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Hope, Famous TV Bear, Killed by Hunter in Minnesota

by Alex Moaba, posted Sep 29th 2011 1:00PM
Sad news for animal lovers: Hope, a black bear cub whose early life was chronicled in the BBC documentary 'The Bear Family and Me' and Animal Planet's 'Bearwalker of the Northwoods' has been killed by a hunter in Minnesota, according to a report in the BBC.

Hope's birth had been broadcast over the Internet by biologist Lynn Rogers. Later, wildlife filmmaker Gordon Buchanan filmed Hope as she was separated from and eventually reunited with her mother Lily.

It is believed that Hope was shot and killed in an area of Minnesota where hunting bears is legal. Hunters are discouraged from shooting bears who are wearing tracking collars, but Hope was the only member of her family not to be wearing one.

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One Guy's Crazy Laugh Cracks Up Fishing Party on 'Hillbilly Handfishin'' (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Sep 12th 2011 6:42AM
'Hillbilly Handfishin''The concept of hand fishing is pretty crazy in general, and we can imagine people getting the giggles at the absurdity of what they're doing. But no one could be prepared for the laughter of one man on 'Hillbilly Handfishin'' (Sun., 10PM ET on Animal Planet).

"He sounded like a wild turkey, basically," said another woman in his group. He was also compared to Julia Child, in that while he was laughing he spoke in a voice pitched as high as his laughter.

Everyone had something to say about it, and as he felt the fish grabbing on, he only laughed louder and higher. We think some of those people might have had more fun because of this guy than because of the fishing itself.

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Lisa Can't Say Goodbye, Keeps Cats That Die, on 'Confessions: Animal Hoarding' (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Sep 8th 2011 7:00AM
'Confessions: Animal Hoarding'There's always a point where you realize that something has crossed a line into an area of unhealthiness. On the latest 'Confessions: Animal Hoarding' (Wed., 10PM ET on Animal Planet), that moment came when Lisa revealed what was in her freezer.

She had 25 cats in the home, and more of them were ill than she cared to admit. Pet owners know how expensive veterinary bills can get with just one or two pets, so the cost of maintaining such a huge number could be staggering.

As such, she'd had two cats die within the last month. The problem was, though, that she still had them in the house. More specifically, in her freezer.

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Brenda Has a Meltdown on 'Confessions: Animal Hoarding' (VIDEO)

by Catherine Lawson, posted Sep 1st 2011 8:10AM
Brenda, Rabbit HoarderBrenda loves rabbits. So much so, in fact, that she shares her trailer with 130 rabbits. However, living with so many rabbits has put a huge strain on her relationships with friends and family.

So, on 'Confessions: Animal Hoarding' (Wed., 10PM ET on ANIMAL) Brenda turned to The Humane Society of the United States for help.

Discussing the needs of Brenda and the rabbits, the Humane Society's Cynthia Armstrong said her organization would be able to help find the rabbits find new homes and the veterinarian care they need.

It would also help Brenda start a new life for herself. However, it turns out that Brenda doesn't want to give up all her rabbits -- she was hoping to keep 50 or so. It also seems that she's only there because everyone else wants her to be.

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Nancy Can't Decide, Her Marriage or Her Birds on 'Confessions: Animal Hoarding' (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Aug 25th 2011 6:40AM
'Confessions: Animal Hoarding'It was a battle between a marriage and birds on 'Confessions: Animal Hoarding' (Wed., 9PM ET on Animal Planet). Nancy and Ed have been married a long time, but one thing has been taking up more and more of the space in their home. Nancy's pet family has grown to 250 birds.

They're simply all over the house, flying from room to room, perching everywhere. They have cages, but even there, they're awfully crowded. And you know how well birds control where they go to the bathroom. The chaos and the mess was pushing Ed away, but Nancy wasn't sure what mattered to her more, the birds or her husband.

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Even a Collision With the Yushin Maru Can't Slow Down the 'Whale Wars' (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Aug 1st 2011 1:38AM
'Whale Wars'While it may not be the elusive and slipper Nisshin Maru, the Yushin Maru will simply have to do. It's still a big get for the Sea Shepherd. After all, their 'Whale Wars' (Fri., 9PM ET on Animal Planet) is to cripple the business of whale killing by Japanese ships, and the Yushin Maru is an important cog in the machine.

To attach a prop fouler, which is supposed to jam up the propellors of the ship, they must get very close to the prow of the vessel they're trying to jam. In this case, their much smaller boat got a little bit too close and took a solid hit.

Luckily for all onboard, no one was hurt and they can just chalk up the jarring moment as another memorable experience on their quest. Even more importantly, they were able to get close enough to disable the ship, at least temporarily. It may not be "the white whale," but it still must be pretty satisfying.

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The Elusive Factory Ship Nisshin Maru Is Found on 'Whale Wars' (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Jul 25th 2011 1:02AM
Nisshin Maru, 'Whale Wars'The Nisshin Maru, to use a very awkward analogy, is like Captain Ahab's White Whale to the crews of 'Whale Wars' (Fri., 9PM ET on Animal Planet). This factory ship is the central hub in much of the Japanese whale slaughter operation, so taking it out would effectively cripple the whole system.

So it was with an understandable glee that, after nearly two full months of searching, the helicopter crew spotted it. "Knowing they're just right there over the horizon is obviously the most exciting part of the whole campaign," said pilot Chris Aultman.

Unfortunately, finding the elusive vessel proved to only be the first step in taking it out of commission, and the men and women of 'Whale Wars' didn't take it out this time around. The Nisshin Maru escaped their grasp, but what they found once they can surely find again. Ahab never gave up, after all.

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A Plan to Stop Pursuit Backfires, Leaving the Crew Adrift on 'Whale Wars' (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Jun 27th 2011 2:49AM
'Whale Wars'The campaign against Japanese whaling ships continued on 'Whale Wars' (Fri., 9PM ET on Animal Planet), but took a dangerous turn when the crew of the Bob Barker attempts to disable a pursuing harpoon boat. The plan was to get a rope caught in the Japanese boat's propellers, thus allowing the Bob Barker to get clear.

This plan didn't work out so well, though, as the rope not only gets nice and caught in the propeller, but remains attached to their boat. After many frantic attempts to cut the line, they finally managed to free themselves, but not before doing enough damage to their ship to disable it.

So after all that excitement, it became a waiting game as the crew tried to stave of hypothermia while awaiting rescue. No one was injured and the boat wasn't seriously damanged, though, so it certainly could have been much worse.

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It's Hatching Day for the Baby Crocodiles on 'Croc Keeper' (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Jun 22nd 2011 12:29AM
'Croc Keeper'When you see a moment like the hatching of the crocodile eggs on 'Croc Keeper' (Tue., 9PM ET on Animal Planet), it's easy to see why Shaun Foggett has filled his Oxford yard with the creatures. They are absolutely adorable coming out of their eggs, and they make the cutest sounds.

"Even at this age, these crocs are worth $800 each," the narrator reminds us, which makes Foggett's collection of 37 of them something rather impressive. In this latest hatching alone, he added 13 more crocs to his family of 24.

One has to wonder how many more of these creatures Foggett can possibly keep before he needs to consider moving out of his suburban home in Oxford to give the animals some more room to live and be happy.

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Animal Planet Hires 'The Bear Whisperer' and 'Skunk Whisperer'

by Kim Potts, posted Apr 16th 2010 10:13AM
One sounds potentially more dangerous, and the other sounds potentially more smelly. Animal Planet is adding a funky pair of new shows to its line-up: 'The Bear Whisperer,' about a professional bear wrangler in California, and 'The Skunk Whisperer,' about an Oklahoma pest control specialist.

'Bear Whisperer' revolves around Steve Searles, who eschews bullets and tranquilizers to control the bear population of Mammoth Lakes, California, and instead uses more humane tactics like firecrackers, air horns, flares and shouting to try and keep bears from hanging out in the town's populated areas.

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Get Ready to Experience 'Life' on the Discovery Channel

by Chris Harnick, posted Mar 19th 2010 4:30PM
LifeTake the voice of one of the world's most iconic women, Oprah Winfrey, add extraordinary wildlife visuals from the makers of 'Planet Earth' and what do you get? Discovery Channel's newest surefire hit documentary, 'Life.'

The nature series premieres March 21 from 8-10PM ET across seven Discovery Communications properties: Discovery Channel, TLC, Animal Planet, Investigation Discovery, Science Channel, Discovery Health Channel and Planet Green. Subsequent episodes will air only on the Discovery Channel from 8-10PM ET until April 18.

'Life' comes from a partnership between the BBC and Discovery, much like the other hit nature documentary 'Planet Earth.'

More, including videos, after the jump

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No Surprise: PETA Objects to Tyson's Bird Show

by Allison Waldman, posted Mar 17th 2010 1:03PM
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The other day when Animal Planet announced 'Taking on Tyson,' a new reality program about former heavyweight boxing champion -- and ex-convict -- Mike Tyson's love for pigeons, you had to be a little skeptical. It's hard to imagine the bruiser having a soft spot in his heart for fowl, but he does.

Well, apparently, the good folks at PETA, People for the Ethical Treatment for Animals, are not happy about the show. They aren't doubt Tyson's affection for the birds, but they deem pigeon racing -- and the breeding and caring for the birds -- as cruelty. It's as bad as dog fighting, they say.

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Animal Planet Gives Mike Tyson His Own Pigeon Racing Show

by Danny Gallagher, posted Mar 16th 2010 7:18PM
I'm tempted to make fun of this because you never hear the words "Mike Tyson" and "pigeons" together in the same sentence. But then again, I really like the layout of my face and it would be a shame if someone like Tyson were to mess it up.

Animal Planet has announced that Tyson will have his own reality show in which he races his flock of trained pigeons against a series of professional competitors.

For those who aren't in the know, Tyson has had a lifelong obsession with training and caring for birds. In the video below, he takes Jimmy Kimmel's Uncle Frank on a tour of his bird sanctuary.

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Mike Tyson to Fly High in Animal Planet Series

by Chris Jordan, posted Mar 15th 2010 3:31PM
Mike Tyson's career has gone to the birds, but maybe it's not as bad as it sounds.

Tyson is set to star in a new Animal Planet reality series about pigeon racing, tentatively called 'Taking on Tyson,' according to a network press release. The series will film this spring in New York City and debut early-2011.

Tyson, boxing's former heavyweight world champion, has raised pigeons since he was a child.

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Series Based on 'The Cove' Coming to Animal Planet This Summer

by Audrey Fine, posted Mar 9th 2010 12:00PM
The CoveOscar's touch truly is golden. A day after winning the Academy Award for Best Documentary, 'The Cove' was greenlit as a television series on Animal Planet, according to a report in the Los Angeles Times.

With two episodes already in the can, the tentatively titled 'Dolphin Warriors' is poised to debut this summer, although no official premiere date has been set.

Focusing on Taiji, Japan's divisive dolphin trade wherein fisherman capture the marine mammals to sell to zoos or slaughter for meat, the series, like the documentary, will star famed animal rights proponent -- and former 'Flipper' trainer -- Ric O'Barry, whose son, Lincoln, will executive produce.

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