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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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'Whale Wars' Spin-off Coming to Animal Planet

by Chris Harnick, posted Jul 25th 2011 2:50PM
Whale WarsWhile the team on 'Whale Wars' completed their mission to convince Japan to suspend its controversial whaling operations, their work is still not done.

According to Entertainment Weekly, Captain Paul Watson and Peter Hammerstedt will star in a new spin-off tentatively titled 'The Faroe Islands Project.'

In the new series, the Sea Shepherds head to the Faroe Islands, halfway between the UK and Iceland. There, they will launch a land, sea and air campaign in an effort to stop "The Grind," an annual hunt for pilot whales that kills about 1,000 whales per year.

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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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Unforgiving Ship Injures Chief Engineer on 'Whale Wars' (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Jun 6th 2011 1:00AM
Campbell Holland, 'Whale Wars'Chief Engineer Campbell Holland said it pretty well on 'Whale Wars' (Fri., 9PM ET on Animal Planet) when he described the ship by saying, "Everything's steel around here, so it's pretty unforgiving on you ."

Holland found this out first-hand when he was inspecting a fuel leak. While he was up in a corner inspecting the situation, the ship hit a swell and he found his skull knocked against a jagged edge of steel.

While it looked worse than it was, the blood streaming down the side of his head was a solid reminder that you have to be vigilant at all times when working in an environment like this. Especially with the seas rocking the ship constantly, it's essential to know where your body is and where the components of the ship are in proximity to you.

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'River Monsters' Host Jeremy Wade on Deadly Electric Eels and Other 'Creepy' Fish

by Jean Bentley, posted Apr 17th 2011 12:00PM
Jeremy Wade, River MonstersJeremy Wade, host of Animal Planet's 'River Monsters,' has made it his mission to hunt down the real-life aquatic animals behind the world's most fearsome urban legends.

Last week's season 3 premiere tackled the red bellied pacu of Papua New Guinea, said to mutilate certain, uh, parts of the male anatomy. This week, Wade goes after the New Zealand longfin eel, a species that can grow up to 6 feet long and appears in many ancient Maori tales.

AOL TV met up with the soft-spoken British host at a lunch in New York City last week, where he talked about the evolution of his show, which was just renewed for a fourth season.

"The whole thing started as a one-off program," he tells us. "Season 3, I think there's a limited number of the obvious large fish with teeth. We're getting into a more quirky territory -- possibly the fish aren't so big, but in a lot of ways that's more creepy."

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Mike Tyson Chokes Up Remembering a Murdered Friend on 'Taking on Tyson' (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Mar 21st 2011 1:40AM
Mike Tyson, 'Taking on Tyson'Mike Tyson came from a pretty dark place before he became the world heavyweight boxing champion. On 'Taking on Tyson' (Sat., 10PM ET on Animal Planet), he talked about a pivotal moment in his earlier life that changed the path he was on.

"I didn't care about my life no more," he said of those years. "I was really crazy. I'm surprised I didn't die or kill anybody. I was so infected with drugs and a crazy lifestyle. I was just addicted to chaos." But then he talked about losing Tito, and choked up.

A narrator filled in what Mike couldn't, revealing that Tito was one of Mike's closest friends, and that he was shot and killed outside of another friend's bar over a jewelry dispute.

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Mike Tyson Reveals He Started Fighting for the Love of Birds on 'Taking on Tyson' (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Mar 7th 2011 4:57AM
Mike Tyson, 'Taking on Tyson'Mike Tyson has certainly had an interesting career path, with many ups and downs, and quite a few dark asides along the way. In 'Taking on Tyson' (Sun., 10PM ET on Animal Planet) we meet the kinder and gentler animal lover at the root of the boxing legend.

In fact, were it not for his love of birds, Tyson might have never taken up fighting at all. "People would take my jewelry, take my clothes, people would rob me, beat me up," he said of his childhood.

That changed when he was robbed of some of his birds and confronted one of the thieves, still holding one alive.

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Mike Tyson on His Passion for Pigeon Racing

by PopEater Staff, posted Mar 5th 2011 2:00PM
Mike Tyson Animal PlanetWhen you hear the name "Mike Tyson," you think "boxing" or maybe even 'The Hangover.' But you probably don' think "pigeons."

Animal Planet's 'Taking On Tyson' (Sunday, March 6 at 10PM ET) takes a look at Tyson's true passion -- pigeons. PopEater caught up with the athlete/actor at the premiere and he gave us a little insight into the show as well as pigeon racing.

Check out what Mike had to say about 'Taking on Tyson' after the jump!

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