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17 Sep

Tiny Hamster Takes On Competitive Eating Champion, Takeru Kobayashi

In one of the greatest internet moments known to mankind, a teeny, tiny hamster challenges the world-renowned competitive eating champion — master of all things hot and dog across all of Coney Island and the U.S. of A. — Takeru Kobayashi!

Can this hairball in miniature take down one of the greatest eaters the world has ever seen?! He may be petite but his appetite is not one to underestimate! Watch the unforgettable face-off:

Thank you, Internet. We <3 you, hamster ... and Kobayashi! WELL DONE.

 Photo Credit: YouTube image

  Photo Credit: YouTube image

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6 Sep

Dog Books it for Ocean for One Last Summer Splash

If you've ever had a Labrador in your life, you're probably pretty aware of the fact that they LOVE the water.

Case in point, watch one Italiano pup named Walter make a run for it, straight for the sea - he knows the way! Summer may be over, but there's still time for one last dip in the ocean:

*SIGH* ... We know exactly how you feel, Walter!

Photo: YouTube image


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3 Sep

R.O.A.R. To Their Rescue - Calling All Pet Pics! Send Us Your Adoption Stories

Sept. 1 marked the launch of the R.O.A.R. To Their Rescue program where Animal Planet is teaming up with the ASPCA® to cover adoption fees in Austin, Texas; Miami, Fla.; and Cleveland, Ohio. You can get the details all about the initiative and partner organizations here! >>

To celebrate the launch, we want to hear from Animal Planet fans, far and wide — and we want to know all about your beautiful adoption stories!

Send us your adoption stories and photos and we'll feature our favorites right here on at the R.O.A.R. website and share them with the hashtag #ROARToTheirRescue.  To submit, email us at Be sure to send us:

  • Your Name
  • Where You Live (City/State)
  • Your Pet's Name
  • At Least 1 Photo of Your Pet (and any other family members)
  • Your Adoption Story — Tell us why you chose to adopt and how you found your pet soulmate! <3

See additional rules about photo submissions below ... And, stay tuned for YOUR stories!


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10 Jul

Celebrities Love Their Pets, Too!

We are all ferociously dedicated to our pets and celebrities are no exception. Yes, they are busy with filming and concerts and promoting their newest endeavours, but they will always have time for their pets! Check out some of the stars and the newest additions to their families!

Pop Star Lady Gaga and her French Bulldog, Asia:

One thing is for sure: Lady Gaga is obsessed with the newest addition to the Little Monsters family. Her French Bulldog puppy, Asia, has dominated her Instagram and Facebook pages since she got her in late April. And why wouldn't she?? Just look at that face. 

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9 Jul

Tiny Hedgehogs Have Tiny Birthday Party with Tiny Cake

In case you need a little pick-me-up during your work day, take a tiny moment for a tiny celebration with these teeny, tiny, adorable hedgehogs, celebrating the cutest, teeniest birthday! ... And, though the cake may be miniature (and hedgehog food), it still looks delicious! Where's my slice?!

Happy birthday, little guy!

Photo: YouTube image

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6 Jul

'Independence Day' Reenacted by PUG PUPPIES

Move over Will Smith! There's cuter talent in town! 

Hopefully you were celebrating the glorious holiday weekend and honoring America with family, friends, good food, fireworks - and, maybe a movie? Perhaps ... Independence Day starring Will Smith and Jeff Goldblum?

Well, here's an efficient, 2-minute, possibly cuter version as recreated by these ADORABLE pug puppies. Enjoy!

We're not entirely sure this little guy below is happy with the production ... or, knows what's actually going on. But he sure looks CUTE doing it.

Photo: YouTube image

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3 Jul

Roo and Penny: Unlikely Best Friends

Alicia Williams, a client services receptionist at Duluth Animal Hospital in Georgia, has a habit of rescuing animals that are in bad situations. Roo and Penny are two of Alicia's rescues that have developed a very strong bond with one another.

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26 Jun

WORLD PUP: Here Are Your Final Four Favorites, Pup Fans!

We are all amazed here at Animal Planet HQ at how close some of these matches have been! But there's no question about these final four qualifiers according to your Twitter and Facebook voices. 

Round 2 officially closed yesterday with Spain's Great Pyrenees beating out the German Daschund. England's adorable Old English Sheepdog won over Mexico's Chihuahua in a very close match. The internet's favorite Japanese Shiba Inu beat out our beloved American Alaskan Malamute (not even close, my friends :'( ). And, China's Sharpei dominated Russia's Samoyed.

It's been an exciting competition so far with all-around, good sportDOGship — no biting injuries in any of our matches! Here are the final four pups advancing to the semi-finals:

* Spain: Great Pyrenees vs. Japan: Shiba Inu
* England: Old English Sheepdog vs. China: Shar-Pei 


Did your team make it to the final four? Tell us what you think about the match-ups so far in the Comments section below.  And, remember to keep voting and supporting your pup!



Click on the image to see the full-sized bracket:




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17 Jun

Sleeping with Your Pet May Not Be the Best Idea, Study Says


You may love snuggling up with your pet at night but according to a recent study reported by The Huffington Post, that might not be the best idea — and not just because of allergies or hygienic concerns. This study, presented at SLEEP, the annual meeting of the Associated Professional Sleep Societies, suggests that pet owners who sleep with their pets are more likely to sleep poorly or wake up during the night.

We all know cats and dogs can kick, meow, howl and hog the bed but we still love them and want to cuddle up as we settle down for the night. However, this study showed that 63% of participants who share their bed with their pet had poor sleep quality. 30% of the participants who slept with their pets wake up at least once a night because of their pet.

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13 Jun

Male Guinea Pig Has Quite the Father's Day Surprise

Nothing says, “Happy Father’s Day” like a new baby. But what if there were 400 new babies? This is a male guinea pig's, aptly nicknamed Randy, reality. According to iTV, Randy escaped his enclosure at Hatton Country World in Warwickshire County, England, and found his way into the female enclosure. A female enclosure full of 100 female guinea pigs. You know where this is going.


How did they know Randy escaped? Apparently, it seemed like a female guinea pig had lost quite a bit of weight and discovered that this underweight guinea pig was not a female at all. Hatton Country World's manager Richard Craddock said that Randy could have been in the enclosure for several weeks and it is possible he could have impregnated all of the females. The average size of a litter of guinea pigs is four. So the staff is looking at a possibility of 400 baby guinea pigs, or pups, on top of their 300 other guinea pigs. Talk about baby boomers. The staff is even considering expanding their guinea pig farm to accommodate all of these pups.

Craddock said, “[Randy] has now re-joined his male friends, clearly he's got a lot of bragging to do.” He won’t be bragging when he’s up all night with 400 crying pups.

Happy Father’s Day to all those dads out there, human and animal alike. Head to our video playlist to learn about more amazing animal dads like Randy


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