Wild Things

By Field Projects International | A collection of remarkable natural phenomena

South America’s adorable Andean bear

• <i>This photo essay comes via Mongabay’s partnership with the Wildlife Conservation Society’s Wild View blog.</i>• <i><br>Once a month we’ll publish a contribution</i> …

Can the Javan rhino be saved before disaster strikes?

• <i>The Javan rhinoceros has been reduced to a single population of around 60 individuals in an area prone to natural disasters.</i>• <i><br>Although the entire</i> …

Snow leopards no longer ‘endangered,’ but still in decline and in need of urgent conservation measures

• <i>The snow leopard, which has been listed on the IUCN Red List as Endangered since 1986, recently had its threat status downgraded to</i> …

Giant tree-dwelling rat discovered in the Solomon Islands

• <i>The Uromys vika is the first new rodent species to be described from the Solomon Islands in 80 years.</i>• <i><br>The elusive rat was finally discovered when an</i> …

Hatchlings boost hope for extremely rare duck

• <i>WCS has filmed three white-winged ducklings leaving a tree-hollow in Kulen Promtep Wildlife Sanctuary (KPWS), Cambodia.</i>• <i><br>The mother duck had herself</i> …

Indonesia abuzz over possible finding of extinct tiger

• <i>Park rangers in Java photographed a big cat that resembled the Javan tiger which was officially declared extinct in 2003.</i>• <i><br>The finding prompted</i> …

Sloths: Cute or Disgusting?

There are strong arguments both ways.<p>In 1613, the sloth received its English name from a man who’d never seen the animal in the flesh. Samuel …

Behold the Elegance and Horror of a Nearly Invisible Squid

Researchers recently captured video of a glass squid in the wild.<p>Squid are wondrous and terrifying by turns, and it seems like scientists regularly …

Meet the World’s Newest Pig-Nosed Purple Frog

Members of this unusual species spend most of their lives underground, only emerging during monsoon rains.<p>New frog species is purple, pig-nosed, & …

Found: A Fluffy Monkey Scientists Last Observed in the 1930s

A team on a houseboat found the Vanzolini’s bald-faced saki in a Brazilian forest.<p>The Vanzolini’s bald-faced saki was last observed in the wild by …

Murderous elephant escapes captivity, becomes trapped in bog for 18 hours | Adventure Sports Network

A 42-year-old elephant jumped off a truck in the middle of the night to escape captivity in Thuravoor, India, and then went on a rampage before …

Bengal tiger gunned down in the suburbs

Georgia cops went big game hunting on Wednesday — when they shot and killed a Bengal tiger after it almost made a homeowner’s dog lunch, authorities said.<p>The wild ordeal unfolded after at least two people called 911 to report the big cat lurking near a ramp on I-75 North and a home near the Atlanta …

Scientists just discovered the first brainless animal that sleeps

It was well past midnight when Michael Abrams, Claire Bedbrook and Ravi Nath crept into the Caltech lab where they were keeping their jellyfish. They didn't bother switching on the lights, opting instead to navigate the maze of desks and equipment by the pale blue glow of their cellphones. The …

Giant ancient frogs might have snacked on baby dinosaurs

The frog from hell had a powerful bite.<p><i>Beelzebufo ampinga</i>, so named for the ancient deity often called the "Lord of the Flies," was a devilish frog indeed. The species, which lived on the island of Madagascar around 70 million years ago, was likely the biggest frog that ever hopped about the Earth …

Zoology

Three at-risk species are now protected under the Endangered Species Act

The Sonoyta mud turtle, the Hawaiian ‘i’iwi, and the pearl darter<p>Three new species have been added to the endangered species list: Arizona’s Sonoyta mud turtle, the Hawaiian bird ‘i’iwi, and a fish called the pearl darter that’s found in the Southeastern US. This means certain federal protections …

Barn owls have ears that don't age

Studying the listening abilities of birds such as the barn owl could lead to new treatments for those with hearing loss.<p>The hearing of barn owls is …

Newly discovered hermit crab species carries around a giant coral house that grows around it

The coral provides the sea creature with shelter and protects it from predators.<p>A new species of hermit crab has been discovered in southern Japan. …

Monarto Zoo’s Tasmanian devil joeys get their first health check up

FOUR Tasmanian devils that are part of a nationwide breeding effort — which may hold the future of the creature — have passed their first check-up.

After 66 million years, creature wins state dinosaur honor

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) – It took about 66 million years, but a duck-billed creature has finally won recognition as California’s state dinosaur.<p>Gov. …

Young birds explore the world just like human children

A study has shown that birds learn how to use tools through interacting with objects, but that’s not their intention – it’s all incidental. It’s a …

Birds

Friday Cephalopod: I succumb to peer pressure and will mention Octopolis

Wow. Every person on the planet saw one version or another of this “Octopolis” story and had to send it to me. It was the subject of a Friday …

Evolutionary Biology

Secretary Birds: Weird, but Actually Not That Weird

To my surprise, I can’t find any clear evidence that I’ve ever blogged about secretary birds. They’re great and I’ve spent a lot of time gawping at …

Meet the Bug That Is Born Pregnant

Many wild animals have babies extremely young.<p>We primates are a little slow on the sexual maturity scale—some of us reach 50 and still laugh at the word “penis.”<p>Joking aside, sexual maturity is the age at which an animal can reproduce, and many animals can do so surprisingly early in life. This …

Frisky tortoise, 70, made six-mile 'dash' to local zoo for sex - at an average speed of a QUARTER of a mile per hour

A 70-year-old pet tortoise made a dash for freedom and walked six miles in a day to get to the local zoo - where a 'sprightly' young female has just …

Tortoise

The Fascinating Reason Why Other Animals Like Capybaras So Much

Why do other animals like capybaras so much? When this was the question posed on Tumblr, Bored Panda did a little research. The photo evidence was …

Prehistoric squid was last meal of newborn ichthyosaur 200 million years ago - Scienmag: Latest Science and Health News

Scientists from the UK have identified the smallest and youngest specimen of <i>Ichthyosaurus communis</i> on record and found an additional surprise …

Two new ‘birdcatcher’ trees described from Puerto Rico

• <i>The two newly described trees have been named Pisonia horneae and Pisonia roqueae after two women who spent several decades trying to document plants</i> …

Meet the new Bernie Sanders spider

• <i>Together with four of his undergraduate students, Ingi Agnarsson, a spider expert and professor of biology at the University of Vermont, described 15</i> …