Learn about some of the strange and unusual facts and terms in the animal kingdom.

How Animal Domestication Works

Domesticated animals provide us with innumerable products, hours of labor and even loving companionship. Find out why the dog was so easily domesticated and why you'll never see someone riding a zebra.

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  • Can animals predict death?

    Can animals predict death?

    Officials at a nursing home in Rhode Island claim a cat named Oscar knows when patients are going to die. Can a cat predict death? What about animals that allegedly predict earthquakes or natural disasters? Learn whether your pet has a "sixth sense." See more »

  • Can animals understand human language?

    Can animals understand human language?

    Many humans are sure their pets understand a variety of commands – but what do the experts have to say? Read on to find out exactly how much animals grasp the English language. See more »

  • Can humans communicate with animals?

    Can humans communicate with animals?

    Alex the gray parrot had a better vocabulary than most animals. He also had a grasp of syntax, an understanding of concepts like bigger and smaller and the ability to manipulate numbers. But was Alex simply parroting what he learned, or could he really communicate? See more »

  • Can piranhas really strip a cow to the bone in under a minute?

    Can piranhas really strip a cow to the bone in under a minute?

    Ever since Teddy Roosevelt witnessed a piranha feeding frenzy, the fish have been known as fearsome predators. But can they really strip a cow to the bone? See more »

  • Can snakes really come up a toilet pipe?

    Can snakes really come up a toilet pipe?

    If snakes can come up a toilet pipe, then you may be left afraid to face the porcelain throne! Don't fret, we'll share the slithery details on these rare occurrences. See more »

  • Did a Russian lake flash-freeze a herd of horses?

    Did a Russian lake flash-freeze a herd of horses?

    Picture a herd of hundreds of horses fleeing a burning forest and running headlong into a wintery lake, which quickly flash-freezes the whole lot of them. Sounds pretty gruesome — and flat-out unbelievable. But did it actually happen? Could it? See more »

  • Do all creatures sleep?

    Do all creatures sleep?

    Sleep might seem pretty simple, but scientists are still scratching their heads over questions surrounding the slumbering state. What does sleep mean to a whale, a brown bat, a migratory bird or even an invertebrate? See more »

  • Do animals commit suicide?

    Do animals commit suicide?

    Distressed birds will peck out their feathers until they expose their flesh to infection. Whales will die stranded on beaches for no obvious reason. But do animals willingly end their own lives? See more »

  • Do animals have emotions?

    Do animals have emotions?

    Your kitten's strange faces and chirps might seem perfectly intelligible, but how much meaning can you really read into them? Can animals display happiness, sadness, empathy or fear? See more »

  • Do animals have personalities?

    Do animals have personalities?

    Well, duh. Of course animals have personalities, right? Find out how scientists are proving what pets owners have always suspected: animals -- both pets and wild animals -- possess personality. See more »

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