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20 Oct

Nothing is Cuter Than This Baby Rhino Playing With a Goat

Today's installment of utter cuteness comes to us from the Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre in South Africa.

The centre's mission is to conserve rare, vulnerable or endangered animals. A big part of their work is captive breeding of endangered species. While they specialize in cheetahs, the Centre cares for many other species as well, including Gertjie the orphaned white rhinoceros

Gertjie--nicknamed "Little G"--has a sad story that is all too common. He was found next to the body of his dead mother, who was killed and mutilated by poachers. They hacked off her horn for the lucrative traditional Chinese medicine black market.

Practiced throughout Asia, traditional Chinese medicaine holds that rhino horn is used to treat a variety illnesses--despite the fact that science has shown that it actually has no medicinal value and despite the fact that killing rhinos for their horns is illegal. Rhinos are rapidly declining and some species are close to extinction. Yet such is the power of tradition and faith.

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Southern white rhinoceros calf.

Luckily for Little G, he was rescued and brought to the Centre. White rhinos are the most social of the five rhino species, and even after Little G recovered from the trauma of losing his mother, it was evident that he needed companionship. So the folks at the Centre introduced Little G to a pair of goats, and a fast friendship was born.

Here is Little G frolicking with Lammie the goat. The joy the two animals are experiencing in this video is evident and infectious. Whenever I get down about the horrible things people do to animals, videos like this one and the story of Little G's rescue help remind me that there are still good people and good things happening in the world.

 

Photo by Vanessa via Flickr Creative Commons.

7 Oct

This Must be What Heaven Looks Like

 

Cu546 We don't know much about this video, but what we do know is that if heaven is a place on Earth, it's here in this pile of pug puppies.

Holy cuteness!

Want even more adorable pups? Check out Too Cute!

12 Sep

Too Cute: Giant Men Meeting Kittens for the First Time

C0n7o There are a lot of cat lovers at Animal Planet, so we all know how wonderful feline friends are despite the stereotype that follows them. But we couldn't contain our laughter when we saw this video of (giant) men meeting tiny kittens for the first time. I mean, how can you not love a kitten?

Watch for yourself:

Want even more cute? Tune in Saturday at 8PM E/P for an all-new episode of Too Cute: Pint Sized!

14 Aug

TONIGHT: The Internet Cat Video Festival Live Stream!

For a third year running, cat lovers will unite in Minneapolis for an evening filled with food, music, and most importantly, cat videos. Tonight, at Walker's Open Field, over 10,000 people and a few kitties, will gather to celebrate the worldwide online phenomenon of cat videos. 

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Rudy Fig - Cat-tastic artistic ability Image Credit: Grace Suriel/APL

Are you a cat lover that unfortunately won't be in Minneapolis tonight? You're in luck because Animal Planet will be live streaming the event starting at 7 PM ET, so you won't miss a moment! You will be able to see everything from the live music by Jack Klatt and the Cat Swingers, to the presentation of the coveted Golden Kitty Award.

What is the Golden Kitty Award you ask? It is a special award bestowed upon the best internet cat video of the year. During the first Internet Cat Video Festival, Will Braden’s Henri 2: Paw de Deux took home the prize, and last year, Grumpy Cat was awarded the top prize for her work in The Original Grumpy Cat. There is much anticpation over who will be announced the winner this year. You can check out the five nominees for the 2014 Internet Cat Video Festival People’s Choice Award to get a preview of what you will likely see this evening!

There are some extraordinarily entertaining felines in the running such as Gotcha! (Попался!) by Youtube user ignoramusky...

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...and Jedi Kittens Strike Back by Youtube user FinalCutKing

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Get ready for the third annual Internet Cat Video Festival by checking out some of the great videos from last year and join us tonight for the live stream!

 

12 Aug

Bronx Zoo Puppy Bowl XI Sweepstakes!

This summer Animal Planet is partnering with the Bronx Zoo! Families are encouraged to visit the Optimum & Animal Planet Too Cute! Craft Zone at the Bronx Zoo now through Labor Day. Children can enjoy custom Too Cute! themed craft activities and express their creativity and love for animals and the environment through making their own artwork.

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Visitors can also enter the Bronx Zoo Puppy Bowl XI Sweepstakes for a chance to win a trip for 4 to the taping of Puppy Bowl XI in New York City! The grand prize winner will also receive a one year Bronx Zoo Premium Membership along with a Bronx Zoo and Animal Planet Gift Pack. So what have you got to lose? Visit the Bronx Zoo and enter to win today!

Want a preview of what it might be like to be behind the scenes at the infamous Puppy Bowl? Check out the video below:

February seems too far away? Wishing you had Puppy Bowl pictures, videos and more to look at until then? Just follow the Puppy Bowl on Tumblr! It's your daily dose of cuteness.

11 Jul

These Maine Coon Kittens Wish You a Happy Friday

Happy Friday, everybody! Only a few more hours stand between you and your weekend but those hours seem to drag. So, to make that time go by faster, here's a video of some Maine Coon kittens all moving their heads in unison:

Look at them go! You could watch for hours (but maybe you shouldn't).

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Photo Credit: YouTube

For more adorable kittens, check out our Too Cute! Kittens playlist!

To learn more about Maine Coons, check out our Cat Breed Selector and check out the Cats 101 video about Maine Coons below:

 

8 Jul

Too Cute Tuesday: Germany’s First Walrus Pup is Born

 

On June 15, an adorable, whiskered male walrus pup was born at Hamburg’s Hagenbeck Zoo. But this isn’t an ordinary walrus pup.

Why? Because he is the first and only walrus to be born in Germany. The zoo’s website states that this group of walruses (the pup’s mother and enclosure mates) came to them about a year ago from the Moscow Zoo to fulfill the dream of Tierpark Hagenbeck to host the only walrus breeding group in Germany. And their dreams have come true! This little guy doesn’t have a name yet, but it will be decided by zoo visitors.

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7 Jul

Goats and 'Jurassic Park' Come Together in This Hilarious Video

It's the Monday after a long weekend, so we all need a pick -me-up. And what better way to cheer yourself up than with a 36 second video of goats singing the Jurassic Park theme song? 

 

Music to our ears! Happy Monday, everybody.

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16 Jun

Introducing the Philadelphia Zoo's Black-footed Cat KITTENS

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Congrats to the Philadelphia Zoo on the latest additions to their family! Aza, the zoo's black-footed cat, gave birth to Drogon, Rhaegal, and Viserion (YES, they were named after the Game of Thrones dragons) on April 8, 2014. The babies just made their debut a few weeks ago and are now frolicking in their new exhibit space.  Aza was born in 2005 at the Central Florida Zoological Park and arrived at the Philadelphia Zoo in 2011 from the Kansas City Zoo.

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5 Jun

Millie: The Purrfect Climbing Partner

While some of you adventure-seekers may think you have a great climbing partner, Craig Armstrong may argue that his cat, Millie, trumps all. Millie and Craig met at an adoption agency in Utah and it wasn't long before he realized he had found the perfect companion for many journeys to come.  Millie showed her interest in climbing from the moment she met Craig when she climbed up his back and sat down on his shoulders.

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