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Bat Appreciation Day: Go Batty With These Fun Bat Facts!

(BATS/ANIMAL FACTS) Bats often get a pretty bad rap due to countless myths and common misconceptions, and it's actually helping drive the species to extinction. But in reality, these "scary creatures" have an extremely important role in our environment, managing insect populations and pollinating plants. Just like bees, bats pollinate many plants and facilitate seed dispersal. Bats also eat bugs, thus reducing the amount of pesticides used by farmers (which also means less pesticides polluting the environment). In fact, scientists estimate bats in the U.S. have saved us somewhere between $3.7 and 54 billion in pest control services every year. Read on to learn more about the reasons we have to thank and celebrate bats. -- Global Animal
If you already have a pet, make sure to adopt a dog that will get along well with other furry animals. Photo Credit: istockphoto

Raise Your Paws For National Pet Day!

(PETS/NATIONAL PET DAY) Today is National Pet Day, and it's the purr-fect time to show your pets some extra love. Established in 2006 by pet and home lifestyle expert-animal advocate Colleen Paige--who also founded National Dog Day and Cat Day, as well as National Puppy Day and Kitten Day--this national paw-liday celebrates the joy pets bring to our lives while spreading awareness about the plight of shelter pets awaiting adoption all over the world. In honor of National Pet Day, here are some fun ways to celebrate and great quotes that will make you love your pet even more! Don’t have a four-legged friend? Check out our Pet Adoption database! -- Global Animal

Rare Photos: The Unicorn Of The Sea

(OCEANS/NARWHALS) Commonly referred to as "unicorns of the sea," narwhals are rare and elusive, coldwater porpoises.  Photojournalist Daniel Botelho spotted the unique animal on his North Pole expedition, and quickly started snapping away with his camera. "I always knew it would be very tough to get close to a narwhal whale,” he said. “It is notoriously hard to get close to one. But while all the staff could only stand a half-hour in the water, I took advantage of my cold resistance and stayed for three hours.” Read on to learn more about these majestic animals and take a look at the incredible photos. — Global Animal

Fossil Discovery Proves Unicorns Were Once Real

(ANIMAL DISCOVERY/RHINOS) Believe it or not, unicorns were once real! Researchers identified a new fossil site containing the remains of massive mammals, including these previously thought mythical creatures. However, this unicorn species is actually a type of giant rhinoceros called Elasmotherium sibiricum. What's more, their findings determined the now-extinct giant ‘Siberian unicorn’ existed much more recently than you'd think, and may have roamed the Earth at the same time as humans. Read on to learn more about this rhino-sized discovery. -- Global Animal

Meat-Free Monday: Vegan Red Lentil Masala With Spinach

(MEATLESS MONDAYS/VEGAN RECIPES) This spicy and fragrant dinner is sure to satisfy even the pickiest eaters.  This vegan red lentil masala with spinach is a big, flavorful dish of comfort. The lentils are cooked in a creamy, rich sauce and finished with wilted spinach (or you can substitute kale, chard, or mixed greens).  Make an extra large batch of the masala paste and freeze for later use in another round of this dish or a number of other meals. As always, happy eating! -- Global Animal

How To Pet-Proof Your Car: Keep It Clean & Odor-Free

(PET CARE/PETS) Whether you are taking your pet to the park or to the vet, you need to be able to drive comfortably with them by your side. Unfortunately, driving with your pet can be unappealing due to the dirt and odor they tend to leave behind. But there are a number of cheap and easy ways in which you can pet-proof your car, and make driving with your pet an enjoyable experience. Check out these four ways to keep your car clean and odor-free while driving with your furry friends. -- Global Animal

Meat-Free Monday: Black Bean Burrito With Guacamole

(MEATLESS MONDAYS/VEGAN RECIPES) Sometimes having a surplus of quick, healthy meals can be a lifesaver. This black bean burrito with guacamole is an easy, go-to recipe for any Meat-Free Monday. It's hearty, healthy, and super simple to make--especially if you cook the rice ahead of time. While the original version of this recipe includes Cheddar or Monterey Jack cheese, it's easy to go vegan as the cheese isn’t going to make or break the burrito. Try using a grill pan or panini press for the perfect, crispy tortilla. As always, happy eating! -- Global Animal

Purrfect Pranks For April Fools’ Day (GALLERY)

(CATS AND DOGS/ANIMAL PICTURES) April Fools' Day is finally here! Celebrated by many cultures, far and wide, the holiday is famous for the practical jokes and hoaxes people play on one another. But as it turns out, humans aren't the only animals engaging in pranks. Cats also have a special love for mischief—especially when it involves tricking a dog. Check out the gallery below for some hilarious kitty antics! — Global Animal

7 Basic Commands Every Dog Should Know

(DOGS/PET CARE) Our furry pals are an infinite source of joy and love, but no matter how much affection we share with them, it's critical to implement certain house rules and set behavioral expectations. After all, you want your pooch to be socialized, friendly with people and other animals, and you'll want to prevent any potential behavioral issues as they grow up. Of course, it’s best to start training as early as possible and teach them essential commands from early puppyhood, so they can develop a strong bond with you and understand your expectations early on. Take a look at these seven essential commands to teach your beloved pet from day one. -- Global Animal
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15 Amazing Manatee Facts For Manatee Appreciation Day

(INTERESTING ANIMAL FACTS/ABOUT ANIMALS) Manatees--sometimes referred to as the cows of the sea--are now considered to be a vulnerable species given there are less than 10,000 mature manatees left in the wild. They are a loving, adorable species who need our help. Check out these fun facts and see how you can help keep this species alive and well. — Global Animal

How To Camp With Your Dog

(DOGS/LIFE WITH PETS) Camping and hiking trips are so much better with man's best friend. But before you decide to take your dog with you, make sure to do the proper research so it will be a safe and enjoyable trip for all. Continue reading for helpful tips on how to camp with your dog--including researching where dogs are allowed, scheduling a pre-trip vet visit, as well as what you'll need to pack--from medical supplies to pick-up bags. -- Global Animal

Meat-Free Monday: Vegan Asparagus Risotto

(MEATLESS MONDAYS/VEGAN RECIPES) Now that spring has finally sprung, enjoy recipes that make the most of this season's freshest ingredients like asparagus, carrots, greens, and beets. Made only with rice, asparagus, garden peas, some staples and herbs, this Vegan Asparagus Risotto is a healthy and easy spring dinner that your whole family will love. Sometimes simple food is the best food! As always, happy eating! -- Global Animal

Why Are Brachycephalic Breeds Banned From Traveling On Airplanes?

(DOGS/PET TRAVEL) Traveling long distances can be much easier via air. But as a pet parent, you'll need to know about certain airline policies when it comes to boarding the plane with your furry friend. This is especially true if you have a cat or a dog who is considered a Brachycephalic breed. -- Global Animal

Springtime Means Amazing Butterflies! (GALLERY)

(ANIMAL PICTURES/BUTTERFLIES) Springtime is here, and along with the beautiful weather it brings...butterflies! Feast your eyes on this photo gallery of amazing winged beauties--from the most common to the rarest of butterfly species. These wonderful photos are sure to make you float like a butterfly, or at least stop and smell the roses! — Global Animal

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