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THURSDAY FAVOURITES - ANIMAL ACTION with HANNAH SARNEY

— Posted on 15.12.2011

BREAKING MEWS THIS MORNING:

The Santa Claus of environmental television and filmmaking, Sir David Attenborough, has given us an early Christmas gift. I’d like to spread cheer and share his showcase of the many stunning aspects that make this planet such a wonderful world.

If that didn’t wipe a wide grin across your face or send enough goosebumps up your arms, then you can click the 3D option on this video.

Sir Attenborough found himself tangled up in quite a mess this week. The Daily Mirror (groan) said the BBC mislead viewers of the Frozen Planet series by failing to clearly explain that scenes had been shot in a zoo

The BBC says it would have been impossible to have filmed scenes of wild polar bear cubs being born and growing up in their icy den. The decision to film in the zoo was made “for the safety of the animal,” according to Sir Attenborough.

Oh, sorry, this is an attempt at a special Christmas edition of Thursday Favourites.

Animal lovers, rejoice!

It’s that time of year when the six o’clock news slips in little stories about penguins dressed up in Santa costumes going for a waddle in South Korea, baby elephants charging around as they open jumbo presents, and how to rent a reindeer.

Meanwhile, the internet keeps tabs on the real reindeer as they make their final preparations for the big night and generally rejoices in pictures of animals looking as cute’n’christmasy as possible.

The animal news story of the week, or year, has been the little seal pup that wriggled its way into a house in the Bay of Plenty and settled on a couch for a snooze.

It’d make a beautiful children’s book. Sent out in the world alone by its mum, a little seal pup goes in search of a new family for Christmas. Cue – Baby, It’s Cold Outside

Oskar the blind kitten has been having a very meowy Christmas waiting for Santa Paws. Bah doom Cccsssshhhhh-crash! bang! wallop! Oh, no! There goes the Christmas tree…

A lot of kittens, cats and other household pets are desperately looking for loving homes around Christmas time. However, adopting an animal should not be a Christmas whim. Like any new (read: ALIVE - ALIVE FOR A LONG TIME. ALIVE AND DEPENDENT ON YOU FOR A LONG TIME) addition to the family, it requires you to carefully consider your living arrangements now and for many years ahead.

Nevertheless, if you still think an adorable breathing ball of fluff would make the perfect gift, here’s a handy “guide” on how to wrap a cat:

KIDDING.

Santa Claus is coming to town? Santa Claws is coming to townIs Santa here yet?

THE SLOTHS ARE COMING TO TOWN!

Merry Christmas!

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