Animals and Other Species

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Close to extinction: Critically endangered animals

Endangered Species

R.I.P. Nutmeg: World's Oldest Cat Dies at 32 (That's 144 in Feline Years)

Liz and Ian Finlay of the U.K. first met their resilient and perdurable (<i>purr</i>-durable?) feline, Nutmeg, 27 years ago.<p>“We celebrate his birthday in …

Cats

These octopuses like to hang out together in an underwater city called Octlantis

Turns out gloomy octopuses aren't loners after all.<p>Until recently, scientists believed that members of the gloomy octopus species (<i>Octopus tetricus</i>) …

Nature

Snow leopards no longer endangered, but not everyone is celebrating

It's somewhat good news for the elusive snow leopard. The International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN), which assesses the conservation …

Wildlife

These fox squirrels use 'chunking' to sort and organize their nuts

After fox squirrels have collected their haul of nuts, they don't just stash them haphazardly. Instead, they sort them with the determination and …

UC Berkeley

What happens to marine wildlife during hurricanes?

When a big hurricane hits, where do the animals living underwater find refuge? Or do they?<p>Hurricanes are incredibly powerful storms that wreak havoc …

Oceans

How do zoos prepare for hurricanes?

The secret is perfecting the art of hunkering down.<p>A marabou stork takes refuge in the bathroom at St. Augustine Alligator Farm Zoological Park …

Weather

Humpback whales around the globe are mysteriously rescuing animals from orcas

Scientists are baffled at this seemingly altruistic behavior, which seems to be a concerted global effort to foil killer whale hunts.<p>Humans might not …

Original Owner Surprises HYENA on its 4 year old birthday! 🐾

Playlist

Lion Sees His Adoptive Father After 7 Years!!!

Meet the new purple frog with a pig snout

Odd-looking fellow loves being underground and mating in the rain.<p>If you're ever visiting India's Western Ghats mountains during monsoon season, you …

Biological Species

Adorable American pikas vanish from a swath of California

The American pika is a rotund, mountain-dwelling relative of rabbits, famous for adorably darting around with mouthfuls of grass and wildflowers. …

Climate Change

31 Perfectly Timed Nature Photos That Will Make You Laugh Out Loud

Nature

Wolf spiders weave a tangled web of birth control

Birth control and monogamy can be controversial topics for us humans, and it seems wolf spiders feel the same way.<p>The sexual escapades of wolf …

Biology

World's largest honey bee makes rare hallucinogenic honey

Harvesters scale Himalayan cliffs to collect this rare honey known for producing a high similar to marijuana.<p>The largest honeybees in the world, …

Bees

Wild animals flee Texas floodwaters

All manner of living things are on the move in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey.<p>The unprecedented and unrelenting rains set in motion by Hurricane …

Nature

This is how baby elephants drink water (until they know better)

Elephants are intelligent and graceful animals, but much like humans, they need some time to outgrow the awkwardness of youth.<p>Although it only takes …

Wildlife

Meet Sudan, the last male northern white rhino in the world

This older gentleman is a celebrity figure for his species, but for an unfortunate reason. His name is Sudan, and he is the very last male northern …

Wildlife

8 animals that prefer to dine with company

Hyenas<p>Spotted hyenas scavenge together, hunt together and feast together, says the San Diego Zoo. And the bigger the group (called a cackle), the …

Nature

What happens when animals are scared stiff?

Tonic immobility, or playing dead, is a key animal survival strategy.<p>For many animals, tonic immobility is a natural state that can best be described …

Nature

No, seriously, it's a legless lizard, not a worm or a snake

Meet the Mexican mole lizard. Your eyes are not deceiving you. You did read "lizard," and, yes, this lizard does not have legs. It does have two …

Watch This Adorable Lion Cub Bond With His Rescuer After He Was Abandoned

BatBnB is 'rebranding' bats as good tenants

The startup hopes its sleek, standardized bat houses will help more people enjoy the perks of hosting these misunderstood mammals.<p>North America's …

Meet the hoodwinker, a massive sunfish that's been hiding for centuries

Despite being incredibly massive, sunfish are elusive.<p>That's why an international team of researchers was so thrilled when they uncovered a new …

Donkey Stands In Front Of Five Majestic Clydesdales, His Next Move Will Leave You In Stitches!

A donkey wishes to be a Clydesdale horse starring in a Budweiser commercial. However, he is a donkey and not a horse, so this may be problematic to …

Why tiny tardigrades are nearly indestructible

Scientists now know the secret of water bears' resilience.<p>Tardigrades are microscopic animals blessed with two very cool nicknames — the water bear …

Biology

30 animals that will soon be extinct

10 Tragic Stories of Extinct Animals

These 3 gray wolf pups are cause for celebration (and not just because they're cute)

Trail cam footage is proof a new pack has been established.<p>A trail camera in Lassen County, California, recently caught some furry shenanigans. Three …