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Betty Chu
New York, NY
Executive Producer, Discovery Digital Media
Interests: yoga teacher, struggling marathoner, unicorn lover
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Arturo is Argentina's last polar bear — his long time companion died in 2012 and Arturo's grown especially lonely and depressed ever since with noticeable changes in behavior indicating the unfortunate shift in his mental health, according to experts. The 29-year-old bear lives in captivity at the Mendoza Zoo outside... Continue reading
Posted Jul 16, 2014 at Bites @ Animal Planet
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A Michigan woman caught a 14-inch pacu, a "testicle-biting" native of South America and relative of the piranha, in Lake St. Clair last week. Last summer, pacu were caught off the coast of Sweden as well. The fish has been dubbed the "ball-cutter" per its reputation of attacking human testicles.... Continue reading
Posted Jul 15, 2014 at Bites @ Animal Planet
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Happy World Orca Day! Today, a summit of the leading international researchers, filmmakers and former Sea World trainers have gathered in San Juan Islands, Wash., to celebrate orcas in their natural habitat rather than in captivity. Photo: Whale and Dolphin Conservation The Whale and Dolphin Conservation, a global marine organization,... Continue reading
Posted Jul 14, 2014 at Bites @ Animal Planet
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A massive school of anchovy swarmed the waters of the Pacific Ocean near Scripps Pier at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography, UC San Diego in La Jolla, Calif., last week on July 8. The incredible event was witnessed by many marine enthusiasts and beach goers — many of whom took... Continue reading
Posted Jul 13, 2014 at Bites @ Animal Planet
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Today is national "Don't Step On a Bee Day" and we want to take a moment to honor our friend, the BEE. Bees have been disappearing on a frighteningly large scale around the world, a phenomenon that has been dubbed "Colony Collapse Disorder" and we are at a tipping point,... Continue reading
Posted Jul 10, 2014 at Bites @ Animal Planet
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Dog lovers everywhere have spoken! Congratulations to the SHIBA INU, your WORLD PUP Champion! After a *ruff* few weeks of competition, the beloved Shiba Inu of Japan has prevailed as top dog in our first-ever WORLD PUP! The competition was tight from the start but the Shiba inu defeated Belgium's... Continue reading
Posted Jul 10, 2014 at Bites @ Animal Planet
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In case you need a little pick-me-up during your work day, take a tiny moment for a tiny celebration with these teeny, tiny, adorable hedgehogs, celebrating the cutest, teeniest birthday! ... And, though the cake may be miniature (and hedgehog food), it still looks delicious! Where's my slice?! Happy birthday,... Continue reading
Posted Jul 9, 2014 at Bites @ Animal Planet
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Move over Will Smith! There's cuter talent in town! Hopefully you were celebrating the glorious holiday weekend and honoring America with family, friends, good food, fireworks - and, maybe a movie? Perhaps ... Independence Day starring Will Smith and Jeff Goldblum? Well, here's an efficient, 2-minute, possibly cuter version as... Continue reading
Posted Jul 6, 2014 at Bites @ Animal Planet
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We're down to the final match-up! And, it's definitely a real showdown of total pup cuteness! Here are your two favorite world class pups that have made it to the final championship round: Japan: Shiba Inu vs. China: Shar-Pei Round 3 officially closed yesterday with Spain's Great Pyrenees dominated by... Continue reading
Posted Jul 3, 2014 at Bites @ Animal Planet
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It's that time of year when shark is on the brain among many summer, ocean lovers. And, though they may often be frightening incidents, here's an encounter from a few months ago that proved to be ... well, ADORABLE: The swimmer, a man named Carlos, was scuba diving when this... Continue reading
Posted Jun 29, 2014 at Bites @ Animal Planet
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In case you're already missing the intrepid faces from the Game of Thrones land of Westeros, here's a little something to help until the next season: PUGS. Pugs and thrones ... or, rather, Game of Bones? *insert sad trombone sound effect* Enjoy: Though, looks like the pug edition is behind... Continue reading
Posted Jun 26, 2014 at Bites @ Animal Planet
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We are all amazed here at Animal Planet HQ at how close some of these matches have been! But there's no question about these final four qualifiers according to your Twitter and Facebook voices. Round 2 officially closed yesterday with Spain's Great Pyrenees beating out the German Daschund. England's adorable... Continue reading
Posted Jun 26, 2014 at Bites @ Animal Planet
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Blow your caxirola, but be sure not to scare off the animals! In a nod to the World Cup's host nation, tune in tonight on Animal Planet for WILD BRAZIL, a two-hour special at 9 PM ET/PT, depicting the Brazilian fight-or-flight ecosystem where survival is a constant battle. Brazil, South... Continue reading
Posted Jun 24, 2014 at Bites @ Animal Planet
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The good news is that SLOTH WEEK has JUST begun! The bad news is that many of you are probably wishing you had your own sloth. But since that is most likely not possible for the majority of you — unless you live on a sanctuary next to a Costa... Continue reading
Posted Jun 20, 2014 at Bites @ Animal Planet
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President Obama announced a proposal earlier this week to expand marine sanctuaries of the Pacific Ocean, doubling the size of the currently protected oceans. The plan would expand the protected region around the Pacific Remote Islands Marine National Monument, increasing the sanctuary from 87,000 to 782,000 square miles — an... Continue reading
Posted Jun 19, 2014 at Bites @ Animal Planet
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The match-ups have been tight but we're one week in and that much closer to crowning your WORLD PUP champion! Round 1 officially closed yesterday between the eight matches and here are the winning pups to advance to Round 2: * Spain: Great Pyrenees vs. Germany: Daschund * USA: Alaskan... Continue reading
Posted Jun 19, 2014 at Bites @ Animal Planet
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A stray calico cat wandered into an enclosure of a European lynx at the St. Petersburg zoo one day and according to locals, they've been best friends ever since. The lynx would let the kitty share her food and the homeless cat continued to visit everyday. The two bonded immediately... Continue reading
Posted Jun 18, 2014 at Bites @ Animal Planet
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My friends. SLOTH WEEK is coming ... Kind of like Winter - but more lethargy, furry and cute. Less dragons, blood and massacre. Our digital sister Animalist announced the first-ever SLOTH WEEK, starting this Friday, June 20, through Tuesday, June 24. ... What's that you say? That's not a FULL... Continue reading
Posted Jun 16, 2014 at Bites @ Animal Planet
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Congrats to the Philadelphia Zoo on the latest additions to their family! Aza, the zoo's black-footed cat, gave birth to Drogon, Rhaegal, and Viserion (YES, they were named after the Game of Thrones dragons) on April 8, 2014. The babies just made their debut a few weeks ago and are... Continue reading
Posted Jun 16, 2014 at Bites @ Animal Planet
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Time to kick-off the long-awaited, most anticipated, international competition ever. You know - the WORLD PUP! The bracket's now open and you can cast your vote for your favorite dog and country in our first-ever World Pup competition. Your favorite breeds face-off for the coveted world title. Here's the first... Continue reading
Posted Jun 12, 2014 at Bites @ Animal Planet
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- June 12 Marks the Start of Animal Planet’s First-ever Online WORLD PUP Competition - Get ready for the first ever WORLD PUP competition where YOU, the canine fans, will decide who will be crowned champion and top dog of the planet! Beginning Thursday, June 12 at 3 p.m. E/P,... Continue reading
Posted Jun 9, 2014 at Bites @ Animal Planet
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Team Turtle is BACK! The guys return in all-new episodes starting Sunday when Turtleman and Neal get their first call of the day from none other than Ranae and Bobo, Finding Bigfoot tracker extraordinaires. The Sasquatch duo are investigating the Kentucky backwoods and who better to tap for tracking assistance... Continue reading
Posted Jun 6, 2014 at Bites @ Animal Planet
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Now that Season 6 of River Monsters has wrapped, our intrepid angler and biologist Jeremy Wade continues his world travels, sharing his monster fishing tales and marine expertise. Last month, he stopped by the River Safari aquarium in Singapore where he dove with manatees, fed them some treats and swam... Continue reading
Posted Jun 5, 2014 at Bites @ Animal Planet
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If you're looking for your own cuddly panda, look no further - well, if you're anywhere near Chengdu city in China. A pet shop in southwestern China's Sichuan province has perfected grooming techniques of the Chow to transform them into miniature lookalikes of the nation's most beloved panda. According to... Continue reading
Posted May 30, 2014 at Bites @ Animal Planet
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One lucky group of photographers spotted a family of very rare harpy eagles, deep in the Amazon rainforest. "It's so rare, it’s like seeing a unicorn” said Jeff Cremer of Rainforest Expeditions. Cremer was one of the fortunate bird photog buffs to see the beautiful creatures. See one of the... Continue reading
Posted May 28, 2014 at Bites @ Animal Planet