Animals

3 Strange Animal Stories (Video)

Our favorite animal stories of this week highlight a blue lobster, a panda that might've faked a pregnancy and Hello Kitty, who isn't a cat after all. (AOL Screenshot)
Our favorite animal stories of this week highlight a blue lobster, a panda that might've faked a pregnancy and Hello Kitty, who isn't a cat after all. (AOL Screenshot)

This week there were quite a few animal stories in the news. And a lot of them were flat-out bizarre — like a panda faking...




  • A cheetah cub that was rejected by its mother has found a true friend in a Rhodesian ridgeback puppy. (AOL Screenshot)

    Puppy and Cheetah Cub Form a Friendship (Video)

    A cheetah cub that was rejected by its mother has found a true friend in a Rhodesian ridgeback puppy. The cub, Ruuxa, was born without... Read more

  • Experts are keeping tabs on a 40-foot whale that has been spotted swimming in circles in a Virginia river. (AOL Screenshot)

    40-Foot Whale Spotted in Unlikely Place (Video)

    A whale has been spotted in the Elizabeth River. It’s not something you hear every day, but that’s exactly what’s been happening all this week... Read more

  • Brynjar Gunnarsson was jet-skiing off the coast of Sauðárkrókur, Iceland, when he was greeted with this unexpected surprise. Watch as a huge whale rises out of the ocean to lift the jet ski onto his back in this clip. (AOL Screenshot)

    Surprised Skier Glides Over Whale (Video)

    Brynjar Gunnarsson was jet-skiing off the coast of Sauðárkrókur, Iceland, when he was greeted with this unexpected surprise. Watch as a huge whale rises out... Read more

  • Outside and able to play for the first time - not getting shy on such a big day is a tall order for most giraffe calves. (AOL Screenshot)

    Baby Giraffe Plays Outside for First Time at San Diego Zoo (Video)

    Outside and able to play for the first time – not getting shy on such a big day is a tall order for most giraffe... Read more

  • FILE - In this Monday, Dec. 17, 2012 file photo, a herd of adult and baby elephants walks in the dawn light across Amboseli National Park in southern Kenya, with the highest mountain in Africa, Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania, seen behind. A new study released Monday Aug. 18, 2014, by lead author George Wittemye of Colorado State University, found that the proportion of illegally killed elephants has climbed to about 65 percent of all African elephant deaths, accounting for around 100,000 elephants killed by poachers between 2010 and 2012. (AP Photo/Ben Curtis, File)

    100,000 Elephants Killed in Africa, Study Finds

    NAIROBI, Kenya—Poachers killed an estimated 100,000 elephants across Africa between 2010 and 2012, a huge spike in the continent’s death rate of the world’s largest... Read more

  • The only believed drawing of an Oceanic parrot (Eclectus infectus) from life made in 1793 in Tonga. Illustration by: Unknown.

    Thirteen Newly Discovered Birds Already Extinct

    In a recent update of the IUCN Red List, scientists have identified 13 new bird species that have gone extinct since 1500. In total the... Read more

  • An aggregation of anchovy amassed near Scripps Pier at Scripps Institution of Oceanography, UC San Diego in La Jolla, California in July 2014. (AOL Screenshot)

    Millions of Anchovies Make Rare Appearance (Video)

    An aggregation of anchovy amassed near Scripps Pier at Scripps Institution of Oceanography, UC San Diego in La Jolla, California in July 2014. The entire... Read more

  • Thousands of palm-sized jellyfish-like creatures washed up Tuesday night at a beach in Southern California, baffling visitors. (AOL Screenshot)

    Thousands of Mystery Creatures Invading Beach (Video)

    These palm-size, blueish-purplish, jellyfish-like creatures washed up overnight at Hollywood and Silverstrand beaches in Oxnard, baffling visitors to the shore. One long time resident identified... Read more

  • Three-year-old Zayden is one of the dogs on Tinder. According to his profile, Zayden “likes to cuddle and be around people… He gets a little excited when passing other dogs but gets over it quick with a little tug of the leash.” (Photo Courtesy of Social Tees)

    Tinder App Dogs Searching for Permanent Love

    NEW YORK—Two weeks ago, New York users of the popular matchmaking app, Tinder, started seeing profiles of abandoned dogs as they swiped for potential dates. The profiles were... Read more

  • The Gorilla Foundation posted video of a meeting between Williams and Koko in 2001, and says Koko has been sad over the news of his death. (AOL Screenshot)

    Gorilla Mourns Robin Williams’ Death (Video)

    Robin Williams is being remembered for his acting talents, his comic genius – and one moment we didn’t see coming: the time he met Koko... Read more

  • A one-week-old elephant arrived at a wildlife trust in Kenya on August 7 after wandering off with a herd of cows. The elephant had followed the cows, thinking they were its family, into the remote Ndoto Mountains. (AOL Screenshot)

    Baby Elephant Rescued After Wandering Away From Family (Video)

    This is Ndotto, a new born elephant so young he thought a herd of cows were his family. Rescued from the remote Ndoto Mountains in... Read more

  • Few survive a close shave with a ship’s propeller.(Alisa Schulman-Janiger, CC BY)

    Could This Be One Reason Why Whale Populations Have Not Recovered Following Hunt Ban?

    When commercial whaling was banned in 1986 it put an end to a harvest that threatened the existence of some of the most majestic animals... Read more

  • Are roly polys secret mini ninja armadillos? (Shutterstock*)

    Why Roly Polys Are Actually Secret Mini Ninja Armadillos

    Roly Poly’s are actually secret ninja armadillos. Here is how.   All coiled up they can be…   Strange how they can both coil up... Read more

  • Zookeepers are getting creative to help stimulate animals and spice up their environments. (AOL Screenshot)

    Zoo Animals Enjoy Bubble Baths, Toys and Cologne (Video)

    From bubble baths to soothing music to a spritz of their favorite cologne. “Our male jaguar really likes Obsession for men. We tried Obsession for... Read more

  • A sheep made of sheep: a flock of sheep is herded into  the image of a giant sheep. (Screenshot via Youtube/Baaastuds)

    Prancing Llama Herding Sheep and 6 Other Epic Sheepherding Techniques

    Do you think that herding animals is all just about getting a dog? Well, its more than that. Watch these videos about herding, we bet... Read more

  • Whale sharks are the biggest fish in the sea, but there aren’t as many of them around as there used to be. The massive ocean dwellers are classed as both threatened and protected. (AOL Screenshot)

    Chinese Fisherman Parades Giant Whale Shark Through Town (Video)

    Whale sharks are the biggest fish in the sea, but there aren’t as many of them around as there used to be. The massive ocean... Read more


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