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8 Jul

Get the Scoop on Dairy from APL!VE's Calf & Chick Chats

It’s the dog days of summer, and for most of us that means a lot more time spent outside soaking up sun beams. However, there comes a time when the heat gets the best of us, and we all need to cool down and reach for a sweet, icy treat. Chances are there’s one cool, creamy dessert that you'll reach for first: Ice Cream! Its refreshing creaminess makes the mouth water and is nearly undeniable after a long day in the sun, but when was the last time you stopped to think about what it takes to deliver a cone full of milky deliciousness to your hand (and stomach)?

 

Well, this summer Animal Planet L!VE has the scoop with the re-introduction of Calves and Chicks Chats starting Wednesday, July 9 at 10:30AM EST!

 

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Meet us on Calves and Chicks Cams each week to find out fascinating information on the animals that provide the basic ingredients for all of your favorite dairy and egg treats. For example, did you know that a calf weighs 90 pounds when born but will grow up to be over 1,000 when it reaches adulthood? Or that a single adult cow will produce between 5 to 12 gallons of milk per day?

 

Each week, you'll have the chance to learn more fun facts like these from the staff of the South Mountain Creamery. They'll be in the chat room to answer viewers’ questions about what life is like for calves and chicks growing up on the farm and to give tidbits into what it requires to produce the dairy products we consume daily. As you chat, you’ll also be entertained by the antics of our cute APL!VE Calf and Chicks cam stars.  Be sure to join us!

Our first chat is on Calf Cam so get moooo-ving over to APL!VE. >>

Don't forget the other APL!VE cam chats you can participate in including Puppies, Kittens, Sharks, Tamarins, Sloths, and Bunnies! Go to apl.tv for the full chats schedule.

 

 

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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6 Jun

Explore the Wonders of the Caribbean Reef on APL!VE's Newest Live Cam

 

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Spotted eagle rays are one of the many inhabitants of the Caribbean Sea. Credit: Thinkstock

 

Want to follow the majestic fluid movements of a spotted eagle ray as it swims by? To immerse yourself in the midst of a massive school of surgeonfish? To observe aquatic life from an exclusive spot on the ocean floor without even needing to strap on scuba gear?

Animal Planet L!VE invites you to take a dive into the clear blue waters of the Grand Cayman Islands through the gaze of the new Caribbean Reef Cam.  Provided by our partners at ReefCam and broadcasting live from a cleaning station, your live underwater adventure is certain to put you on eye-level with the most fascinating marine animals you'll ever see outside of an aquarium setting.

 

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Screenshot from APL!VE Caribbean Reef Cam

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4 Jun

Zoo Atlanta Resident & APL!VE Star Okra the Sloth Expecting!

SLOTH WEEK has begun!  Tune in Friday, June 20 to Tuesday, June 24 for plenty of fun sloth online content on Animalist and AnimalPlanet.com. Animal Planet will also air a special mini-marathon of Meet the Sloths on June 21st from 8am to 11am ET/PT.

 

 

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Zoo Atlanta announced last week that their 19-year-old Hoffman's two-toed sloth, Okra Mae, is expecting. An ultrasound conducted by the zoo’s Animal Management and Veterinary Teams successfully revealed the pregnancy on May 23rd.

 

Like many things when sloths are involved, this pregnancy is long awaited at the zoo. It is the result of matching done in collaboration with the Species Survival Plan (SSP), which recommended 21-year-old male Cocoa as a viable mate for both of the zoo’s female sloths, Okra and Bonnie. Cocoa was introduced into the zoo’s sloth exhibit during the summer of 2013, and all signs point to his and Okra Mae’s slow-mance beginning not long after his arrival.

With a lengthy gestation period of 11 to 12 months, Okra Mae and Cocoa’s baby is predicted to be born in early June or July 2014.  He or she will be the first sloth born at Zoo Atlanta, and a welcome sight for viewers of Animal Planet L!VE’s Sloth Cam, which streams live daily from inside the sloth exhibit.

As we all wait for the impending birth of Okra Mae and Cocoa's bundle of joy, follow the leisurely upside-down lives of the zoo’s sloth trio on Sloth Cam, and tune in every other Wednesday at 1:30pm EST for Sloth Chats with the staff at Zoo Atlanta.

Update 6/20/14: Zoo Atlanta reported today that while Okra Mae did go into labor, the baby did not survive. In a press release, Zoo Atlanta's President and CEO Raymond B. King stated, "We’re disappointed about Okra Mae’s baby. This would have been a first for us at Zoo Atlanta, and we were looking forward to the birth with great excitement. While this birth had a sad outcome, we’re encouraged by the success of our sloth program so far and are optimistic that Okra Mae will produce other offspring in the future.”

Our heartfelt condolences go out to Zoo Atlanta at this time.

8 May

Nest Watch 2014 Update: More APL!VE Couples Egg-specting!

In late March, we told you about the 2014 nest watch happening now on Animal Planet L!VE. In the weeks since, we’ve welcomed 10 baby birds to their respective nests and even more are on the way!

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Black Eagle sitting in nest on Africam's Black Eagle Cam

This spring two familiar faces returned to APL!VE, and they're happily expecting as of last week when 2 eggs were laid in their nest. If you watched Black Eagle Cam last year, you might remember Emoyeni and her mate Thulane from their 2013 nesting season. Thanks to our partners at Africam, viewers were given a bird's eye view from 164-feet above ground of the daily happenings and nesting struggles of this black eagle couple.

Despite laying a clutch of eggs in the spring of 2013, it was feared that Emoyeni and Thulane would not have an eaglet to raise when their eggs' due dates passed in June without a single hatch. As summer arrived with its hot temperatures, it seemed more likely that the pair's nest would remain empty for the season, but Emoyeni and Thulane fortunately had other things in mind. They defied the odds and finally welcomed an eaglet in late September. This eaglet came to be known as Nessi, and those viewers who tuned in to the cam daily were rewarded with the opportunity to watch him grow and eventually fledge this past December. Nessi has since left his parents' nest for good, but we can only hope that this will be a better year for his family, and we'll see the birth of Nessi's siblings in the next few weeks on Black Eagle Cam.

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View of Rachel & Steve's nest on explore.org's Osprey Cam on APL!VE

Our next pair of expectant parents is Rachel and Steve who are returning for another year on explore.org's Osprey Cam. These ospreys are currently watching over 3 eggs in their nest at the Hog Island Audubon Camp in Maine.

With an incubation period of five weeks, we expect a debut of their chicks around the first week of June, but that doesn't mean there will be nothing to watch until that time. See these doting raptor parents share nesting duties, bring in and devour fish, and protect their eggs against the elements and predators until hatch day!

If you'd like to see more Ospreys, we also suggest you stop by the Pennsylvania Osprey Cam from WildEarth where the first of three eggs is expected to hatch on May 20.

Want to see bundles of feathery joy now? Visit APL!VE for a glimpse into all of our current nests cams including Peregrine Falcons and Bald Eagles.

 

 

11 Apr

Sonic Who? Watch Peanut the Hedgehog Speeding onto APL!VE

Look out, Sonic! There’s a new guy on the scene and he’s aiming to dethrone you as the speediest, spikiest hedgehog of all time! Weighing in at a healthy 375 grams, 2-year old Peanut has his racing paws on and is allowing Animal Planet L!VE to follow his bold quest on Hedgehog Cam.

http://i.imgur.com/gojKZsp.gifBeing a pint-sized athlete isn’t easy, but Peanut sure doesn’t let it show. By day, he’s like any other nocturnal creature. He spends his days sleeping and burrowing deep into his bed at Tru Chance Hedgehog Rescue & Rehab. But once the sun goes down and the lights go off, Peanut is raring to go. His nightly regimen consists of runs on the wheel, bulking up on mealworms, keeping hydrated, and then showing off for the camera!

 

You can watch Peanut’s training sessions each night thanks to our partners at Tru Chance Hedgehog Rescue & Rehab, an approved rescue with the Hedgehog Welfare Society. Tru Chance is dedicated to caring for all hedgehogs that come through their door, placing some in loving new homes, permanently housing those who are not able to be adopted due to medical or temperament issues, and teaching others how to responsibly care for these often misunderstood exotic animals.  They are currently the home to 14 hedgehogs including the dynamic and speedy Peanut!

Meet Peanut the Hedgehog after dark on APL!VE.>>

 

 Not quite dark yet?  Learn more about Hedgehogs by watching this clip from Pets 101:

 

 

5 Apr

Hop On Down the Bunny Trail to the Newest Live Cam

Are you searching for something to put a hop in your step and a smile on your face?  Look no further because Animal Planet L!VE just teamed up with the House Rabbit Society to give life to your newest obsession: Bunny Cam!

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This spring APL!VE is absolutely bouncing with cuteness with the addition of Bunny Cam to our growing collection of adorable animal cams. Brighten your day by watching sweet bunnies munch, jump, and play around in their very own bunny castle.  With Easter just weeks away, this is a cam that you're going to want to share with friends and family.

It's also an excellent opportunity to get to know one of America’s most popular household pets. To help you understand exactly what welcoming a bunny into the family means, we're hosting weekly chats with our partners at the House Rabbit Society, an international non-profit organization dedicated to rescuing abandoned rabbits, finding them forever homes, and educating people on the responsibilities of rabbit ownership. Join us on Bunny Cam every Wednesday at 3PM ET for Bunny Chats!

Hippity-hop over to APL!VE where floppy ears and bushy tails await you!>>

 

 

Need more bunnies to fill your day?  Check out this playlist of the Hoppiest Bunny Videos!

28 Mar

Nest Watch 2014: Baby Eagles Hatching Their Way onto APL!VE

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Photo Credit: Veer Images

A new flock of birds just arrived on Animal Planet L!VE, and the brood is getting even bigger as the minutes go by! Nesting season is here, and thanks to new cams from our partners at WildEarth, you’ve got a front-row seat to some extraordinary hatching action!

In fact, we’ve already seen commotion in the nest on Pittsburgh Bald Eagle Cam today. As reported on the Facebook page of the webcam's installer, PixController, these eagle parents welcomed their first eaglet of the season at 2:36 PM ET.  Originally expected to hatch on March 26, 2014, the late arrival of this newborn has been highly anticipated ever since the first egg was laid on February 19.

With one egg hatched and two more to go, the nest watch is far from over for this cam! We expect more anxious yet heartwarming moments to unfold before us over the next few weeks and months until the eaglets are ready to fledge the nest. You will not want to miss it!

And the hatching action on APL!VE does not stop there! Be sure to visit our other fantastic bird cams from WildEarth including the Peregrine Falcons, White-Rock Bald Eagles, and Bald Eagle Nest cams!

UPDATE, Sunday, March 30: A second egg started to hatch in the Pittsburgh Bald Eagle nest this morning at 7:17 am ET.  Both eaglets and the final egg can be seen on the camera as they are tended to by their proud parents!

Here's our first look at Mom and her newborns:

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Credit: WildEarth/PixController

18 Mar

Sloth Chat Wednesdays: They'll Nap. We'll Chat.

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Last fall, we introduced you to Cocoa, Okra, and Bonnie, the three delightfully lethargic stars of Animal Planet L!VE's Sloth Cam. Since then we've watched them mingle and go about their thrilling daily routines in super slow motion. Now we're excited to help you get to know them even better via our new biweekly Sloth Chats with the experts at Zoo Atlanta.

Want to expand your sloth knowledge? Hope to find out what makes them so slow? How many hours of rest these sleeping beauties need each day to wake up refreshed? Or if it's really true that they only use the bathroom once per week? To get these and all of your other sloth questions answered, join us on APL!VE for Sloth Chats every other Wednesday at 1:30 PM ET, starting March 19.

Live sloth action awaits you on AP L!VE!>>

Still can't get enough of sloths? Watch this clip of sloth flirtations from Meet the Sloths!

 

11 Mar

Calico Cats Help Scientists Understand the Genetics of Obesity

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Credit: iStockphoto/Thinkstock

In scientific research, the greatest inspiration can come from the most unexpected sources. Last month at the Biophysical Society Meeting in San Francisco, scientists revealed that the secret to understanding the genetics behind obesity and breast cancer may be found in the colorful coats of calico cats.

In female calicos (which nearly all calicos are) one X chromosome has an orange fur gene while the other X chromosome has a black fur gene. In a spectacular genetic feat, the chromosomes are turned off and on at random, resulting in the calico’s distinctive splotchy coat.

The process of a cell preventing the expression of a certain gene is called “gene silencing” and researchers at the University of California, San Francisco think that calico cats may be the key to unlocking the mystery of this phenomenon. According to The Huffington Post, these scientists hope that gene silencing research could someday be used to help understand and control genetic tendencies. Although the research is in its infancy, “silencing” the genes that express obesity and other diseases associated with the X chromosome, like breast cancer, may be a reality in the future.

Next time you see a calico cat, think of the amazing genetics that make their unique coat possible!

Want to see some more amazing cats? Check out the AP L!VE Kitten Cam!

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