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.


Could plastic-eating caterpillars help rid the planet of trillions of bags clogging landfills and other ecosystems? A chance scientific discovery may provide answers.

Humans may not be the only animals that dig a soothing whiff of lavender oil.

For one species of dragonfly, the hassle of dealing with aggressive suitors is worth playing possum over.

Deprived of oxygen, naked mole rats can alter their metabolic functions to something less mammalian and more plantlike, burning fructose instead of glucose.

Sure, your voice is great. But can you move? That's what female Java sparrows want to know before they get busy, a new study finds.

It's like the movie "Groundhog Day" every April, but with hibernation, a smaller rodent and way more hormones.

Officials are building bridges and underpasses to help animals safely cross busy roadways, which keeps the motorists and crossing creatures out of harm's way.

Spiders not only eat more meat than humans every year, they also spend a lot of time getting eaten themselves.

Scientists hope to eliminate need for tagging, extend system to other wild animals.

The two elephants studied even went some days without sleeping at all.

Rhino herds defecate in giant, shared dung piles called midden, then they stick their noses in the stuff. Here's why.

Bumblebees are smart enough to improve the rules of your stupid game, scientists.

How squid brains process their external visual skin communication is fascinating, complex, and unlike anything in the vertebrate world.

It's not easy being a starfish larva. Fortunately, the tiny creatures have an efficient way to get food and swim away.

It sounds crazy, but it's happened before, and it'll probably happen again.

The feral pig population in the U.S. is a growing issue in nearly 40 states. The USDA hopes to wipe out the billion-dollar problem within a decade.

Each year, hundreds of healthy whales end up stranded on beaches, and scientists are investigating what could be behind the phenomenon.

Scientists have learned how frogs capture flying insects or even birds just by using their tongues.

Eating bugs is gaining popularity in the West, but many are still put off simply because they're insects. Might bugs in cocktails make the idea a bit easier to swallow?

Irula tribesmen, pros at catching deadly snakes, traveled all the way from India to be on the Burmese python case in South Florida.

Bruce Lee has nothing on these boxer crabs.

New fossil analysis details a microscopic organism from 540 million years ago that just might be a precursor to every vertebrate on the planet.

Shark shocker! This 'virgin birth' is the first example of a shark switching from sexual to asexual reproduction.

House cats seem to love chasing laser pointers. But what about their larger, wilder cousins?

If you look outside your window right now, you'll probably see one running up a tree or checking you out. How did the squirrel get so commonplace?