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1 Jul

Pets of Instagram: Meet Luhu, Quite Possibly the Saddest, Cutest Kitty Cat EVER

Meet Luhu, a pet to watch on Instagram. WHY, you ask? Well ... LOOK AT HIM:

 

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A photo posted by Maggie Liu (@lanlan731) on Jun 29, 2015 at 8:01pm PDT

He's one of three tabbies living with owner Maggie Liu, in Beijing, China. And he is SO SAD. Sad to be in this costume, maybe?

Sad because his lips are chapped?

Or, maybe just feeling a little blue because he has food stuck in his teef?

Or, just sad ... just because?

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30 Jun

Python Dies After Eating Porcupine

One massive African rock python bit off more than it could chew after falling victim to its last meal.

A few days after being photographed in South Africa’s Lake Eland Game Reserve, the python turned up dead. It turns out the prey it devoured was a porcupine, with quills that were lodged inside the snake’s digestive track, according to the game reserve’s Facebook page.

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Not quite the impala calf or warthog the game reserve initially thought.

25 Jun

Bless the Internet: A 'Jurassic World' With Cats Instead of Dinosaurs Exists

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Were you one of the many who made their way to theaters to see the latest in the Jurassic Park franchise, "Jurassic World"? If we told you there was something way bigger than the Indominus rex, would you believe us?

Behold: We give you Purassic World. Yes. A Tumblr user has geniusly Photoshopped pictures of kittens onto scenes from the hit movie. And this isn't the first time. Check out some photos from Purassic World below, then head back to Khan&Kittens Tumblr page to see even more from past "Jurassic Park" movies.

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15 Jun

Florida Man Takes Perfectly-Timed Photo of Raccoon on Top of an Alligator

#ICYMI: This raccoon had no problem hitching a ride on top of an alligator in the Ocala National Forest over the weekend. http://at.wftv.com/1BbMKhI #WFTVPhoto: Jones Family

Posted by WFTV Channel 9 on Monday, June 15, 2015

A Florida man snapped the photo of a lifetime when he captured a raccoon riding on top of an alligator Sunday, wftv.com reports.

According to Richard Jones, he and his family were walking along the Oaklawaha River when his son decided to get a bit closer to the water to snap a photo of alligators. The movement apparently startled a raccoon, who then scampered onto the back of an alligator floating nearby. Jones snapped the photo before the raccoon retreated back to safety.

"I snapped a lucky picture right when the gator slipped into the water and before the raccoon jumped off and scurried away. Without the context you'd think the raccoon was hitching a ride across the river. Pretty amazing," Jones said in an email to wftv.com. "Definitely the photo of a lifetime."

Watch a raccoon video below:

8 Jun

Cube-Faced Pooches Is the Hottest New Grooming Trend In Asia

We've seen all sorts of wacky grooming trends from Asia -- here's another one we can't stop gawking at (fondly)!

Pet owners and groomers in both countries, Japan and Taiwan, have been hot on turning dogs into geometrical masterpieces. And, western countries including the U.S. and U.K. have been taking note and appreciating:

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You can check out more photos of the cubed pet grooming trend on this Thai website or this Japanese blog.

 

The world of creative dog grooming is a THING -- and, YES, even here in the States. Check out these videos on the competitive world of pet primping:

 

 

 


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

 

 

21 May

Burned in House Fire, Cat Recovers at Clinic and Offers Snuggles to Other Animal Patients

Darla and Russell would like everyone to know that they're going to be on the evening news! Special thanks to ABC11...

Posted by Animal Emergency Hospital and Urgent Care on Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Now it's time for a cute break.

We want to introduce you to a cat named Russell. Russell has been living and recovering at North Carolina's Animal Emergency Hospital and Urgent Care after he was burned in a house fire a year and a half ago, according to the Huffington Post. The fire destroyed his family's home and left him without the tips of his ears.

While Russell has been recovering, he's also been making friends with other animals at the clinic who are also recovering from various ailments. Most recently Russell has taken a shine to a fawn named Darla, who was discovered on someone's lawn after she most likely lost her own mother.

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8 May

Happy Mother's Day!: Wildlife's Cutest Moms and Babies

In celebration of Mother's Day, the World Wildlife Fund has shared some adorable photos of babies and their moms in the wild.

African Elephants

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African elephants: The African elephant is the largest terrestrial mammal roaming the Earth. African elephant society is highly complex and arranged around family units. Each family is led by an old female known as the matriarch.

Ethiopian Wolves

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Ethiopian wolves: The Ethiopian wolf is the most threatened canid in the world and the only wolf species to be found in Africa. They live in close-knit territorial packs, and the dominant female of each pack gives birth between October and December, to a litter of two to six pups who spend their first three weeks of life inside a closely guarded den.

Lions

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© James Morgan / WWF-US

Lions: African lions are the most social of all big cats and live together in groups or “prides.” Females do most of the hunting, and male lions defend the pride’s territory. Related female lions within a pride often reproduce at the same time and cross-suckle their cubs.

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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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Take a Sneak Peek into '100 Miles From Nowhere'

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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