Animals and Other Species

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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 …

Scientific Research

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 …

Emotions

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 …

Rights & Freedoms

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 …

Global Warming

This creature is so terrifying it was named after America's goriest act of revenge

It was the slash heard around the world.<p>We won’t go into all the details — we don't need to. The world has been trying to scrub the incident from its …

Nature

21 puppies get a taste of service dog training

From police work to search and rescue, training is hard even when you're adorable.<p>Job training is hard. There are so many new things to learn and so …

Dogs

America's last group of research chimps will make their home in North Georgia

New sanctuary residents will find plenty of space (and smoothies.)<p><i>Update: There are currently 22 chimps living at the sanctuary with another 10 due</i> …

11 surprising turkey facts

Every Thanksgiving, many Americans gather around the table for casseroles, cranberries and, of course, turkey. Given that it's a fixture in such a …

Birds

Oysters can hear — and other strange things you don't know about them

These unassuming bivalves live fascinating lives.<p>For such small and innocuous creatures, there sure is a lot of lore about oysters. They have been …

Seafood

Bonobos like to help strangers — even when it comes to food

Bonobos are happy to help complete strangers get food, and they'll do it without even being asked, a study published in Scientific Reports has …

Animals

In absence of Google Street View, Faroe Islands launches Sheep View

Who needs Google contractors when you have camera-toting sheep?<p>Denmark’s two self-governing overseas territories, Greenland and the Faroe Islands, …

Google Street View

Newly discovered Sumatra orangutan species is already endangered

The first new species of orangutan in 80 years has been discovered in the rugged highland forests of Batang Toru in western Sumatra, and it's already …

Biological Species

'Golden wonder' salamander seen for first time since '75

The Jackson's climbing salamander (<i>Bolitoglossa jacksoni</i>) was believed to be extinct. Humans hadn't seen one since 1975, despite its bright yellow …

Nature

Male killer whales need friends to survive

It's tough being the outsider, especially if you're a killer whale.<p>A study conducted by researchers from the University of Exter, the University of …

Killer Whales

A dying chimp embraces her old friend and refuses to let go

Mama seemed to have all but given up on this world.<p>At 59, the chimpanzee was suffering a long, achingly slow illness, at the Royal Burgers Zoo in the …

Snapshot

These beautiful photos speak loud and clear for nature

The Wildlife Photographer of the Year contest, organized by the Natural History Museum, London, has been stunning audiences with beautiful, dramatic …

650-pound 'minipig' inspires 2 men to go vegan

Esther won the hearts of the men who adopted her, and they hope to inspire others to see animals as more than meat.<p>When Steve Jenkins and Derek …

New York Times

Whales and dolphins have human-like social and cultural skills

When humans look up at the night sky, we often wonder if the universe holds any other complex societies created by intelligent life. It does, many …

Birds with friendly neighbors age more slowly

Getting along with neighbors can yield big health benefits for birds, according to a new study. It's probably good for humans, too.<p>Songbirds who get …

Longevity

5 UNBELIEVABLE CASES OF HUMAN ANIMAL BOND

YouTube

Fishmarket, Puerto Ayora, Santa Cruz Island, Galapagos

100 baby sea turtles hatched in Maryland and made their way to the sea

A rare hatching of around 100 baby loggerhead sea turtles occurred on Assateague Island National Seashore in Maryland and crawled to the ocean on …

National Parks

This 'flock of sheep' was actually an unprecedented gathering of polar bears

Zoom in on this supposed image of sheep on a hillside and you'll be in for quite the surprise.<p>Adventurous tourists on an expedition to explore …

Nature

StumbleUpon

Photo of the Day: Best of Animals

Every day, we feature an image chosen from thousands submitted to our photo community, Your Shot. Here are some wildlife highlights.<p>National Geographic is famous throughout the world for the caliber of its wildlife photography. Our editors at Your Shot regularly receive stunning animal pictures …

Nature

Fish personalities can be surprisingly complex

People don't have a monopoly on personality. Lots of other animals possess individual personalities, too, including tiny tropical fish known as …

Why would a brainless animal need to sleep?

Sleep, we've been told, helps our brain rest and get ready for the next day. But if you're an animal without a brain, like the primitive jellyfish</i> …

English town enlists beavers to prevent floods

Sometimes dam-building rodents make the best neighbors.<p>In 2012, the center of Lydbrook, a village skirting the Forest of Dean in Gloucestershire, …

This Cute Farmer/Crocodile Friendship Will Make You All Kinds Of Nervous

Crocodiles aren’t exactly known for being cute and cuddly. They’re voracious carnivores, predators that hunt by ambushing their prey from the murky …