Animals Archive
09 May 2014, 01:04 AM ET
Starfish along much of the North American Pacific coast are dying in great numbers from a mysterious starfish wasting syndrome.
08 May 2014, 03:45 PM ET
A unique spider that somersaults down sand dunes through acrobatic flic-flac jumps has a new name, and its dexterity has inspired a model for a spider robot.
08 May 2014, 03:17 PM ET
For pet cats, all the toys in the world can't compare to a simple cardboard box.
08 May 2014, 02:44 PM ET
Lasting feelings of pain or anxiety after an injury may seem perplexing, but they serve an evolutionary purpose, research suggests.
08 May 2014, 12:31 PM ET
If humans ate the same fatty foods as polar bears, they would have heart attacks. But a new study reveals how these magnificent Arctic beasts survive on such a specialized diet.
08 May 2014, 11:56 AM ET
Humans and Apes are brought to the brink of a war that will determine who will emerge as Earth's dominant species.
08 May 2014, 11:18 AM ET
An agile spider that somersaults down sand dunes has been discovered in the deserts of Morocco.
08 May 2014, 09:30 AM ET
Animals In Order of Appearance: Moroccan Flic-Flac Spider, Dumbo Octopus, predatory sea slug and the Spanish Shawl, rat, worms, hobo spider, baby plant hopper, black widow, pig, dog, sheep, Lyrebird.
07 May 2014, 10:38 AM ET
The newly discovered Moroccan Flic-Flac Spider (Cebrennus rechenbergi.) jumps like a gymnast with rolling motion, Bionics expert Prof. Dr. Ingo Rechenberg modeled the arachnid's movements for his Tabbot robot. (Video In German)
07 May 2014, 07:48 AM ET
Dead men tell no tales, but perhaps dead dinosaurs do. A new dinosaur species found in China and nicknamed "Pinocchio Rex" was a long-snouted cousin of Tyrannosaurus rex.
06 May 2014, 11:59 PM ET
Eyes and wings are among the most stunning innovations evolution has created. Remarkably these features have evolved multiple times in different lineages of animals.
06 May 2014, 07:02 PM ET
New findings suggest an ancient predator could shrug off massive trauma, revealing the dinosaur healed well like reptiles do than more poorly like birds do, which dinosaurs are more closely related to, scientists added.
06 May 2014, 07:01 PM ET
Dogs don't need to follow a pointing finger or see a person's eyes to take a hint. New research finds that they can find treats just by following the direction a person projects his or her voice.
06 May 2014, 07:01 PM ET
Giant, razor-sharp claws seen on herbivorous dinosaurs may have been used for digging, grasping or piercing. The new findings shed light on the changes in claws that occurred as birds evolved from their ancient dinosaur ancestors.
06 May 2014, 08:40 AM ET
An unknown strain of bird flu has been evolving in Antarctica for between 49 and 80 years, researchers report. Fortunately, the disease is not very deadly, nor can it take hold in mammals.
06 May 2014, 04:59 AM ET
Drones have no place in hunting, but are already showing up at kills.
05 May 2014, 04:10 PM ET
In the annals of war, animals have answered the call of duty more than once. Now, the macaque monkey is serving the People's Liberation Army of China by protecting an air base from bird strikes.
05 May 2014, 01:38 PM ET
During mating, the male sea turtle will reach his tail underneath the back end of the female's shell. His long penis, which can be almost half the length of his shell, will emerge from his cloaca to penetrate and inseminate the female's cloaca.
05 May 2014, 11:08 AM ET
A rare, deep-sea "goblin shark" caught by Florida shrimp fisherman is only the second of these creatures ever seen in Gulf of Mexico, scientists say.
05 May 2014, 08:00 AM ET
Search-and-rescue dogs wearing high-tech harnesses equipped with sensors and other devices that collect and transmit information could be used as part of a coordinated disaster response.
04 May 2014, 10:48 AM ET
Ancient giant crocodilians killed dinosaur prey by spinning their bodies in "death rolls," holding their prey tight with their mighty jaws and spinning their entire bodies to rip off flesh or tear off limbs, scientists now say.
03 May 2014, 09:32 PM ET
Sea life can be fascinating and terrifying at the same time. Some creatures look beautiful on the outside but harbor darkness within. Some of the scariest tactics of the deep sea go on display when these creatures eat.
02 May 2014, 06:02 PM ET
While spider bites rarely affect people, some of them can sometimes result in really unusual symptoms.
02 May 2014, 01:52 AM ET
Recently, the car manufacturer Mazda recalled 40,000 cars because of a “spider invasion.” This is not the first time it has happened with Mazda cars. In 2011, a similar reason was given for recalling 52,000 cars.
01 May 2014, 02:23 PM ET
Crocodile tears may be drinks for thirsty butterflies and bees, scientists find. The insects likely rely on croc tears for salt, researchers added. This isn't the first time a butterfly has been caught lapping up another animal's tears.
01 May 2014, 02:07 PM ET
The fork-tailed drongo of Africa mimics the alarm cries of many species in order to scare them and steal their food. Listen to a drongo mimic a pied babbler, a glossy starling and a meerkat. 
01 May 2014, 02:00 PM ET
African fork-tailed drongos can mimic the calls of dozens of species, tricking their targets into dropping food so the drongo can grab an easy meal. New research finds that drongos are also adept at switching up their calls to trick their quarry.
30 April 2014, 10:44 PM ET
Humans and their primate cousins are well known for their intelligence and social abilities. You hear them called bird-brained, but birds have demonstrated a great deal of intelligence in many tasks.
30 April 2014, 06:46 PM ET
A Julia butterfly (Dryas iulia) and a solitary bee (Centris sp.) quenched their thirst on a spectacled caiman's (Caiman crocodilus) tears in Río Puerto Viejo in northeastern Costa Rica in December 2013. The tears carry scarce minerals and protein.
30 April 2014, 06:00 PM ET
A surprising discovery of freeze-resistant fat in the maggot of the goldenrod gall fly reveals how these insects survive ultra-cold temperatures. The lessons of the maggot could translate to better biofuels that don't solidify in the cold.
30 April 2014, 05:06 PM ET
Predator control from the U.S. Wildlife Services itself must be controlled.
30 April 2014, 03:14 PM ET
This documentary trailer calls out the little known US Wildlife Services’ predator control unit for alleged inhumane methods of carnivore extermination. Some livestock ranchers believe that new technologies and non-lethal methods should be used.