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11 Nov

Animal Friends Salute Our Vets

Ty, a 13-year-old male California Sea Lion, provides a salute to America’s veterans. A popular resident pinniped of Shedd Aquarium’s Abbott Oceanarium, Ty spent his first four years as a member of the U.S. Navy’s Marine Mammal Program in San Diego, before receiving the equivalent of a medical discharge due to his limited vision. Shedd aquarium adopted him in 2005, where he has been thriving in their care ever since. (©Shedd Aquarium/Brenna Hernandez)

We're following Ty's lead and saluting our veterans today. Ty himself is a veteran having served in the U.S. Navy's Marine Mammal Program in San Diego. When he was discharged due to limited vision, he came to live at Chicago's Shedd Aquarium in 2005.

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30 Oct

Bats Need Love Too

Halloween is upon us, and what animal is more a symbol of the holiday than the bat? It's also Bat Week, a designation created to help raise awereness about how awesome bats are, how important they are to us, and to help people realize that most of what you THINK you know about them is wrong. Read on to have all of your bat myths dispelled!

3642531568_a1a9253ef2_bPhoto by Mark Evans via Flickr Creative Commons.

Did you know?

  • Bats are diverse. With over 1,000 species, bats are the most diverse group of mammals.
  • Bats are not rodents. They're not even closely related to rodents. They belong to the mammal order Chiroptera (rodents belong to the order Rodentia), so calling them "flying rats" is flat-out wrong.
  • Bats eat more than mosquitoes. Some bats do eat mosquitoes, but that's not all they eat. Most species in North America feed primarily on insects and help control populations of beetles and moths that are agricultural pests. Other species feed on flower nectar and are important pollinators. Some eat fruit. There are other species that specialize in feeding on fish, frogs or small mammals. And of course, there are three species of vampire bat that feed on the blood of other animals.
  • Bats aren't blind. All bat species have eyes and none are blind. Many species do primarily rely on echolocation to find their prey.
  • Bats won't get tangled in your hair. Bats sometimes swoop close to people, likely in an effort to catch mosquitoes trying to bite us, and so it's possible that behavior inspired this myth.
  • Bats are not dangerous. While bats can carry rabies like most other mammals, your chances of being bitten by a rabid bat are exceedingly low. That chance goes down to zero if you never try to handle a bat. A bat can't bite you if it doesn't touch you, and the only way that will happen is if you try to touch it. Here's how to remove a bat (or bats) that get into your home.
  • Bats are in trouble. Over six million bats have died in North America in just the last few years. The deadly killer is a disease known as white-nose syndrome that mysteriously appeared in 2006 and proceeded to wipe out mass numbers of bats. Biologists are still trying to figure out what white-nose syndrom is and how to stop it.
  • Bat boxes do work. Many people try to help bats by putting out bat boxes, only to be disappointed when bats don't move in. Bats boxes do work, but you have to have the correct model and you have to mount it properly. Here's a good tutorial on building and mounting a bat box.

So there you have it: bats are awesome! If you're still not convinced, watch this video of an orphaned bat responding to its caretakers, and your heart will melt. 


 Adopt a Bat with the National Wildlife Federation.

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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20 Dec

Watch Lil BUB's Magical Yule LOG Video!

Can’t get enough Lil BUB? Well you’re in luck! BUB just released her hour-long Yule Log video for your holiday viewing pleasure.   

 Put Yule BUB on a screen of your choosing and let her warm your holiday with her magic.

To see EVEN more BUB, visit

20 Dec

CUTE ALERT: Your ADORABLE Pets Celebrate the Holidays [PHOTOS]

Every holiday season, many proud pet owners LOOOVE to don their furry, cuddly, loved ones in the most adorable outfits - whether they like it or not! And, now, thanks to Social Media, the world can share in all this cuteness!

Here are some of our favorite pet pics from friends and family. And, check out the full photo gallery here >>  Enjoy!


Yogi forcibly celebrates Christmas ...


Preston LOVES to help Mom with untangling the lights ...

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19 Dec

Host a Holiday Bash with AP L!VE!

Throwing a holiday party this season?  While you’re serving cookies and chatting with friends about what gifts you’re hoping to find under the tree, put on Animal Planet L!VE and really get your guests talking!

Dash through the Snow to Reindeer Cam!

Dasher, Dancer, Prancer, Vixen, Comet, Cupid, Donner and Blitzen are known for their reindeer games. Why not invite a few antlered pals to your party via Reindeer Cam? During the day, watch reindeer romp through the snow, socialize, and get in top shape to pull Santa’s sleigh. At night, you’ll see holiday lights, hear some merry tunes, and perhaps spot a snoozing reindeer.  For an added bonus, Santa will make one more trip to visit his reindeer before their big flight around the world. He’ll arrive at the Como Park Zoo on December 23 at 1pm ET.


Now Bring us some Figgy Pudding…

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Want to go a little out of the ordinary? Try Cockroach Cam where its inhabitants watch a feature flick on Roach-O-Vision and enjoy the festive decor of their kitchen. Don't you wonder what a cockroach would wish to find underneath its Christmas Tree?

Kittens in a Winter Wonderland

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Neither of those seem fitting for the mood you want to set?  Dazzle your friends with the fantastic felines on Kitten Cam!  Nothing starts up a conversation like playful kittens frolicking through a winter wonderland. With these adorable, adoptable kittens from the Washington Animal Rescue League on the screen, your holiday party will be talked about far into the new year!

But that’s not all! Check out all of our animal cams on APL!VE!»

11 Dec

Santa Claus is Coming to AP L!VE


The season we've been waiting for all year long is finally here! Children are writing their wish lists and mailing letters off to the North Pole. Christmas trees and holiday lights are going up all over the world. And to make this year even more festive, Santa Claus is coming to Animal Planet L!VE!

He may be busy packing the toys into the sleigh ahead of his Christmas Eve flight around the globe, but Santa's taking time out of his busy schedule to visit some animals that have been very good this year.

To begin with, he'll stop by the Como Park Zoo to make sure that his reindeer are in excellent shape to pull his sleigh. Toys are fun, but imagine just how heavy millions of toys for the boys and girls around the world would be! You'll want to watch Reindeer Cam on December 11, 18, and 23 at 1pm ET to see how Santa preps and feeds his team.

More joyful events you'll want to see are Santa's visits to the Penguins at the Audubon Aquarium in New Orleans! We've heard that Santa will bring lots of goodies to the penguins and the adorable chicks born this year. His visits will stream live on Penguin Cam on December 12, 13, 19, and 20 at 11:30 am and 4pm ET. Keep an eye out for Santa's newest helper, Kohl the Penguin!


Kohl Santa's helper


Mark your calendars because you wouldn't want miss your chance to see Santa and his animal pals!


Check out how our other animal cams are decked out for the holidays! >>

29 Nov

Black Friday Deal! Get BarkBox, Our Holiday Gift to You and Your Best Friend


Monica Lins is with the Animal Planet Marketing team. She loves holiday shopping and sharing great deals with all her teammates. We <3 her. Here's her latest find:

Attention dog owners! Wondering what to get your special canine friend for the holidays? Well, look no further, because Animal Planet has the gift for you — a subscription to BarkBox with an exclusive discount code for our Animal Planet friends! Just use ANIMALP when you sign up and you’ll receive $10 off your subscription.

So what exactly is BarkBox and why do we think you’ll love it? 

BarkBox introduces you to products you and your dog will love. By signing up for BarkBox, your dog receives a special package in the mail every month containing carefully selected presents.  The items change every month and can be anything from toys, bones and all-natural treats, to hygiene products and innovative new gadgets. If there are any particular items your dog likes from BarkBox, you'll receive exclusive deals so you can order more of them.

But the best part is a portion of proceeds from each box will go to help dogs-in-need! BarkBox wants to help all dogs in need an so they work with a number of organizations — everything from helping rescue shelters, to military dog services to aiding in the cost of spay and neuter programs. You can learn more here.  

Happy Holidays (and holiday shopping for your furry friend) from all of us at Animal Planet! 

Photo: iStockPhoto  



27 Nov

Animalist: Get Thanksgiving Tips From Sensitive Turkey Bro

Our friends at Animalist have been busy little bees getting ready for the holidays – baking pies, churning butter and making turkey videos. Here's a little holiday treat from the bottom of their hearts — a few Thanksgiving tips from Sensitive Turkey Bro:

We just want to know – why so angry, Turkey Bro? ... Lesson learned — never jump to conclusions when it comes to poultry.

Happy Thanksgiving, from the Animalist team!
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31 Oct

Pets in Costumes: Why EVERY Day Should Be Halloween!


Halloween is my most favorite time of year — not for candy, pumpkins, leaves or anything like that — but for all the AMAZING pet costumes that happen. Here's a round-up of a few favorites so far:

Meet Webster, the "Social Butterfly! We <3 you, Webster!! Photo Courtesy of Niki Kazakos

BOO! From Bella, the spookiest skeleton we've ever seen! Photo Courtesy of Caitlin Beaghan  


Yoda Dog Doug teaches Phil about a little thing called the Force. Photo Courtesy of Phil Zimmerman


This *blue* pit bull Paisan is all Barking Bad! That's right - he's a BLUE pit bull. Clearly, he's hiding the crystal in his eyes too.  Photo Courtesy of Mike Gallo

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