Wild Animals

Whether they crawl, fly, swim, slither, walk, run or pounce, wild animals rely on their instincts. Read about all kinds of wild animals, mammals, birds, fish, insects, reptiles and amphibians.


The magnificent bryozoan is a colonial organism that lives in warm ponds and lakes usually east of the Mississippi River. So what's it doing in western Canada?

Entire colonies of half a million venomous ants are one scary threat following serious flooding.

Today, horses have one huge toe on each leg — but they weren't always that way. Why the single digit now?

Scientists have long known that much of the world's farmed salmon was deaf. Now they know why.

Scientists have known for a long time that goldfish make their own alcohol. Now, they've just discovered how they do it.

Due to a quirk in their anatomy, injured hedgehogs can experience skin inflating to the size of a basketball, which can be a painful and life-threatening development.

How giant squid process visual information has long been a mystery, but a new study finds their visual processing is surprisingly uncomplicated.

Thanks to the excesses of narcoterrorist Pablo Escobar, Colombian waterways now house a population of these invasive African giants.

Sure, these mammals may be cute and cuddly. But that doesn't mean their bite can't pack a punch.

Michael Phelps is racing a shark for TV glory. But does he have a fighting (or swimming) chance?

If you thought this underwater creeper looked heartless, you're actually not that far off.

Spider silk adds another notch to its belt of amazing properties.

The transparent skin on the underside of H. yaku, a species of glass frog found in Ecuador's Amazon, exposes the amphibian's tiny organs.

Aside from humans, these birds are the only ones who make drumsticks for musical purposes.

Eating wild turtles may sound like an easy catch for survival, but it's a bad idea for several reasons.

By frightening top predators, the fear of humans may be distorting ecosystem processes even more than previously imagined.

A new scientific study reveals that the smells unique to meerkat communities aren't produced by the meerkats themselves.

And it's amazing to see if you can finagle a spot at the Great Smoky Mountains National Park viewing in late spring.

A new genetic analysis clarifies the evolutionary relationships between five modern and extinct elephant species.

Despite our best efforts at eradicating them, rats keep outsmarting us. Here's how.

Scientists planted dummy caterpillars across the globe and discovered that when it comes to safety from predation, it's all about location, location, location.

We've learned that young orangutans nurse for much longer than any other mammal, knowledge which could help conservation efforts.

It's the first evidence researchers have of the whales using their "unicorn horns" to capture prey.

The secrets to ladybugs' wing-folding could yield new designs in flying robots and even newfangled umbrellas.

In the first-ever video of its kind, two male cuttlefish in the wild go head-to-head over a coveted mate.