Animals

A Call for Saving Leviathan, for Saving the Whales

Grey whale in the Pacific Ocean by Baja California, March 2015. (Cyril Christo and Marie Wilkinson)
Grey whale in the Pacific Ocean by Baja California, March 2015. (Cyril Christo and Marie Wilkinson)

“From Hell’s Heart I stab at thee” decried Melville in “Moby Dick.” In the heyday of whaling, tens of thousands of sperm whales were destroyed...




  • In this June 2015 photo, Skip, a 90-pound Shar Pei and Labrador retriever mix, waits for doctors at the DoveLewis Emergency Animal Hospital in Portland, Ore., to patch him up after he tangled with a squirrel while walking with his owner. (Karen Vitt/DoveLewis Emergency Animal Hospital via AP)

    Watch Pets Around Wildlife as Attacks Rise in Summer

    LOS ANGELES—A 1-pound squirrel and 90-pound dog didn’t let their size disparity stop them from dueling. The rodent died in the recent run-in with Kimberlee... Read more

  • One dolphin's echolocation signals and echoes may be picked up by another dolphin, says Lori Marino. "They have a complex communication system and a unique ability to emit different types of sounds, like a click and a whistle, simultaneously." (Alessandro Caproni/CC BY 2.0)

    Do Dolphins and Bats Use Sound the Same Way?

    Most mammals primarily process sound in a single area of their brain, but a new study shows that dolphins use at least two. “Dolphins are... Read more

  • Will synthetic rhino horns decrease demand or aid law enforcement? (Valentina Storti/CC BY-NC 2.0)

    The Trouble With Using Synthetic Rhino Horn to Stop Poaching

    In 2014, one rhino was killed every eight hours. That was in South Africa alone, where most of the world’s rhinos live. At this rate,... Read more

  • "Basically, if lovebirds could spin their head a full 360 degrees, they could do it so fast that it would go unnoted by a blinking human," says Daniel Kress. (Pieter-Pieter/iStock)

    Quick Peeks Let Lovebirds Maneuver in Flight

    Lovebirds are famous for their ability to quickly maneuver through densely cluttered airspace. New research shows that this is likely due to the birds’ ability... Read more

  • The Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute has shared some images of the adorable red panda cubs they recently welcomed to the institution. (AOL Screenshot)

    Smithsonian Gives The Public a Peek at Its Adorable New Baby Red Pandas (Video)

    The Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute has shared some images of the adorable red panda cubs they recently welcomed to the institution.…... Read more

  • The Sonoma-Marin Fair in Petaluma, CA has announced the winner of the World’s Ugliest Dog competition. (AOL Screenshot)

    World’s Ugliest Dog Competition Crowns a Winner (Video)

    The Sonoma-Marin Fair in Petaluma, CA has announced the winner of the World’s Ugliest Dog competition.…... Read more

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    No-Kill Middletown Shelter Can’t Correct Human Behavior

    MIDDLETOWN, New York—Animals communicate in their own ways, but if they could talk to us in our language, they would no doubt tell us about... Read more

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    Study Shows the Paw-Sitive Effects of Watching Cat Videos

    According to ReelSEO.com, a website about video marketing, there are more than two million cat videos on YouTube. People have watched these videos more than... Read more

  • A new study of egg patterning is based on a collection created by retired British Maj. John F.R. Colebrook-Robjent on his ranch in the Choma district of Southern Zambia over a 35-year period. He painstakingly drilled and blew out each of the tiny eggs, and marked them with a set number to indicate which ones belonged in the same clutch. (Duke U.)

    Some Birds ‘Sign’ Eggs to Weed out Impostors

    In the scrublands of southern Zambia, birds are practicing what’s known as “brood parasitism”—laying eggs in the nests of another bird species. And the victims... Read more

  • A recent study of online users has found that watching cat videos can increase positive emotions, though procrastination may also be a negative consequence. (AOL Screenshot)

    Watching Cat Videos Can Boost Your Mood (Video)

    Watching cat videos online offers a positive emotional reward, according to a recent study. It also makes  viewers feel more energized and reduces negative feelings... Read more

  • In this May 14, 2015 photo provided by Brad Webb, an employee at the Capital Area Humane Society in Columbus, Ohio, brushes adoptable dog Princess with an orange Groom Genie. (Brad Webb via AP)

    Soggy Doggy, Pup Pot Among Inventions by, for Pet Owners

    LOS ANGELES—Joanna Rein knew there was a way to prevent her rambunctious Labrador-collie mix from tracking in mud, water, and drool from the soggy outdoors... Read more

  • In this Oct. 2013 photo provided by Fred Levy, a black Labrador retriever named Denver poses in Levy's studio in Maynard, Mass. (Fred Levy via AP)

    Pet Photo Series Aims to Counter ‘Black Dog’ Theory

    MAYNARD, Mass.—It was a summer day at the dog park when Fred Levy, a professional pet photographer, overheard a conversation that he couldn’t shake off... Read more

  • Animal Rescue Centres Feel The Strain After Christmas Pets Are Abandoned

    These Photos of Abandoned Pets Will Melt Your Heart

    Thinking of getting a pet? Or perhaps giving one to somebody? If you’re debating between a pet store or a shelter, you can consider these stats. According to... Read more

  • A recent review of existing research has resulted in a compilation of the high-level cognitive tasks that pigs have been able to accomplish including using a mirror and showing empathy. (AOL Screenshot)

    Pigs Exhibit Smarts Similar to Chimps, Dolphins, Dogs (Video)

    Pigs are on par cognitively with other animals that are considered to be highly intelligent, according to a recently published paper. Instead of presenting new... Read more

  • This photo provided by courtesy of the National Park Service/Wallace Keck shows a striped skunk in the City of Rocks National Reserve in Idaho. (Wallace Keck/National Park Service via AP)

    Did Your Dog Get Skunked? There’s an Easy Household Remedy

    Buddy is a New York City dog, accustomed to bedtime walks around the block on a leash. But on family vacations in rural Maine, I... Read more

  • This May 17, 2013 photo provided by Atina Cote shows her pet bird, Beeker, a 6 year old female spectacled parrotlet in Toronto. (Atina Cote via AP)

    Smart, Social, Messy Pets

    Atina Cote’s three birds roam freely in her home, participate in making bird treats and bird toys, nibble playfully at her fingers as she types... Read more


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