Now in its ninth year, the Puppy Bowl is the soft cuddly alternative to the Super Bowl. And thank God. We wait in anticipation for the Bowl to begin each year, and enjoy the puppies frolicking and running around so much.
It’s not all fun and barks, either. “The puppy players viewed me more as fresh meat than a ref last year,” explains returning referee Dan Schachner. “It took a few hard-hitting plays for them to realize their overwhelming cuteness and basset hound eyes wouldn’t affect my judgment to fairly officiate this game.” (Animal Planet, if you ever need a new Puppy Bowl ref, let me know!)
This year, we’re excited to reveal that the Puppy Bowl will now include … drumroll please … hedgehog cheerleaders! And while we don’ have any photos of the ‘hogs in their outfits yet, I’ve created an artistic rendering of what they might look like, above. Now, don’t forget to watch Puppy Bowl IX on Animal Planet starting at 3 p.m. EST on Feb. 3, ya hear? [MNN]
This is Reginald the Persian kitten. He’s getting a bath, which is bad enough. But after the bath, he’ll be treated to a special blow dry. Whether he likes it or not. Ugh, Reginald! [YouTube]
Sometimes dreams do come true, like the time that I wrote about Ernie “The Turtleman” Brown Jr. and he came to our office and hung out and visited with us all day. The Turtleman, if you’re unfamiliar, is the host and star of “Call of the Wildman,” an awesome show on Animal Planet. In it, The Turtleman traps all manner of wild animals and safely removes them from people’s yards, houses and swamps (some people have swamps). His catchphrase is “Live action!” which he will shout at you with a joy and exuberance most of us reserve for our favorite bands or gifts under the tree on Christmas morning. Not Turtleman. He lives every day like this, and watching him catch possums, or remove snakes, is totally entertaining!
We talked to The Turtleman about turtles, life in his native Kentucky, and asked him for dating and relationship advice. Because, we figured, chasing turtles all those years is bound to teach you a thing or two. See what he had to say, after the jump!
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Hi, My name is Julie and I’m a Turtleman-a-holic. I’ve just spent the last three hours watching Animal Planet’s “Call of the Wildman,” and I am hooked. The show follows “The Turtleman” Ernie Brown Jr., a middle-aged guy who lives with his mom and spends his days rooting out wild animals from his friends’ and neighbors’ properties. His specialty is snapping turtles, but he will also help capture and release possums, raccoons and snakes. On one recent episode, The Turtleman humanely removed a large family of rats from a house using peanut butter sandwiches and mint (rats love peanut butter sandwiches but hate the smell of mint — who knew!?). Turtleman has a catch phrase — “live action” — and a posse, the Turtle Crew, who help him capture and save the animals. So yes, basically, we’re in love. [Animal Planet]
So, Feb. 5 is the Super Bowl, which means the Puppy Bowl will also roll into town the same day for those of us who care way more about cute pups than pigskins. The annual festival of wagging tales and furry faces kicks off on the Animal Planet on Sunday Feb. 5 at 3 p.m. EST, and this year, rather than a typical kitten cheering section, the show will feature a piggy pep squad. So yes, we’ll be watching. Click through to see the starting lineup at this year’s Puppy Bowl!
We love sloths, and we couldn’t be happier that the slow little buggers will be getting their own one hour television show on Animal Planet, debuting this Saturday evening. Mark your calendars!
Hey, look, I don’t like snakes. I don’t like snakes because I fundamentally disagree with an animal that doesn’t have legs. I just think that is WRONG, mmkay? But you know what? Live and let live. Sandra, as featured in Animal Planet’s “My Extreme Animal Phobia,” happens to think that kittens are the devil’s work. As Sandra’s not-very-sympathetic friend explains, “It’s like, when she hears ‘meow,’ it’s like she starts crying. I’m like, are you SERIOUS?” Hey, one woman’s adorable fluff ball is another woman’s waking nightmare or whatever. [YouTube]
Heidi Fleiss has a new love in her life. Make that ‘loves,’ as there are more than 20 of them. Almost 18 years after going to jail for three years for running a prostitution ring, Heidi has started a new kind of harem—a legal one. In recent years (in addition to opening a laundromat, a doggie day care, and going on “Celebrity Rehab“), she has taken to raising macaw parrots. She got the birds from an eccentric neighbor who passed, leaving behind hundreds of exotic birds in a trailer. Heidi explains that she decided to adopt the parrots because thy are “the pimpin’ birds.” She says, “It’s been a crazy way to reinvent myself, but I love these birds and I will be successful.” Whatever that means.
This whole thing is giving me a case of deja vu. Didn’t Animal Planet do the exact same show, essentially, with Mike Tyson and his pigeons? Keep reading »
Here is a very strange television show concept for you: Mike Tyson and the sport of pigeon racing. Evidently, Mike has been into pigeons since he was a kidlet, and will now be hosting a show for Animal Planet called “Taking on Tyson,” about racing the rats of the sky. “I’m honored to be a part of this monumental show,” Mike says. “I feel a great pride acting as an official representative for all the pigeon fanciers out there. I want people to see why we love these birds.” Ooooo … kay. Let’s just hope he doesn’t bite any ears off. Wait, do pigeons even have ears? [EW] Keep reading »
I’m a complete animal nerd and I cry during episodes of The Dog Whisperer. But now that show, and host Cesar Millan, seem like such pansies next to my latest crush, and animal-saving superhero, Eugene Cussons from Escape To Chimp Eden. Eugene is the host of this amazing show, in which he rescues abused chimpanzees from their evil owners and brings them to the Jane Goodall Institute’s Chimpanzee Eden where they are rehabilitated in hopes of letting them back into the wild. Eugene is South African, so he has a mega-sexy accent, and he’s also brave, because in case you didn’t know, chimps, while very sweet at times, are also way stronger than humans, and Eugene straight up deals with them one-on-one. He’s also amazingly good-hearted and isn’t afraid to cry in public, like when he sees a chimp in a deplorable living environment. Honestly, I have cried buckets over this show, but mostly because it makes me happy that there’s people like Eugene out there doing hot, kick ass work like this. [Animal Planet: Escape To Chimp Eden] Keep reading »