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.


Beekeeping, when you get down to it, is the art and science of removing honey from hardworking bees without them missing it. But beekeeping is about so much more than just the honey.

A dolphin named Billie learned a dolphin-show trick from some captive dolphins, taught her wild friends how to do it and started a fad.

The tiny fly cocoons are between 34 and 40 million years old and contained well-preserved parasitic fossils.

A Columbia University scientist stumbled upon the first of seven new spiders while hunting for local frogs.

The Indian giant squirrel is covered in flamboyant colors like orange, black and bright purple. But why?

Domesticated animals like dogs and horses are known to respond to human facial expressions, but a new study finds that goats also like it when we smile.

A French theme park has trained a crew of six rooks to pick up after its messy guests.

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

Commercial fisheries accidentally kill around 100 million — yes, 100 million — sharks each year. The solution to this problem might lie in magnets.

The Asian longhorned tick has shown up in six states so far, and nobody knows how it got here.

Partial migration — where some animals or birds in the same species migrate regularly and others don't — is more common than you'd think. But what explains that behavior?

A mother orca spent more than two weeks clinging to her dead calf. But why?

It used to be assumed that African bush elephants avoided the sound of an angry bee hive. Now researchers believe they have receptors to detect a bee's alarm pheromones.

Is it a whale ... a dolphin? Is it a whale-pin?

Teaching bees to do things like sniff out certain smells is easy. The tricky part is training them to use the skills in the wild.

Being eaten from the inside out by wasps sounds like something out of a nightmare, but for some caterpillars, sadly, it's just life.

The Humboldt marten was thought to be extinct until it was rediscovered in 1996. Now it is threatened again.

Bees "beard" together, sometimes to swarm, but usually to keep the hive cool during hot summer weather.

Sea lice aren't actually lice — they're jellyfish — but they're no fun when they get in your bathing suit.

The American swamp sparrow has created an oral tradition that's lasted more than a millennium.

Breaking news: Dolphins and porpoises don't actually look very much alike.

Once a week or so, sloths climb down from their trees and poop on the ground. It feels so good, they do a little dance. But this time of pleasure is also a time of peril.

The newest goblin spiders hail from Sri Lanka, and they're named after fanciful and fictional goblins and brownies.

What benefit does one bird get from copying another bird's calls?

Could such a simple change make a major impact? A new study says it's possible.