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26 Jun

Don't Dread the Office: It's Take Your Dog to Work Day

Today is Take Your Dog To Work Day! And not only that, it's the seventeenth year Pet Sitters International has celebrated dogs as not only loyal, lovable pets, but also as an extension of your family. 

According to the National Pet Owners Survey of the American Pet Products Association, eight percent of current pet owners say that their work places allow pets.

Many argue that bringing your pet to work can relieve major stress and make the work place more enjoyable. However, if you do plan on bringing your pet, there are some dos and don'ts to ensure everything goes off without a hitch.

DOs

  • Communicate with nearby co-workers that your furry friend will be accompanying you, as well as what kind of treats and commands they respond to.
  • Many dogs have dietary restrictions, be sure to keep an eye on your dog and make sure they aren't eating anything they shouldn't be.
  • Come prepared with treats and toys that your dog can enjoy while you're working
  • Make sure your pooch plays well with others and they it doesn't get anxiety from a cubicle environment.

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26 Jun

7 Videos to Help You Beat the Summer Heat

Summer is here, and you know what that means....it's HOT! What better way to cool off then to take a dip in the pool? Well that's just what these cats and dogs were thinking when they decided to play in the water. These seven videos are sure to cool you down with cuteness. 

1) Labs Learn to Swim

Labs are known for their swimming ability, but everyone starts off as an amateur. 

 

2) Bath Time Is Lots Of Fun

When you're just too dirty to jump in the pool.

 

3) Kitty Paddle

These kitty swimming lessons will surely help keep your cat's head out of the water and outshine any swimming dog.

 

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25 Jun

Bless the Internet: A 'Jurassic World' With Cats Instead of Dinosaurs Exists

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From Tumblr user Khan&Kittens

Were you one of the many who made their way to theaters to see the latest in the Jurassic Park franchise, "Jurassic World"? If we told you there was something way bigger than the Indominus rex, would you believe us?

Behold: We give you Purassic World. Yes. A Tumblr user has geniusly Photoshopped pictures of kittens onto scenes from the hit movie. And this isn't the first time. Check out some photos from Purassic World below, then head back to Khan&Kittens Tumblr page to see even more from past "Jurassic Park" movies.

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6 Jun

MOSHOW's Spreading Love and Positivity Rapping About His Frisky Felines!

What a perfect way to celebrate #caturday!  
 
If you haven’t already discovered MOSHOW and his infectious Instagram feed, grab your phone and search @iammoshow on the app to experience the pawsitive vibes he and his three feline daughters are spreading through social media. We’re obsessed! We were lucky enough to have him tell us more about his girls, inspiring people through his music and why he loves women who love cats! #spreadthecatlove

We discovered your Instagram account and love your energy.  Where did your positivity come from?

My positivity comes from me, that’s just the person that I am. I’m the guy that will walk up to you and hug you the first time I meet you. Also growing up in the hood of Baltimore city, I was surrounded by negativity for 17 years of my life and I knew that I wanted better out of life. So, with hard work and dedication, I was able put myself through college and actually finish. I graduated from York College of Pennsylvania. Also I just like to see people follow their dreams and make it happen. That gives me energy as well.

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What inspired you to share your cat raps on Instagram?

Well I love to rap and sing that’s just who I am. I’ve been rapping since I was 16. I rap all day everyday; I just can’t turn it off. I LOVE CATS and I’m extremely close with mine. Sushi and I are best friends. One day I just woke up and I said OK! Its time for me to create something new and original. So I sat down with Sushi and we created The Moshow Cat Rap! 

MoShow Caturday blog from Animal Planet PR on Vimeo.

When did your love of cats – specifically the sphinx breed - start?  Did you have cats growing up?

Growing up I didn’t have any animals so I didn’t know what I was missing. When I was in college I met my girlfriend and she had cats. That’s when I fell in LOVE! I Love ALL cats but Sphynx remind me of myself. Some people judge them by the way they Look. When I see them, I see beauty! They’re so different in so many ways. That’s exactly like me. I’m not a normal guy and I’m very comfortable with who I am as a person. I feel like I understand them.

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27 May

Super Buff Kangaroo Intimidates with Manly Toned Pecs and Major Guns (VIDEO)

A kangaroo in the suburbs of Brisbane, Australia, is frightening local residents with some MAJOR GUNS -- as in: "Got your tickets to the gun show"?  Check out this marsupial's super buff bod:

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He has been spotted hanging about golf courses in the North Lakes, Queensland, area, according to Seven News

Kangaroos are a rather common sight in this locale -- but not as large as this sweet-faced, buff, bad boy. He is reportedly estimated to be about 210 pounds and 6' 5" tall.  He is quite recognizable with his toned pecs and a droopy, torn ear -- which quite frankly, we here at Animal Planet HQ believe adds to his already charming self:

 

You can learn more about these impressive marsupials from videos in our archives:

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22 May

Photographer Makes Amusing Supermodels Out of Backyard Squirrels

Sure, they can be a nuisance sometimes (especially when they get into your garage and chew through your heavy-duty buckets of bird seed), but squirrels can also be fun to watch. 

It's especially interesting to witness a squirrel exploring its environment, and photographer Max Ellis has captured those moments creatively and brilliantly in his photos. Says Max, "The squirrels in these images live in the big trees behind my garden. They come every day to see whats new and investigate it." He uses props, food and occasionally fishing line to create his squirrel scenarios, and the squirrels do the rest.

Genius. Enjoy, follow @junkyardmax on Instagram, and see more at maxphotographic.com.

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Credit: Max Ellis/@junkyardmax 

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12 May

This Owl Doesn't Need Enemies With a Friend Like This (VIDEO)

 

With a friend who projectile poops on him, this owl doesn't need enemies!

As funny as this video is, it's actually a normal part of being a young bird. The only job baby birds have is to eat and grow and, yes, poop. Getting pooped on by your sibling is just part of growing up for most birds.

These two owls are no doubt siblings who have recently fledged and left the nest. Their parents are nearby still feeding them and watching out for them while they learn to fly and eventually to hunt on their own.

It's a dangerous time for young birds, but also a totally normal part of growing up. Never try to "rescue" fledgling birds like this that have left the nest on their own. They have a greater chance of survival under the care of their parents compared to a human trying to finish raising them. Here's a good guide for what to do if you find a baby bird out of the nest.

Even if their siblings sometimes poop and them and then flee the scene.

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Photo by Andrew C via Flickr Creative Commons.

 Adopt an Owl with the National Wildlife Federation.

22 Apr

New Species of Frog Discovered in Costa Rica Looks Like Kermit the Frog

OH MY GONZO.  

Kermit has a very real, translucent doppelganger! 

This muppet-colored amphibian with similar bulging white, black pupiled eyes and lanky limbs of Jim Henson's famous puppet, is a new species of glass frog: Hyalinobatrachium dianae. But even Miss Piggy herself is probably confusing the two. 

Scientist Brian Kubicki, founder of the Costa Rican Amphibian Research Center, and his team, discovered the frog in February in the Talamanca Mountains of Costa Rica. 

Instead of naming this look-alike after our beloved Kermit, however, this species' scientific name means "Diane's bare-hearted glass frog," after Brian's mother. Sorry, Kermie. 

The underbelly of the one-inch long amphibian (only 2.5 centimeters big!) is see-through. You can peer right on in to its insides! I'm talking organs, people. From its stomach to its tiny, beating heart. 

But even though it wears its heart on its belly, the bare-hearted glass frog is far from pleasant. According to Andrew Crawford, a batrachologist at the University of Los Andes in Colombia, this new species is quite territorial, fighting any males who trespass their territory. 

The team found six specimens so far, but we can be rest assure 

And to quote the green muppet to top it all off: "always be yourself. Never take yourself too seriously. And beware of advice from experts, pigs, and members of Parliament."  

Alright, Animals!

Meet another potential interesting frog find:

6 Apr

This Cat Gets Its Teeth Brushed and Contemplates Life (VIDEO)

Have you ever gone a day without brushing your teeth and once you do, it's like the skies open up and you picture Neil Diamond and Seal taking form of mythical creatures singing a tooth-brushing duet, and everything is right again? 

Well, this cat. Having not had its teeth brushed, presumably, ever, experiences what brushing your teeth feels like. 

I present "The Toothbrush Revelation." 

Check out this cat with GOLD teeth!

3 Apr

11 Things You Probably Didn't Know About Llamas

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Photo: Thinkstock

Llamas are adorably weird creatures. And although you've seen them all over the Internet, here are 11 facts you probably didn't know about them.

1. Llamas are actually a close relative of the camel. But without the hump, the hump, the lovely little lump.

2. Llamas ears are shaped like bananas.

3. They don't only spit at humans. Llamas spit at each other to resolve misunderstandings in their own groups. If only that would solve all group dilemmas. 

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Photo: Veer

4. Llamas don't have hooves. They only have two toes on each foot with a leathery pad underneath. 

5. Baby llamas are called "crias." Mama llamas "dams," and papa llamas "sires." Yes. mhm, quite, sire. 

6. They weigh between 280 and 450 pounds. Oh my.

7. When llamas get pregnant, their pregnancy lasts 11 months to a year! And they have their babies standing up. The birth only lasts 30 minutes. 

8. Besides looking like a silly, short, hairy giraffe. Llamas are actually intelligent and incredibly easy to train.

9. People bring llamas to nursing homes as a form of therapy.  

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Photo: Veer

10. The fibres of llamas are fireproof.

11. And finally, llama dung is almost odorless. Holy crap.

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