glad we were wrong! Meet Didga, a cat displaying the roll command along with her two large, rottweiler friends.

Want to see even more videos featuring Didga? Check out the YouTube channel.

Want to see another well-trained kitty? Check out the video below!

4 Feb

Animal Planet's 'Road to the Puppy Bowl' Adoption Events

Each February, the most anticipated sporting event featuring the cutest - and adoptable! - players arrives on Animal Planet! Leading up to Puppy Bowl XI, Animal Planet teamed up with NFL teams and animal shelters around the country to raise animal adoption awareness.

NFL stars Torrey Smith, Darren McFadden and Billy Turner were among players to meet fans and their newly adopted pets. 

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"I think we all kind of get caught up in wanting to have a pure-[bred] dog, but you can get whatever you want when you adopt," Baltimore Ravens Wide Receiver Torrey Smith said. "There are plenty of dogs in [shelters] just waiting for someone to love them."

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Animal Planet co-hosted six "Road to Puppy Bowl" events in six different cities, sponsoring adoption costs for all families adopting pets.

 Missed out on Puppy Bowl madness? Tune in to the full episode here!

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!

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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.

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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 AL.com, 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 AL.com, 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!

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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 http://www.houseparty.com/event/puppybowl/extras 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

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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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