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21 Jul

Dukey's Last Day on Earth

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You may have heard about Dukey the dog who had an amazing last day on Earth. You may have wanted to avoid it because of the threat of tears. But, it is an amazing photo tribute to an obviously loved dog. The beautiful photos and blog piece were done by Houston photographer and friend of Dukey's owner, Robyn Arouty. She also wrote a follow-up piece about Dukey and his life, titled "Dukey Broke the Internet," which you can read here.We want to thank Robyn for sharing this story and encourage you to look through her touching photos in this gallery, then head over for the full story on Arouty's blog.

18 Jul

National Zoo Welcomes New Red Panda Cubs!

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Photo Credit: Photo Credit: Photo: Janice Sveda/Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute

The National Zoo in Washington, D.C. has welcomed four new litters of red panda cubs! However, you won't be able to see them just yet, as they are living at the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute, or SCBI, in Front Royal, Virginia. This is where the zoo does much of its research concerning animal reproduction. According to The Washington Post, four pairs of red pandas live there, all of which have had babies within the last year. That means 10 babies, more than the zoo has ever had in one year!

The little guy pictured above was born to Regan and Rocco. The cub is currently being hand-reared to increase its chance of survival, as Regan has been known to neglect cubs in the past. However, zookeepers are working hard to keep these cubs alive as well as care for the parents. In about 12 months, the cubs will be full grown and the size of a house cat!

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Photo Credit: Photo Credit: Photo: Janice Sveda/Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute

Out of these panda pairs, one of the fathers is Rusty, the infamous red panda who escaped the zoo and ran the streets of D.C. last summer! Hopefully his babies won't be as mischievous. 

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15 Jul

Animal Rescue: Hope Finds a Way!

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In the spring of 2013, a one-year-old pit bull was found tied to a tree by an Oakland animal control officer. She was underweight and had no fur due to a condition called Demodex, a form of mange. She was bright pink, hot to the touch, and starving with no owner in sight when she was brought to Oakland Animal Services, the local animal shelter. Due to the extent of her condition and a lack of shelter resources, there wasn’t much they could do for her.

However, through the love and care of two different foster parents, Steve LaChapelle and Pat Luchak, the aptly-named Hope started to recover. They took her in and took turns administering oral medications and giving her medicated baths to treat the mange, which was exacerbated by stress. Hope didn’t just need medicine; she needed love and care to help eradicate the mange and get her fur to grow back!

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Photo Credit: Steve LaChapelle

Just when things started looking up for this pit bull pup, bad news struck again: Hope was diagnosed with Valvular Pulmonic Stenosis, a congenital heart problem that would kill her within the year without surgery. Surgery isn’t cheap and again, things were looking dire for this brave pup. However, through the compassion of her humans, the money for the surgery was raised. How, you may ask?

Steve and the Friends of Oakland Animal Services set up a crowd-funding campaign through Razoo, with the ambitious goal of $5,000 to cover Hope’s surgery and various other medical expenses. Steve shared it with his friends and family, asking for any little bit they could donate, while the campaign was also promoted on Hope’s own Facebook page. In just three days, the campaign had been shared all over the world and raised almost $6,000, well over the original goal. Hope was now on her way to surgery and a happy, healthy life.

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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!

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Photo: YouTube image

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1 Jul

Top 10 Animal Reactions to the World Cup

The whole world is tuning in to watch the World Cup. With all of the upsets, close games, and shocking moments from the players, fans have had a lot to react to. But what if animals were to watch the World Cup? We imagine they would look pretty funny, actually we imagine they would look kind of like this...

1. When they don't agree with the penalty...

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2. When their team doesn't make it on to the next round...

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16 Jun

Introducing the Philadelphia Zoo's Black-footed Cat KITTENS

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Congrats to the Philadelphia Zoo on the latest additions to their family! Aza, the zoo's black-footed cat, gave birth to Drogon, Rhaegal, and Viserion (YES, they were named after the Game of Thrones dragons) on April 8, 2014. The babies just made their debut a few weeks ago and are now frolicking in their new exhibit space.  Aza was born in 2005 at the Central Florida Zoological Park and arrived at the Philadelphia Zoo in 2011 from the Kansas City Zoo.

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12 Jun

#ThrowbackThursday: Pets as People

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We’ve all seen pets doing hilarious human things, whether it's wearing tutus and jackets to "waterskiing" and “driving” cars. But this is not just a passing fad; it’s a trend that’s been around for decades, as you can see in these pictures. Driving cars, taking care of the kids, getting a perm -- these pets have done it all. But why do humans have such a fascination with trying to make their pets more human, or to put it scientifically, anthropomorphizing them?

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9 Jun

BREAKING NEWS: Who Will Be Crowned the WORLD PUP Champion?!

- June 12 Marks the Start of Animal Planet’s First-ever
Online WORLD PUP Competition -

Get ready for the first ever WORLD PUP competition where YOU, the canine fans, will decide who will be crowned champion and top dog of the planet!

Beginning Thursday, June 12 at 3 p.m. E/P, right here at AnimalPlanet.com, we'll be kicking off our own single-elimination tournament, allowing YOU the fans to root for countries based on the dog breed that best represent each. Sixteen dogs proudly bark for their home countries, most of which are top contenders in the 2014 World Cup, and each competes paw-to-paw as the world decides which is named ‘Top Dog.’

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You'll be asked to watch videos about each breed in this epic tournament of global cuteness. Then make your bracket selections to vote in each no-holds-barred match-up to decide which country's canine will win.

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6 Jun

PHOTOS: Bees: Up Close and Beautiful

Many probably think of bees as those pesky things that come around during picnics and manage to give everyone a good scare.  Sam Droege, a biologist at the USGS Bee Inventory and Monitoring Lab, however, gives everyone a chance to see these insects in a beautiful new light with his brilliant photographs.

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Photo Credit Sam Droege

Droege's role is to document many of the 4,000 species of bees that can be found here in North America.  From this information he is able to work with his colleagues to track fluctuations in different species’ populations.  The photographs are magnified to show the bees at up to five times their actual size according to Smithsonian.com.

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