Zoology

A Stunning Blue Tarantula And Its Friends Were Just Discovered in South America

"Something made me go back."<p>A previously unknown tarantula discovered in the forests of Guyana in South America is absolutely stunning - its legs and …

Science

When this feral child was found, his story threatened the hierarchy between human and animals

John of Liege was caught in the woods of Belgium<p>During the religious wars in Europe in the early 17th century, villagers in Liege, Belgium noticed a …

Culture

Will stem cells bring rhino back from brink of extinction?

The San Diego Zoo and scientists at The Scripps Research Institute report significant progress in resurrecting a nearly extinct species of …

Biology

How Do Animals Recognise 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 …

Technology (Australia)

Ancient wall carvings discovered in Saudi Arabia might be the earliest evidence of very good boys

Dogs are such ubiquitous parts of modern life that it’s sometimes easy to forget that man’s best friend wasn’t always by our sides. Humans are …

Science

Birdwatch: Technicolor Turkey Sports Iridescent Feathers

Behold the ocellated turkey: a regal-looking bird with iridescent feathers, a blue face, and cranberry-like bumps of red and orange on its head.<p>You …

Science

Male Humpback Dolphins Gather Gifts to Get Laid

Marine biologists working off the northwest coast of Australia have observed a rare mating display in which male dolphins were seen gathering and …

Science

From 'Inky's Great Escape' To Singing Seahorses: Animal Books For The Holidays

A Sunday column by David Sax in <i>The New York Times</i> quotes a cheering statistic from the Association of American Publishers: Sales of "old-fashioned print books" are up for the third year in a row.<p>Cox explains this trend well: "People are buying books because a book engages nearly all their senses, …

Culture

Cincinnati Zoo is saving a species one cheetah at a time

We look at international cheetah conservation and how the cat ambassador program is, maybe, helping the species survive.

Animals

What Happens When You Drop a Turkey from a Plane?

Domestic turkeys can't fly — but that hasn't stopped people in a small town in Arkansas from dropping the birds from small planes at an annual …

Weird

Literally raised by wolves, this Indian boy was found wandering in the wilderness as a six-year-old

Some say Dina Sanichar was Kipling’s inspiration for Mowgli<p>Deep in the northern Indian jungle of Uttar Pradesh in 1872, a group of hunters stopped in …

Culture

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 …

World News

Tricky Cockatoos Match Shapes Better Than Primates

Cockatoos are smart birds, and the Goffin’s cockatoos in a Vienna lab are among the smartest. In an experiment reported about a year ago, they turned out to be real stars at making tools from a variety of materials in order to get a treat.<p>In a new study, researchers tested the birds’ ability to …

Science

Do animals fart?

We are all prone to passing a little gas, but there is more than a delicate whiff of flatulence facts floating around some of our stinky friends in …

Science

Biology's Beloved Amphibian--the Axolotl--Is Racing Toward Extinction

Although abundant in captivity, the salamander has nearly disappeared from its natural habitat—and that is a problem

Biology

Dog Ownership Is Linked to Yet Another Great Health Benefit, Says Study

Especially if you're single.<p>If you enjoy the companionship of canines, they could be benefiting you in more ways than just their happy furry …

Science

8,000-Year-Old Rock Art Includes the World's Oldest Images of Dogs

Etched into the rock walls of dried-out valleys and slopes in the Arabian Peninsula, the 8,000-year-old hunting scenes even feature some dogs on …

Science

Chimps Eat Poop, So Is There Anything That Actually Grosses Them Out?

Scientists have the answer.<p>You probably wouldn't pick up and eat a corn kernel from your own poop. That's because we humans are equipped with a …

Science

Science just proved that owning a dog makes you live longer

Dogs are great, and caring for a canine often comes with plenty of benefits. They make us laugh, keep us from being bored, and are often quite …

Science

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 …

Business

An Amazing Microscopic Timelapse Showing the Remarkable Process of Squids Hatching to Life

Evolutionary and developmental biologist Nipam H. Patel of the Patel Lab at UC Berkeley created “Squid: Coming to Life” an absolutely amazing …

Biology

A study of 3.4 million people suggests dog owners are less likely to develop heart disease

• <b>A 12-year study of 3.4 million Swedes found that dog owners are less likely than their peers to develop heart disease.</b>• <b><br>The study authors said that single dog-owners were especially protected.</b>• <b><br>Scientists aren't sure whether owning a pet causes better health or whether it's just an indicator of a</b> …

Science

Science: Very Good Boys Could Keep Your Heart Beating Longer

Dogs, you're all doing amazing.<p>By on<p>Filed Under Animals, Exercise, Health & Mental Health<p>The future, straight to your inbox.<p>We all know dogs are …

Scientific Research

Animal Battle 1: Tenacious Tardigrade vs. Horrific Hagfish

What is Animal Battle?<p>Animals are awesome. But which is the ultimate champion? Over the next seven weeks, we’ll be pitting some of nature’s most …

Biology

Parrots And Politics Collide In Tasmania's Trashed Forests

Poorly managed logging of Tasmania’s old growth forests threatens to quickly push Australia’s critically endangered swift parrot over the edge and into extinction<p>Recently, conservation biologists in Australia were “stunned” to discover that valuable forest habitat needed for nesting by the …

Birds

Passenger Pigeon DNA Shows How Large, Stable Populations Can Quickly Go Extinct

The passenger pigeon was once the most abundant bird in North America, numbering between 3–5 billion. John Muir and many other naturalists were …

Biological Species

National Zoo Panda Tian Tian Gets Checkup For Weight Loss And Sore Shoulder

It's tough getting old, and that goes as much for giant pandas as people.<p>Veterinarians at the National Zoo in Washington, D.C., say Tian Tian, an adult male panda, received laser treatment and acupuncture for what they initially thought was a touch of arthritis in his left shoulder.<p>During the exam …

Science

Sweden's Incredibly Rare White Moose Was Nearly Killed Earlier This Week

Thousands of people rallied to save it.<p>Earlier this year, a rare albino moose was spotted in the forests of Värmland in Sweden.<p>The astonishing animal …

Science

Chimps make an extra effort to warn their oblivious friends when deadly snakes are nearby

Dude, look out<p>Chimpanzees live in dense forests filled with poisonous snakes and other threats — but luckily, they’ve got each other’s backs.<p>New research shows that when chimpanzees see a poisonous snake, they make an extra effort to alert other chimps that are unaware of the danger by making alarm …

Evolution

Video: An Interspecies Flying Lesson

Would you be curious and excited if, out on a walk near your home, you came face-to-face with a young owl, not yet a confident flyer?<p>Mountain gorilla Rafiki, at age 11, certainly was — as we see in this short video clip that surfaced online earlier this year on YouTube's Wild Things channel. It's …

Science