Animals Archive
27 March 2014, 12:28 PM ET
Following the Russian takeover of Crimea this month, a lot of residents are being asked to switch sides. The combat dolphins that were once part of the Ukrainian Navy have new masters: the Russian Emergencies Ministry.
27 March 2014, 02:05 AM ET
Does conservation demand that a zoo kill healthy lions?
27 March 2014, 01:47 AM ET
I was 12 when I first came across an ocean dandelion. I wish I had known then how strange these animals truly are.
26 March 2014, 05:00 PM ET
Bamboo isn't the only food pandas crave — the furry giants also have a sweet tooth, a new study finds.
26 March 2014, 03:57 PM ET
Belgium is scheduled to destroy its entire stockpile of illegal ivory next month, joining the United States, China and several other countries in taking a stand against wildlife trafficking.
26 March 2014, 02:00 PM ET
A 520-million-year-old sea creature has been unearthed in Greenland. The ancient Cambrian organism used its comblike appendages to rake the seas for tiny shrimplike foods,
26 March 2014, 02:00 PM ET
A 520-million-year-old sea creature has been unearthed in Greenland. The ancient Cambrian organism used its comblike appendages to rake the seas for tiny shrimplike foods,
26 March 2014, 12:30 PM ET
Willow the goat jumps over a fence in order to access a box that contains food. The box is a cognitive tests the goat has already learned how to use.
26 March 2014, 01:51 AM ET
Sea turtles face extinction as enormous fishing nets drown the animals by the thousands.
26 March 2014, 01:22 AM ET
Airborne surveys find that bald eagles are enjoying tremendous success.
25 March 2014, 06:04 PM ET
The Copenhagen Zoo, which generated controversy by euthanizing a healthy giraffe last month to prevent inbreeding, has now euthanized four healthy lions.
25 March 2014, 05:00 PM ET
A new video has captured the lightning-fast movement of blowfly wings, which could help scientists develop tiny flying robots.
25 March 2014, 01:43 PM ET
Perhaps unsurprisingly, human-centric portrayals of animals sometimes fail to teach children about the realities of the natural world, even in books peppered with factual information, a new study found.
25 March 2014, 11:01 AM ET
Scientists have discovered ten new snail species in Southeast Asia, but are already going extinct.
25 March 2014, 11:01 AM ET
They look like ephemeral little beings from other planets, but they're actually newly discovered species of snails. And unfortunately, some of them are already going extinct.
25 March 2014, 10:16 AM ET
Mithcell Byrd, Captain Fuzzzo Shermer and Bryan Watts record the breeding success of eagles during a productivity flight by going from nest to nest and counting the young along the Rappahannock River.
25 March 2014, 07:28 AM ET
The last of the woolly mammoths living in the Late Pleistocene in northern Europe may have suffered stillbirths and catastrophic birth defects, as signaled by extra ribs found in mammoth fossils.
25 March 2014, 07:12 AM ET
What at first appeared to be an oddly placed stone turned out to be half of a fossilized sea turtle bone. The other half was found more than 160 years ago. Together, the two halves reveal one of the largest sea turtles ever to have ever lived.
25 March 2014, 06:54 AM ET
The ancient sea turtle may have resembled modern loggerhead turtles (shown here). In this illustration, it is depicted with the outline of a human diver to indicate scale. The turtle lived 70 million to 75 million years ago.
25 March 2014, 02:23 AM ET
John Blackwell, the new head of the British Veterinary Association, recently waded into the ritual slaughter debate by calling for kosher and halal meat preparation to be banned.
24 March 2014, 05:54 PM ET
Vietnam could be the latest country to destroy its stockpiles of illegal wildlife products. Officials with the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development of Vietnam have decided to consider crushing rhino horn, elephant ivory and tiger bone.
24 March 2014, 09:31 AM ET
A new study suggests humans are responsible for the demise of the giant wingless birds called moa that once roamed New Zealand.
22 March 2014, 01:52 AM ET
2014 is the year of Year of the Horse in China. But pandas, it turns out, aren't celebrating.
21 March 2014, 09:24 PM ET
Queensland’s fruit and vegetable farmers are under pressure, having lost their main weapon against their main enemy – fruit flies.
21 March 2014, 04:06 PM ET
A new video has captured the flight of tiny blowflies in stunning detail.
21 March 2014, 02:31 PM ET
On the floor of a cave in a remote desert island in Mexico, scientists stumbled across a mat of urine-hardened poop, dating back to 1,500 years ago. The fossilized dung offers surprising evidence that bighorn sheep once lived on the uninhabited island.
21 March 2014, 02:29 PM ET
Conventional population surveys of minke whales won't work because the whales hide in broken-up sea ice, far from where boats can usually go, a new study says.
20 March 2014, 10:31 PM ET
Being too happy, having too much fun on the run, or being too full of oneself may actually incur significant costs to animals.
20 March 2014, 09:48 PM ET
We are among the only species to have sex for fun, not just for reproduction. For some other species, though, sex is far from fun. In fact, as two recent review papers show, it is a war zone, involving penis fencing and love darts.
20 March 2014, 03:26 PM ET
Everyone knows cuckoos are the freeloaders of the animal kingdom, laying their eggs in other birds' nests. But such slackers may not be total parasites.
20 March 2014, 03:25 PM ET
Unlike some cuckoos, great spotted cuckoos may actually benefit the birds they parasitize, by fending off predators with a noxious secretion.
20 March 2014, 02:43 PM ET
The genome of the sea anemone suggests this ancient creature shares many traits with both plants and animals.