Bites at Animal Planet


26 Nov

Manny the Frenchie Makes Most Adorable Visit to Sick Fan

It's no secret that Manny the Frenchie is an internet sensation. His Instagram is inching closer and closer to hitting one million followers, a mark hit quite some time ago on his massively popular Facebook page. Not to mention, he's quite the avid Puppy Bowl fan. However, it's not just about the glitz and glam of stardom for the precious pooch. 

Recently, Manny traveled to Louisiana to bring a smile and a sloppy wet kiss to the face of a true survivor. Joycean, one of Manny's biggest fans, suffers from Cystic Fibrosis and had no idea her favorite pup was coming to visit. Check out the incredible surprise below: 

Bites @ Animal Planet had the opportunity to chat with Manny about his travels and what it meant to bring some joy to Joycelun. 

Bites: What made the email about Joceylun stick out in your inbox? Was there ever any hesitation in making this surprise happen for her?  

Manny: We receive a couple hundred emails like this every month and although I wish I could help every single human and animal that emails me, unfortunately I can't. This particular email stood out because it was regarding a disease that affects only humans and not animals. Katie showed us how much Joycelun loved looking at my pics and how much I help cheer her up when she is in pain. After learning more about Cystic Fibrosis and what Joycelun has endured her whole life, there was no hesitation to visit her.  My mommy and daddy decided that instead of a regular visit, we wanted to surprise her and capture her reaction. 

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25 Nov

Pups Making Thanksgiving Dinner Stress Free and Easy

Thanksgiving dinner is never a walk in the park. There's a table to set and decorated, in-laws to chat up, and an entire feast to cook. Luckily, some have an extra hand--or paw-- to make the holiday preparation much easier.

The potatoes need to be boiled, but watching the pot is quite annoying when there's a football game on and there's pumpkin ales to be had. Steve the Goldendoodle is the perfect Thanksgiving assistant and will gladly keep an eye on the stove while you enjoy a few minutes away from your kitchen duties.

Mashing and mixing get tiring. You may be cramping up and need to give your joints a breather from the basting and stirring. When you've got a pooch like this, there's no need to fight through the pain. Tap out and hand the duties over to this guy. 

It's a holiday, so you know people will be snapping pics left and right. The last thing you want to get caught with is an undecorated, uncoordinated, uninspired table setting. When in need, call up Buddy the Beagle and watch him work Pinterest-worthy magic. Unfortunately, his services go at a high rate of seven treats per hour. According to his Instagram, you won't be disappointed.


A photo posted by peaches (@peatzpit) on Oct 29, 2015 at 6:14pm PDT

Too caught up in the mashed potatoes and stuffing to realize you've left drops of gravy all over the kitchen? No big deal when you've got a pup like Peaches. Messes be gone! 


A photo posted by Rocco and Gianni (@demandingduo) on Nov 23, 2015 at 6:28pm PST

Even if your pup can't hold a spoon or put together a beautiful table, they sure can spice up your Thanksgiving with some holiday spirit. Everyone loves a good festive hat, right?

Cats try to help in the kitchen, but it seems like they're in it for themselves this holiday season. 

20 Nov

Robot Cats are a Real Thing Now

Hasboro is taking technology to the next level this holiday season with JoyForAll, a branch of their multimillion dollar corporation. They have officially introduced their new product: Companion Pets. They hope inspire "spontaneous smiles, laughter, and warm memories" with their line of animatronic animals.


The product is targeted at seniors who may not be capable of taking care of a pet, though it could be convenient for anyone who craves feline friendship and kitty cuddles. Forget being allergic or breaking your lease agreement, now everyone can have a cat! Unfortunately, your animatronic cat won't look like Bub, Hamilton, or Sam. There are currently only three options to choose from: Creamy White Cat, Silver Cat with White Mitts and Orange Tabby Cat.

Fear not, the company website declares that the cats look, feel and sound like an actual kitty, with the capability of responding to human touch. Each cat has five built-in sensors to insure an interpersonal relation between owner and cat, as well as "VibraPurr", which is cited to sound and feel like real purring. 

 Learn more about the kitties below:

More inclined to adopt a living cat over an animatronic one? Check out a few adoptables on Kittem Cam!

Live video by Animal Planet L!ve

16 Nov

Instagram Pups Giving Us Serious #BeardGoals This November

Move over hipsters and mountain men and bow down to the dogs that are slaying the scruff this month! They may have more hair to work with, but the internet is buzzing with pictures of canines rocking flawless facial hair and it's time they got the credit they deserve. 

First up, the class act that is Izzy the Schnauzer.


A photo posted by Izzy (@izzythegiantschnauzer) on Nov 10, 2015 at 9:08am PST

Izzy may be playing coy, but that curly goatee on display is enviable for sure. Just look how it glistens in the sunlight. It's perfect for the fall. 


A photo posted by • o w e n • (@owenthegriff) on Nov 12, 2015 at 4:02pm PST

Owen, on the other hand, came to the party 100% ready for his beardy close up. His bowtie exudes class, but his wild scruff says, "Don't worry, I can be chill too". 

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15 Oct

Wonder What Your Pets Do While You're Away? New Camera Captures Their Every Move


Ever wonder what your pets do all day while you're away? Now you can finally solve the mystery!

EZVIZ, a North American company spun off from the world’s largest and most trusted security video suppliers, has created a new wireless camera that allows you to see what's going on in your home from the convenience of your phone. No more wondering which pup got into the trash or whether or not your cat actually moved from its napping spot all day.

The EZVIZ “Mini” Indoor Wi-Fi camera weighs in at 4 ounces, has a sleek white design, sets up and connects easily, and comes with a magnetic base that allows you to attach it to different places without complicated installation or wall damage. And at a cost point of less than $70, it's a relatively inexpensive way to monitor those furry little friends you have trouble leaving when you head to work.

The camera records in 720p HD, can display night vision up to 30 feet, features a 115-degree viewing angle, and contains a built-in microphone.

Follow EZVIZ on Twitter at @ezvizlife or visit them on Facebook.

No more naughty pets while you're at work! Unlike this clever beagle...


14 Oct

Rescue Ferret Best Friends Can't Get Enough of Their New Life

Dodo Circular

(Guest post by Caitlin Jill Anders from

Rescuing a pet is one of the most rewarding things, because you're giving an animal a brand new life that they've never known before.

Charlotte and Rumpel are two ferret best friends who went through multiple homes before they finally found their forever family together, with some occasional ferret foster siblings, too.

Their lives were unpredictable before they were rescued by their human, and now they love everything about their new life. There are so many activities for them to take part in ...

Such as napping...


Rumpel already went to bed, like a good boy that he is 😴

A photo posted by Pet Ferrets (@ferret_farm) on Jul 25, 2015 at 6:33pm PDT

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25 Sep

Watch Animals Attacking Drones

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Posted by Digg on Wednesday, September 23, 2015


We see a lot of animal videos here at Animal Planet. Every once in a while one comes across our screens that stands out from the rest.

This video of animals all shapes and sizes taking on drones is one of them. It's a great reminder that no matter how much technology we have, Mother Nature still wields tremendous power in the form of her beasts, and can destroy our machines with fangs, talons, claws and muscle.

That's not a bad reminder to get.

Watch this octopus actually steal a camera!

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.


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