Animal Facts

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

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Take a look at the top 10 bird strike stories throughout the history of aviation, from near misses to direct hits, and the aftermath that followed.

Check out the top 10 most feared predators of the animal kingdom.

By Alia Hoyt

Animal have some amazing skills. Read on to see which animals have the most amazing skills.

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Humans aren't the only animals that can count, use logic, make tools or form lasting bonds with others. Meet 10 of the smartest creatures in the animal kingdom.

By Francisco Guzman

These animals aren't treehuggers in the environmental activist sense. They have to hold on for dear life! Meet the top 10 tree-dwelling animals.

What is an alpine habitat? Learn what constitutes an alpine habitat and who lives there.

What is an temperate forest? Learn what constitutes an temperate forest and who lives there.

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Do you think courtship is dead? Read on to learn about animal courtship.

You'd think that earthworms are good for fish bait and little else, but that isn't the case at all. Earthworms are the engines that help local ecosystems run. They aerate soil, help facilitate plant composition and so much more.

By Josh Clark

You don't have to live in some exotic, tropical environment to find a venomous critter. They live all over the world, and some may be closer than you think.

By Marsha Walton

You'd like to know how to report the animal cruelty you sometimes see. This article will tell you how to report animal cruelty.

By HowStuffWorks.com Contributors

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You want to help an animal that got hit by a car, but don't know what to do. Learn about how to help an animal that got hit by a car in this article.

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If you know how to attract wildlife to your backyard you can discover your region's wildlife from the comfort of your patio. Learn about how to attract wildlife to your backyard in this article.

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You'd like to teach your class how to identify vertebrates. This article will tell you how to identify vertebrates.

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Would you like to learn how to identify different reptiles? Learn about how to identify reptiles in this article.

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Explore these killer outbreaks pictures and delve into the real human drama of deadly diseases.

When we think about violent animals, many of us turn to creatures like sharks, bears, rhinos, crocodiles or even the Tasmanian devil. What other species outdoes all these others in its capacity to cause violence?

By Jonathan Strickland

When we see cats toying with their prey, we imagine that they're toying with it before they get around to finishing it off. What animals enjoy violent sports? Better yet, why do they find violence attractive?

By Jonathan Strickland

See the devastation caused to animals after the Gulf oil spill. Check out these devastating images of animals after the Gulf Oil Spill.

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Check out these devastating images of animals after the Gulf Oil spill.

Check out these devastating images of animals after the Gulf Oil spill.

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?

By Jessika Toothman

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?

By Jessika Toothman

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All animals might not be able to speak, but they certainly have other ways of communicating. How do animals pass on information to their own species, and how do they pick up cues from other members of the animal kingdom?

By Jessika Toothman

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?

By Jessika Toothman