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This Freaky 100-Million-Year-Old Wasp Was Named for David Bowie

It's been over a year since pop superstar David Bowie passed away, but his legacy lives on through memorials, fan tributes, and now, Cretaceous wasps trapped in amber.<p>That's right: A new species of extinct wasp that lived alongside the dinosaurs 100 million years ago has been dubbed <i>Archaeoteleia</i> …

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Paddleboarder experiences ‘dream encounter’ with orcas; video

Jenny Willkie Bull was paddleboarding with a friend near Deception Pass in Puget Sound in northwest Washington when she experienced what the Orca …


US Officials to Lift Yellowstone Grizzly Bear Protections

Some people are not happy.<p>The Interior Department plans to remove the federal protections that the Yellowstone grizzly bear has had under the …


Can modern technology save rhinos from poachers?

Satellites, lie detectors, sniffer dogs, helicopters and seismic sensors: the new hi-tech weapons in Kruger National Park’s war on rhino poaching<p>We spot the two rhino carcases from our helicopter. They are lying 50 yards apart beside the Nsikazi River on the south-west border of South Africa’s …


Neuroscientists figure out how to wipe individual memories from the brain — of a snail

Why it matters to you<p>Research on selectively wiping snails' memories could make it possible to develop drugs that can delete traumatic memories, …

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Deer Caught On Camera Engaging In Bizarre 'Slap Fight'

"You want a piece of me?"<p>Oh, deer.<p>A bizarre “slap fight” between two bucks in Tennessee is now getting lots of hits on the Internet.<p>This “Battle of the Bambis” was filmed earlier this week in Hardeman County, Tennessee, by Amy and Bubba Spencer, two trail officers for the Tennessee Wildlife …


Deafening Blasts Kill These Ocean Animals For Miles

A new study found that seismic surveys used to search for off-shore oil and gas deposits devastate the zooplankton in its path.<p>As the Trump Administration puts forth plans to revive off-shore drilling, some of the smallest members of the ocean food chain could be in big trouble.<p>To find oil and gas …


Fishermen get an up-close, unexpected visit from a humpback whale

On Thursday, fishermen sailing off the coast of New Jersey managed to capture an unexpected whale breach right next to their boat.<p>Per Storyful, Paul Ziolkowski was filming when the humpback whale made its very close and sudden appearance.<p>Talk about once-in-a-lifetime experiences.

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All the Animals That Love Touchscreens

From wolves to penguins to tortoises, creatures of all stripes are discovering the joys of computing. Could it improve their lives?<p>As an aviculturist …


Hidden camera in Italian forest reveals secret lives of wolves, brown bears and wild boar

A secret camera hidden in Italy’s Apennine mountains has revealed a forest to be teeming with wildlife, from brown bears and wild boar to wolves and red deer.<p>Conservationists installed the camera and focused it on a clearing around a single beech tree for an entire year.<p>The camera recorded the …


The Frog Log Saves Wildlife in Your Pool

If you have a backyard pool, you've probably dealt with the horror of finding dead animals in it at one time or another. If they fall in, the sides …


Gorilla dancing like nobody's watching will make you feel pure joy

How to improve a video of a breakdancing Gorilla in a paddling pool?<p>Easy, just add "Maniac" from the <i>Flashdance</i> soundtrack.<p>You don't believe me? Just watch this:<p>People were mesmerised by the talented animal letting his freak flag fly:<p>The gorilla in question is Zola, a Bronx native who is well-known …


Great White Shark Sightings Are Out Of Control, But Why?

Southern California is a virtual shark festival this summer. Paddleboarders have found themselves in the middle of shark packs and terrifying attacks, like one where a woman lost her leg, are dominating local news. But why are sightings so high right now? And is this a new state of affairs?<p>Before …


Coffin Flies, Corpse-Eating Beetles, and Other Bugs with Gruesome Jobs

From food to forensics, bugs work on our behalf.<p>While some insects spend summer plaguing your picnics, others have more important—and rather creepy—work to do.<p>Pollinators give us staple foods, of course, but what about the working bugs whose jobs go unsung? We recently learned about several tiny …


Coral Reefs Could Be Gone in 30 Years

World Heritage reefs will die of heat stress unless global warming is curbed, a new UN study finds.<p>The world’s coral reefs, from the Great Barrier Reef off Australia to the Seychelles off East Africa, are in grave danger of dying out completely by mid-century unless carbon emissions are reduced …


Photographing the Wild Wolves of Yellowstone


The week in wildlife – in pictures

Bison, bluebells, bumble bees and beavers are among this week’s pick of images from the natural world


A terrifying threat from Tropical Storm Cindy: Floating masses of deadly fire ants

Tropical Storm Cindy may have been downgraded to a tropical depression Thursday, but that doesn’t mean Gulf Coast residents are in the clear.<p>As the storm moves inland, it’s still expected to dump enough rainfall between Texas and Florida to cause severe flooding, which raises the possibility of …


Watch female elephants stage a dramatic rescue of a drowning baby elephant

When an elephant calf fell into a pond at South Korea's Seoul Grand Park on June 19, two adult elephants standing nearby worked together to save it. (YouTube/Seoul Grandpark)<p>Elephants are well known for their strong family bonds and protective parenting skills, not to mention powerful females. All …


Crafty Killer Whales Are Harassing Alaskan Fishing Boats

Life on an Alaskan fishing boat is not easy. The Bering Sea is cold. The work is brutal. And if anything goes wrong, you are far from help. Now, …


Man arrested on Thailand border while trying to smuggle orangutans, tortoises and raccoons

<b>Bangkok:</b> Thai wildlife officers have arrested a Malaysian man attempting to smuggle two baby orangutans, 51 tortoises and six raccoons into Thailand, …


Yellowstone Grizzly Bear to Lose Endangered Species Protection

HELENA, Mont. — After 42 years on the Endangered Species list, the Yellowstone grizzly bear — whose numbers have grown to more than 700 from fewer than 150 — will lose its protected status, the Interior Department announced on Thursday.<p>The controversial move has long been debated, despite the …


How Do Eggs Get Their Shapes? Scientists Think They've Cracked It

One of nature's most efficient life-support systems is the egg. Eggs evolved over 300 million years ago as vertebrate animals adapted to living on land. And since then, they've taken on numerous shapes, especially among birds.<p>Biologists have long wondered why there are so many shapes, and what …


I, Octopus

With thousands of chemically-sensitive suckers, color-changing skin, and a brain that literally stretches when they eat, octopuses seem like aliens …


Mountain lions are terrified by the voices of Rush Limbaugh and Rachel Maddow

Scientists from University of California at Santa Cruz researched mountain lions' fear of humans by exposing them to clips of political talk shows. Here's what happened. (Monica Akhtar/The Washington Post)<p>Nighttime in the Santa Cruz mountains. A mountain lion sprawls on the forest floor, happily …

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Australian scientists went looking for deep sea creatures and pulled up your nightmares instead

Scientists went looking for deep sea creatures off the coast of Australia. Here are some of the creatures they found living in the extreme environment. (The Washington Post)<p>Two-and-a-half miles below the ocean near Australia, there is crushing pressure, total darkness and a collection of some of …


How I saved a baby screech owl

I learned that if you want to help an orphaned or injured animal, talk to an expert first to make sure you're really helping.<p>I have a soft spot for …


Silent and Deadly: Fatal Farts Immobilize Prey

The beautiful animal in the photo above is a Beaded Lacewing. While the adults are delicate and lovely, they begin life as ferocious tiny predators …


The week in wildlife – in pictures

A great white pelican, a slow loris and wildebeest on migration in the Masai Mara are among this week’s pick of images from the natural world