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Humpback Whales Gathering In Groups: Researchers Try To Find Why

Scientists have been perplexed with the strange behavior which has been witnessed among humpback whales. Researchers are trying to determine why large groups of these whales have been gathering near the South African coast to feed.

Animals March 17, 2017

Mammal Dwarfing: Animals May Shrink As Earth Heats Up

Mammals could shrink in the future under global warming, a new study warns. University of New Hampshire researcher Abigail D’Ambrosia investigates mammal dwarfing through fossilized teeth and jaw fragments.

Animals March 15, 2017

Unusual Sighting: Humpbacks Prove Not So Solitary And Display Peculiar Hunting Strategy

Humpback whales have been seen gathering in large numbers to feed in the waters of Benguela. This behavior is highly unusual and suggests these creatures are not as solitary as once thought.

Animals March 16, 2017

Spiders Gobble Up 800 Million Tons Of Prey Every Year: Study

Spiders around the globe consume about 400 to 800 million tons of prey every year, according to a new study. These findings show the critical role of spiders in maintaining ecological balance in different habitats.

Animals March 15, 2017

Researchers Find Fluorescent Tree Frog In Amazon Basin, Only Known Fluorescent Amphibian On Earth

Brazilian researchers have discovered the world's first fluorescent tree frog species in the forests of the Amazon basin. The polka-dotted tree frog changes color from dull yellow to neon green under UV light.

Animals March 15, 2017

Environmentalists Worried Over Possible Rhino Horn Trade Legalization In South Africa

South Africa's move to legalize the domestic trade of rhino horns has environmentalists worried. Conservationists are opposing the move as local demand is not high and may step up smuggling but the government hopes it will end poaching.

Animals March 15, 2017

China Mega National Park For Siberian Tigers To Dwarf US' Yellowstone National Park

China is setting up a mega national park in the northeastern part of the country bordering Russia with the aim of protecting endangered species like Siberian tigers. The new park is expected to dwarf the United States' Yellowstone National Park

Animals March 14, 2017

Animal Adventure Park Observes Significant Changes In April The Giraffe: Fun Facts About Giraffe Pregnancies And Births

Animal Adventure Park personnel have noticed significant changes in the condition of April the giraffe, but it may take few more days before it will finally give birth.

Animals March 14, 2017

April The Giraffe 'Continues To Be In Great Condition,' Watch The Calf On Live Cam

April the giraffe, who catapulted to fame when YouTube pulled down its childbirth video, is reported to be doing great. April is ready to give birth to her fourth calf and Animal Adventure Park continues to live streaming the video.

Animals March 13, 2017

Artificial Life: Chromosome Synthesis Brightens Scope For Lab-Made Life Forms

Marking a big leap toward the creation of artificial life, scientists successfully synthesized six chromosomes in a yeast cell. The stride by the Synthetic Yeast Genome Project researchers is important in building a eukaryotic organism plus applications in drugs and fuels.

Animals March 14, 2017

Radioactive Wild Boars Take Over Tsunami-Hit Fukushima 6 Years After Massive Quake

Former residents of Fukushima are slowly returning to their homes six years after their town was ravaged by earthquake. However, irradiated wild boars roam in the area, posing danger to residents.

Animals March 11, 2017

Giant Spiders In The Spotlight: 3 New Species Of Bird-Eating Tarantulas Discovered

Researchers have discovered three new species of hairy tarantula spiders in the genus Avicularia. These massive tarantulas live in trees and feast on small birds and mammals.

Animals March 11, 2017

Rare Beaked Whale Filmed For The First Time Ever

The first underwater video of the mysterious beaked whales was revealed by scientists on March 7. The most elusive species of the ocean was finally witnessed after a long time.

Animals March 8, 2017

This Week, White Rhino And One Of Africa’s Last Great Tusker Elephants Fall To The Poachers

Poachers have killed a white rhino at a French zoo, as well as African elephant Satao II in Kenya. Poaching caters to the illegal activity of ivory trade, which continues to happen in many parts of the world.

Animals March 8, 2017

Thanks To A Strong Tail, Dinosaurs Managed To Stand On 2 Feet

What made bipedalism in dinosaurs possible, and what's the evolutionary purpose behind it? Researchers of a new study point to a strong tail made up of huge, leg-powering muscles.

Animals March 6, 2017

Science Finally Answers Why Pandas Are Black And White: For Survival

The scientist who studied zebra stripes has moved on to pandas. Professor Tim Caro finally answers the age-old question of why the pattern is so unique.

Animals March 4, 2017

Palm Beach Kicks Off Sea Turtle Nesting Season, Urges Marine Life Protection

Loggerhead turtle nesting season is here, and conservationists are making arduous attempts to preserve marine life reproduction grounds. Palm Springs is once again the center of attention as one of the most reputed sea turtle nesting habitats in the world.

Animals March 3, 2017

NOAA Spots UFO-Looking Jellyfish, Other Astounding Life Forms In Latest Sea Dive

A cosmic jellyfish, Venus flytrap anemone, and a range of mollusks are among the curious finds of the NOAA in its latest sea dives. The expedition in the American Samoa, a remote region of the Pacific.

Animals March 3, 2017

Scientists Find Woolly Mammoths Extinction Clues In Its DNA

The DNA of the extinct woolly mammoth has been studied extensively to find out what led to their demise. The results may prove to be useful in saving modern day endangered species as well.

Animals March 3, 2017

Wild African Elephants Are Shortest Sleepers Among Land Mammals

A new study finds that wild African elephants sleep an average of two hours a day, the currently known shortest sleep time among land mammals. Find out other discoveries on animal sleep when the team made use of Fitbit-type trackers.

Animals March 2, 2017

Some Of Bahamas' Famed Swimming Pigs Found Dead, Tourists To Blame?

Seven out of 22 swimming pigs at the Big Major Cay were found dead under mysterious conditions. Ministry officials and caretakers suspect carelessness by tourists, who were feeding them improper food, to be the reason behind the deaths.

Animals March 1, 2017

Study Reveals Dogs, Toddlers Have Similar Social Intelligence

Maybe there really is merit in being told to get a dog first when you reveal you want a child. Researchers have discovered that dogs and toddlers share similarities in social intelligence.

Animals February 28, 2017

On International Polar Bear Day: Are We The Last To See The Struggling Creatures?

On International Polar Bear Day, one is left to wonder: are we the last generation to witness the lovely polar bear in existence? Learn about the role of melting sea ice and climate change in threats to this animal's survival.

Animals February 28, 2017

Reviving Extinct Species Might Harm Modern Conservation Efforts: Scientists

Scientists are capable of reviving extinct species, but should they? A new study suggests restoring dead animals back to life may harm conservation efforts that focus on currently living species.

Animals February 28, 2017

Niagara Falls Aquarium To Shelter Threatened Humboldt Penguins

An aquarium in Niagara Falls will soon undergo renovation and expand its exhibit to protect species of Humboldt penguins. The exhibit is expected to be completed by spring 2018.

Animals February 27, 2017

Bees Capable Of Complex Cognitive Functions, Feature Decision-Making Mechanism Similar To Humans

Bees have been subjected to scientific research in different attempts to demonstrate their cognitive flexibility. The research paper showed they are capable of learning soccer.

Animals February 27, 2017

Bumblebees Demonstrate Impressive Brain Power Through Soccer

Bumblebees are capable of scoring a goal and advanced learning, according to a new study from researchers in London. This can aid them in developing new behaviors amid ecological pressure.

Animals February 24, 2017

Caught On Video: Coyote Follows Doctor Into His South Carolina Office

Surveillance video has caught a coyote following a doctor in his workplace in South Carolina. The doctor has come out of it unscathed, but are coyote attacks and appearance in an urban area fairly common?

Animals February 22, 2017

Manatees Seen In Record Numbers In Florida: Should They Be Downlisted From Endangered To Threatened?

An annual aerial survey in Florida reveals that the number of manatees in the state is improving. This has prompted a recurring proposal: to downlist the slow-moving mammal from endangered to threatened species.

Animals February 22, 2017

New Frog Species Found In India Can Sit Comfortably On A Coin Or Thumbnail

Seven new miniature species of frogs belonging to the genus Nyctibatrachus have been discovered in India. Some of them are so tiny they can sit atop a coin or thumbnail, the team that discovered them at Western Ghats has revealed.

Animals February 22, 2017

No Place Is Safe: Poachers Are Emptying Key African Reserve Of Elephants

Poaching has slaughtered many forest elephants in Minkébé National Park in Africa in only a decade, killing roughly 81 percent of the population. And it was supposed to be one of the largest and most important preserves in Central Africa.

Animals February 21, 2017

Scientists Working On Better Flu Vaccine For Dogs

Researchers are working on improving canine flu vaccine. They are targeting the creation of the live-attenuated canine influenza vaccine, away from the killed or inactivated virus currently being used for canine shots.

Animals February 20, 2017

Gene Editing Can Produce Hornless Cows And Boost Livestock Production - Here’s How

An animal geneticist highlights the benefits of gene editing in complementing traditional animal breeding techniques. The move, although hampered by current regulations, is seen to produce hornless cows and disease-resistant farm animals.

Animals February 21, 2017

Colony Of 1 Million Penguins Flock To Argentina To Feast On Fish

More than a million Magellanic penguins flocked to the shores of Argentina to feast on an abundance of small fish. Visitors who plan to visit the Punta Tombo peninsula will be treated to a spectacular sight.

Animals February 19, 2017

Resurrecting Extinct Woolly Mammoth May Help Mitigate Climate Change: Scientists

Creating a hybrid of the woolly mammoth is possible in as little as within two years. Scientists say that resurrecting the extinct Ice Age animal can help mitigate climate change. How?

Animals February 17, 2017

Tracking Lemurs Could Become Less Invasive, Thanks To Facial Recognition Software

Scientists have successfully developed a facial recognition software that is less invasive and more effective in tracking lemurs in the wild. Researchers hope the software could be applied in a wide range of animal conservation efforts.

Animals February 17, 2017

Extinct Woolly Mammoth Can Be Brought Back To Life, Scientists Reveal

Using the CRISPR-Cas9 genetic engineering technology, a team from Harvard seeks to create a hybrid embryo that can potentially resurrect the woolly mammoth. The basis will be the endangered Asian elephant, the extinct creature's closest living kin.

Animals February 16, 2017

Iowa Town Devotes 1,000 Acres Of Land To Saving Bumblebees

Amid concerns over the declining population of pollinator bees, especially bumblebees which are moving to the endangered species list, Iowa town Cedar Rapids is building a vast natural habitat in 1,000 acres to bolster bee populations.

Animals February 17, 2017

Fossil Of Pregnant Dinocephalosaurus Offers Evidence Of Live Birth In Dinosaur Relative

The fossil of a pregnant Dinocephalosaurus, a member of a now extinct reptilian group, showed the creature gave birth to live youngs and did not lay eggs. What does this tell about viviparity and adaptation to aquatic life?

Animals February 15, 2017

Trump Administration Sued Over Delay In Protecting Vanishing Bumblebee

An environmental group is suing federal officials for delaying the listing of the rusty patched bumblebee as an endangered species. The group filed the suit Tuesday, insisting that listing is already final as it has already entered the Federal Register.

Animals February 15, 2017

Embryo-carrying Dinosaur Relative Pushes Back Archosauromorphs Reproductive Biology By 50 Million Years

Embryo-carrying, 250-million-year-old fossil of the long-necked dino relative has its profound effect on the present knowledge about the reproductive biology among archosauromorphs. The fish-eating Dinocephalosaurus thrived during the Middle Triassic Period.

Animals February 17, 2017

Everything For Man's Best Friend: Newly Discovered Drug May Increase Survival In Dogs With Cancer

Newly discovered drug used in a dog trial for cancer treatment has obtained a remarkably positive survival rate. Researchers suggest a transfer for the trial in humans as well.

Animals February 17, 2017

This Is How Female Flies Attract Mates On Sunny Days

Female bottle flies attract mates by flashing the sunlight falling on its wings. The flash wing frequency acts as a signal which initiates sexual communication among the flies.

Animals February 15, 2017

Squid Can Survive Twilight Zone In Ocean Thanks To Mismatched Eyes

Cockeyed squids have been found to have two differently aligned eyes to help them survive in the twilight zone in the ocean. One eye can see shadows while the other eye can detect bioluminiscence.

Animals February 14, 2017

Deep-Sea Squid Has Mismatched Eyes To Help It Survive In The Twilight Zone Of The Ocean

The mismatched eyes of the deep sea 'cockeyed' squid Histioteuthis heteropsis evolved so the creature can better survive in the twilight zone of the ocean. What is its bigger eye for?

Animals February 13, 2017

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