Animals and Other Species

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Animals watch over their dead, but is it really mourning?

Mammals, primates and even birds have been seen grieving.<p>Do animals mourn their dead?<p>Examples of grief-like behavior abound in the animal world. …

San Juan Island

23 widespread myths about animals

From bears to bees to baby birds, a lot of misconceptions persist.<p>A lot of animals are misunderstood, plagued by fallacies about their traits and …

Nature

Hero hiker says angels and laughter helped her carry hurt dog down mountain to safety

Every year, Tia Vargas and her dad go hiking; this summer's trip was up Table Rock in the Grand Tetons in early July. Vargas was just below the …

Boomer

'Super mom' spotted on a Minnesota lake — with 56 ducklings in tow

(And that number has since grown to 76!)<p>When wildlife photographer Brent Cizek bought a small plastic boat last winter, he was hoping to ply the …

Audubon Society

What our fascination with April the giraffe's pregnancy says about us

A park in Harpursville, New York, has our rapt attention — again.<p>April the giraffe takes a break — a signal that it's OK to go grab another cup of …

Activism

10 remarkable caterpillars and what they become

The 'before' is often as magnificent as the 'after.'<p>It's hard not to be captivated by the fluttery fragile beauty of butterflies and moths. But the …

Insects

Yes, these butterflies are drinking turtle tears

But why are they so attracted to the basking reptiles?<p>By the time he was 20, entomologist Phil Torres had already discovered 40 new insect species on …

Nature

7 reasons why we're lucky to have sharks

As Tracy Jordan famously said, 'Live every week like it's Shark Week.'<p>Sharks are widely respected by people, but that doesn't always mean their …

Sharks

50 Shocking Facts about Sharks

It’s hard to think of creature more awesome, in a literal sense, than the shark. Rulers of the ocean, stars of blockbuster movies, and subjects of …

20 things you didn't know about zebras

Few animals are as striking as the zebra in a purely graphic sense. Giant pandas, penguins and skunks may share the same bold color combination, but …

Striking bird photos highlight importance of the Migratory Bird Treaty Act

For the past nine years, the National Audubon Society has honored photographers across North America for their intimate imagery of birds. This year, …

Newly found wasp species has a nightmare of a stinger

Most people aren't particularly keen on wasps, but even those who don't mind the angry version of bees are probably glad they don't live in the …

Will your cat need a retirement home?

Sanctuaries offer felines (and sometimes other pets) a place to go when their owners can't take care of them anymore.<p>Adam, a special needs cat at …

Why this southern white rhino's pregnancy is a big deal

A southern white rhino named Victoria at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park is expecting, and while any pregnancy is reason to celebrate, this one has the …

Watch 9 baby animals stand up (or walk!) for the first time

Human babies take a long time to do things. They just hang out, letting their parents carry them around for months before they even think about …

4 mountain lion kittens discovered in California

"This is the first litter we have marked at the den in the Simi Hills, which happens to be a critical habitat linkage between the Santa Monica …

7 fantastic facts about Portuguese man-of-war

This sea creature has a distinct look and a powerful sting.<p>With its mohawk-like feature, the Portuguese man-of-war is a decidedly punk-rock sea …

Grad student discovers world's first known manta ray nursery

Things often hide in plain sight, like the keys you misplaced or the file you need for work tomorrow.<p>Or a manta ray habitat off the coast of Texas.<p>In …

We're pushing animals to be more nocturnal

The mere presence of humans changes the natural world.<p>When the sun goes down and there are fewer humans around, it's easier to find choice bites. …

Thank an opossum for fighting Lyme disease

These shy marsupials love to eat ticks of all kinds.<p>Recently, a mother in Mississippi posted a desperate Facebook message pleading with fellow …

How nuns in Mexico are helping save a critically endangered salamander

Saving a critically endangered salamander requires a lot of people willing to get a little wet and slimy.<p>It also, apparently, takes nuns.<p>The Sisters …

The blue-tongued skink scares away predators with its horrific UV tongue

When cornered by predators, some animals use "deimatic displays" to scare their stalkers into leaving them alone. These are surprising displays — …

Humans are merely visitors at this conservation oasis in Florida

White Oak's focus is saving and understanding animals.<p>About 30 miles north of Jacksonville, Florida, hundreds of imperiled animals wander an …

Where do songbirds go when the music's over?

You probably heard a songbird this morning — maybe a bright-vested robin or a purple martin calling from the yard.<p>But the seasonal symphony isn't …

Extinct-in-the-wild bird hatches at Smithsonian

Guam kingfisher chick is one of the rarest birds in the world.<p>The Guam kingfisher is an interesting bird. It's known for a distinct, loud call and an …

Ancient fossil shakes up the lizard family tree

Researchers call it the 'Rosetta stone' of snake and lizard evolution.<p>It's not often that a fossil shakes up our understanding of an entire group of …

Yes, bats really do eat a lot of mosquitoes

Bats make good neighbors, largely due to their outsized appetites for insects that bug us. American corn farmers save about $1 billion every year, …

Why we should get used to coyotes in the neighborhood

Until not that terribly long ago, coyotes made their home almost exclusively in the western United States. But then as more people spread west, they …

Rare reindeer twins born in Scotland

It's not often that reindeer give birth to healthy twins, but it just happened at the Cairngorm Reindeer Center in Scotland.<p>Lulu, a 12-year-old …