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30 Mar

'100 Miles From Nowhere' Captured in 10 Photos

100 Miles From Nowhere follows adventurer Matt Galland and his two best buddies, Danny Bryson and Blake Josephson. In each episode, the trio of fun-loving regular guys chooses remote, extreme locations throughout the globe where cameras - let alone people - rarely have gone. Matt, Danny and Blake's mission is straightforward: to get off life's usual humdrum path for a more exciting, daring and off-the-beaten one. In just three or four days, the guys trek approximately 100 miles and burn up to 10,000 calories on foot, raft, skis and even skateboard while they document and shoot their own escapades with absolutely no crew. What is it like?

10 Photos That Capture '100 Miles From Nowhere'

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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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16 Mar

#SXSW: Lil Bub, New Spokescat and America's Next Cat Star Finalists Revealed!

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MEOW from Austin, Texas, where the cat lovers came out in droves last night to dance the night away! 

At Animal Planet's Next Cat Star party yesterday, our favorite cat star Lil Bub was appointed our official spokescat! And, you may have caught it via our Meerkat live video stream if you were following us on Twitter. 

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Meerkat CEO Ben Rubin joined Animal Planet as the network used the streaming app to announce internet cat LIL BUB as its official spokescat.' (L-R) Internet cat LIL BUB and owner Mike Bridavsky, Jackson Galaxy of the series "My Cat from Hell," Animal Planet General Manager, Rick Holzman, and Meerkat CEO Ben Rubin

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LIL BUB and owner Mike Bridavsky with Jackson Galaxy, showing off their tats!

To follow-up the sensational news, the finalists in our America's Next Cat Star Talent Search were unveiled and celebrated with plenty of beverages and fantastic 80s tunes by the band, the Spazmatics! It was quite a puuuuurr-tay!

Here are the five finalists! And, you can now CAST YOUR VOTE for your favorite! >>

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11 Mar

Coolest Lizard EVER Jams on a Leaf Guitar

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Photographer Aditya Permana stumbled upon a forest dragon lizard in Yogyakarta, Indonesia, strumming away at his guitar leaf. Permana watched the lizard for an hour before getting the shot, according to a Huffington Post article.

Word is out that people are asking for the lizard to perform at Coachella, Bonaroo and Firefly Festival this summer. JUST KIDDING!

Watch More Preposterous Pets Videos on AnimalPlanet.com!

2 Mar

The Top 10 Most Popular U.S. Dog Breeds

America still loves its Labrador retrievers.

Labs have reigned as the nation's top dog last tear for the 24th year after breaking poodles' decades-old record in 2013, according to American Kennel Club rankings set to be released Thursday.

Bulldogs are climbing their way up the leader board to a new high - No. 4 - and their bat-eared cousins, French Bulldogs cracked the top 10 for the first time in nearly a century.

Bulldogs rise can link from their unmistakeable push-faced expressions and generally calm demeanor. The French Bulldog has also surged in popularity from 49th to 9th in a decade. Could appearances in movies, TV shows and advertising be the reason of their recent success?

German shepherds, golden retrievers and beagles are usual repeats, with Dachshunds slitting out of the top 10, to 11th.

The top spot is unmistakable. Labrador retrievers hit the top 10 in the 1970s and haven't left since.

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27 Feb

Blue or Gold?! What Color Is This PUPPY?

The internet is ABLAZE about that dress — and so are we about THIS puppy! We've been circulating this puppy photo around our offices and the Animal Planet family is torn apart over the color of this adorable pup. We can't decide — what color do you see?! Keep staring and give it a few ... Post in the Comments section below!

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All jokes aside — dogs can only see two colors: blue-violet and yellow.  They have one-tenth of the concentration of color-capturing cones in their eyes that humans have. So while humans can see a vast array of tones, dogs only see those two colors along with any combinations of the pair. The rest of their world appears in shades of gray.  Read the full report here >>

Recognize this precious golden-blue pup? That's right — she's the lovely Golden, Pearl, a star from Puppy Bowl IX. Check her out in the Starting Lineup >>

Catch highlights of her in action in this PBIX playlist:

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Betty Chu is a Digital Media Executive Producer for AnimalPlanet.com. Follow her on Twitter @beddychew or Facebook.

 

26 Feb

Pit Bull Who Survived Abuse Wears Cute Doggie Outfits

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A pit bull entered Atlanta's Fulton County Animal Services last summer, covered in skin abrasions, home-cropped ears and a sweet personality.

Diamond, a brown and white pit bull with a huge smile, caught the attention of volunteer Neely Conway.

"When I saw Diamond, I was immediately brought to tears," Conway said in a recent Huffington Post interview. "When I took her outside I couldn't stop crying. This sweet animal had suffered so much, but was approaching dogs and humans with such a loving and gentle demeanor. I knew she needed to be saved."

Conway looked for rescue groups to help find Diamond a foster home; a safe situation she envisioned that would lead to her adoption. But Conway was having trouble finding a home for the abused pit bull, who may have looked scary to some.

Everything changed when Conway wrote a blog post about Diamond and shared it on Reddit.

The post was forwarded to Melinda McGuire, who wasn't in the market for a new dog. Regardless, the photos caught McGuire's heart forever.

"All I can say was something grabbed my heart when I saw Diamond's picture, and even sitting here now looking over at her I still feel it," McGuire told The Huffington Post.

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19 Feb

Odd Couple of the Day: Goat and Dog

 

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BFFs: Goat and Dog

This video went viral on social media, showing a white German Shepherd looking over and cuddling with a family's newborn baby Pygmy goat, a breed of miniature domestic goat. According to her owner, she took care of the adorable goat as if it were one of her puppies! Look at that face!

Watch videos of 'Animals In Love' on AnimalPlanet.com!

Watch another adorable goat and puppy in love on Too Cute!

18 Feb

10 Animals Who Just Don't Mind the Snow

 

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"I'm always trying to find the cold side of the snow pillow."

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"My doctor says I should lay off the sweets."

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"Let's play!"

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11 Feb

Study Finds Cockroaches Have Distinct Personalities

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They may be unwanted pests in your home, but perhaps once you learn that cockroaches show signs of having distinct personalities, you'll think twice about pulling out that shoe.

Researchers at the Université libre de Bruxelles in Belgium set out to study the behavior of these creepy crawlers. They studied American cockroaches by placing radio tags on each one. They then placed the insects into an enclosed dark setting so that they could track their movements, according to an article in Mother Nature Network. After observing the cockroaches for a week, the scientists began to notice distinct personality types. In their research, they described the two groups as "bold or explorers" while the others were "shy or cautious."

Isaac Planas Sitjà, a researcher from the university, told Mother Nature network, "Shy individuals are those that spend more time sheltered and explore less the arena or the surroundings. Instead, bold individuals are those that spend most part of the time exploring the surroundings and spend less time sheltered."

What do these two personality types mean for the longevity of the seemingly indestructible cockroach? Bolder cockroaches are more likely to go out in search of food - a risk that makes them more susceptible to predators. The more cautious cockroaches are more likely to stay hidden, which if crumbs or other food sources are scarce, they may not flourish. However, having two distinct types will ensure that at least part of the population survives.

To learn more about the study, click on over here.

To watch a woman overcome her fear of cockroaches, watch the video below:

Can't get enough? Check out the cockroach live cam on APL!ve!

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