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24 Sep

Pit Bull Puppy Chained to Fence With Heartbreaking Note

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(Guest post by Caitlin Jill Anders from

A puppy was recently found heartlessly chained to a fence with no way to escape, next to a sign that read, "Free dog, please take," according to WNEP News (Scranton). 

Sandy Scala

The pit bull, named Cesar, was found and brought to the Griffin Pond Animal Shelter in Pennsylvania. His rescuers originally assumed he had been abandoned by his owner, which later proved to be incorrect. The dog had not been abused in any way and was very excited to see and play with his rescuers.

"He was in really good condition and was so sweet," Sandy Scala, a humane officer at Griffin Pond, told The Dodo. "He just wants attention and to be petted. He had no idea how to play with toys." 

Sandy Scala

Cesar went missing from his home after his family's kids were playing with him and accidentally let him get away. The whole neighborhood was on alert and the family assumed that if anyone saw Cesar, they would let them know. It never occurred to them to contact a shelter, they later told Scala, who visited with Cesar's family to facilitate his return home. Cesar was wearing a collar and his family hoped that would be enough to help bring him home.

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22 Sep

White 'Cat' Turns Out to be Something Far More Rare

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(Guest post by Stephen Messenger from

It's not every day that an animal this uncommon drops by for a snack.

Susan Lichty was glancing out across the driveway of her New Hampshire home recently when she spotted what looked to be someone's white pet moseying through the foliage. It's a good thing she stopped to take a closer look, though, or else she might have failed to notice just what a remarkable creature it truly was. 

"I saw an animal, a white animal, and I thought at first it was a cat. Then I saw the way it was lumbering along, and I knew it was not a cat," Lichty told the Concord Monitor.

Nope. Not a cat. Actually, he's a glorious albino porcupine — who Lichty caught on film nibbling on some leafy greens.

According to biologists, albinism affects only about 1 in 10,000 porcupines, which means the pale-hued animal seen that day is very rare indeed. Fortunately, despite the fact that he's had a much tougher time hiding from threats, the hungry porcupine has made it into adulthood looking perfectly plump and healthy, winning the hearts of folks lucky enough to see him.

"It was definitely an albino, with red eyes," Litchy told the Monitor "I was able to watch it for quite some time before it walked away. It was cute." 

 Porcupines may be cute, but they pose a pretty serious danger to pups. 

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1 Aug

Dog is an Expert at Carrying His Tail Around With Him

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(Guest post by Caitlin Jill Anders from

You know the saying, "You'd lose your head if it wasn't attached?" Well, one dog has decided to take that saying very seriously, except not with his head — with his tail.

This pup is either so afraid he's going to lose his tail or he likes it so much that he insists on carrying it in his mouth around the house with him.

The pup was gotten so good at walking his tail that he's even mastered the art of turning corners ... sort of. 

A tail is an important part of a dog's identity, apparently, and this little guy is determined to keep an eye on his. You have to admire his dedication. Watching this dog play fetch would probably be the funniest thing ever.

Check out the full video of this cautious dog below!

Love goofy pups? There are five currently on APL!VE. Watch below.

Live video by Animal Planet L!ve

31 Jul

Dog Lost in Canyon for Six Weeks Comes Home Alive

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(Guest post by Anna Swartz from

When a 9-month-old husky mix named Banjo was caught in a fast moving current and swept away by the Poudre River, her panicked family worried they would never see her again.

Banjo was out on a hike with her human brother, Braeden Brooks, when they both slipped and fell into the river in Colorado's Poudre Canyon. The two were separated: Brooks made it out but a frightened Banjo was whisked away downstream.


Brooks and Banjo's mom, Donna Hill, organized a search party and went back to the canyon day after day looking for the family's lost dog. But weeks went by with no sign of Banjo. Brooks had to return to school in Kentucky, but came home to Colorado every week to keep searching for Banjo … to no avail. 

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22 Jul

Polar Bear Mom Accidentally Films Baby's First Steps in Wild

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(Guest post by Ameena Schelling from

This proud polar bear mother inadvertently filmed her young cub leaving the den for the very first time.

Filmmakers had set up a spy camera outside the den to observe the family's behavior without introducing humans into their environment. At first, mom thinks the camera is quite a toy, spinning it around on the frozen ground as she plays with it.

But she eventually adjusts the camera, allowing it to capture her baby's first nervous steps outside the winter den.


The footage that follows is strikingly similar to humans' own home movies — the shaky adjustments, the sometimes sideways footage and the sweet insight into the subjects' private life.

At one point, mom captures a stunning shot of her and her baby staring into the camera. 


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25 May

The Last Alaskans: Hear What the Critics Are Saying

Around the office at Animal Planet, we're proud of all our shows, but The Last Alaskans holds a special place in our hearts. We're glad the critics are recognizing what we see, and we hope you will too tonight at 10/9c.

‘The Last Alaskans’: A reality show with a heart as big as its subject

"... a superb, eight-part docu-series premiering Monday night."

"Unlike other reality shows, there’s little sense that a producer is nudging a particular narrative this way or that; the subjects are entirely themselves and, given their loner instincts, remarkably willing to explain why they live here and how they manage it."

- The Washington Post

Review: ‘The Last Alaskans,’ a New Animal Planet Series

"... an affecting series."

"... [H]ere the quests for sustenance are presented merely as facts of life. The compelling part of the series is the why: Why live like this?"

- The New York Times

Preview the show here: 

23 Apr

What Are Jeremy Wade's Favorite River Monsters Episodes?

Ever wonder if Jeremy has favorite moments from the series?

Well, find out this Sunday -- tune in for a marathon of his most favorite episodes ever, starting at 1 p.m. ET! And, at 9 p.m., stay tuned for an all-new premiere, Alaska's Cold Water Killer, when he treks far north in search of a beast that's been blamed for vanishing fishermen all along the vast coastline. 

Check the TV Schedule for the full line-up >>


In the meantime, what are YOUR favorite River Monsters moments? Watch our countdown with Jeremy of the top fan favorite videos on




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20 Mar

Saturday's Going to the Pits! Pit Bulls & Parolees Season Finale Airs Saturday at 10/9c


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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6 Mar

Pete Builds His Biggest Treehouse Yet on Treehouse Masters

As we’ve seen over the past three seasons of Treehouse Masters, there’s nothing Pete Nelson can’t build. Whether he’s crafting a Japanese teahouse in the sky, or a country music speakeasy nestled in the trees, Pete goes above and beyond to make someone’s treehouse dreams come true.

Tonight’s Treehouse Masters season finale will push Pete and the Nelson Treehouse team to build their BIGGEST TREEHOUSE yet for Raising Cane’s Chicken Fingers founder and CEO Todd Graves. So what can we expect from this triple-decker record setter?

Mock up
If this is what the mock up looks like, then we can't wait to see the finished product. (Photo by Animal Planet)
  • Three floors
  • 65-foot bridge
  • Crow’s nest
  • Four platforms
  • More than 1,200 square feet
  • And two adorable pups
    Cane ii and roux
    Cane II and Roux like it! (Photo from Raising Cane's Chicken Fingers)

Want to see the final product? Don’t miss the season finale of Treehouse Masters TONIGHT at 10/9c!

17 Feb

Pit Bulls & Parolees: Tia Picks Her Favorite Episodes JUST For You, This Saturday

Ever wonder what Tia's favorite Pit Bulls & Parolees episodes of all time are?  OF COURSE YOU DO! 

Prepare to relive her most memorable moments this Saturday, Feb. 21, in a special evening programmed with Tia's favorite episodes — followed by an all-new episode "From Darkness to Dawn" at 10/9c! AND, we know you won't be done after that watch a special third pick by Tia, available online only!

Chat with Tia during the show, before Saturday's 10/9c all-new premiere — join us for a Facebook Q&A with Tia Maria Torres of Pit Bulls & Parolees, starting at 8pm ET on the Pit Bulls and Parolees Facebook page.


Here's a sneak peek of her picks followed by an all-new episode at 10/9c —

8PM: Tia's Pick — Season 3, Episode 1, Judgement Day
After several months of preparation, Tia and her crew are just days away from completing the rescue’s move to the paradise of Tehachapi. However, Tia’s dream quickly becomes a nightmare as a public hearing turns against her and she is handed a devastating decision. Then, a call from the former owner of one of Villalobos' most aggressive dogs leads to one of Pit Bulls and Parolees' most surprising and emotional moments yet.
Original Air Date: Nov. 12, 2011

9PM: Tia's Pick — Season 4, Episode 15, Storm Surge
As Hurricane Isaac tears through New Orleans, Villalobos faces a challenge unlike any they have previously encountered. Having evacuated dozens of dogs to an area an hour outside of the city, Tia and Mariah believe they are safe, only to have their plan backfire when the area floods and they are cut off from the rest of the world.
Original Air Date: Feb. 16, 2013

10PM: Season 6, All-New Premiere, From Darkness to Dawn
A late night rescue, deep in the Louisiana swamp, leads to a heart-wrenching discovery when Tia takes the dog to the vet. Then, with Earl’s arm continuing to cause him pain, the community rallies in a rather unusual way to help him raise funds for surgery. Finally, Mariah is forced to conquer one of her biggest fears when an adopter with a unique challenge comes looking for a new family member.
Premieres: Feb. 21, 2015

Online Only: Tia's Pick — Season 2, Episode 10, Trial By Fire
A special needs adoption for a deaf dog sends Tia and parolee Joe on a road trip to San Diego to meet a blind dog. Then Tia’s worst nightmares come true, when a wildfire burns dangerously close to Villlalobos, forcing her and the parolees to evacuate the nearly 200 dogs from the ranch.  And thinking the fire may be a sign, Tia investigates a property that she thinks could be her dream come true and the new home for the rescue, only to have it threatened by another wildfire. You can watch TRIAL BY FIRE now >>
Original Air Date: Jan. 15, 2011


In the meantime, watch some highlights from Tia's Favorite Episodes in our flashback playlist:



MARK YOUR CALENDARS! Tune in Saturday, starting at 8PM for Tia's Favorite Episodes, followed by an all-new premiere at 10/9c!



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