Bites at Animal Planet


29 Sep

It's National Coffee Day: Get Cat-feinated!

What would the majority of us do without coffee? Without it, this blog post certainly wouldn't have been written, nor would the images we've shared below ever been taken! So, take a minute to sip and slowly drink a nice cup of Joe, all while enjoying the incredible magic of latte cat art!








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1 Jul

Summer Safety Tips for Your Pets: Fireworks, Sunburn and More

With the Fourth of July just a few days away, people across the country are preparing with patriotic decorations, food, and fireworks. However, this can be an especially stressful time for pet owners since the loud explosions from fireworks can cause distress in our furry friends. Couple that with extreme heat, a plethora of thunderstorms, and vacation travel, the ease of summer may not be so easy for our pets.

Sadly, dogs have been known to run away from home after being spooked by fireworks. To avoid this from happening, the best thing to do is be prepared. 

Many owners have tried getting their dogs used to the sounds of fireworks by playing sounds of fireworks in the background every so often, months before the Fourth. If you find yourself in a crunch for time, the best way to prepare is to keep your dog inside, and to have a safe space for them if they get spooked. This includes having a traveling crate nearby that the dog can hide in. Additionally, communicating with your pet is a great way to soothe them. 

You can also try playing white noise in the background the drown out some of the noise of fireworks or diverting your dogs attention through play, cuddling, and being a nearby support.

If you find it necessary, for those dogs whose stress levels are high, vets can prescribe you medication to sedate your dog during this stressful time. This should ultimately be a last-resort effort.

There are also several clothing options for your that will fit your dog tightly to make them feel safe and secure; these include ThunderShirt and Anxiety Wrap.

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16 Mar

Nine Pets Who are Totally Ready for St. Patrick's Day

Photo: Jackie/Flickr

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11 Mar

Pawsome St. Patty's Day Gear for Your Pets

Kiss him, he's Irish! 

If you're stressing about the weekend's festivities and outfit planning, have no fear, we've got the dog or the cat covered. 


Have you ever thought about chalking, feathering or stenciling? Petsmart provides customers with these unique options from two to 10 dollars. They wash off and are completely safe. 

Shamrock butt

For some flare, you could dress your pet up in an Irish inspired bow tie. You can find this one and a few others at HoldFastStitching's shop on Etsy for under eight bucks. 


And for a more Celtic look over the St. Patty's shamrocks, look nor further than KitandRover's Shop.


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13 Feb

How to Fall 'Otterly' In Love, Again and Again (VIDEO)

It may be a frigid Friday the 13th for most of us on the east coast but at least we're only one day away from a cozy, warm and fuzzy Valentine's. And what better way to celebrate LOVE DAY than watching cute animal videos?  Kick it off with this one:

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11 Feb

Tiny Hamster Dream Date Melts Tiny Hamster Hearts (VIDEO)

Valentine's Day is around the corner and even the teeny, tiniest furballs are feelin' the LOVE. Watch this precious dream date between two of the cutest Valentines: 

Ever been on a date THIS adorable?! Yeah. Didn't think so.

Photo: YouTube image

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25 Nov

Reindeer Get Ready for Take-Off on APL!VE's Holiday Live Stream

Reindeer Cam Returns for 2nd Year on APLVE

With a jingle, a jangle, and the clippity-clop of hooves, Animal Planet is off to a fantastic start of the holiday season thanks to the return of our favorite winter spectacle: Reindeer Cam!

While Santa Claus and his elves are busy putting the final touches on this year's toy shipment at the North Pole, members of his reindeer crew are getting into tip-top, flying shape at the Como Park Zoo & Conservatory in Saint Paul, Minnesota. You're invited to watch all of their pre-flight preparations on Animal Planet L!VE, the web's top destination for some of the very best live animal cameras around.

Get into the holiday spirit with festive tunes, a rustic Christmas countdown, and the whimsical reindeer themselves who are more than happy to have viewers peek in on their reindeer games. If you've been good this year, you might get the chance to see Mr. Claus, too! He's expected to visit his loyal flight team on December 19, 22, and 23 before embarking on his sleigh ride through the night's skies.

With easy 24/7 access on, Roku, Xbox, Samsung, and Amazon Fire TV, Reindeer Cam is one experience you'll want to share with friends and family at your next holiday party. Happy Holidays!


Broadcast live streaming video on Ustream 

25 Nov

Be Thankful for These Tiny Hamsters, Having a Tiny Thanksgiving

Thank you, tiny hamster trainer people for giving us a little more to be thankful for this Thanksgiving season. You know, like this tiny hamster Thanksgiving celebration:

Happy Thanksgiving from your friends at Animal Planet! May your dinner table and mouths be as full and bountiful as these little guys'!

Photo: YouTube image

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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.

See more animals who have served their country:

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.

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