Animals Archive
27 January 2014, 10:35 AM ET
Researchers at Carnegie Mellon University created a robotic snake that can crawl, climb, swim and scale flights of stairs. These versatile robots, which are designed for reaching human inaccessible areas, could be valuable tools for disaster relief.
24 January 2014, 09:58 PM ET
Without Antarctic krill, the majority of global sea life will be at risk — Antarctic waters must be protected.
24 January 2014, 12:15 PM ET
A single mutation may account for lethal animal's toxin.
24 January 2014, 10:42 AM ET
Indonesian authorities cuffed a wildlife trader who allegedly trafficked komodo dragons, endangered baby primates and other live animals, the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) announced.
23 January 2014, 04:08 PM ET
Researchers have connected canine swimming patterns to early aquatic mammals.
23 January 2014, 03:39 PM ET
As climate change has shortened the hunting season on sea ice, polar bears have shifted to eating more land-based foods such as geese, eggs and caribou.
23 January 2014, 03:14 PM ET
As climate change has shortened the hunting season on sea ice, polar bears have shifted to eating more land-based foods such as geese, eggs and caribou.
23 January 2014, 03:12 PM ET
Scientists have discovered fossils of three species of big-headed fly that lived about 50 million years ago.
23 January 2014, 02:27 PM ET
Dog sex has made it possible for the world's oldest cancer to last 11,000 years and travel the world, say researchers who found patient zero was genetically similar to an Alaskan malamute or husky.
23 January 2014, 02:00 PM ET
The colorful crustaceans have super vision of sorts, sporting 12 different types of photoreceptors when four to seven are all that is needed.
23 January 2014, 02:00 PM ET
No other animal senses color like the colorful mantis shrimp, which uses 12 receptors to quickly detect colors in its reef environment. The crustacean's eye works like a satellite sensor.
23 January 2014, 02:00 PM ET
Bats can sense ripples created by male frogs croaking from puddles, raising the risk of these frogs becoming midnight snacks for the flying mammals. Nevertheless, the frogs seem to get benefits from using the ripples to communicate.
23 January 2014, 07:27 AM ET
The rapidly reproducing and notoriously hungry lionfish has pushed native creatures out of tropical reefs at an alarming rate in the western Atlantic, where the invasive species has no natural predators.
22 January 2014, 11:56 PM ET
Why are snowy owls expanding to southern, coastal regions?
22 January 2014, 05:37 PM ET
Rats express empathy in ways that are familiar to humans.
22 January 2014, 05:19 PM ET
The number of rhinos illegally slaughtered in South Africa in 2013 reached an all-time high, with an average of three rhinos killed each day, according to new figures released this month by the South African Department of Environmental Affairs.
22 January 2014, 05:14 PM ET
A robot surveying the underside of Antarctica's Ross Ice Shelf has made a startling discovery: Clinging upside-down from crannies in the ice shelf with their tentacles dangling into the icy water were thousands and thousands of tiny sea anemones.
22 January 2014, 03:49 PM ET
A male túngara frog issues mating calls from shallow puddles, creating ripples that boost frog-to-frog communication but also leave him vulnerable to predation from frog-eating bats, as seen in the second clip.
22 January 2014, 12:09 PM ET
Researchers in Borneo recently captured a stunning new image of a mysterious wild cat known as the bay cat. Almost nothing is known about these elusive cats.
22 January 2014, 10:52 AM ET
Researchers in Borneo recently captured a stunning new image of a mysterious wild cat known as the bay cat. Almost nothing is known about these elusive cats.
21 January 2014, 07:22 PM ET
The cold-loving animals in Smithsonian's National Zoo in Washington, D.C. got out to enjoy the snow today.
21 January 2014, 07:01 PM ET
Three-toed sloths descend from the trees once a week to defecate, providing a breeding ground for moths that live in the animals' fur and nourishing gardens of algae that supplement the sloths' diet, new research finds. Leaving the trees burns energy and
21 January 2014, 06:38 PM ET
New explosives detector uses inspiration from turkey skin.
21 January 2014, 11:12 AM ET
A quarter of the world's sharks and rays are at risk of extinction, according to a new assessment by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN).
21 January 2014, 11:06 AM ET
Scientists have discovered a new species of toad that had been hiding on Peru's forest floors with a body camouflaged to look like dead leaves. A lack of eardrums separates it from its close relatives.
21 January 2014, 10:41 AM ET
The annual dolphin hunt at Japan's Taiji Cove, in which fisherman round up hundreds of dolphins for slaughter, ended today (Jan. 21).
19 January 2014, 11:51 AM ET
Visitors to the Smithsonian's National Zoo in Washington, D.C., can finally get a glimpse of the panda cub Bao Bao. The baby bear made her public debut on Saturday (Jan. 18), but apparently slept through much of it.
18 January 2014, 09:44 AM ET
Fishing lines can unintentionally kill sea turtles, so researchers want to predict where these deadly encounters might happen.
17 January 2014, 07:41 PM ET
Can Montana wolves survive new threats from weakened state protection?
17 January 2014, 02:59 PM ET
A new type of toad species was discovered hiding in the Peruvian Andes. See its unique “dead-leaf pattern.”
17 January 2014, 09:47 AM ET
Stopped dead in its tracks when the government shut down, a famous T. rex fossil will finally make its road trip from Montana to Washington, D.C., this spring.