Animal Behavior

Blue whales tend to be right-handed -- with one exception

<b>(CNN) —</b> Here's a real whale of a tale you can use at the Thanksgiving table to impress your in-laws or to fill that silence after Uncle Jack goes too far expressing his political passions: Most blue whales tend to be "right-handed."<p>Then, when your Aunt Mary helpfully points out that whales don't …

Health

How Do Animals Recognize Each Other?

To be a giraffe among giraffes, or a pigeon among pigeons, is to live at all times in that scene from <i>Being John Malkovich</i>—a world in which everyone …

Life Sciences

A steady forward march for captive elephants

As public awareness of the plight of zoo elephants grows, policies are shifting, although not always as fast as advocates would like.<p>November 20, …

Animals

People who own dogs may live longer

Such good boys!<p>If you needed one more reason to love your puppy, here’s a pretty good one: your furry best friend might help you live longer.<p>Researchers in Sweden tracked more than 3.4 million Swedish people with no heart disease over a period of 12 years. Some owned dogs and some didn’t. By …

Pets

Elephants Unmoved by Trump’s Backtracking on Trophy Ban: “We Don’t Forget”

HARARE, Zimbabwe (The Borowitz Report)—Unimpressed by President Donald Trump’s sudden backtracking on his proposed elephant-trophy ban, elephants from Zimbabwe and Zambia released a scathing official statement on Saturday, ominously warning Trump, “We don’t forget.”<p>The blistering statement from the …

Culture

Chimps Seem to Know What Others Know. So Do Dogs at Play.

<b>Are chimpanzees and humans the only animals who take into account what others know?</b>A recent essay in the New York Times by James Gorman called …

Psychology

Found: The Massive Skeleton of a Steller’s Sea Cow

A 17-foot-long sirenian emerges on a remote Russian island.<p>German zoologist and botanist Georg Wilhelm Steller, after an epic journey riddled with …

Culture

Compassionate Conservation Matures and Comes of Age

Compassionate conservation is a rapidly growing interdisciplinary field that aims to safeguard the flourishing of species and individual nonhuman …

Animals

From an evolutionary perspective, does it make any sense to be nice?

Solving Darwin’s puzzle of kindness.<p>World Kindness Day is a global 24-hour celebration dedicated to paying-it-forward and focusing on the good. We are encouraged to perform acts of kindness such as giving blood, cleaning a communal microwave at work, or volunteering at a nursing home.<p>Of course, …

Science

Female mongooses help their pups by driving out rivals

Mongoose mothers boost their pups' survival chances by evicting rival females from their social groups, new research shows.<p>Banded mongooses live in …

Animals

What can 10,000 pound juvenile delinquents teach us?

The regal African elephant (<i>Loxodonta africana</i>) stands twelve feet tall, weighs upwards of 10,000 pounds, and can live seventy years. Its trunk, a …

Wildlife

Why Be Tolerant? Lessons From Bonobos

A young bonobo, a species capable of altruism. Source: Photo Courtesy of Lola ya Bonobo SanctuaryHumans are complicated. Sometimes we hurt each other …

Psychology

Pets and the Pregnant Woman

Source: ZarubinaViktoriia/BIGSTOCK<p>When it comes to animals and pregnancy, common wisdom, superstition, family tradition and science seem to clash. Is …

Pets

Animals. Are they so different from us?

It is known that sheep can recognise as many as fifty human faces. Now some Cambridge University researchers have trained eight Welsh Mountain ewes …

Animals

Meet the Rottweiler-Sized Prehistoric Otter With Teeth That Could Crunch Bone

Can an apex predator be cuddly?<p>Otters are cute semiaquatic mammals, whose charming lutrine behavior has launched hundreds, if not thousands, of …

Culture

Discover your Inner Animal - G Adventures

Win a trip for two (including airfare) from Jane Goodall Collection by G Adventures!<p>Are you fierce like a lion? Or cunning like a fox?<p>Simply answer …

Jane Goodall

New Jane Goodall documentary offers beautiful look back at how it all started

At 83, Jane Goodall continues to be a force for both chimpanzee research and conservation. Brett Morgen’s film takes us back several chimp …

Canadian News

Dogs Can Promote Friendliness Just By Hanging Out

Dogs bring people together. In the days when it was believed that simple possession of a dog might help its owner to live a longer life, it was …

Psychology

Why Do We Dive With Sharks, But Not Crocodiles?

<i>Why do we dive with sharks but not crocodiles? originally appeared on Quora:</i> <i>the place to gain and share knowledge, empowering people to learn from others and better understand the world</i>.<p><b>Answer by Eli Rosenberg, B.S. Biology, on Quora:</b><p><b>Why do we dive with sharks but not crocodiles?</b><p>The issue is the …

Animals

10 Strange And Wonderful Uses Of Taxidermy

In the age before television and nature documentaries, taxidermy was a way of studying and preserving the natural world by stuffing and mounting …

List-Worthy

Dogs Smell Human Fear and Mirror Our Mood When They Do

A dog's nose knowsA dog's nose is a work of art, an organ that's evolved to be an incredibly sensitive to a wide variety of odors. Dogs put their …

Pets

Welcome, new ape relative: can you teach us not to kill you?

No sooner has the Tapanuli orangutan been discovered than it’s facing extinction. The indifference of humans – the one thriving great ape – is the culprit<p>If I could be a fly on the wall at any point in the history of science, it would be to watch the young(ish) Charles Darwin – long before his …

Opinion

The Cat-tastic Taiwanese Village Where Felines Are in Charge

The competition is over: The most photogenic cats are in Taiwan’s Houtong Cat Village. Here, inside Taiwan’s cat-themed town, the famed felines adore …

Cats

This Fish Species Can Actually Repair Brain Damage From Freezing in The Winter

If only we had their abilities.<p>Every winter, the northern European crucian carp gets frozen into the ice, and receives no oxygen. Every spring, when …

Science

Do animals dream of electric humans?

Many people who have owned a dog might suspect there is more going on in animals’ heads than commonly credited. However, one dog owner was …

Animals

Knowing Jane

<b>By David Greer</b><p>Like many aspiring conservationists, I was captivated as a youngster while watching videos of Jane Goodall’s early years in the forest …

Animals

Where Not to Take Your Dog

Source: Photo by Dr. Leslie Cooper DACVBRecently I attended a plant sale at the local university arboretum. The place was crowded as usual. The paths …

Pets

Sheep Can Recognize Human Faces

A new study is helping scientists understand a deadly human disease, and shows the animals may not blindly follow after all.<p>When sheep follow people, they may do it a little less blindly than we’ve always thought.<p>In a study performed by University of Cambridge researchers, sheep were shown …

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26 Things You Probably Didn’t Know About Our Love For Pets

Source: Photo by Александр Ермолаев/123RFJohn Bradshaw’s new book, <i>The Animals Among Us: How Pets Make Us Human</i> is going to make the suits in the …

Pets

Dolphins Just Became The First Wild Animals to Show Traces of Alzheimer's Disease

We did not expect this.<p>If dealing with the ravages of Alzheimer's in humans wasn't enough, the neural disease has now shown up in dolphins, marking …

Science