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Remembering the First Cat in Space

This month found several web writers remembering Félicette the cat, the very first feline in space, who was called “Astrocat” by the paparazzi of the …

The 2017 Underwater Photographer of the Year Contest

Organizers of the Underwater Photographer of the Year Contest have just announced their winning photos for 2017. The winner Gabriel Barathieu beat entrants from 67 different countries with his portrait of an octopus in the lagoon of the island of Mayotte. Prizes and commendations were also handed …

Scuba Diving

Cancer Rates Are Dropping — But Not In Rural Appalachia

Just over a year ago, Natasha Lucas, an agent for the University of Kentucky’s Owsley County Extension Office, needed a local lung cancer survivor to …


Colour Changing Squid Mating Ritual - Blue Planet - BBC Earth

Taronga Celebrates Birth from World's Smallest Fox

Taronga Zoo is celebrating a birth from the world’s smallest Fox species, with keepers monitoring the progress of a tiny Fennec Fox kit.The curious …


Whales And Seals Feast On Krill - Blue Planet - BBC Earth

Woodland Park Zoo's Otter Pups Pass First Vet Exam

The four Asian Small-clawed Otters born at Woodland Park Zoo received their first veterinary examination last week. The zoo’s animal health team …


Elmwood Park Zoo’s Jaguar Cubs Are a Nice Surprise

Elmwood Park Zoo is excited to announce that their female Jaguar, Inka, has given birth to two cubs. The brother and sister were born in the early …


Lava "Fire Hose" Returns After Cliff Collapse (Feb. 5, 2017)

Giant Anteater Loves Cuddles With Her Teddy Bear

A female Giant Anteater was born on December 28, at ZSL London Zoo, weighing just 1.2kg.<p>Keepers soon realized first-time mum Inca was unable to care …


Black Lives, White Lies and Emmett Till

The history of the American South is littered with lynchings and burnings of black citizens that went unpunished, either because the authorities could not rouse themselves to charge the killers or because all-white juries reflexively exonerated them.<p>The case of Emmett Till, a 14-year-old black boy …

Black History

Abandoned Kangaroo Joey Receives Care at Brevard Zoo

A tiny Red Kangaroo abandoned by her mother has another shot at life thanks to the dedication of Brevard Zoo’s animal care team.<p>The as-yet-unnamed …

One, Two Three, Four Little Lion Cubs

A litter of four male African Lion cubs born at Taronga Western Plains Zoo on November 19 is out of the den and playing outside.<p>The yet-to-be-named …


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Trio of Prevost’s Squirrels Emerge at Chester Zoo

A lively trio of Prevost’s Squirrels has emerged from their nest at Chester Zoo. It is the first time the colorful climbers, which are native to the …


Strange Bioluminescing Deep Sea Animals - Blue Planet - BBC Earth

Watt & Keith Harris - Stockholm (Original Mix) [PHW254]

Cotton-top Tamarin Debuts at Taronga Zoo

Taronga Zoo is celebrating the birth of a tiny, boiled egg-loving Cotton-top Tamarin.<p>The baby was born on December 10, but has just started to …


New Gray Seal Pup at Smithsonian’s National Zoo

The Smithsonian’s National Zoo’s American Trail team is celebrating the arrival of a female Gray Seal pup. She was born January 21 to mother …


Reached Via a Mind-Reading Device, Deeply Paralyzed Patients Say They Want to Live

A brain-computer interface records “yes” and “no” answers in patients who lack any voluntary muscle movement.<p>In 1995, Jean-Dominique Bauby suffered a …

The Brain

Third Litter for Otter Parents at Woodland Park Zoo

Four Asian Small-clawed Otters were born December 9 at Woodland Park Zoo, in Seattle, Washington, to 7-year-old mother Teratai and 11-year-old father …


New Giraffe Calf Is a ‘Momma’s Boy’

Gestation for Giraffes is about fifteen months. The bond a mother shares with her calf varies, though it can last until her next calving. Likewise, …


Zoos have Twitter battle to find the cutest animal

In tough political times, when there is turmoil all over the world and everyone seems divided, it is important to choose your battles.<p>These zoos have the right idea, fighting to prove they have the cutest newborn creature.<p>It all began when the Smithsonian's National Zoo welcomed a new seal pup, and …


Cheyenne Mountain Zoo Celebrates New Penguin Chick

Cheyenne Mountain Zoo recently celebrated the hatching of a healthy African Penguin chick on December 13.When the new chick hatched, it weighed …


Cincinnati Zoo’s ‘Baby New Year’ Is Announced

The Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden’s first baby of 2017 is a Guereza Colobus. The little snow-white baby was born two weeks ago to first time mom, …


Owls are natural-born killers. So why do we adore them so much?

Many years ago, in the blackness of nighttime in the country, I saw an apparition. It was a large, white-winged specter hovering by the hedgerow some six feet in the air.<p>Naturally, I took it to be an angel and went on my way. The episode haunted me for years, even after I had come to the conclusion …


Harlem Schools Are Left to Fail as Those Not Far Away Thrive

Some of the best public elementary schools in New York City are in Community School District 3, on Manhattan’s West Side. At those schools, the vast majority of children pass the annual state tests, gifted and talented programs buzz with activity, and special programs attract promising young …


Scientists Discover Prehistoric Giant Otter Species In China

Six million years ago, giant otters weighing more than 100 pounds lived among birds and water lilies in the wooded wetlands of China's Yunnan province.<p>That's according to new research from a team of scientists who discovered a well-preserved cranium of the newly-discovered species in an open …

Biological Species

Ocelot Kitten Starts the New Week with a New Name

Brazilian Ocelots (Leopardus pardalis mitis) are becoming increasingly endangered in their native habitat due to human population growth and …