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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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According to a tragic report by our friends at The Dodo, there are now only 6 northern white rhinos left on Earth, after one of the last two males died of unidentified causes last Friday. From The Dodo: By Melissa Cronin Over a million years ago, the northern white rhino... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Bites @ Animal Planet
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THE REAL APES OF THE PLANET premieres tonight at 8 p.m. E/P Only on Animal Planet In Iowa, a 33-year-old male bonobo named Kanzi picks his own food for a picnic. He lights his own fire, toasts marshmallows — and, even extinguishes his campfire after he's done. WOW. See for... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Bites @ Animal Planet
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Here's an adorable video of one tuckered out pup! He MUST be in a deep, deep sleep, dreaming of squirrels, fetching things and delicious, meaty treats ... It may be an oldie from last year but it's still CUTE AS EVER: Not to mention, he totally looks like my Dad... Continue reading
Posted Oct 14, 2014 at Bites @ Animal Planet
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Call me naive but I had NO IDEA kangaroos actually, really, for real, REAL-LIFE boxed like THIS: I mean, I thought maybe they knew how to throw a jab or two, but this is a legitimate, world class match! LOOK at that tail strength: Photo: YouTube image Apparently, they're probably... Continue reading
Posted Oct 7, 2014 at Bites @ Animal Planet
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The World Wildlife Fund released an update of their Living Planet Index on Tuesday, revealing that HALF of our planet's wildlife population has vanished over the last 40 years. HOW depressing and utterly horrifying is THAT? Our earth lost about 52% of its biodiversity between 1970 and 2010. During this... Continue reading
Posted Oct 1, 2014 at Bites @ Animal Planet
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Get ready for a new season of Pit Bulls & Parolees, this Saturday at 10 p.m. e/p! Tia Torres and the Villalobos team return for Season 6 with all-new heartbreaking, daring rescues, along with some sweet, happy endings for a few of these wonderful dogs. Saturday night's season premiere kicks... Continue reading
Posted Oct 1, 2014 at Bites @ Animal Planet
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What better incentive to fly an airline and leave something behind on the plane than having an ADORABLE beagle retrieve it for you?! Well ... unfortunately this program with beagle isn't real. :( KLM Royal Dutch Airlines announced the launch of a new Lost and Found program last week in... Continue reading
Posted Sep 30, 2014 at Bites @ Animal Planet
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A 10-year-old goldfish named George received life-saving surgery to remove a brain tumor earlier this month, giving him a shot at another 10 to 20 years to live. The goldfish, who calls Melbourne, Australia, home, developed trouble eating, swimming and interacting with other fish, over the past year. His owners... Continue reading
Posted Sep 29, 2014 at Bites @ Animal Planet
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When one family's beloved Great Dane fell ill, they raced him off to the DoveLewis Emergency Animal Hospital in Portland, Oregon. After examination and x-rays, the vet found this: Photo: Courtesy of DoveLewis Oh, what's THAT, you ask? Well, on surgery and extraction, THIS: YUP. They found 43 1/2 SOCKS... Continue reading
Posted Sep 25, 2014 at Bites @ Animal Planet
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FRIENDS! Drop everything! Take a break and LOOK at this adorable baby hippo! Her name is Olivia and she's a teeny baby pygmy hippo, born at the Parken Zoo in Eskilstuna, Sweden in August. Photo: Courtesy of the Parken Zoo The little love nugget was about 13 lbs. at birth.... Continue reading
Posted Sep 24, 2014 at Bites @ Animal Planet
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Guess who's on the road and entering New York City today?! Tia and the Pit Bulls & Parolees crew have been driving northward from New Orleans to meet the forever brilliant Jon Stewart! So, CLEAR your evening plans and get ready to watch the meeting of two great minds. Tia... Continue reading
Posted Sep 24, 2014 at Bites @ Animal Planet
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Stop the Killing. Stop the Trafficking. Stop the Demand. The new feature documentary SAVING AFRICA’S GIANTS WITH YAO MING is premiering on Animal Planet this November. Narrated by the brilliant actor Edward Norton, the film follows basketball icon Yao Ming who travels to Kenya, home to the ancient Samburu people... Continue reading
Posted Sep 23, 2014 at Bites @ Animal Planet
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Move over with the buns, huns — these boaters spotted one monster of an anaconda in a river in Brazil The woman in the boat is understandably FREAKING OUT while the men want to pursue the beast — WHY?? I'm on your side, lady: WHY, sirs, would you even touch... Continue reading
Posted Sep 20, 2014 at Bites @ Animal Planet
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We're feeling that crisp fall chill in the air and finally accepting that summer is over. And, although it's always sad to see the fun in the sun come to an end each year, there's a whole lot to look forward to come cooler months ... Suuuuuch as? PETS +... Continue reading
Posted Sep 19, 2014 at Bites @ Animal Planet
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In one of the greatest internet moments known to mankind, a teeny, tiny hamster challenges the world-renowned competitive eating champion — master of all things hot and dog across all of Coney Island and the U.S. of A. — Takeru Kobayashi! Can this hairball in miniature take down one of... Continue reading
Posted Sep 17, 2014 at Bites @ Animal Planet
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Is ol' Nessie making her own political statement by fleeing to England? Or, could this be a distant English cousin, "Bownessie"? ... Orrrr, just another HOAX? Just days away from a historic vote to determine Scotland's future as part of the United Kingdom, photos of a lake monster spotted in... Continue reading
Posted Sep 16, 2014 at Bites @ Animal Planet
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Welp ... minus the bucket and water part. But this adorable clip is TOO CUTE to pass up! Watch this precious little bulldog challenge one frigid adversary — brrrr! We'd much rather watch moments of cuteness like so, than dump a bucket of ice water over our heads. We can't... Continue reading
Posted Sep 11, 2014 at Bites @ Animal Planet
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If you've ever had a Labrador in your life, you're probably pretty aware of the fact that they LOVE the water. Case in point, watch one Italiano pup named Walter make a run for it, straight for the sea - he knows the way! Summer may be over, but there's... Continue reading
Posted Sep 6, 2014 at Bites @ Animal Planet
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Sept. 1 marked the launch of the R.O.A.R. To Their Rescue program where Animal Planet is teaming up with the ASPCA® to cover adoption fees in Austin, Texas; Miami, Fla.; and Cleveland, Ohio. You can get the details all about the initiative and partner organizations here! >> To celebrate the... Continue reading
Posted Sep 3, 2014 at Bites @ Animal Planet
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Now you can join in the LIVE ACTION with Turtleman and Neal! In the new game BACKWOODS RESCUE, you can find and rescue critters with Turtleman! Take care of your critters, then release them back into the wild. AND, build and decorate your own wildlife park! Sneak a peek of... Continue reading
Posted Aug 19, 2014 at Bites @ Animal Planet
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EVERYONE's getting on board with the ALS Association's #IceBucketChallenge! When Earl and Matt from Villalobos took on the challenge and SOAKED themselves, they also nominated our very own Pit Bulls & Parolees Executive Producer Lisa Lucas! Here's Lisa taking one for the whole Animal Planet team - WAY TO GO,... Continue reading
Posted Aug 15, 2014 at Bites @ Animal Planet
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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