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17 Dec

Help Make Wishes Come True This Holiday Season with Make-A-Wish and Animal Planet

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It's no secret that our Animal Planet stars love working with and saving animals - but they're also just as passionate for great causes like Make-A-Wish, which grants the wishes of children diagnosed with life-threatening illnesses. More than a few of these "wish kids" want to meet everything that crawls, slithers, flies or swims - and who better to help make these wishes come true than Animal Planet and its stars?

Caylee (photo above) is four years old and battling a gastrointestinal disorder. She loves the Gator Boys and Paul Bedard and Jimmy Riffle were just as excited to meet her and show her the ropes. She even got a lesson in wrestling a stuffed-animal gator. Check out more of her wish visit in the video below.

Want to watch even more magical moments? Check out AJ picking out a tree for his awesome treehouse with Pete Nelson, Wyatt taking over River Monsters with Jeremy Wade and much more in our Make-A-Wish playlist!

Do you want to help grant a wish for a child in need? Learn how at: www.wish.org

 

3 Nov

Dogs in Cars: Capturing Canine's Happiest Moments

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Chulo, Dapple Chiweenie (Lara Jo Regan)

What do dogs love almost as much as their best friend? We're guessing probably long car rides with their heads out the window, with the wind blowing through their fur. Photographer Lara Jo Regan captured these extreme moments of happiness in her new book Dogs in Cars, which you can purchase here. We've got a few photos as a sneak peek, though, and the book is not only adorable, but it also is a guaranteed way to make you smile as you see dogs in their purest form of happiness.

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Napoleon, Lulu and Stitch, Pugs (Lara Jo Regan)

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29 Oct

Happy National Cat Day! Celebrate With On-Demand Kitten Snuggles

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National Cat Day might just be our favorite day here at Animal Planet (there are a lot of cat people here) and we're so excited to help you celebrate as well!

Today, Uber is letting you order a car that will deliver kittens directly to your office for some quality snuggle time. As Uber explains via their blog, this is how it works:

  1. Open your Uber app between 12 pm & 4 pm.
  2. Request the “KITTENS” option in your app. In NYC or DC? Enter promo code kittensnyc or kittensdc to unlock the option in your app.
  3. Once the kittens arrive, you and your friends will get to enjoy 15 minutes of kitten cuteness! PRO TIP: Make sure to have an enclosed space purrrfect for playtime! In New York City, kittens can only be delivered to offices.
  4. The best part? In most cities, kittens are eligible for adoption.

For just $30, you get 15 minutes of quality time with the kittens. Even better? Every dollar from your visit is donated to a participating shelter in your city. Uber expects the demand to be high, so while you may not get a chance to cuddle up with these cuties, you can still do your part by visiting participating shelters:

If we haven't quite convinced you yet, maybe Uber Spokescat Princess Monster Truck will change your mind...

And if the kittens aren't available where you are, you can track all the fluffy moments via the #UberKITTENS tag on Twitter right here!

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28 Oct

Puppies do the 'Shake' in Photographer's New, Adorable Book

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Hans, Boxer Pit Mix, 12 weeks (By Carli Davidson)

While we're in the midst of all things terrifying and beastly with the live zombie cam and Beastly Nights, we thought it would be good to take a break and feature something cute. And Carli Davidson's new book Shake Puppies is perfect for just that! You can pick up your own copy here, but we've got a sneak peek for you.

The book features about 70 puppies and Davidson photographed about 100 - each puppy requiring about an hour of photo shoot time.

"Shake Puppies was inspired by my friend Hanna Ingrams’s second grade class," Davidson said. "I showed the students a test presentation for Shake the day before it released, and their reaction was so moving that I decided to ask my favorite audience and professional connoisseurs of all out joy—kids—for a critique. What did they want to see? Their response: puppies and colors!"

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16 Sep

Moving Funeral Service Held for Oklahoma City K-9 Officer Killed on Duty

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Oklahoma City police officer Sgt. Ryan Stark, center, leans over the casket of his canine partner, K-9 Kye, following funeral services for the dog in Oklahoma City, Thursday, Aug. 28, 2014. K-9 Kye, a three year old Belgian German Shepard, died Aug. 25 after being stabbed by a burglary suspect on Aug. 24. Sgt. Stark tried to separate the dog and the suspect before fatally shooting the suspect. Credit: AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki

In a moving tribute to the bond created between police offices and their canine counterparts, funeral services were held for 3-year-old Kye, an Oklahoma City K-9 officer, after he was killed apprehending a suspect Aug. 24.

The Oklahoma City Police Department held a full funeral service, with honors, for the Belgian German Shepherd where more than 1,000 people showed up along with dozens of service dogs, according to BuzzFeed.

On Aug. 24, police were in pursuit of a suspect in a high-speed car chase. When the suspect crashed the car into a ditch, Kye chased after him with his partner, Sgt. Ryan Stark, not far behind. When Stark caught up to them, he found the suspect repeatedly stabbing the dog with a knife, according to Today.com. He died the next day.

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22 Jul

Ed Stafford 'Marooned' in Desolate Enviroments

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On the back of his incredible 860 day feat crossing the jungle for Walking the Amazon, and 60 days spent alone with just a camera on a deserted island for Naked Castaway – Ed Stafford truly is one man marooned.

Marooned, airing TONIGHT at 8/7c, sees Ed strive to prove to himself that he can tackle the challenges of any environment, once again with nothing except his camera – and find everything he needs to not just survive, but thrive in some of the world’s toughest environments.

Shot in the mysterious Gran Sabana mountains of Venezuela, the dangerous Okavango Delta in Botswana and the unforgiving coast of Western Australia - each location presents a unique and deadly test which could kill Ed within hours. Completely exposed, he’s alone with nothing; no food, no water, not even a knife. Ed pits himself against nature and the elements and has 10 days to succeed against the odds – or succumb to everything Mother Nature has to throw at him.

Tune in to the Animal Planet special of Marooned on Tuesday July 22 8/7c!

Learn more about Ed Stafford HERE!

 

6 Jun

What Could Kill a 9-Foot Great White Shark?

Eating-sharks-250For all those thinking the sharks may be the greatest predator in the water, new findings might cause a bit of alarm. There's something out there eating 9-foot great white sharks.

As part of a new shark tracking program, scientists tagged a healthy 9-foot female great white shark off the Australian coast. Then, four months later, the tracking device was discovered by a beach comber about two-and-a-half miles from where the shark was originally tagged.

When the scientists reviewed the recovered device, they found a rapid temperature rise - from the mid-40s to the high-70s - and a 1,900-foot change in depth. Both can be explained by the animal "living" within the stomach of something much larger. To date, this is all the information scientists have.

Is there a giant creature out there feasting on great whites? Watch the video below and decide.

Could it be megalodon?

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21 May

Rare Lancetfish Washes Ashore In North Carolina

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Cute, right? (Photo Credit: Allen Shimada, NOAA)

Beachgoers were stunned last week when an extremely rare and unusual looking fish washed ashore in North Carolina.

Marked by its sharp teeth, jagged dorsal fin and long, skinny body, the lancethead fish was found alive near Jennette’s Pier in Nags Head, located in the Outer Banks.

Very little is known about the lancetfish, but what we do know is as unusual as its physical appearance. According to NBC News, adolescent lancetfish are hermaphrodites, possessing male and female sexual organs, and the species is nicknamed the “cannibal fish” for eating members of its own species (lancetfish also eat crustaceans, squid and other types of small fish). The lancetfish’s creepy appearance doesn’t deter seals, sharks and larger fish from targeting it as prey.

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14 May

Family Cat Saves Boy From Dog Attack

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Surveillance footage captured of the attack showed the cat, Tara, going after the dog that attacked her owner's son. (Photo Credit: YouTube uploader Roger Triantafilo)

A cat is being called a hero after chasing off a dog that attacked a small boy earlier this week in California.

Surveillance video posted to YouTube and other news outlets shows the boy riding a bicycle in his driveway, when a dog sneaks out from behind a car and attacks the boy’s leg. Within seconds, Tara, the family cat, appears and goes after the dog, scaring it off.

WARNING: The end of the video features graphic images of the boy's injuries. Viewer discresion is advised.

The boy needed a few stiches, but is doing fine, as reported by Channel 23 in Bakersfield.

Want to see more acts of greatness from cats? Check out highlights from Must Love Cats

6 May

Rare And Elusive Goblin Shark Found Off The Coast of Key West

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Capt. Moore took photos of the shark and submitted his find to NOAA soon after. (Photo by Captain Carl Moore)

As a shrimp fisherman, Captain Carl Moore has his sights set on finding seafood to feed the hungry masses around the Gulf Coast. But while fishing 10 miles off the coast of Key West last month, Moore found something more sinister inside his net—an 18-foot Goblin shark.

Like its name depicts, the Goblin shark is known for its elongated snout, uniquely shaped head and jagged teeth. While it can be found around the world in the Pacific, the Goblin shark is a deep-sea dweller that lives in depths of up to 5,000 feet, making it difficult to spot, according to NBC News.

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This image of the Goblin shark illustrates its unique characteristics, such as its elongated snout. (Photo from ThinkStock)

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