Bites at Animal Planet


28 Jul

Man Films Himself Throwing Cat at Wall, Gets Arrested

Dodo Circular

(Guest post by Solon Kelleher from

"I hate cats," reads the caption of a video showing a young cat being violently hurled at a wall, according to KWCH of Hutchinson, Kansas.

The video was sent out via social photo-sharing site, Snapchat, by the alleged abuser, a 28-year-old man from Wichita, Kansas, according to a Wichita Police Department (WPD) press conference held on Monday morning.

The short video reveals what must have been the most terrifying few seconds of this poor cat's young life. The video opens by showing the face of the distressed and helpless cat. The abuser seems to be holding the cat with one hand and filming with the other.

Then the cat is held out of frame as the abuser winds up in preparation to throw her, followed by a sudden thud. Immediately, we see the cat return to the video frame as she falls to the ground and scrambles away, meowing in what appears to be pain and torment.

Her hind legs appear to be functionless as she drags herself across the floor using only her front legs.

The video has since been removed from social media. 


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26 Jul

Blind Dog's Family Invents a Device That Changed His Life

Dodo Circular

(Guest post by Solon Kelleher from

Everywhere he turned, Buddy was walking into things. Eventually he lost even more sight — and had trouble walking around at all.

Buddy and his mom, Jordan Berg, go way back — about 13 years — long before Buddy had trouble seeing.

Jesse Foy

"He started losing sight in his right eye about four or five months ago," Jesse Foy, Berg's fiancé, told The Dodo. Like many older dogs and humans with blindness, Buddy has cataracts in both eyes.

Foy said that Buddy couldn't see his surroundings, and that scared the small dog.

Then, about a month ago, Buddy's eyesight began to rapidly decline. Berg and Foy would have to carry him from room to room and outside to go to the bathroom.

Buddy was immobilized.

Then, Berg and Foy were struck with brilliance.

Jesse Foy

"I got the basic idea from another product I had seen online," Foy said.

Those products would have put too much weight on Buddy's 5-pound body, so the couple went to the hardware store and brainstormed design plans.

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29 Jun

TinDog-- An App For Dogs And Owners Looking For A 'Pawfect' Match


Move out of the way Tinder! There's a new dating app in town. Tindog is an app for single dog owners looking for companionship, either for their dogs or themselves.

We think it might be hard to swipe left with Tindog because you'll just be met with picture after picture of cute, lovable dogs.

The app was created for both Android and iOS by London-based developers Holidog. "Dogs bring so much joy and love, that they really have the power to connect us," Julien Muller, founder and chief executive Holidog, explained in a press release. "That's why we wanted to make it easy for dog lovers to meet new people around them who feel the same way."

The idea behind the app is similar to Tinder, but with dogs. Owners build their profile and select certain criteria and then the app searches for possible matches in the area in order to set up play dates for dogs, and, if sparks fly, could also be a love match. The app also shows users mutual friends, allows them to share photos, and find local dog groups.

After all, dogs are capable of love, too.


16 Mar

#SXSW: Lil Bub, New Spokescat and America's Next Cat Star Finalists Revealed!

MEOW from Austin, Texas, where the cat lovers came out in droves last night to dance the night away! 

At Animal Planet's Next Cat Star party yesterday, our favorite cat star Lil Bub was appointed our official spokescat! And, you may have caught it via our Meerkat live video stream if you were following us on Twitter. 

Meerkat CEO Ben Rubin joined Animal Planet as the network used the streaming app to announce internet cat LIL BUB as its official spokescat.' (L-R) Internet cat LIL BUB and owner Mike Bridavsky, Jackson Galaxy of the series "My Cat from Hell," Animal Planet General Manager, Rick Holzman, and Meerkat CEO Ben Rubin

LIL BUB and owner Mike Bridavsky with Jackson Galaxy, showing off their tats!

To follow-up the sensational news, the finalists in our America's Next Cat Star Talent Search were unveiled and celebrated with plenty of beverages and fantastic 80s tunes by the band, the Spazmatics! It was quite a puuuuurr-tay!

Here are the five finalists! And, you can now CAST YOUR VOTE for your favorite! >>

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2 Jul

Animal Planet L!VE Gets Patriotic!

It’s almost the 4th of July and that means our Animal Planet L!VE cams are getting decked out in all things red, white and blue to celebrate. Whether it be bunting in the cam's corner or an all-American blow out (here’s looking at you, Kitten Cam), Animal Planet L!VE is ready for the Fourth! Our ants on Ant Cam are even marching on to some classic patriotic music! Need more convincing? Here are some highlights of what you’ll find over at Animal Planet L!VE this Fourth of July weekend!

Kitty in a Hat
Our Kitten Cam is all dressed up and ready to party.

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25 Sep

Too Cute meets Pokémon in Chu Cute

The team here at Animal Planet can’t stop smiling at a Too Cute/Pokémon parody that’s making the rounds online.

Pokémon was practically a cult when I was in middle school back in the late nineties, dominating tween culture with trading cards, video games, a cartoon series, etc. So when we came across Chu Cute, our expectations were high to say the least. (Sidenote: The ending is hilarious and somewhat terrifying)

From the music to the narration to the “disclaimer” at the beginning, Chu Cute is an impressive parody that amused our Too Cute production team. We think @theEsquirebob, the mastermind behind Chu Cute, did a fantastic job.

What did you think?

Want more Too Cute? Check out our Too Cute website for video, photos and more.

28 Jun

Fido Chewed Your Phone? Learn How to Stop it from Happening Again



Credit: Hemera/Thinkstock


By Margo Shear

Imagine you’re sitting on the couch with your dog, watching television and unwinding after a long day at work. You leave your new iPhone 5, in its protective casing, lying on the couch for FIVE MINUTES to go answer the door and greet the pizza deliveryman. You come back with your piping hot pepperoni pie, and your cell phone is chewed to bits. Now your expensive iPhone, your appetite and your day are all ruined. Woof.

This scenario, or versions of it (like the one above), has happened, literally, millions of times over the past year. A study recently released by electronic insurer company SquareTrader found that the pets of America cause damage to about 8 million of our gadgets each year. And we’ve paid a whopping 3 billion dollars to fix ‘em.

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22 Feb

Our Favorite Animal Versions of the 'Harlem Shake'


It's the viral sensation that has taken the Internet by storm. And, no, we're not talking about cats (though they do rule the interwebs).

We're talking about the Harlem Shake!

For some reason, this song by Baauer has inspired pretty much everyone, everywhere to create their own take on the video, which features a lone dancer in an everyday situation who's then joined by a huge group of other people who are often dressed in costumes and dancing crazy.

Our Discovery coworkers and Science Channel buddies did their own versions, but here are some of our favorite animal versions of the meme.


1. Harlem Shake (Puppy Edition)

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21 May

Welcome to a Bite-sized Animal Planet

Welcome to Bites @AnimalPlanet, the blog that takes you inside Animal Planet - our shows, our people and our passion for animals. 

Over the years, we've come to rest on the fascinating intersection of human lives with that of animals. From cute to bold, funny to tragic, how we interract with animals is a window on to each of us and all of us.  At the end of the day, the remarkable thing is that the world of animals is surprisingly human.

Bites is written directly by the Animal Planet team. It's not social-media gurus ghost-writing thinly veiled corporate communications. And I mean all of us, from the senior management all the way down to the mail room, on the things that matter to each of us. We have pet owners, animal welfare volunteers, activists and entertainers in our midst, so I think that you'll always find something here to capture and reward your attention. It's been a bit of a mission for me to establish this blog, to share the energy and committment to all fans of our animal planet that I find in the people I work with every day. 

Come back, tell your friends, but more than anything - please share your thoughts and engage with us using the Comments section. And, welcome to Bites @AnimalPlanet.


Iain Langridge is VP for Animal Planet Digital Media. 







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