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3 Apr

Jeremy Wade Offers Tips For Taking #ReelMonster Pictures

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What better way to celebrate seven seasons River Monsters than having our fans take part in the season premiere and River Monsters Aftershow Sunday night? All you have to do is post your best fishing picture to Twitter, Instagram or the River Monsters Facebook page with #ReelMonster, and it may appear on TV!

We were lucky enough to hang out with Jeremy Wade this week when he visited our Animal Planet office. We told him about #ReelMonster and he couldn’t be more excited to see what you guys have in store (we even showed him a few pictures)! But before you post, here are a few tips he shared for taking and submitting the best fish pics possible:

Hold the fish horizontally, not vertically. Have you ever noticed that Jeremy usually holds his catches like that? Doing so supports the fish’s body and makes it more comfortable before returning it in the water.

Keep the fish in the water if possible. If the fish is particularly large, you’re better off keeping it in the water and jumping in for the picture!

Don’t be afraid to get wet. It’s great to support your fish by holding it against your body. Just remember to wet your shirt so the fish doesn’t lose its natural slime!

Do NOT hold the fish by its gills. Don’t, just…don’t. It’s as uncomfortable as it sounds.

Get your pictures ready and we hope you tune in for the River Monsters season premiere at 9/8c, followed by the River Monsters Aftershow!

IMPORTANT! Please note that your photo may be featured in an episode of River Monsters that may be exhibited in any media. Please only submit photos that belong to you and that all people appearing in the photo consent to the submission. Only photos of adults will be considered. No kids photos please.

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'

30 Mar

Pit Bull Comforts Frightened Deer (VIDEO)

Anyone that sees pit bulls as menaces to society hasn’t met Gotti the Pit Bull.

Don’t let the name fool you—Gotti has a sweet side that came out when a deer became stuck in his family’s garden fence in Greenville, NY. According to the YouTube user that uploaded the video, Gotti stayed by the deer’s side, licking its face and comforting the frightened creature, until animal rescue officials arrived.

Watch and let your heart turn to mush:

See what sweet and loving dogs pit bulls really are and watch heartwarming moments from Pit Bulls and Parolees, only on AnimalPlanet.com.

26 Mar

Animal Planet to Air Special Show Us Your Pits Episode of Pit Bulls and Parolees

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Are you in Pit Bulls and Parolees withdrawal yet? Another amazing season has come to a close and we’re already waiting for the next!

Over the past six years, we’ve followed Villalobos Rescue Center and their hundreds of dogs across California, to the Lower Ninth Ward of New Orleans, where Tia and her crew have withstood hurricanes, wild fires, and the obstacles that come with running the world’s largest pit bull rescue. The fans have been there every step of the way, as we’ve witnessed the highs and lows that come with changing society’s perception of the world’s most misunderstood dog breed.

As a thank you from us, Animal Planet will air a special Show Us Your Pits episode of Pit Bulls and Parolees, featuring the #ShowUsYourPits pit bull photographs from YOU that we haven’t aired yet. Tune in Saturday at 10/9c for the special presentation that was made with the fans and their beloved dogs in mind. Your dog may even make a cameo appearance!

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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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12 Mar

Hoppiest Thursday: Meet Instagram's Bunnymama

 
Hello Everybun! It’s time to share the ultimate holy grail for all bunny lovers! Imagine having three bundles of cuteness hopping around your home! This is the life of Insta-famous Bunnymama.

Bunnymama, of course, is not a bunny herself…but she should definitely be crowned the title of the bunny whisperer. With almost 700,000 followers on Instagram, she is educating and entertaining everybunny, and their mamas, around the world!

Ms. Bunnymama was featured in Vogue, People Magazine, Buzzfeed, Marie Claire, Glamour—and now, Animal Planet has the opportunity to interview her (below is a Q&A with Bunnymama).

For more bun-dles of cuteness, follow the bunny bunch!  Ms. Bunnymama is on both Instagram and Facebook.  For more information, visit her website

She started using Instagram as an online photo album for her first two bunnies, Rambo & Eddy, and quickly rose to popularity (all pictures shown are permitted to use for this blog by Bunnymama).

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Her account now features her three new additions—Marbles, Olive, and Taffy!
 

(Read the interview after the break:)

 

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11 Mar

Co-Creator of the 'Simpsons,' Sam Simon, Passes Away; Sea Shepherd Team Remembers His Contributions

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Sam Simon, co-creator of the Simpsons, vowed to give away his entire fortune to charity after being diagnosed with colon cancer in 2012.

He died Sunday, March 8, having kept his word, donating incalculable amounts of money to various organizations: PETA, Save the Children, Mercy for Animals, the Sam Simon Foundation, and the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society.

His Sea Shepherd contribution hits home here at Animal Planet, funding one of the vessels featured on Whale Wars.

In 2012, Simon donated money to Sea Shepherd to purchase the fourth ship in its fleet, which was proudly named after the long time animal rights activist and television executive. The Sam Simon joined the Bob BarkerSteve Irwin, and Brigitte Bardot. 

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The Sam Simon, and the three others in its fleet, plan to carry out the organization's mission: "to end the destruction of habitat and slaughter of wildlife in the world's oceans in order to conserve and protect ecosystems and species," and confront the illegal whaling activities of the Japanese whaling fleet.

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11 Mar

Pawsome St. Patty's Day Gear for Your Pets

Kiss him, he's Irish! 

If you're stressing about the weekend's festivities and outfit planning, have no fear, we've got the dog or the cat covered. 

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Have you ever thought about chalking, feathering or stenciling? Petsmart provides customers with these unique options from two to 10 dollars. They wash off and are completely safe. 

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For some flare, you could dress your pet up in an Irish inspired bow tie. You can find this one and a few others at HoldFastStitching's shop on Etsy for under eight bucks. 

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And for a more Celtic look over the St. Patty's shamrocks, look nor further than KitandRover's Shop.

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10 Mar

Kitty-Whack-A-Mouse: Newest Craze in Feline Entertainment? (VIDEO)

Forget laser pointers and cat charmers. Kitty whack-a-mouse is the hottest thing in feline entertainment.

Our favorite arcade as become “catified”! Watch as celebricats Cole & Marmalade take to their new toy:

Whack-a-mole isn’t for humans anymore!

For more cats, both good and bad, watch cat videos on AnimalPlanet.com!

9 Mar

Florida Dog Shot Twice, Tied to Railroad Tracks, THANKFULLY Rescued

A dog that was shot twice then tied to railroad tracks in Tampa, Fla., was saved by police officers who responded to reports of gunfire last Wednesday.

The 1-to-2-year-old mixed breed, named Cabela, had been shot in the neck and shoulder and tied to railroad tracks with a belt, according to The Huffington Post

After being freed, Cabela was taken to the Tampa Bay Veterinary Emergency Center. It was initially believed she might have needed a leg amputated, but according to TV station WTSP, vets at the center put stainless steel hardware in her leg, thus saving it. 

The Tampa Police Department has asked for help in locating suspects in this case and has encouraged anyone with information to call 813-265-4043. For information on how to help Cabela, please visit the TBVEC site.

Watch another tearful rescue below:

For more amazing rescues, watch Pit Bulls & Parolees Saturdays at 10/9c!

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