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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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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 2 days ago 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 3 days ago 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 vis The Dodo By Melissa Cronin Conservationists named 22,413 out... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago 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
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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