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10 Dec

Animal Duos That Showed Us Friendship Knows No Bounds

Sometimes the best things in life are the unexpected ones. Here are some of the year's most unexpected friendships in the animal kingdom that taught us a lesson in acceptance and harmony.

Amur & His Goat: At the Far East Safari Park in Primorsky, Russia, Amur the tiger decided to friend a goat that was actually given to him for dinner. The two roam around the exhibit together and have become quite protective of one another.

Wallace & Gus: The unlikely bond between this cuddly bunny and his feline friend is taking Instagram by storm. 

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Guero & The Chipmunk: After spending most of his life in a private zoo in Mexico, Guero was brought to the The Wild Animal Sanctuary and made friends with a local.

Lion and Squirrel dine together...

Video Of The Day! Turns out Güero and the 13 striped Ground Squirrel are buddies and Güero is purrrrfectly fine with the little guy sharing his food. Every day Güero loves to get a little whipping cream after he finishes his meat, and the squirrel has decided he likes the whipping cream just as much! It's been a scene we see repeated more and more often, and we wanted to share the "sweet" bond they have with you!

Posted by The Wild Animal Sanctuary on Saturday, August 8, 2015

 

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5 Dec

This Year's Animal Stories That Will Make You Ugly Cry

Not everything can be sunshine and rainbows. They say in order to understand the light, you must know the darkness. Sometimes, you just need a good cry to reset. So grab your tissues, some chocolate, and cuddle up with your pet and take a look at the most upsetting stories of 2015. Get sad, then get angry, then take a stand and help make 2016 less heartbreaking.

California Shelter Break-In: The break-in was discovered when shelter staff found broken locks, loose dogs and blood across the floor. Jason Johnson, 42, faces 22 counts of vandalism, one count of burglary and four counts of animal cruelty. 

Cecil the Lion: Cecil's death ignited conversations about controversial big game hunting, particularly because he was lured off protected land with bait, tracked for two days, killed once he was weakened from his wounds, beheaded and skinned. 

Abandoned Kittens: A woman discovered a litter of six tiny 3-week-old kittens in a suitecase along with a note reading, "The only way is to dump them sorry it's you".

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4 Dec

Don't Read About the Most Adorable Baby Animals of 2015

WARNING: If you suffer from cute aggression, please do not continue reading. If you are in a public place and are prone to loud squealing and high-pitched shrieks, please do not continue reading. If you are already in an emotional state, please do not continue reading. 

For those capable of handling it, here are the most adorable, the most precious, and the most painfully cute babies that took over the internet and invaded our hearts this year.

Prague's New Tapir: When have you seen a little creature with such intricate markings? And that little face? Not fair.

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Bei Bei the Panda: His name means “precious, treasure” because... duh. Thanks First Lady Michelle Obama!

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Rescued Baby Moose: Her wobbly legs are terribly endearing, but just wait until you hear her little whimper. Just wait.

Sumatran Tiger Cubs: Two rare cubs born within days of each other to sister Tigers at two different zoos in Florida stole our hearts and made us really sad to think about their declining numbers in the wild. Look at those little paws! 

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5 Nov

Man Nearly Dies From Tapeworm Larva Inside His Brain

When 26-year-old college student Luis Ortiz started getting headaches, he didn’t think much of it. Headaches are headaches, right?

It all came to a head (no pun intended) when Luis’ headache was so painful, he started to experience nausea and went to the emergency room, according to ABC News. Before he knew it, he was going into surgery, where surgeons removed a tapeworm larva from inside his brain.

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19 Oct

Venomous Sea Snake Makes Rare Appearance on California Beach

Who says only the scariest snakes live on land?

Anna Iker was in for a surprise Friday when she found a yellow-bellied sea snake at Silver Strand Beach in Oxnard, California, according to CBS News.

For a local community that doesn’t see snakes on land, a snake from the sea is definitely an anomaly of sorts. Yellow-bellied sea snakes, which live in warm, tropical waters, haven’t been seen in Southern California in more than 30 years, according the article. Scientists attribute the snake’s appearance to the El Nino effect, as the waters around Oxnard become warmer than usual.

The snake Iker found died a short time after she spotted it. Its body has since been sent to the Los Angeles County Natural History Museum for further analysis.

12 Oct

Staff Shelter Stories: Chico and Amaryllis

The staff here at Animal Planet are dedicated to helping and adopting shelter dogs of all sizes, breeds, and ages! Many of us have adopted our pets from a shelter or rescue, all with different backgrounds and stories. In honor of Adopt a Shelter Dog Month, here is one of our stories! 

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Photo by Amaryllis Seabrooks

Staff member: Amaryllis Seabrooks, Senior Director of Business Affairs for Animal Planet

Dog: Chico

Age when adopted: 7

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Photo by Amaryllis Seabrooks

Their story: Chico is now 12 years old, he was 7 years old when I rescued him. He came from a shelter in West Virginia but was being fostered in Silver Spring, where I was working at the time. So the foster mom brought him to the building one day at lunchtime so that we could meet, and I adopted him that weekend. The foster told me that she had spent months trying to get him adopted, because while he is a very sweet dog, he didn’t do well at adoption events. He would mainly cower in the back of his kennel, and wouldn’t really socialize. But one-on-one, he was great. He clearly came from a home because he is completely housebroken and knows commands. They think he was a lost dog, who lived on the streets for a while until the shelter scooped him up.

Don't forget to share pictures of your shelter dog for a chance to be featured on air during Pit Bulls & Parolees! Get more info here!

Watch another amazing rescue story here, this one from Pit Bulls & Parolees!

5 Oct

Moose Fight Filmed in Alaskan Neighborhood [VIDEO]

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A father and son were treated with ringside seats to what could be Alaska’s fight of the century.

Only in Alaska will you find two moose going at it in a random driveway.

VIDEO: Rutting moose duke it out in Anchorage subdivision

"My son and I had front row seats," says Bill Tyra -- who captured these 2 moose duking it out in a South #Anchorage subdivision.FULL video: http://www.ktva.com/?p=94868

Posted by KTVA 11 News on Saturday, October 3, 2015

Bill and Josh Tyra captured the moment, which was shared by local news affiliate, KTVA Alaska. The rut (that’s the word experts describe these moose confrontations) begins randomly in the driveway, before spilling out to the street.

“My son and I had front row seats,” said Tyra, who filmed the encounter from behind a car, according to KTVA.

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1 Sep

Behind the Scenes: Magical Party Pad Treehouse

Contributed by Tory Jones

Get an in-depth look at how the beautiful designs inside these treehouse masterpieces come together with Treehouse Masters' own Tory Jones. Find out more about the Magical Party Pad Treehouse inside this blog post!

Rhonda and Roxy are sisters who share a family home in the Platte River Valley near Omaha, Neb.  Although Rhonda and her husband live in Florida, they visit often and wanted an adult party clubhouse.  Pete stepped up his game and delivered a fantasy castle treehouse on the back of their property, which included a copper capped turret.

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The sisters love their martinis and cocktail time, so a heavily outfitted bar was a starting point, things are kept cool with a wine frig from Haier.

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1 Sep

Overweight Dachshund Gets a New Lease on Life With Rigorous Workout Routine

A 7-year-old, 38 pound dachshund is getting a new lease on life. Vincent was released to a Houston animal shelter earlier this month after his owner passed away. Luckily for him, he was quickly picked up and fostered within the K-9 Angels Rescue, which is working with Vincent to get him back to his normal weight, according to CNN.

According to veterinarians, Vincent is about double the weight of what a normal dachshund should be. Melissa Anderson, who is fostering Vincent, says that she believes his previous owners likely fed him fast food as he gets very excited whenever she goes through the Starbucks drive-thru.

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27 Aug

You Haven't Seen Anything Until You've Seen Rosie the Cat on a Leash

This video starts off completely normal, with two Huskies just walking along on leashes

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But wait! Who is this little gal walking behind them?

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