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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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A rare 15-foot megamouth shark was found washed ashore in the Philippines. The elusive fish was dead on discovery by local fishermen. There have only been 66 reported sightings of the shark, Megachasma pelagios, with only 60 of those confirmed. The species was only discovered in 1976. #ThrowbackThursday: Remember this... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Bites @ Animal Planet
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In case you missed it, PUPPY BOWL XI is right around the corner! And, this year, the Bissell Kitty Halftime show is blowing it out with a very special guest — the one, the only, the fabulous, feline sensation ... KATTY FURRY! That's right — she'll be headlining everyone's most... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Bites @ Animal Planet
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Paddle boarder Rich German has always dreamt of seeing Orcas in the wild. Well, earlier this month, his dream came true ... and it was SPECTACULAR: Photo: YouTube image Gray whales, blue whales and orcas can be seen off the coast of Southern California this time of year making their... Continue reading
Posted Jan 21, 2015 at Bites @ Animal Planet
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Thandi the rhino — and poaching survivor — gave birth to a calf this past Tuesday at the Kariega Game Reserve in South Africa. ... HOORAY THANDI! Photo: Kariega Game Reserve / Adrian Steirn (www.adriansteirn.com | instagram.com/adriansteirn | @adriansteirn Thandi and two male rhinos were the victims of a horrific... Continue reading
Posted Jan 15, 2015 at Bites @ Animal Planet
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When a sweet beagle was surrendered by his elderly owner to the Chicago Animal Care & Control, the staff had never seen a dog as overweight as the fittingly renamed dog, "Kale Chips." Kale Chips weighed in at 85 pounds — a healthy, average beagle weighs about 22 to 25... Continue reading
Posted Jan 13, 2015 at Bites @ Animal Planet
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Eclipse, a black Labrador and Bullmastiff mix in Seattle, Wash., rides the bus ... ALONE. Pretty smart, eh? That's right -- she's learned how to hop on the bus in front of her apartment and carefully watches for her destination, 3 or 4 stops later, at the dog park. Photo:... Continue reading
Posted Jan 13, 2015 at Bites @ Animal Planet
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Meet Blade, an adorable little tortoise with a very special story. Blade was born with a metabolic bone disease, gradually leaving him unable to support the weight of his shell. When his owner Iris Pleste started to notice his slowing pace, she took him to the local veternarian, Dr. Carsten... Continue reading
Posted Jan 12, 2015 at Bites @ Animal Planet
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NO ONE should ever mess with someone's bed. EVER. That's just wrong on so many levels -- and this puppy agrees! Watch this cute French bulldog pup attempt to reclaim his bed from his cat sibling: Though ... we are grateful to you kitty for providing us with the opportunity... Continue reading
Posted Jan 7, 2015 at Bites @ Animal Planet
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Remember how there were only SIX northern white rhinos left in October, per our report here?? Well, now there are only five. SIGH. Read the full report from The Dodo and find out about our latest loss. Photo: Wikimedia via The Dodo By Stephen Messenger One of the last remaining... Continue reading
Posted Dec 16, 2014 at Bites @ Animal Planet
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Thank you, tiny hamster trainer people for giving us a little more to be thankful for this Thanksgiving season. You know, like this tiny hamster Thanksgiving celebration: Happy Thanksgiving from your friends at Animal Planet! May your dinner table and mouths be as full and bountiful as these little guys'!... Continue reading
Posted Nov 25, 2014 at Bites @ Animal Planet
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When a team of four endurance athletes from Sweden set off on the most grueling journey of their lives, they didn't expect to pick up a fifth — FURRY — teammate along the way. Photo: Krister Göransson / Peak Performance | Peak Perfomance on Facebook The Swedish team embarked on... Continue reading
Posted Nov 24, 2014 at Bites @ Animal Planet
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Over 22,000 plants and animals are facing extinction — 33 species have been declared extinct just in the past year. Read the full report from The Dodo and find out which surprising animals are topping the list. Photo: Danilo Cedrone/FAO via The Dodo By Melissa Cronin Conservationists named 22,413 out... Continue reading
Posted Nov 21, 2014 at Bites @ Animal Planet
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Alison Kim Perry reports on what YOU can do to help end the poaching crisis in Africa. It's not entirely hopeless — so, read up and do you part! Yes, it is true that a big difference can be made one person at a time. Elephants are being killed every... Continue reading
Posted Nov 17, 2014 at Bites @ Animal Planet
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Reports from last week revealed that Chinese officials and business leaders, part of a delegation on a state visit with President Xi Jinping to Tanzania, was used to smuggle massive amounts of illegal ivory — the obscene demand causing local prices to double. Read The Dodo's in-depth report below. Photo:... Continue reading
Posted Nov 12, 2014 at Bites @ Animal Planet
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When elephants stumble across a GoPro left by tourists, they react just like any human would. Find out about Hwange National Park, Zimbabwe, where the adorable close-ups happened and read The Dodo's full account of the encounter. Photo: YouTube video by Sue Bowern Zambezi Safaris By Melissa Cronin When a... Continue reading
Posted Nov 10, 2014 at Bites @ Animal Planet
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When a few poor, unfortunate fish are stuck high and dry, one sweet pup takes action to try and save them! This video is a true testament of the heart of man's best friend: Good boy — we LOVE you, puppy!! You're a HERO! Photo: YouTube image Want more incredible... Continue reading
Posted Nov 10, 2014 at Bites @ Animal Planet
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Miss Halloween? Well, fortunately, dressing up pets in TOO CUTE costumes is totally OK year-round — we promise! Meet Munchkin — the most adorable teddy bear Shih-tzu we have ever seen! Watch and melt: He even has a Facebook page so you can keep up with all the ADORABLE teddy... Continue reading
Posted Nov 8, 2014 at Bites @ Animal Planet
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Rhino poaching is at a crisis point. And, conservationists are taking drastic measures to try and save them. Wildlife warriors with Rhino Revolution are leading the effort to save rhinos by de-horning them — a tragedy in itself but the method serves as a deterrent that will help buy time... Continue reading
Posted Nov 4, 2014 at Bites @ Animal Planet
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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 Oct 21, 2014 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 Oct 21, 2014 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