Other Mammals

Mammals are perhaps the most recognized type of wild animals on the planet. Check out our articles on well-known mammals like elephants, giraffes and panda bears, as well as some you might not know like pikas and tapirs.

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Badgers love to dig — one den, or "sett," in southern England is thought to cover a territory of over a square mile and have up to 100 entrances.

By Jesslyn Shields

Caracals have really cool ears and can also jump 10 feet in the air from a seated position.

By Jesslyn Shields

From the four-headed male reproductive organ to hosting the world's largest flea and sporting a body covered in spiny hairs, this cute little creature takes the cake for mammalian weirdness.

By Wendy Bowman

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Pikas are little mammals that, though they may look like rodents, are more closely related to rabbits.

By Jesslyn Shields

The stoat and the weasel might look alike, but they're not the same animal. The stoat is a serious predator that kills its prey like a vampire!

By Wendy Bowman

Technically they're called tanuki, but these furry critters might as well be called raccoon dogs because that's what they look like. So are they just as domesticated and loving as the canines we know?

By Patty Rasmussen

The anteater has one of the strangest-looking noses in the animal kingdom, a truly fabulous hairdo and a tongue that reaches places never meant to see the light of day.

By Wendy Bowman

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Wondering what's going on in the animal world while you're all cooped up under quarantine? Check out these webcams and get a virtual glimpse into how the animals live.

By Carrie Dennis

It may be the world's smallest fox, but its ears give it a huge hearing advantage.

By Michelle Konstantinovsky

The female emu may lay the eggs, but the male emu does all the caretaking. And that's just one fascinating thing we learned.

By Patty Rasmussen

They're weird-looking and mild-mannered, but Asian and African markets can't get enough illegal pangolin scales.

By Jesslyn Shields

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They're the cutest and most curious masked mammals around. But they also have a reputation for being a nuisance. Here's everything you need to know about the raccoon.

By Meg Sparwath

Move over Dracula. These fish, birds and bats really are the vampires of the animal world — and they do need to eat (or suck) blood to sustain life.

By Mark Mancini

The wars between mink species and humans quietly rage worldwide.

By Jesslyn Shields

These berserker weasels are the ultimate cold weather survivors — cagey, smart and omnivorous.

By Jesslyn Shields

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Kinkajous, or honey bears, are generally docile creatures, but they definitely don't mix well with humans.

By Jesslyn Shields

Fisher cats aren't actually cats, but cat-sized members of the weasel family, and their favorite snack is — yikes — the porcupine.

By Michelle Konstantinovsky

These little critters are super cute, so why do they have a reputation for being one of the worst of the mammal world?

By Mark Mancini

Alpacas are highly intelligent and they're not pets. They require a lot of research and specialized knowledge if you plan to bring a few home.

By Jesslyn Shields

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Because most of what we know about honey badgers comes from a three-minute comedy video, there are a lot of misconceptions about these wily weasels.

By Jesslyn Shields

Sure, hedgehogs are cute as heck, but do you think one really wants to live in your house?

By Jesslyn Shields

Elephants make a specific sound to warn each other of nearby humans.

By Loraine Fick

Before you declare which team you're on, we've got the breakdown on this auditory battle royal.

By Mark Mancini

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Scientists have known for a long time that elephants have no sweat glands and keep cool through slinging mud on their skin. But they didn't know what made the skin so wrinkled — until now.

By Nathan Chandler

A strange evolutionary plot twist has been uncovered in the search for why elephants rarely get cancer.

By Jesslyn Shields