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24 Mar

River Monsters Sneak Peek: Jeremy Wade Is Back, Season 7 Gets Wilder, Wetter & Prehistoric

Prepare yourselves to dive in to the hottest River Monsters adventures yet! Jeremy Wade is BACK for season seven and he's breaking the surface and diving into the lairs of aquatic beasts with six brand-new episodes, premiering Sunday, April 5, at 9 PM E/P.  Here's a sneak peek:

In the season finale, Jeremy will travel back in time to uncover the greatest river monster that ever lived in the ground-breaking special River Monsters: Prehistoric Terror, premiering in late May during Animal Planet’s fourth annual MONSTER WEEK.

Season seven is full of unexplored realms for Jeremy – both emotionally and physically. In the season premiere, “Canadian Horror,” he seeks to find the reason why boaters and fishermen are vanishing into thin air. The accused beast is described as a giant eel-like serpent and a fruitless search for this elusive predator sends Jeremy close to the edge. After nearly 13,000 casts, his determination borders on obsession as he waits for just one fated bite. Multiple setbacks and volatile weather have Jeremy looking to native spirits for a boost in confidence. Do monstrous captures come to those who wait, or is Jeremy hanging up his rod with the mystery unsolved for the first time in River Monsters history?

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Later in the season, Jeremy dives into the Okavango Delta in Botswana to face the aggressive tigerfish in its own environment – underwater in the river’s depths, alongside killer crocodiles. In Cambodia, Jeremy finds a deceivingly adorable little fish may be responsible for slicing through a young man’s testicle. Jeremy makes himself shark bait in Alaska’s icy waters to prove that these particular fish won’t attack a human – even if that human is diving right into the middle of a feeding frenzy. There’s trouble in paradise with news stories of an unknown freshwater killer in Fiji. Jeremy has a fish he’s met before in his crosshairs, but his search soon turns to a fierce predator that has never found its way on to his suspect list.

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24 Mar

Fritz the Golden Retriever Can't Catch Food, but He Will Win Your Heart (VIDEO)

Oh, Fritz. We applaud your efforts.

This Golden Retriever wants so desperately to catch the items his owner throws to him. We don't know if it's that he's getting bad tosses, has not-so-great depth perception - or perhaps a combination of both - but he's having a little trouble getting said food items into his mouth.

According to The Huffington Post, Fritz's owner, Evan Ball, doesn't actually feed his pup everything that's tossed to him (some of the human food items aren't so great for dogs, so it's probably good Fritz won't ever be a star outfielder).

"I actually intercept most of the food and give him just a little for his efforts. Plus, he only gets a food tossed to him about once a week," Ball told the media outlet via email.

We applaud Fritz for never giving up and still trying to catch that steak.

Check out this video of a dog who has NO problem getting food into his mouth:

23 Mar

The Cat's Outta the Bag, Felines Prefer 'Cat Music' Over Human Music

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When you play music for your pets, your first thought, most likely, is that it soothes, relaxes and entertains them, much like it does to humans, but a new study shows that's not true. 

With cats, that is. So, move over Ariana Grande and make room for Katy Purry, because cats prefer their own kind of music: "cat music." 

University of Wisconsin-Madison research shows that while cats ignore our music, they are highly responsive to "music" written especially for them, reported ScienceDaily.

Lead author, Charles Snowdon, an emeritus professor of psychology, is trying to create music that pleases the ears of cats, by adjusting pitch and tempo and appealing to the animals' sensory systems. 

The researchers created their "cat music" based on tempos of purring and the sucking sounds made during nursing.

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20 Mar

Saturday's Going to the Pits! Pit Bulls & Parolees Season Finale Airs Saturday at 10/9c

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Are you a Pit Bulls and Parolees fan? Then cancel your weekend plans because Saturday is going to the dogs!

It’s all pit bulls, all day long tomorrow on Animal Planet. The festivities begin early at 9am with our all-day Pit Bulls and Parolees Viewers Choice marathon, featuring the show’s best episodes, as picked by the fans.

The night begins with at 9/8c with Pit Bulls and Parolees: Unleashed, featuring behind the scenes and never before seen footage from this season. It also features our own Tia Torres looking back on memorable moments and giving the fans insight into what they didn’t see on TV. It all leads up to our Pit Bulls and Parolees season finale at 10/9c, in which Tia, after risking her own life to help rescue an abandoned dog, finds herself at odds with a local shelter over the dog’s fate.

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20 Mar

Baby Elephant Taking a Bath Can't Even...

 

We came across this video of a baby elephant having a blast during bath time at an elephant conservation village in Thailand. To truly understand how much fun this young elephant is having, let's walk you through the video.

  1. Baby elephant tests the water, with encouragement from mom.

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  2. Time to dive in, head first!

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  3. I've fallen and I can't get up!

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  4. HALP.

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  5. Gimme that hose.

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  6. Bellyflop!

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  7. This bathtub just became a toilet. Whoops, too much fun!

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  8. Hey, who else wants a bath?

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And if you need more adorable baby elephants, check this out!

 

19 Mar

Dig Deeper Into Ice Cold Gold With Interactive Episode Journals

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Before you tune into Ice Cold Gold tonight at 10/9c, be sure to check out our new interactive episode journals, cataloging the journeys of Sixty Degrees Resources this season. 

Not only do these episode journals follow the journey, they also grant you access to exclusive new content. Ranging from time lapses capturing the serene beauty of Greenland, to videos capturing behind-the-scenes moments from the show. This exclusive content will feature items we couldn't show you on air.

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19 Mar

Luna the Otter is Ready for March Madness

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Luna, Shedd’s rescued sea otter pup is in the March Madness spirit playing with one of her new favorite toys – a basketball! Courtesy: Shedd Aquarium

Now that March Madness has officially kicked off, those 64 basketball teams aren't the only ones hoping for some magic this championship season. The Shedd Aquarium's otter, Luna, has been showing off her own basketball skills with a newly acquired favorite toy: a basketball!

We don't know about you, but we wish we had put Luna in our March madness brackets!

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Shedd Aquarium’s rescued sea otter, Luna loves March Madness! Think she’s dreaming about her Final Four picks? Courtesy: Shedd Aquarium

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18 Mar

Squirrel Uses Tiny Fork to Eat Almond Butter (VIDEO)

Wally the squirrel is hungry, and the only solution: almond butter and a tiny fork for his tiny squirrelish hands. 

Choosy squirrels choose JIF.

 Learn more about squirrel eating habits:

18 Mar

Bison Gets a Meal on the Go (VIDEO)

What is it about drive-thru safari adventures that have weirded out? First it was the carjacking lion, and now it’s the hungry bison that takes the term “meals on wheels” to another level.

Thanks in large part to some bread, Caroline Walker Evans had the encounter of a lifetime with a bison at Olympic Game Farm:

Have you ever had a unique animal encounter, like Caroline’s? Let us know in the comments below!

17 Mar

Animal Basketball Players

 

With March Madness upon us the folks at HooplaHa have created this great compilation video of basketball-playing animals. I confess that I'm not much of a sports fan, but being a Nature Geek I could watch these cute critters shooting hoops all day long!

I only have one question: do only mammals have a propensity for basketball? I'd love to see some birds or reptiles get in on the action too!  

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Photo by Just Jefa via Flickr Creative Commons.

 

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