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15 Jul

Untold Stories of the ER: Snapping Turtle Latches on and Won't Let Go

Our friends over at Discovery Fit & Health shared this crazy video with us from Untold Stories of the ER.

Patient Bo was noodling for catfish (just like our friends on Hillbilly Handfishin'!) when a 25-pound alligator snapping turtle latched onto his neck. Shouldn't be a problem to remove it, right?

Wrong. If the doctor harms or, worse, kills the turtle during removal, the catfishers risk serving jailtime according to the game warden who accompanied the group to the emergency room. Not to mention that pesky little detail of how strong the turtle is and the fact that it can hold its breath for an extended period of time.

Check out the video above, then watch some more awesome turtle videos.

29 May

Amputee Sea Turtle Gets Second Chance With Jet Fighter Fins

 

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Hofesh's new fins enables him to swim and float. (Photo from Ariel Schalit/AP)

Just call this sea turtle Maverick! Thanks to some good Samaritans and a little military ingenuity, an amputee green sea turtle can swim again with the help of artificial fins.

A bad encounter with a fishing net cost Hofesh (which means “freedom” in English) his two left flippers, leaving him unable to lift his head and breathe, according to the Huffington Post. But with a little help from Israeli design student, Shlomi Gez, and the team at the Israel Turtle Rescue Center, Hofesh can now swim and balance with a pair of artificial fins built specifically for him.

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19 Sep

LIVE ACTION! Live Tweet with Turtleman and Neal This Sunday @ 9PM!

 

Calling all Turtle fans!  Love LIVE ACTION?! Try LIVE tweeting! Catch an all-new episode on Sunday, Sept. 22, at 9 p.m. e/p and live tweet with Turtleman and Neal!

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Use the hashtag #turtleman to tweet during the show -- and YOUR tweet might make it on air! Ernie and Neal will be tweeting along with everyone and checking out what you have to say. Make it good!

YIYIYIYIYIYIYI!

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Betty Chu is a Digital Media Executive Producer for AnimalPlanet.com. Follow her on Twitter @beddychew or Facebook for the cutest animal posts EVER.


27 Jun

Two Heads Are Better Than One!: Two-Headed Turtle Born at San Antonio Zoo

 

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Credit: San Antonio Zoo

Check this out! An adorable two-headed turtle was born June 18, at the San Antonio Zoo - which means she's twice as cute.They've named her Thelma and Louise - perfect, right?

In a statement, Craig Pelke, Curator of Curator of Reptiles, Amphibians, and Aquatics, said that while the birth of a two-headed turtle is uncommon, it's not unheard of. In fact, bicephaly occurs most commonly in snakes in turtles and is the result of twins that did not separate.

The turtles went on display June 25 with its three other siblings born in the same brood.Thelma and Louis appear to be healthy - eating from both mouths, swimming and walking.

See more photos of Thelma and Louise!

To see more live turtle action, tune into Call of the Wildman, every Sunday at 9PM E/P!


Jodi Westrick is a Digital Media Producer for AnimalPlanet.com. Follow her on Twitter @jodilyn and/or Instagram @jodilynw for photos of and posts about her ridiculously cute cats, Otis and Etta.

26 Sep

Swim with Sea Turtles ... From the Comfort of Your Monitor!

 

You can now explore the ocean depths and discover marine creatures for yourself with Google Street View!

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Google is taking visitors swimming through coral reefs alongside sea turtles and other marine life with Caitlin Seaview Survey - and, it's pretty stunning. You can check out six different locations around the world, including this reef off the coast of Australia.

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13 Jun

Gettin' Wild on the Tonight Show, YI YI YI YI YI YI YI!!!

 

Guess who paid a Mr. Jay Leno a visit this evening? 

Here's a hint: YI YI YI YI YI YI YI!! 

You guessed it: Turtleman and Neal dropped by The Tonight Show for a wild ol' time!  See pics from tonight:

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Always come prepared for an evening with Jay!

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7 Jun

What Would the Wildman Do?

Having trouble with the ladies? Just ask yourself "WWWD?"

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Truth.

 

7 Jun

Call of the Wildman, Starring … Jared Albert?

 

When he signed on for a publicity role with Animal Planet, Jared may not have anticipated he’d be wading into murky waters, to do barehanded battle with snapping turtles.  Watch as he wrestles with his first foe … Think he’s got what it takes for a starring role?  Share your thoughts in the Comments section below!


When I originally booked a flight to Kentucky to staff an Associated Press interview with Ernie Brown, Jr. (aka Turtleman), I had no intention of diving head first into a dirty pond to experience the Animal Planet "Surprisingly Human" brand face-to-face. But before I knew it, I had smelly mud up to my waist and a few inspiring "yiyiyis" in my ear…there was no turning back. Take a look above for a "rough cut" from my turtle rescue adventure with Turtleman. Will I submerge myself in unknown waters again? Well, there's always Hillbilly Handfishin'! Now that's live action!

Tune in to Animal Planet every Sunday night at 10 PM for new episodes of Call of the Wildman.


 

Jared Albert is a Publicist for Animal Planet.


1 Jun

Happy Birthday, Anderson Cooper - Turtleman Style!!

 

Guess who dropped by AC360° tonight?!  Turtleman!  YEAH!! 

Best. Present. Ever! HAPPY (almost) BIRTHDAY, Anderson!!

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Call of the Wildman Premieres Return this Sunday, June 3, at 10 PM!

 

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