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Originally posted 09/17/2014 01:00PM
At 7'1" and 324 lbs., Shaquille O'Neal needs to have everything custom made: his cars and motorcycles, even his shoes – which, at size 23, are nearly twice the size of those of other mortals.
"I'm a big guy," the former NBA center tells PEOPLE as he sits in the sprawling kitchen of his Orlando, Florida, home. (Seriously: It's so big, there's even an echo.)
"I can't really buy regular things and have them fit," he says. "And I'm a perfectionist. I like things to be done right."
So, when O'Neal, 42, wanted a fish tank for the living room of his 8-bedroom, 10½-bathroom residence, he hired the stars of Animal Planet's Tanked to design and custom build a unit.
Originally posted 08/03/2014 11:00AM
Yes, they are fearless, manly men who pounce on alligators and wrestle them into submission, both in and out of the water. But the stars of Animal Planet's
Gator Boys have a surprising affinity for the reptile.
"Our job is to catch nuisance gators – ones that wander into people's yards and swimming pools," series star Jimmy Riffle tells PEOPLE. "But Florida state law prohibits us releasing any gators longer than four feet into the wild. We don't want to have them destroyed, so we find reserves for them to live."
Adds costar Paul Bedard, "I think a lot of people connect with the conservation aspect of what we do. I have a great respect for alligators."
Originally posted 02/07/2014 09:00AM
You probably won't catch Lil Bub twerking any time soon.
But if you find her sticking her tongue out like Miley Cyrus, you should know: She started that, like, fur-ever ago.
"Bub's been sticking her tongue out for like millions of years," Bub's owner, Mike Bridavsky, told PEOPLE while stopping by the studio with the famous feline. "Miley started like a week ago."
Originally posted 05/02/2013 04:25PM
At Angela Kumpe's grooming studio in Arkansas, pet owners with a flair for the dramatic can give their dogs almost any look imaginable – looks so wild, they got their own TV show. The new Animal Planet special Clipped!, airing Friday, May 3 at 10 p.m. ET, follows Kumpe and her staff as they work to turn a loyal customer's pup, Buggy, into a bumblebee.
"I can transform dogs into almost anything," Kumpe says. "You name it, I can do it."
Originally posted 11/29/2012 04:00PM
For his last Animal Planet show, Dave Salmoni set out in search of dangerous predators. This time around, he's kept his costars decidedly cuter.
"This is Tyson, he's a male lion," the host of Frontier Earth tells PEOPLE. "Tyson's about 5 weeks old."
Showing off the growing cub, whose coat is still dotted with spots, Salmoni explains that the lion will eventually grow to be 550 lbs.
Originally posted 04/27/2012 09:00AM
Wayde King and Brett Raymer have worked on their fair share of impressive fish tanks, but a recent addition to their resume introduced them to some very special collaborators.
"It was pretty painless," Raymer says of working with Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley of KISS, who came out to admire their handiwork at the grand opening of a KISS-themed miniature golf course in Las Vegas, where the duo built a tank bearing the band's logo.
The structure is just one of many the pair, who are also brothers-in-law, construct in the newest season of Tanked, which airs Saturdays at 9 p.m. on Animal Planet. Later this week, King and Raymer will head to the home of 30 Rock star – and noted animal lover – Tracy Morgan to install a shark tank.
Originally posted 10/21/2011 05:00PM
What's the most frightening creature you can think of? Marvin Cruz, a burly, 47-year-old man with tattoos and a shaved head, can't think of anything worse than being in the same room as a puppy.
In fact, his fear of pit bulls is so debilitating that he cries at the sight of a pit bull puppy at a dog park.
Marvin is just one of the subjects of Animal Planet's My Extreme Animal Phobia, a series in which people who fear everything from birds to snakes to moths go through immersion-therapy treatment with psychologist Dr. Robin Zasio in order to overcome their phobias.
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