Animals

Study: Octopus and Squid Populations Are Booming, Called ‘Weeds of the Sea’

A common octopus resting on a reef. (Mattia ATH)
A common octopus resting on a reef. (Mattia ATH/iStock)

While many species of marine life are facing an unprecedented decline in population, one group of underwater critters are seeing a global increase.  Cephalopods—octopus, squid, and cuttlefish—are...




  • Lily, a white mare, left, is being adopted by Jon Stewart, the ex-host of the 'Daily Show.' Lily was found in a sales stable in Lancaster, PA, shot by nearly 130 paintballs. (NBC and AP Photo/Brad Barket)

    Jon Stewart, Ex-Host of ‘Daily Show’ Adopts Horse Shot by More Than 100 Paintballs

    Lily, a 20-year-old Arabian/Appaloosa white mare, was found abandoned at a sales stable in Lancaster, Penn., in March. The mare was suffering from bruises, among other... Read more

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    80-Year-Old Galapagos Tortoise Has 9 Babies at Swiss Zoo

    An 80-year-old Galapagos tortoise recently gave birth to nine babies at the Zurich Zoo in Switzerland. She laid her first eggs last fall, and they... Read more

  • How good are people at interpreting a cat’s meow? (Lisa Fischer/Shutterstock)

    Could the Mystery of the Meow Actually Be Solved by a New Talking Cat Collar?

    Imagine you’re a cat, and, every time you meowed, the loud voice of a snooty-sounding British gentleman kindly informed your human guardian of your every... Read more

  • Zoe Dufour with one of her sculptures in progress at the Grand Central Atelier in Queens, New York, on April 14, 2016. (Benajmin Chasteen/Epoch Times)

    Zoe Dufour Aims to Sculpt Empathy

    NEW YORK—When we look at a work of art we immediately enter into a relationship with the artist who made it. Even centuries later we... Read more

  • Goblin shark is the world's strangest shark. Nicknamed the "alien of the deep," its mouth is full of thin, prickly and jagged teeth. (AOL Screenshot)

    Meet The World’s Strangest Shark (Video)

    Deep within the ocean… exists an elusive creature. Called Goblin Shark, it’s nicknamed ‘the alien of the deep.’ In 2014, a shrimp fisherman near the... Read more

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    A Dog’s Life: Studying Stressed Humans Can Help Us Keep Animals Happy

    It’s hard to avoid stress, and the expectation that we are camels with unbreakable backs. I know this from personal experience as part of the... Read more

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    Farmer Rescues Stuck Baby Alpaca From Hole in the Ground

    A farmer in Menomonie, Wisconsin, recently found a baby alpaca trapped in the ground, having seen its head rising above the grass.  The alpaca, just... Read more

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    Bison Calf Dead After Tourists Put It in Car at Yellowstone Park

    A bison calf was euthanized after two tourists put it in their car trunk last week in the Yellowstone National Park. The tourists, described as foreigners,... Read more

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    Tokyo’s Latest Animal Café Trend: Hedgehogs

    The newest player on Japan’s animal café scene is the prickly hedgehog. The Harry café (a play on the Japanese word for hedgehog harinezumi) joins... Read more

  • A man and his horse, used for transporting, walk past an equine clinic at the ancient city of Petra in Jordan on March 25th, 2015. Four Paws and the Jordanian Princess Alia Foundation (PAF) work for the improvement of the health and working conditions of horses and donkeys in Petra, providing veterinary treatment and training for the owners. (KHALIL MAZRAAWI/AFP/Getty Images)

    Jordan Boosts Animal Welfare at Famed Petra Tourist Site

    Stables and a clinic have been installed at Jordan’s famous Petra tourist site for overworked and sometimes mistreated horses and donkeys used to transport visitors... Read more

  • Yani, lies down on the ground in Bandung city's zoo, West Java province, several hours before eventually dying. 
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    Yani the Elephant Cries Before Passing Away in Indonesia’s ‘Death Zoo’

    Lying on the ground with tears rolling down its cheeks, Yani the elephant became the latest animal to die in Bandung Zoo, which has been... Read more

  • Guinness World Records recently announced Scooter, a 30-year-old Siamese living in Texas, has been confirmed as the planet’s oldest living cat. (AOL Screenshot)

    Meet The World’s Oldest Cat (Video)

    The average life expectancy for a house cat is around 15 years, but a Texas feline named Scooter celebrated his 30th birthday in March. That’s... Read more

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    Siamese Cat Sets Guiness Record for Making It to 30 Years Old

    Everything’s older in TX! Mansfield Siamese is named world’s oldest living cat. He’s 30! https://t.co/gOCpqasR6Q A Siamese cat in Texas, at 30 years of age,... Read more

  • In this loving photo, Simon (R) comforts Sammie as he recovers. (YouCaring.com)

    Dog in Rescue Clinic Comforts Puppy Who Was Shot, Dragged, and Spray Painted

    A 3-month-old boxer puppy was shot in the head, dragged behind a car, and spray painted, according to Rescue Dogs Rock NYC. Sammie was taken... Read more

  • A dog sits in a car after a greyhound coursing event near Warsaw on April 20, 2013. (Janek Skarzynski/AFP/Getty Images)

    No More Dogs in Parked Cars, Say Michigan Lawmakers

    So far, 19 states have outlawed leaving your pooch in a locked, parked vehicle. Lawmakers in the state of Michigan are now trying make it... Read more

  • A deer with its head caught in the globe from a lighting fixture over its head stands in the woods in Centereach, N.Y. The deer was able to extricate itself with the help of Environmental Conservation Officer, Jeff Hull. Hull wrestled with the deer for a while and the globe shook free in the process. (New York State Department of Environmental Conservation via AP)

    Deer’s Head Stuck in a Light Globe for Nearly Two Days

    A deer got its head stuck in a light globe on May 3 in Centereach, N.Y., in Long Island.  The state’s department of Environmental Conservation... Read more


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