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31 Oct

Dog Sees Mom's Halloween Costume, is NOT Pleased

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(Guest post by Christian Cotroneo from

This dog is about to see a ghost.

He doesn't know it yet. So, he's stationed, adorably, at the bottom of the stairs bristling with anticipation.

Wait for it ... 

It's the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man:



Run, Luke. Run!

In this mesmerizing video, posted on YouTube, the massive Great Dane flees in terror from the phantom of the stairwell.

First, he gallops to the couch.


He tears into the kitchen.


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30 Oct

Baby Owl Gets His Groove On to the Monster Mash

Oakley the baby owl has some killer moves! In this video from 2012, a handler from the Eagle Valley Raptor Center shows Oakley, a rescued baby owl, dancing to the Halloween classic, "The Monster Mash," with his owl buddy. The doll was originally placed in his cage to offer the baby owl some comfort and security. 

The handler wanted to see what Oakley's reaction would be to a strange voice, and this was it!

Oakley was released a few months after this video was recorded. Hopefully he still has the Halloween spirit! 

Watch another owl rescue here!

30 Oct

Keep Your Pet Safe This Halloween

Photo by Jeff Foott

Candy, costumes, a few scares, it must be Halloween! With so much excitement around this spooky holiday, it's important to remember to keep your pet safe. From costumes to trick-or-treaters, here are some pet safety tips to remember for tomorrow night!

  1. Keep any candy out of reach! We all know chocolate can be deadly for your pets, so keep all of those fun-sized (or full-sized) candy bars away from that curious dog or cat.
  2. Put that friendly dog or cat in another room with the door shut while greeting trick-or-treaters. You don't want your pet to dart out the door, especially if they are known to be skittish or eager to run any chance they get! 
  3. For those of you with black cats, keep an even closer eye on them before, during, and after Halloween. Black cats are at high risk of cruelty this time of the year due to their association with superstitions. 
  4. We love those pet costumes, just make sure you aren't needlessly stressing out your dog or cat when dressing them up! Some dogs and most cats freeze when their bodies are covered, so pay attention to your pet's body language.
One of the puppies in Animal Planet L!VE's Puppy Cam. Photo by Mary Beth McAndrews
  1. Make sure those pet costumes don't have any pieces that can be easily chewed off and eaten. Also, make sure your pet can still breathe and move properly in that costume. Yeah, your puppy is an adorable alligator, but if he can't see, it might not be a good choice!
  2. Pumpkin can be good for you pet, but you should still keep them away from your jack-o-lanterns. Canned pumpkin can help with digestion, but nibbling at a raw pumpkin can cause stomach issues and blockage. On the subject of pumpkins...
  3. Keep pets away from lit jack-o-lanterns! You don't want them to knock over a candle or candles and burning themselves.  

Have a safe and fun HOWL-o-ween!

Check out our adorable pet costume gallery here and submit your photos on Twitter or Instagram using #HOWLoween!


28 Oct

London Zoo's New Baby Sloth is Ready for Halloween!

Edward the two-toed sloth is ready for his first Halloween in the rainforest! He's been hand-reared by caretaker Kelly Annkelleher at the London Zoo and he's getting stronger every day.

Halloween in the rainforest is a special time of year because all of its inhabitants get a pumpkin treat! Annkelleher says the tamarins are especially excited because they love pumpkin.

There's nothing scary about this baby, except how cute his little squeaks are!

Get into the Halloween spirit with some of our favorite pet costumes here!

See more adorable baby sloths here:

28 Oct

WWF is Here to Help with Some Halloween Costume Inspiration

We've been posting a lot about pet Halloween costumes, from videos to our adorable photo gallery. But we know there are people out there who are at a loss for what to be for Halloween! There are just so many choices that it can be overwhelming! So, the World Wildlife Federation is here to help with some animal inspiration!

Clown Fish

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Clown Anemonefishes (Amphiprion percula), New Britain, Papua New Guinea © Jürgen Freund / WWF

Feeling funny and fishy? Dress up like a clown fish with a stripped costume. Clown fish live in a mutually beneficial relationship with sea anemones; the fish have a protective mucous coating that makes them immune to the stinging tentacles.


A Lesser Flamingo (Phoenicopterus minor) scratches its neck as it feeds with the rest of the flock. © Peter Chadwick / WWF

If your favorite color is pink, flamingos might be a good choice for you. Flamingos have unique bills that help them feed by plunging their heads into the water upside-down and filtering the water for shrimp, which in turn gives the flamingo its bright pink color.


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22 Oct

'Angel Dog' Appears in Photo Next to His Grieving Owner

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(Guest post by Anna Swartz from

Sometimes, our connections to our pets are beyond explanation. Ashley Lang's treasured dog Wagner passed away recently — and Lang wanted to lay him to rest in his favorite park.

Lang and Wagner, a golden retriever, spent 12 happy years together. A friend snapped a photo as Lang scattered the ashes of her beloved pup — and that's when they noticed something unusual.

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The photo Lang's friend took seemed to show the silhouette of a dog, leaping up into the air. Lang told CBS Chicago that she thinks the "vision" was Wagner's way of saying goodbye for the last time.

"It's pretty remarkable," Lang said. "Everyone keeps calling him the angel dog." The stunning photo is more proof that when it comes to our pets, love can defy reason.

While this could be a picture of a ghost dog, this dog can hunt ghosts! Find out more about Pixie here:

13 Oct

Is This the Jersey Devil or Just a Well-Timed Halloween Prank?



A Little Egg Harbor Township man is claiming that he spotted the fabled Jersey Devil in Galloway, N.J., while driving home from work.

"I was just driving past the golf course in Galloway on Route 9 and had to shake my head a few times when I thought I saw a llama," he wrote in an email to "If that wasn't enough, then it spread out leathery wings and flew off over the golf course."

Dave Black snapped several photos as the creature flew off, only one of which came out. He shared that one with, claiming it was real and not something he had Photoshopped, according to the news outlet.

According to, Black said one of his friends suggested that it could have been an owl carrying and flying away with some sort of animal, but Black says the animal he saw was about the size of a deer.

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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.

11 Oct

Things are Getting Freaky on October Fridays!


Monsters-inside-meNothing is more insidiously evil than the killers you can't see. So relax on your couch (if you can) and tune in to to Animal Planet every Friday at 9PM E/P as Monsters Inside Me switches nights for the hallowed month of October.

Prepare yourself by watching some killer clips from previous seasons!

15 Oct

Scary Video Face-Off: Which is More Terrifying?


Help us out - we don't know which clip is scarier!

Footage of two hunters out at night, who become the prey when they anger what appears to be a hairy, man-sized creature.


While scanning for paranormal activity, a paranormal team hears a loud shriek that chills them to the core. Then, the ghost box picks up a voice that says "Maggie."

Watch the clips then let us know which is scarier by voting!



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