Carnivores are meat-eating mammals. Learn about tigers, coyotes, and other predators of the animal kingdom.

Why are otters playful?

If the animal world were school, otters would be those kids who never leave the playground. Always begging for five more minutes of recess, otters take playtime very seriously.

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  • Amazing Animals: Bobcat Quiz

    Amazing Animals: Bobcat Quiz

    Bobcats, so named for their short, clipped tails is are the most common large cats native to North America. These feisty animals are similar in appearance to house cats, but they're not as likely to meow and purr if you reach out your hand to pet one. See more »

  • Amazing Animals: Cat Quiz

    Amazing Animals: Cat Quiz

    Unlike "dog people" who appreciate the obedience and faithfulness of man's best friend, "cat people" appreciate a feline's independent nature. Hints of their wild relatives seep through in their playful "hunting" behavior and general sass. But like any good owner knows, cats require at least some degree of pampering. See more »

  • Amazing Animals: Lynx Quiz

    Amazing Animals: Lynx Quiz

    The lynx is a solitary animal and spends most of its time alone (except during breeding season). Medium-sized cats with long tufted ears and short bobbed tails, lynxes have the largest range of the entire cat family. See more »

  • Amazing Animals: Meerkat Quiz

    Amazing Animals: Meerkat Quiz

    Meerkats aren't your typical cute, furry rodents. These desert dwellers are members of close-knit communities where everyone pitches in to look out for predators and teach the young. When they aren't looking for a bite to eat or grooming each other's fur, however, meerkats can be lethally competitive. What is it about these African critters that leaves us so enthralled? See more »

  • Amazing Animals: Wolf Quiz

    Amazing Animals: Wolf Quiz

    Thousands of years ago, domestic dogs split off from wild wolves -- we can still see common behaviors in both animals, such as stalking, hunting and playfulness. But life in a wolf pack is extremely regimented to maximize the chances for survival. Take the wolf quiz and see if you're the leader of the (knowledge) pack. See more »

  • Are cheetahs clones of each other?

    Are cheetahs clones of each other?

    Cheetahs share so much DNA that they're practically clones of one another. But what does this mean for the future of the species? See more »

  • Are meerkats immune to poison?

    Are meerkats immune to poison?

    Mealtime in the Kalahari Desert isn't exactly an all-you-can-eat buffet. Meerkats eat what they can get -- even poisonous scorpions. Why doesn't the venom hurt them? See more »

  • Are meerkats naturally generous?

    Are meerkats naturally generous?

    When it comes to lending a helping paw, meerkats are quite altruistic. Strangely, they evolved from the mongoose -- a real loner. What gives? See more »

  • Can you live safely among wolves?

    Can you live safely among wolves?

    Wolves are wild predators and could kill your beloved Fido for a tasty meal. But will these animals come after you, or do they prefer a drama-free neighborhood? See more »

  • Do dire wolves exist?

    Do dire wolves exist?

    As fans of George R.R. Martin's "Song of Ice and Fire" series know all too well, a person encountering a dire wolf will likely end up in dire straits. But while these fearsome beasts make for great fiction, do they have any grounding in reality? See more »

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