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Rescuers Refloat About 100 Stranded Whales On New Zealand Beach

About 100 of the 400 beached whales in New Zealand have been refloated by rescuers. Some of the marine animals though may still come back to the beach.

Animals February 11, 2017

African Penguins In Distress: Climate Change Ups Food Crunch

A new study has said African penguins are in a climate trap and deprived of the right habitat and desired food, caused by climate changes as well as overfishing and forcing them to eat less nutritious jellyfish.

Animals February 13, 2017

Giant Toothless Flying Reptile Dominated Ancient Romania: Study

Giant flying reptiles may have been dominant predators in an island in ancient Romania, a new study reveals. Scientists shed light on a creature called Hatzegopteryx, and studied its remains.

Animals February 11, 2017

More Than 400 Beached Whales In New Zealand: What Caused The Mass Stranding?

New Zealand sees one of its worst mass stranding events, where more than 400 pilot whales washed up on a narrow stretch of land Friday. The mass beaching event on Feb. 10 has resulted in more than 250 dead whales.

Animals February 10, 2017

Scientists Test Pollinating Drone Amid Dwindling Bee Populations

Japanese researchers have created insect-sized drones, which have horsehairs on their backs and a special gel, to potentially help bees pollinate plants. This may usher in automated pollination methods amid bee population declines.

Animals February 10, 2017

LOOK: Why This Amoeba Was Named After 'Lord Of The Rings' Character Gandalf

A new species of camoeba, a member of the amoeba family, was named after Gandalf, a fictional character in the high-fantasy novel, 'Lord of the Rings,' by J. R. R. Tolkien.

Animals February 16, 2017

Glow In The Dark: These Fish Rely On Bioluminescence As 'Flashlight' To Hunt For Plankton Prey

Researchers looked into a school of flashlight fish (Anomalops katoptron) placed in water tanks with artificial coral reefs to delve deeper about its bioluminescent behavior under different conditions.

Animals February 17, 2017

Thousands Of Dead Bees Wash Ashore On Florida Beach

Thousands of dead as well as dying bees have washed up on a Naples beach in Southern Florida beach starting this weekend. Here is the likely cause and what to do with a bee sting.

Animals February 9, 2017

Incredible Photo Of Frozen Pike Fish Eating Bass Goes Viral: Is It Fake?

Two brothers who went ice fishing took an incredible snapshot of an object that went viral on Facebook: a frozen pike fish swallowing a bass. How did that happen? Is the photo real?

Animals February 8, 2017

Disease Threatens To Wipe Out Critically Endangered Population Of Saiga Antelope

The critically endangered population of saiga antelope is threatened to be wiped out with the outbreak of a disease that comes from sheep and goats. To save the saiga population from extinction, Wildlife Conservation Society scientists said there is a need for further immunization to include the unaffected population.

Animals February 12, 2017

New Species Of Gecko Can Jump Out Of Its Skin To Escape Predators

A newly discovered species of gecko in Madagascar has the exceptional ability to jump out of its scaly skin to escape predators. What makes this bizarre defense mechanism possible?

Animals February 8, 2017

Bye, Granddad: World's Oldest Public Aquarium Fish Dies In Chicago

The Shedd Aquarium in Chicago has euthanized Granddad the Australian lungfish. The almost 100-year-old fish is the oldest zoo animal in the city and the longest among aquarium fish worldwide to live.

Animals February 7, 2017

Dorado Catfish Holds Record For World's Longest Freshwater Fish Migration

The dorado catfish holds the record for the world's longest exclusively freshwater fish migration, an international study has proven. Researchers uncover the species' epic life cycle journey from birth to adulthood.

Animals February 7, 2017

Mating As Endgame: Australian Male Phascogales Embrace Death After Non-Stop Sex

A rare case of male Phascogales ending their life in the quest of sex has been reported from Australia. They spend last days of their life chasing sex without even eating and ultimately the sexual exhaustion kills them.

Animals February 7, 2017

Zimbabwe’s Rare ‘Cave Squeaker’ Frog Spotted For The First Time Since 1962

Zimbabwe’s rare frog 'cave squeaker' got its name from its preference for Chimanimani Mountain’s caves. It was last seen in 1962 and its rediscovery brings hope for amphibian conservation around the world.

Animals February 6, 2017

Hurtling Toward Extinction: Only 30 Of The World’s Smallest Porpoise Remain Today

Scientists warn that only 30 specimens of the vaquita porpoise remain on planet Earth. According to them, humans are fast losing the battle and could lose the 'panda of the sea' despite international efforts.

Animals February 7, 2017

LOOK: Specimen Shows Pterosaur Was King Of The Food Chain But It Relied On Filter Feeding

A more than 160-million-year-old specimen of the ancient flying reptile pterosaur was discovered in China. Researchers believe it is the earliest known pterosaur with filter-feeding habits similar to those of modern-day flamingos.

Animals February 6, 2017

Chimp Behavior Disturbing Following Death Of Other Chimps, Says ISU Anthropologist

A new scientific report has shown shocking signs of aggressiveness among chimpanzees, after a former leader was killed and assaulted for four hours. According to the anthropologist who published the report, this behavior is highly odd.

Animals February 6, 2017

WATCH: Appalling Video Of Sun Bears Begging For Food At Bandung Zoo, Indonesia

In a heartbreaking video uploaded on YouTube by Scorpion Wildlife Trade Monitoring Group, the starving sun bears of Bandung Zoo, Indonesia can be seen begging for food and eating their own excrement.

Animals February 7, 2017

Chad Zakouma National Park In Africa Offers Elephants Refuge From Poachers

The Zakouma National Park in Chad, Central Africa is now home to a growing number of African elephants, which were once on the verge of extinction because of rampant poaching.

Animals February 8, 2017

LOOK: New Bucktoothed Ghost Shark Species Discovered

The 50th ghost shark species has recently been discovered and recorded by researchers. Get to know the mysterious Bucktoothed ghost shark and its equally mysterious origins.

Animals February 5, 2017

Mind Controlling Wasp Discovered: Meet The Euderus Set And Other Sinister Parasites

The newly discovered crypt keeper wasp has an ingenious albeit diabolical means of survival. Meet the hyperparasite Euderus set and other equally sinister parasites in nature.

Animals February 5, 2017

Scientists In China Clone 'Tuberculosis-Resistant' Cattle: Widespread Agricultural Use Targeted

Scientists from Northwest A&F University in Shaanxi, China report that they have successfully cloned cattle that are resistant to bovine tuberculosis, an infectious disease plaguing many countries today.

Animals February 1, 2017

Tinder For Apes: Dutch Zoo Lets Orangutan Choose Mate On A Tablet

A Dutch zoo is launching Tinder for orangutans in a bid to find a prospective male partner for 11-year-old female Samboja. It will show her pictures of prospective partners from an international great ape breeding program.

Animals February 1, 2017

Frog Saliva An Important Hunting Tool: Study

A recent study has revealed that frog saliva can change viscosity while capturing flies and insects and pulling them in the mouth. The study has been published in the Journal of the Royal Society Interface.

Animals February 2, 2017

Scientists Find 195-Million-Year-Old Collagen In Dinosaur Bone

Scientists have found ancient collagen and other iron-rich proteins in the bones of a Jurassic-era dinosaur. What helped preserve the soft tissue for nearly 200 million years?

Animals January 31, 2017

Ancient Bag-Like Sea Creature Could Be Oldest Human Ancestor

An ancient bag-like creature that lived during the Cambrian period could be the oldest relative of humans. Saccorhytus coronaries is the most primitive member of deuterostomes.

Animals January 31, 2017

Bumblebees May Be Endangered But It’s Nothing To ‘Bee’ Worried About, Says Entomologist

Despite bumblebees being placed in the U.S. endangered list, entomologist Jeff Whitworth at Kansas State University said there is no reason to worry about the insects going extinct. He also suggested steps that will improve the bumble bees’ population.

Animals February 1, 2017

WATCH: Caterpillar Discovered In Peru Builds And Crawls In Strange Leafy 'Armor'

YouTube star and real-life biologist, Joe Hanson, discovered a unique caterpillar while filming his documentary show in the Peruvian Amazon. The crawling insect builds its own moving shelter out of leaves.

Animals January 31, 2017

Shark DNA Study Gives Insight Into Wound Healing And Cancer Resistance Capabilities

A recent study has found that sharks have immunity genes which could be used to protect them from acquiring cancer. The study concentrated on the Great White and Hammerhead sharks.

Animals January 30, 2017

Invasive Asian Carp Posing Threat To Great Lake Habitat

Invasive fish species Grass carp has slowly started taking over freshwater ecosystems in the great lakes of Erie, Huron, and Ontario. A study states that if not controlled within 10 years, Grass carps will outcompete native fish in the lakes.

Animals January 29, 2017

All Corn Diet Turns Hamsters Into Cannibals That Eat Their Pups Alive

Hamsters that were fed a monotonous diet of corn ate their young alive. The rodents also exhibited other odd behavior and characteristics, such as having a dark and swollen tongue.

Animals January 28, 2017

Baby Dolphin Dies On Argentina Beach As Tourists Seek Selfies

Argentinean paper La Capital reports another animal death from tourist selfies. Tourists have been seen dragging a baby dolphin from the waters of San Bernardo, located around 200 miles south of Buenos Aires.

Animals January 28, 2017

Man's Best Friend Shares Food Rewards With Other Dogs, New Research Finds

A new study suggests that dogs, like humans, shows generosity toward its fellow species during complex situations. The study was conducted by behavioral biologists at the Messerli Research Institute in Vienna.

Animals January 28, 2017

Dinosaur-Era Insect Found Preserved In Amber Looks Like An Alien

An insect that lived during the time of the dinosaurs resembled the appearance of E.T. Its features were unique enough that scientists placed it into its own order.

Animals January 26, 2017

Daily Dog Diet Significantly Influences Canine Gut Microbiome, Report Says

A new research has revealed that obese dogs have a serious gut microbe deficiency problem compared to lean and healthier ones. This can be managed by the balancing proteins and carbohydrates in their diet.

Animals January 27, 2017

Irula Tribe Snake Hunters From India Help Catch Pythons In Florida

Snake hunters belonging to India's Irula tribe are helping Florida find and capture Burmese pythons. The pair of tribesmen caught 14 snakes in just two weeks.

Animals January 24, 2017

Fossils Of Prehistoric Giant Otter In China Hint Of Convergent Evolution

A prehistoric otter found in China is up to three times the size of modern otters. The discovery offers information on the evolution of these mammals.

Animals January 24, 2017

Humans Drove Australia's Car-Sized Kangaroos And Tortoises To Extinction

More than 85 percent of Australia's megafauna went extinct after humans arrived on the continent. The large animals, however, did not necessarily die out because of intensive hunting.

Animals January 23, 2017

WATCH: This Huge Alligator Roaming A Florida Reserve Is Real

A video of a massive alligator strolling through a Florida reserve is circulating on the internet, and experts confirm that the footage is real. The once endangered giant is endangered no more.

Animals January 22, 2017

Excellent Navigators: Ants Use Celestial, Terrestrial Cues To Find Their Way

A new research has revealed that ants use celestial cues and memorize their surroundings to navigate their movements. The study also said ants decouple their direction of travel from the body orientation.

Animals January 22, 2017

Scientists Explain Why Baboons Kill Offspring Of Other Males, Attack Pregnant Females

A section of male baboons has been found to kill and maim infants and attack pregnant females, forcing miscarriages. A new study has found why the animals resort to this unusual behavior.

Animals January 20, 2017

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