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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

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.

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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:

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.


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


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

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24 Aug

What’s Next For Mei Xiang’s Twin Panda Cubs?

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Mei Xiang's first twin is examined by zoo staff after delivery. (Photo from National Zoo/YouTube)

The National Zoo and giant panda Mei Xiang took the news by storm from what could be the most exciting baby announcement in a long time. But while most people continue celebrating the birth of her twin cubs, others remain cautiously optimistic.

The cubs face a long road ahead, as the Associated Press reports. In order to ensure their survival, zookeepers will have to keep a protocol, working around Mei Xiang to make sure both twins are properly cared for. If left to her own devices, a panda will neglect her twins. So while Mei Xiang spends time with one of her cubs, zoo staff will care for the other, swapping them every several hours (so long as Mei Xiang allows zoo staff to get close enough).

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12 Aug

Five Elephant-Themed Books for Your Young Conservationist

1) A Passion for Elephants: The Real Life Adventure of Field Scientist Cynthia Moss (Toni Buzzeo, Holly Berry)

Dial Books for Young Readers

Learn all about field scientist Cynthia Moss, the elephant expert, in this book carefully crafted by Toni Buzzeo and colorfully illustrated by Holly Berry. If you have a kiddo interested in science and animals, this book will give them a glimpse of the life of an expert in the field - all with a visually appealing background. (5-8 years)Learn all about field scientist Cynthia Moss, the elephant expert, in this book carefully crafted by Toni Buzzeo and colorfully illustrated by Holly Berry. If you have a kiddo interested in science and animals, this book will give them a glimpse of the life of an expert in the field - all with a visually appealing background. (5-8 years)

2) Tarra & Bella: The Elephant and Dog Who Became Best Friends (Carol Buckley)

Photo: Puffin Books

The touching, real-life story of the animal odd couple: Tarra the elephant and Bella the dog. The story chronicles the friendship of the two from their first meeting at the Elephant Sanctuary in Tennessee.

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10 Aug

Suspected Bengal Tiger Poachers Killed During Police Raid

Photo Credit: Credit: Chromatica/Veer

Six individuals suspected of poaching Bengal tigers were killed in a shootout with Bangladeshi police, according to BBC News.

A police official told reporters that the suspected poachers fired at police as officers conducted a raid. Police they later recovered three tiger skins from the site.

The raid highlights the decimation of the country’s Bengal tiger population over the past decade. There are around 100 Bengal tigers in Bangladesh, a significant decrease from the 440 or so that lived in the country roughly 10 years ago.

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