Animals and Other Species

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These newly discovered 'pelican spiders' resemble pelicans for a good reason

If something seems strange about the tiny pelican pictured above, that's because it isn't a pelican. It's a "pelican spider," one of 18 newly …

Nature

'Firehawks' flush out prey with flames

Birds starting fires has long been observed by Australian Aborigines.<p>Someone call Billy Joel. We may know who started the fire.<p>Three birds of prey in …

Nature

Songbirds are struggling with noise pollution

Human noise is changing how some songbirds sing, while causing chronic stress and reproductive problems in others.<p>I often go trail running in the …

Birds

How do alligators make it through a freeze?

​(Short answer: They freeze too.)<p>Ever wonder how alligators have managed to find their way in this ever-changing planet for the last 66 million years …

Nature

Forget nice guys. Bonobos are more fond of jerks

For the most part, humans tend to prefer nice, helpful people. Even babies as young as 3 months old can tell the difference between a good guy and a …

Evolution

At 67 years old, Wisdom the Laysan albatross lays another egg

Wisdom travels thousands of miles every year to have her babies.<p>Wisdom the Laysan albatross is making headlines again. We've watched in wonder ever …

Birds

Wildlife – Winners 2017

Wildlife

Like your pet cat, pumas are peculiar about where they sleep

It's well-known that house cats sleep wherever they want, however they want — and often. They have a penchant for pouring themselves into cozy …

Wildlife

Mekong region reveals 115 new species

This year's finds add to the region's astounding biological diversity.<p>The Greater Mekong region — a 200 million-acre area that encompasses …

Biological Species

These animal welfare rules just got nixed

It has to do with labels, but here's why you should care.<p>There are lots of rules to follow if you're a farmer who uses the USDA-certified Organic …

Agriculture

In high tide or in low tide, the Bob Marley spider will be by your side

A new species of spider has been found living along the coast of Queensland, Australia, where it relies on some impressive adaptations to survive …

Bob Marley

Starfish make remarkable comeback years after deadly disease outbreak

The disease caused starfish to lose their limbs, dissolve and die.<p>Four years after the Sea Star Wasting Syndrome nearly wiped out the starfish …

Aquariums

Woman Snaps Photo Of Foal Napping On Her, Examines Photo Closely And Melts

Award-winning New York equine photographer Tracey Buyce had a sweet moment with one of her modeling subjects during a shoot in Sardes Morgans in …

Sleep

Boaters In Louisiana Spot A Very Rare Sight, Capture A Pink Dolphin Swimming In The Waters

Meet Pinkie, the legendary pink dolphin. For years, she’s roamed the waters of Louisiana, shocking countless viewers with her unique skin …

Dolphins

Animals in the snow

Microsoft

A retired couple opens their farm (and their hearts) to animals with special needs

When Lester and Diane Aradi retired, the plan was always to move to the country.<p>After 36 years in law enforcement — 10 as a police chief in Florida — …

Greenland sharks can live for more than 500 years

Meet the oldest lived vertebrate in the world, the Greenland shark.<p>Found primarily in the frigid waters of the north Atlantic, these slow-swimming …

Oceans

Researchers' tenacity leads to discovery of 6 itty-bitty anteater species

Researchers once thought silky anteaters were all the same species. (Photo: Karina Molina, Alexandre Martins and Flávia Miranda)<p>With a body length of …

Wildlife

The most amazing animal stories of 2017

Some animals will shock you while others will make you say aww!<p>This was another year of incredible animal stories, but there are several that stood …

Amid California wildfires, a horse's life is saved

The animal fell into a crevice while trying to escape.<p>It’s hard to tally the tragic toll of wildfires when many of them still burn out of …

Hairy blue-and-black tarantula discovered in Guyana rainforest

Andrew Snyder, a doctoral student in the University of Mississippi's biology department, was walking through the jungles of Potaro Plateau in Guyana …

Huge cache of rare pterosaur eggs found, some containing embryo remains

The find has been heralded as one of the most extraordinary discoveries in paleontology.<p>The mere idea of giant flying reptiles terrorizing the skies …

The U.S. just revealed its recovery plan for Mexican gray wolves

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USWFS) released its Mexican Wolf Recovery Plan on Wednesday, with the goal to average 320 wolves in New Mexico …

Australian zoo celebrates birth of second black rhino baby

Elated Australian zookeepers have been keeping a lid on a big secret. A rare Southern black rhinoceros was born on Halloween, the second such birth …

A cat's nose knows more than you think

Felines have a dual-powered sense of smell that brings their world into vivid focus.<p>There’s no denying dogs have killer noses. But just because they …

Even fish get the blues

The interior world of fish is more complex than you might think.<p>Depending on the type, a fish can be a low-maintenance pet. A tank or a bowl filled …

Rescued baby pig feels the sun for the first time

He lost his siblings — and even a eye — before he found a home.<p>At a farm in Queensland, Australia, there was a baby pig without a name. And it seemed …

Should intelligent animals have human rights?

A lawsuit from the Nonhuman Rights Project seeks legal personhood for 3 captive elephants in Connecticut and other animals like them.<p>Chimpanzees and …

Catch a glimpse of polar bear drama in Smithsonian's 'Polar Bear Town'

As they wait for the water to freeze and the ice to form in the Hudson Bay, more than 1,000 polar bears take up residence in the small town of …