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20 May

40,000 Bees Found Under Woman's Bedroom in NYC (VIDEO)

When one woman suspected she had a little bee problem happening under her bedroom, she didn't expect that meant a 40,000-bee PROBLEM under her bedroom!

Mary Jean Dyczko contacted NYPD bee detective, Anthony "Tony Bees" Planakis, last summer when she noticed a large volume of bee traffic outside her window, according to the Gothamist.  Planakis did not want to disturb the hive prior to winter, thinking they wouldn't survive any attempt at extraction. The retired detective returned to Dyczko's home this spring for one last job -- and, this one was a MONSTER:

Photo: Video image from Lots of bees removed from NYC home (Credit: BMR... by Gothamist


Lots of bees removed from NYC home (Credit: BMR... by Gothamist

More video of the extraction:

Honeycomb from NYC home (Credit: BMR Breaking... by Gothamist

Planakis discovered a massive hive of 40,000 -- he was able to extract the queen safely.  The hive will be relocated to a beekeeper in upstate New York


Meanwhile, in Asia ... KILLER HORNETS ARE ON THE RISE! Tune in tonight to KILLER HORNETS FROM HELL to hear about the spread of these monstrous insects. Here's a HORRIFYING highlight from the Monster Week program:

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18 May

Get Ready: Monster Week is Going to be Hair-Raising!

It’s Monster Week at Animal Planet and this year is truly going to be a “hair-raising” event, thanks to a partnership with Great Clips salons! Great Clips is the world’s largest salon brand and provides high quality and convenient service to millions of customers throughout North America each week. That’s why Animal Planet has partnered with Great Clips for a Hair-Raising Sweepstakes.

Enter for your chance to win free haircuts for a year! Only one lucky winner will receive the grand prize, but nine others can win one free haircut and all 10 winners will receive a swag bag of monstrous gifts from Animal Planet! Learn more here

Find a Great Clips location near you and download the Great Clips Online Check-In app to save time at your next visit.

17 May

Giant Squid Washes Up on New Zealand Beach


With 7 1/2-inch eyes, below a 6-foot mantle (head area) and tentacles longer than 16 feet, this is one monster mollusk!

The Kaikoura Marine Centre and Aquarium posted the photo above (used with their permission) and report in Facebook that they collected the giant squid specimen before birds could get to it. They say they have it frozen behind glass for display and research purposes. According to the Marlborough Express, aquarium owner Meghan Lewis says it was a mature female. says the maximum length of a Giant Squid is 43 feet, and they seem to reside primarily near the ocean floor.

See a clip from Man-Eating Super Squid that explores Giant Squid feeding behavior:

And hear this diver's tale of a frightening encounter with a different type of squid:

Humboldt, or Jumbo, Squid are another type of large squid that also can have mantles up to 6 feet long. They're commercially fished and are said to fight back when caught and show aggression towards divers. Watch a full episode of Swimming with Monsters that seeks out the Humboldt squid to see if they live up to their blood-thirsty reputation.

17 May

Like to Fish? Show Off Your #ReelMonster Catch on TV

Tune in tonight at 9/8c for a killer episode of River Monsters. Then stick around for an Aftershow with Jeremy Wade featuring selections of our audience photos posted to #ReelMonster.
Get the full story in our Facebook post embedded below.

Do you like to fish? Then post a picture of your catch to either Instagram, Twitter or the River Monsters Facebook page...

Posted by Animal Planet on Saturday, May 16, 2015

Preview tonight's episode with this highlight of an underwater encounter with a huge crocodile.

15 May

A Monster Find: Warm-Blooded Opah Fish Discovered Deep in Pacific Ocean

In what is quite the discovery, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) researchers found the first warm-blooded fish living deep in the Pacific Ocean, according to USA Today.

The Opah, unlike other fish, generate heat when they swim and have special blood vessels that distribute warmth throughout their disc-shaped bodies. Along with this, the Opah (considered deepwater predators) have "counter-current heat exchangers" in their gills that work to lessen heat loss and keep their body temperature above the water temperature as they swim 250 feet undersea, USA Today reported.

The opah isn't the only fish to warm it's body while swimming. Apparently tuna and sharks are known to temporarily warm their swimming muscles. However, the difference is that the opah can warm its entire body, similar to whole-body endothermy, which is how mammals and birds distinguish themselves from fish and reptiles.

Thanks to its warm-blooded talent, the opah is able to swim at faster speeds, something not common of deep, cold-water fish. Because of this, the opah benefits from quicker swimming, better vision and quicker responses - allowing it a better chance at survival.


Check out the latest River Monsters clip:

This post is part of our special MONSTER NEWS coverage for MONSTER WEEK! Check out related articles here and watch video highlights in anticipation of Monster Week, starting May 17, only on Animal Planet.


14 May

British Cat Sets Guinness World Record for Loudest Purr

British cat Merlin just broke the Guinness World Record for having the loudest purr. According to BuzzFeed, this guy's purr reaches 70 decibels, perhaps the equivalent to having an AC unit or dishwasher running right in your face. For cat owners out there, you know how loud your cat's purr can be - can you even imagine having Merlin around? 

“Occasionally when he’s really loud I have to repeat myself," Merlin's owner, Tracy, said. When you’re watching films you have to turn the telly up or put him out of the room, if he’s eating he’ll purr loudly. I can hear him when I’m drying my hair."

 Merlin lives in Torquay, Devon (UK), is 13 years of age, and was adopted from an animal rescue centre in nearby Kingskerswell by his owner Tracy Westwood and her daughter Alice, according to the Guinness World Record website.

Meet the cat that last held the world record:

14 May

This Dog Will Make You Wanna Dance Too (VIDEO)

This West Highland Terrier named Boy couldn't help but rock out to a concert his owner happened to walk by. What's so cool about this video, however, is that Boy is 17-years-old and deaf, according to BuzzFeed.

Once Boy started feeling the rhythm of the music while on his walk, he just had to dance around. He even pulled his owner, Beril, closer to the stage and got her rocking along as well.

We love Boy and hope he continues to rock out!

Want more dancing dogs? Check out the video below!

14 May

#TBT: Bald Eagle Shot in the Face, Gets New 3-D Printed Beak (VIDEO)

In honor of #ThrowbackThursday, here's a touching conservation story from a few years ago -- an eagle gets a second chance after a tragic accident:

Beauty the bald eagle was shot in the face by a hunter, shattering her upper beak.  Left disfigured but even more importantly, she was left unable to preen or feed herself.  An amazing team of compassionate conservationists came together and with technology, created a 3-D printed beak for her.

Watch the video of the story and see the transplant:

Beauty and the Beak from Keith Bubach - Trooper Media on Vimeo.

Photo: Vimeo video image

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13 May

Too-Close for Comfort Tourists Aggravate Bears at Yellowstone (VIDEO)

You may have seen the video gone viral the last few days, captured by Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks, of what appears to be a black bear with cubs, chasing after tourists at Yellowstone National Park:

A mama bear appears to be chasing tourists across a bridge, defending her cubs, as most media outlets are reporting. However, the bear and her babies were most likely aggravated by tourists who got too close for comfort for the sake of photo opps, encircling the group.  According to a report by National Geographic, the mama bear and her cubs in an attempt to flee, took a wrong turn onto the bridge, and were surrounded by tourists blocking their way.

Photo: YouTube video image

The lesson here? Respect wildlife in parks and give them a safe and secure distance to graze and roam.  Like, 300 feet minimum. MINIMUM!  If you really want that killer photo to post to your Instagram, invest in a zoom lens. You can read up on Bear Safety on the National Park Service's website here. >>


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13 May

Bobcat and Coyote Face Off in Suburbia (VIDEO)

Bike ride interruptus

Posted by Jon Snow on Monday, May 11, 2015


This is a pretty amazing video! The bobcat and the coyote featured both have wide ranges across the country, living close to humans, sometimes even in our cities, towns and backyards. But both are also extremely elusive. They are usually nocturnal and go out of their way to avoid being seen by humans.

So this video captured by a cyclist at River Legacy Park in Arlington, Texas is an extremely rare thing. Not only is it rare to see one of these animals in the daylight, right out in the open, but to see them both together is nothing short of a once in a lifetime wildlife encounter.

Bobcats and coyotes are both medium-sized predators that compete with each other for prey. All cats are strict carnivores, while coyotes have a more varied diet and can consume everything from plant material to insects to the rodents, rabbits and other small animals also fed on by the bobcat.

The video certainly answers the question of who's the "top dog" in this competition between carnivores--and it isn't the coyote!

Photo by Linda Tanner via Flickr Creative Commons.


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