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16 Dec

Guinea Pig Rush Hour

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Guinea pigs by Toshihiro Gamo on Flickr.

What's cuter than a guinea pig? Dozens of guinea pigs using a special bridge to go from one enclosure to the next at the Nagasaki Bio Park in Japan.

The guinea pigs apparently do this often, because they seem to know exactly what do to and where to go.

Here's another video of the same behavior at the Chiba Zoological Park, also in Japan. 

 

h/t: boredpanda

25 Nov

Be Thankful for These Tiny Hamsters, Having a Tiny Thanksgiving

Thank you, tiny hamster trainer people for giving us a little more to be thankful for this Thanksgiving season. You know, like this tiny hamster Thanksgiving celebration:

Happy Thanksgiving from your friends at Animal Planet! May your dinner table and mouths be as full and bountiful as these little guys'!

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Photo: YouTube image

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24 Nov

Stray Dog Treks 430-Mile Adventure Race, Makes New Human Friends for Life

When a team of four endurance athletes from Sweden set off on the most grueling journey of their lives, they didn't expect to pick up a fifth — FURRY — teammate along the way.

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Photo: Krister Göransson / Peak Performance | Peak Perfomance on Facebook

The Swedish team embarked on a 430-mile trek to compete in the Adventure Racing World Championship in Ecuador.  As they began the rainforest portion of the race, team member Mikael Lindnord noticed a hungry, stray dog and gave him a meatball ... And, it was LOVE at first bite.

The dog who they soon dubbed "Arthur" continued to follow them the rest of the epic journey, which usually takes a team of four, about 10 days. The rigorous race includes biking, hiking, trekking and kayaking — Arthur kept up every step of the way! 

By the end of the race, they certainly couldn't leave their new friend behind — he's headed back to Sweden to his new forever home with Lindnord. Awwww.  *TEAR*

You can get even more details on the story from our friends at The Dodo >>

Congratulations, Arthur and Team Sweden!

See More Race Photos with Team Sweden & Arthur >>

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14 Oct

(Adorable) German Shepherd Naps Like My Dad

Here's an adorable video of one tuckered out pup! He MUST be in a deep, deep sleep, dreaming of squirrels, fetching things and delicious, meaty treats ... It may be an oldie from last year but it's still CUTE AS EVER: 

Not to mention, he totally looks like my Dad napping on the couch on a lazy weekend. I LOVE YOU, DOG!!!

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1 Oct

Pit Bulls & Parolees: The Villalobos Team Returns! Get a Sneak Peek of an All-New Season

Get ready for a new season of Pit Bulls & Parolees, this Saturday at 10 p.m. e/p! Tia Torres and the Villalobos team return for Season 6 with all-new heartbreaking, daring rescues, along with some sweet, happy endings for a few of these wonderful dogs.

Saturday night's season premiere kicks off by catching up with one of our favorite pups, Cheech. He finally gets his chance at finding his forever home — but, when he meets his potential new family and doggy siblings, the encounter takes a sudden, unfortunate turn!

Will he finally get his chance?! Watch a sneek peek video of the meeting and tune in Saturday to see what happens:

And, remember to tune into the Aftershow, following the 10PM e/p premiere! That's right - at 11PM e/p, Tia will be answering your questions via Social Media in a special hour hosted by Animal Planet's Executive Producer, Lisa Lucas. Follow her on Twitter here >>

AND, use the hashtag #ShowUsYourPits to submit photos of your special pit bull by Facebook, Twitter or Instagram during the hour and YOUR handsome pup may make it on air! Read more about it here >>

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Tune In Saturday at 10PM e/p for the Season 6 premiere of Pit Bulls & Parolees! And, stay tuned for the Aftershow at 11PM e/p.

 

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1 Oct

We Want YOUR Pit Bulls! #ShowUsYourPits

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We’re just a few days away from the new season of Pit Bulls and Parolees, and needless to say, we have pit bulls on the brain. Between our all-day marathons all this week, Saturday’s season premiere and first-ever Pit Bulls and Parolees Aftershow, it’s safe to say we’ve surrendered all control to this amazing breed.

UPDATE: #SHOWUSYOURPITS IS A HUGE SUCCESS! See the fabulous photos on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.

Saturday’s aftershow, airing right after the season premiere at 11/10c, features Tia Torres in the hot seat, answering fan questions in front of a live audience at the Tahyo Tavern in New Orleans. But the aftershow won’t be complete without YOU and your beloved pit bull. Just post your pit bull’s picture to Twitter, Instagram and the Pit Bulls and Parolees Facebook page with #ShowUsYourPits and you may see your dog on TV during the aftershow.

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30 Sep

Dutch Airlines Makes Cutest Beagle-Run Lost & Found Service Video Ever

Klm-royal-dutch-beagleWhat better incentive to fly an airline and leave something behind on the plane than having an ADORABLE beagle retrieve it for you?! 

Well ... unfortunately this program with beagle isn't real. :(  KLM Royal Dutch Airlines announced the launch of a new Lost and Found program last week in a press release.  Sadly, the pup part is not true.  

But, well done, KLM on producing one super cute beagle video! And, hopefully you can make this video a reality someday because this idea is pretty brilliant:

 

Learn more about the sweet dog in our Dog Breed Selector >> And, watch a video about them below:

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29 Sep

10-Year-Old Goldfish Gets Second Chance at Life with Surgery to Remove Brain Tumor

A 10-year-old goldfish named George received life-saving surgery to remove a brain tumor earlier this month, giving him a shot at another 10 to 20 years to live.

The goldfish, who calls Melbourne, Australia, home, developed trouble eating, swimming and interacting with other fish, over the past year.

His owners Lyn Orton and Pip Joyce took him to Lort Smith Animal Hospital, where Dr. Tristan Rich diagnosed the little fella. He gave Mum and Dad the option to put him to sleep or to try the delicate surgical procedure. They opted to see their pet get another chance.

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29 Sep

#NothingButOctober: Feline All-Stars Show their #Catitude on the Animal Planet L!VE Kitten Cam!

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Photo: Joseph Schaefer

Last night, the Washington Nationals finished their regular season in historic style with their first ever no-hitter. Delighting fans and pets alike, the Nats’ win made the biggest impression on five feline fans who are now meowing their support for the hometown team via the Animal Planet L!VE Kitten Cam!  

Streaming LIVE 24/7 from the Washington Animal Rescue League, Kitten Cam underwent a spirited baseball transformation and introduced a new team of furry players who are ready to showcase their #Catitude and rally their team to victory in the postseason. At press time, they’re running laps around their room, sleeping in player’s helmets, and cuddling up with two plush versions of their favorite Nationals teammates.

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Meet the players on the APL!VE Kitten Cam

Now who may you ask are the five fantastic felines in the APL!VE starting line-up? We have the dynamic & adoptable team of Bryce Harpurr, Kitten Strasburg, Jordan Zimmermeow, Adam LaRoar, and Whiskers Werth.  And if those names look slightly familiar, you need not look any further than the National’s team roster for their human counterparts!

So this fall, step up to bat and hit a home run with the cutest players around!  Watch the baseball-lovin’ kittens of the Washington Animal Rescue League bringing their A-game and #Catitude straight to a screen near you on the APL!VE Kitten Cam.

 

25 Sep

Guess What a Vet Finds 43 1/2 of in a Great Dane's Stomach?

When one family's beloved Great Dane fell ill, they raced him off to the DoveLewis Emergency Animal Hospital in Portland, Oregon. After examination and x-rays, the vet found this:

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Photo: Courtesy of DoveLewis

Oh, what's THAT, you ask? Well, on surgery and extraction, THIS:

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