We’ve all heard the phrase “if pigs could fly,” but what if pigs had wheels? Look no further as this question has been answered by the piglet, Leon Trotsky, a resident at Edgar’s Mission in Victoria, Australia. According to the Huffington Post, he was rescued by Edgar’s Mission after his mother fell on top of him and his siblings at a pig farm. While his siblings didn’t make it, Leon did, but with a crushed femur and severe ligament damage. Things seemed gloomy for the piglet, until the rescue fitted him with his own piggy wheelchair. This wheelchair allowed Leon to heal while also keeping him mobile and active.
When we saw the cuteness of Saltwater Taffy, an adorable lobster-claw kitten living in Philadelphia, we just had to share her story with you.
Saltwater Taffy was born with radial agenesis, which means she likely has contracted tendons and missing radial bones in her front limbs, which gives her front limbs a lobster-claw appearance. But she's not letting that stop her.
Cared for by a foster family through the Animal Care and Control Team of Philadelphia, Saltwater Taffy goes through some "physical therapy" with her Foster Mom. The ACCT and SWT's foster mom are also hoping to raise enough funds for her care and potential surgeries. Whatever money is leftover from her care will go back to the shelter to help other animals in need. As of this posting, donors had already exceeded the goal of $1000.
Want to give in another way? The ACCT Philly is always looking for great foster families. Consider helping to save the life of an animal by donating your time and home for a period of time. Learn how you can help.
For more Saltwater Taffy cuteness, check out our photo gallery!
To see another amazing cat overcoming obstacles, check out this video of a cat getting a prosthetic from Must Love Cats:
Cat lovers unite! We're turning Saturday into CATurday for all you feline fans out there. Tune in for your cat-favorites and more! The cat fest begins at 6AM E/P!
See what's in store for you on My Cat From Hell:
A Labrador-Poodle mix gave Virginia residents quite the scare earlier this week when his creative haircut caused many to think they were seeing a baby lion.
Charles, who had just gotten a haircut, is shaved to look like a lion to represent Old Dominion University's mascot, which happens to be - you guessed it - a lion. The dog's owner, Daniel Painter, has a daughter who attends the school.
See more creative dog grooming below!
And an added bonus, creative cat grooming!
Sarah McMurdy, Manager with Animal Planet’s Marketing team, was as excited as the rest of us for the first ever Internet Cat Video Film Festival! Soooo … who won?! Hear it from her:
Congratulations to William Braden, creator of Henri Paw de Deux, for winning the People’s Choice Award and the Golden Kitty Award, at the Walker Art Center's Internet Cat Video Film Festival on Thursday, Aug. 30! The People’s Choice Award was chosen by online voting prior to the festival. The event was well-attended, with a gathering of over 10,000 feline fanatics in Minneapolis, Minn. -- the masses laughed, cried, and purred out loud throughout the night!
Enjoy the full version of the winning video, Henri, Paw de Deux:
Animal Planet is partnering up with the Walker Art Center and bringing you the People's Choice Award, the Golden Kitty. Chosen by online voting, the winner of the People’s Choice Award, will be announced at the festival. The winning video will also be broadcast during the season finale of My Cat From Hell on Sept. 8 at 8 p.m. e/p.
An audience favorite, the Best of Show video, will be selected via Twitter voting during the event and announced after the festival. Use #catvidfest to participate in the Best of Show voting during the Internet Cat Video Festival. The festival will also be available via walkerart.org and the AnimalPlanet.com beginning August 31.
Also available on our site, check out a few of the featured video entry nominees:
We have a weekly meeting at Animal Planet where we mostly watch funny cat videos, BUT we also do actual work and brainstorm ideas for all of our shows. Here are some of our favorite ideas that for some reason or another never saw the light of day (at least not yet).
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