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16 Sep

Moving Funeral Service Held for Oklahoma City K-9 Officer Killed on Duty

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Oklahoma City police officer Sgt. Ryan Stark, center, leans over the casket of his canine partner, K-9 Kye, following funeral services for the dog in Oklahoma City, Thursday, Aug. 28, 2014. K-9 Kye, a three year old Belgian German Shepard, died Aug. 25 after being stabbed by a burglary suspect on Aug. 24. Sgt. Stark tried to separate the dog and the suspect before fatally shooting the suspect. Credit: AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki

In a moving tribute to the bond created between police offices and their canine counterparts, funeral services were held for 3-year-old Kye, an Oklahoma City K-9 officer, after he was killed apprehending a suspect Aug. 24.

The Oklahoma City Police Department held a full funeral service, with honors, for the Belgian German Shepherd where more than 1,000 people showed up along with dozens of service dogs, according to BuzzFeed.

On Aug. 24, police were in pursuit of a suspect in a high-speed car chase. When the suspect crashed the car into a ditch, Kye chased after him with his partner, Sgt. Ryan Stark, not far behind. When Stark caught up to them, he found the suspect repeatedly stabbing the dog with a knife, according to Today.com. He died the next day.

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15 Sep

Giant Manta Ray Seeks Help from Nearby Divers

C59afTwo divers went on the dive of a lifetime and were able to help a manta ray after the creature swam up to them in Costa Rican waters.

Brazilian Thomaz Monteiro and Canadian Brian Thompson saw the animal in the distance and watched as it swam closer. It was then that they saw that the female manta ray was tangled in rope from a fishing line, The Dodo reported. Thompson was able to remove the line, which left a small wound in her side, according to Ninemsn. Once they managed to free her, the manta ray swam around the divers for about 30 minutes before heading to deeper waters.

Watch the amazing video:

Want to learn more about manta rays? Watch this video!

13 Sep

Overweight Cat Gets New Lease on Life

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Meet King Leo. He's a Maine Coon weighing in at a whopping 23 pounds. He was, sadly, left by the side of a road in Nashville, Tennessee, where he was, luckily, discovered by some caring individuals who took him to Metro Animal Care and Control. He was later brought to Cat Shoppe Rescue, where he recieved care. Poor King Leo had about two pounds of matted, heavy fur removed. He's since been adopted by veterinary technician LaTisha Lampley, who, along with her family, has been monitoring his caloric intake and monitoring water treadmill sessions, which are helping him build strength and lose weight.

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12 Sep

Sitting Ducks, Surprise Tractors and More on Beaver Brothers

Beaver-bros-2Tune in this Sunday at 9:30PM E/P as the Beaver Brothers solve a variety of issues around Nova Scotia - and celebrate Charlie's 65th birthday.

In this week's 30-minute episode, Eddie and Mike try to surprise Charlie with a new birthday tractor, but it seems he was hoping for something bigger. With Mike trying to make sure Charlie's other birthday surprise goes on without a hitch, Charlie and Eddie work on solving a case of a hawk hungry for a rare breed of Black Indian Runner ducks - which must be solved without harming the bird.

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Will the brothers be able to solve the issue? Will Eddie and Mike be able to surprise Charlie? Tune in on Sunday to find out!

 

9 Sep

Mongoose Fends Off Four Lions

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Everyone is a fan of the underdog story. For example, the 1980 men's USA Olympic hockey team, otherwise known as "The Miracle on Ice," is one of the greatest underdog stories and perhaps considered one of the most well-known. But this mongoose taking on four lions - and coming out victorious - is a strong contender for that top spot. 

Lions are supposed to be the kings of the jungle, but apparently no one told this mongoose. 

 

Have you seen Mongoose pups? They're Too Cute! 

Watch Too Cute Saturdays at 8/7c!

2 Sep

Golden Retriever Adopts an Orphaned Kitten

It feels good to be loved.

When this kitten was rejected by its mother, a superhero came to save the day. This Golden Retriever took in the kitten as if it was one of its own. Why? Maybe it's instinctual to take care of young and help them survive, or maybe it's just empathy.

Regardless, this relationship is TOO CUTE! View the full photo album HERE.

 

Tune in Saturday at 8/7c for more cuteness on Animal Planet's Too Cute!  

2 Sep

Rare Blue Lobster Makes His Way to Maine State Aquarium

Apl-bites-blue-lobster-miss-Meghan-02 A rare blue lobster that was caught last week off the coast of Maine has now been given a permanent home at the Maine State Aquarium.

Fourteen-year-old Meghan LaPlante and her father Jay found the lobster - a 1-and-2 million find according to ABC News - in the traps on Aug. 23. LaPlante operates Miss Meghan's Lobster Catch.

The lobster's blue color is technically created by a genetic defect. Thankfully for this lobster, this defect ended up saving its life.

Want to see more awesome lobsters? Check out this video of a 29-pound lobster (most lobsters are only one to three pounds!):

21 Aug

Orphaned Eagles Released into the Wild

Check out this news report of my friend Ed Clark, President of the Wildlife Center of Virginia, releasing three young bald eagles back into the wild.

The eagles were all blown out of their nests by storms earlier this year, and have spent the last few months in captivity under the care of the vets and other staff at the Wildlife Center.  (Die-hard Animal Planet fans will remember the Wildlife Center from the series Wildlife Emergency that aired in the late 90s and early 00s.)

Speaking from experience, there is NOTHING that feels as good as releasing a wild animal back into its natural habitat.

 

Protect Eagles with the National Wildlife Federation. 

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Juvenile Bald Eagle. Photo by Ken Janes via Flickr Creative Commons.

 

29 Jul

Pit Bull Saves Deaf Teen From a Burning Building

Three cheers for Ace the pit bull! This daring dog saved his 13-year-old human, Nick Lamb, from a house fire. Nick was taking a nap when the fire started. You may be thinking, "shouldn't he have heard the fire alarms? Doesn't his family have fire alarms in their house?" Well, Nick is deaf and took out his cochlear implants while he was sleeping, so he couldn't hear the fire alarms.

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Photo Credit: Indianapolis Fire Department

But Ace could. So, he woke up the sleeping teenager by continuously licking his face. It was then that Nick realized that the house was on fire. Nick told ABC 6, "I took a breath and I went downstairs with Ace and the whole house was covered in smoke and a little bit of fire."

Nick and Ace safely made it outside where Nick called his mother and the fire department. While the house was severely damaged, no one was hurt and Ace is now a hero!

In an interview with Fox 59, Nick's mom, Lindsay Bernard said, "Pit bulls get bad reps, he loves his family," Nick's mom, Lindsay Bernard, told Fox 59 in the video above. "If it wasn't for him, I could have lost my little boy."

Learn more about these amazing dogs, and other bully breeds, here:

 

23 Jul

Alligator Crashes Teens' Camping Trip

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S'mores, spooky stories and a campfire make up a typical, safe, night of camping.

For a group of teens in Texarkana, TX, things became truly spooky when a large guest decided to join the fun. The kids heard something perusing around their tent, but didn't know the size of the visitor until the next day.

The next morning, while swimming in a pond, they were chased out by an eight-foot-long, 300-pound alligator. A wildlife expert said the alligator could have seen the kids as prey, if the gator was indeed following them. 

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This isn't the only time someone has been chased from a nice swim! Watch when Paul and Jimmy, from Gator Boys, had to rescue a gator from someone's pool. 

Make sure to tune in to an ALL NEW season of Gator Boys, August 3rd at 8/7c!

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