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'Blackfish' Star, Famous SeaWorld Killer Whale Tilikum Dies

SeaWorld’s famous killer whale Tilikum passed away on Jan. 6 after a long illness. The whale’s death has triggered sorrow with many recalling the turbulent life the whale represented in its 36 years of life.

Animals January 10, 2017

Line Up The Shots: Tequila Helps Revive Embattled Bat Species

Lesser long-nosed bats are proposed to be removed from the edangered species list - and improved agave harvest and cultivation practices in the Mexican tequila industry are deemed key in this development.

Animals January 8, 2017

Polar Bears Are Threatened By Toxic Chemicals Called Persistent Organic Pollutants

Polar bears have become vulnerable to the threat of extinction in recent years due mostly to climate change, but there is another danger these mammals face. Find out how pollution is threatening polar bears in the Arctic.

Animals January 6, 2017

First Tuna Sold In Tsukiji Fish Market New Year Auction Fetches Over $600,000

The New Year tuna auction on Jan. 5 at Japan’s Tsukiji market has fetched an astounding price of 74.2 million yen ($642,310). The winner of the bid was Tuna king, Kiyoshi Kimura, for the sixth consecutive year. He runs the Sushi Zanmai restaurant chain of Japan.

Animals January 5, 2017

Fossilized Shark Skull Reveals How Mysterious Ghost Sharks Evolved

Micro CT scan of a fossilized skull of an ancient fish revealed ghost sharks are descended from prehistoric sharks called symmoriiforms. Scientists now have an idea where to place the chimaera in the evolutionary tree of life.

Animals January 5, 2017

US Navy Dolphins To Help Save Endangered Vaquita Porpoises From Extinction

Trained bottlenose dolphins will use their natural sonar to locate the elusive vaquita porpoises in the Gulf of California. How can the cetaceans help save the endangered species from possible extinction?

Animals January 4, 2017

Trouble In Paradise: Songbirds Divorce, Fail To Reproduce In Face Of Suburban Development

Expanding development in suburban areas is forcing out songbirds from their shelter. In the process, they lose mates, and relocation imposes hardship in breeding and hampers successful reproduction.

Animals January 5, 2017

Oldest Known Orca J2 Granny Considered Dead

J2 Granny, one of the oldest known killer whales in the world, was last seen in October 2016 and is now presumed dead. How old was she?

Animals January 3, 2017

Dino Eggs Took Six Or More Months To Hatch: Is This A Factor In Their Extinction?

New research finds that dinosaur eggs took considerably longer to hatch: a critical factor that likely hurt the creatures' survival in a post-exinction event marked by competitiveness and meager resources.

Animals January 3, 2017

10 Stranded Dolphins Rescued From Massachusetts Harbor On New Year's Day

The International Fund for Animal Welfare rescued 10 stranded dolphins in a local harbor in Massachusetts on New Year's Day. The group believes the animals may have been looking for prey when they got stuck in the harbor.

Animals January 4, 2017

Beached Whale Carcass Forces Shoreline Closure In Maui

A dead humpback whale was washed ashore at a nature reserve in Maui, Hawaii. Authorities have closed access to the shoreline and placed warning signs about possible sharks in the waters.

Animals January 1, 2017

Hope For African Elephants: China To Ban Domestic Ivory Trade By 2017

China announced that it will ban domestic ivory trade starting next year. The move may help save the population of elephants in Africa that are threatened by possible extinction because of poaching.

Animals December 31, 2016

Slime Mold Doesn’t Have A Brain But Researchers Say It Can Learn And Teach

Slime mold, a unicellular organism living in forest litter, offers a curious case of learning without a brain. This blob-like creeping organism learns from experience and imparts the knowledge to peers.

Animals January 1, 2017

Climate Change Causing Birds To Migrate Early

The rising global temperature is causing birds to migrate earlier. How does the wrong timing in migration affect birds?

Animals December 29, 2016

3 Endangered Hawaiian Crows Found Dead Weeks After Release Into Wild

Animal conservationists in Hawaii are investigating the death of three Hawaiian crows recently released into the wild as part of a breeding program. The birds have been extinct in the wilderness of Hawaii since 2002.

Animals December 29, 2016

China Makes Its Largest Seizure Of Pangolin Scales In Shanghai

The struggle to save the pangolin, the only scaly mammal, has just reached a new level. Chinese authorities have recently seized 3 tons of pangolin scales, the biggest such transport ever detected in this country.

Animals December 29, 2016

San Diego Zoo Discovers Bullet Fragment Inside Rhino From South Africa

Animal caretakers at the San Diego Zoo have finally solved the mystery behind a wound on a rhinoceros that didn't seem to heal. They discovered that the lesion was caused by a bullet fragment lodged in the animal's flesh.

Animals December 28, 2016

Bats Have Language They Use To Talk To Each Other: Study

An analysis of sounds produced by Egyptian fruit bats revealed the nocturnal creatures produce noise with a range of information. What do the flying mammals communicate with their 'language?'

Animals December 28, 2016

Family Of Bears Found Dead In Parking Lot After Eating Poisonous Plant

Pennsylvania wildlife officials point to a common shrub as the one that poisoned four bears at a parking lot earlier in December. The plant is known as the English Yew, which is fatal to humans and animals alike.

Animals December 28, 2016

Researchers Uncover What Goes Into Firefly ‘Wedding Gifts’

How do male fireflies attract mates? They present 'wedding gifts,' the contents of which have been analyzed for the first time by researchers from Tufts Univeristy and MIT.

Animals December 28, 2016

Only 7,100 Cheetahs Left In The Wild: Extinction Looming For World's Fastest Mammal

Cheetah experts call for the IUCN to re-categorize the world's fastest mammal from vulnerable to endangered. Only 7,100 of these species are left in the wild.

Animals December 28, 2016

Dinosaur That Lost Teeth As An Adult May Explain Why Birds Have Toothless Beak

The dinosaur Limusaurus inextricabilis was born with teeth but became toothless when it became an adult. Its dental transformation may shed light on the evolution of the bird's beak.

Animals December 26, 2016

Scientists Track Spread Of White-Nose Syndrome In Bats Using Fungus-Infecting Virus

Researchers have discovered a virus that they can use to track the spread of the fungal disease known as white-nose syndrome in bats. The disease has already killed an estimated 6 million bats in North America since 2006.

Animals December 27, 2016

9 New Species Of Desert Bees Identified, One ‘Ant-like’ In Appearance

Some nine species of desert bees have been discovered by researchers from the Utah State University. Belonging to the vast genus Perdita, the new bees are part of the desert bees of United States, in which the researchers found ant-like males as a peculiarity.

Animals December 27, 2016

Bipedal Dinosaur Born With Teeth Became Toothless By Adulthood

The bipedal dinosaur Limusaurus inextricabilis was born with teeth but they became toothless as they got older. How did this phenomenon known as ontogenetic edentulism benefit the prehistoric bird-like creature?

Animals December 23, 2016

New Coral Reef Fish Species Found Only In Hawaii’s Papahanaumokuakea Named After President Obama

A new species of coral reef fish has been named after President Barack Obama. The naming of the Tosanoides obama acknowledges Obama’s initiatives in the preservation of the natural environment.

Animals December 23, 2016

Russian Deep-Sea Fisherman Shares Pictures Of Bizarre Creatures He Caught

A Russian fisherman has become an internet sensation after he posted photos of some of the fish he has caught in the past few months. Many of the creatures have alien-looking features not normally seen in denizens of the sea.

Animals December 21, 2016

New Baleen Whale Call Discovered In Mariana Trench

The mysterious sound researchers recorded in Mariana Trench is likely a new baleen whale call. The sound resembles the 'Star Wars' sound produced by dwarf minke whales in Australia.

Animals December 19, 2016

Klingon-looking Newt, Dragon-like Lizard, And More: 163 New Species Discovered In Greater Mekong Region In 2015

Conservation group WWF has announced the discovery of nearly 163 new species in the Greater Mekong region. These include include a rainbow-headed snake and a dragon-like lizard.

Animals December 21, 2016

Predator Of Sharks: Rarely Seen Killer Whales Caught On Video Eating A Shark Alive

A group of offshore orcas, a seldom-seen sub-species of killer whale, was caught on video feasting on a shark. The footage provides additional evidence that these orcas are predators of sharks.

Animals December 19, 2016

Ghost Shark Video Sheds Light On Behavior, Habitat Of Mysterious Deep-Sea Creature

A species of the elusive ghost shark has been unintentionally filmed alive swimming in its habitat. What does the video reveal about these mysterious deep-sea creatures?

Animals December 18, 2016

Eriovixia Gryffindori: 'Harry Potter' Sorting Hat Inspires Name Of New Spider Species

Three scientists in India named a new species of spider after Godric Gryffindor, the original owner of the sorting hat in 'Harry Potter.' What are the characteristics of this newly named arachnid?

Animals December 17, 2016

Prehistoric Ghost Shark Older Than Dinosaurs Filmed Alive In Ocean For The First Time [Video]

A species of ghost shark, deep-sea creatures that have been swimming in the ocean before the time of the dinosaurs, has been filmed alive. See the video.

Animals December 17, 2016

Researchers Discover Six New Marine Animal Species In Indian Ocean Floor

A group of marine biologists from the UK has announced the discovery of six new species of animals near the hot springs on the seabed of Indian Ocean. The robot led survey was spearheaded by scientists from the Southampton University, Natural History Museum in London and University of Newcastle.

Animals December 18, 2016

USDA Issues New Farmer Fair Practices Rules To Protect Livestock And Poultry Producers

The USDA unveiled new farming rules that aim to protect poultry, pork and beef growers from anticompetitive practices. The rules are expected to affect nearly 1 million livestock producers.

Animals December 16, 2016

Colorado Wildlife Officials Plan To Kill Bears And Mountain Lions To Boost Mule Deer Numbers

The Colorado Parks and Wildlife Commission has voted to have some black bears and mountain lions in the state killed. This is to allow mule deer populations to recover from their dwindling numbers.

Animals December 16, 2016

WATCH: 4 Killer Whales Ravage And Devour Shark Alive In California

Two adult killer whales and two calves were spotted eating a whole shark alive in California's Monterey Bay. The action was caught on video by a drone pilot who was touring the area at the time.

Animals December 16, 2016

Audubon Christmas Bird Count 2016 Now Underway: How It Helps Protect Bird Species And Habitats

The century-old census known as the Christmas Bird Count has started on Dec. 14 and will go on until Jan 5. The voluntary census has been remarkable for the database it creates in terms of the health indicators and counts for various species as well as how climate change is affecting birds.

Animals December 15, 2016

Researchers Investigate Seahorse Evolution Using Genome Sequencing

Using genome sequencing, scientists have identified various genetic factors that give seahorses their unique body structure. These include genes that allow males to carry and give birth to their offspring in their brood pouch.

Animals December 15, 2016

Why Do Men Lack The Penis Bone? The Baculum Plays A Role In Sexual Competition In The Animal Kingdom: Study

The penis bone or the baculum is quite common among mammals, but it is not present in humans, which has puzzled researchers for a long time. According to a new study, monogamy may be the reason.

Animals December 15, 2016

Santa's Reindeer Now Smaller And Weaker Because Of Climate Change

The weight of reindeer has dropped by 12 percent because of climate change. How do warmer temperatures influence the growth and size of the animals popularly portrayed pulling Santa Claus' sleigh?

Animals December 13, 2016

Mutant Fish Evolved To Withstand Lethal Levels Of Toxic Waste In Polluted Waters

The atlantic killifish has evolved to be 8,000 times more resilient to toxic waste than other species of fish. High levels of genetic variation allow the fish to adapt to industrial pollutants that would normally kill them.

Animals December 10, 2016

Cow Gene Study Sheds Light On Why Most Clones Fail

Researchers have analyzed why cow cloning has largely failed, carrying out RNA sequencing to reveal that abnormal expression of multiple genes is root cause of higher death rate in bovine embryos.

Animals December 12, 2016

Rare Marine Worm Larvae Live For Months As Basically Swimming Heads

A new study on ocean worms shows that some animals don't have adult-like bodies in their early phases of development. Researchers found that a rare species of marine worm lives for months as a mere algae-gobbling head during its larval stage.

Animals December 10, 2016

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