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.


Cuttlefish can avoid detection by holding a disguise for long periods of time.

Urban coyotes have a fierce and formidable reputation as midnight predators, but coexistence with humans is possible.

Naked mole rats are famous for their longevity, but they also don't age like the rest of us do.

To boil or not to boil ... that is the question.

Does your parakeet understand the cardinal chirping outside its window? Can a pigeon's noises mean anything to a crow? Yes, it can.

The Gulf corvina is the loudest fish on the planet, helping lead to its overfishing and endangerment.

Certain urban-dwelling bird species use cigarette butts in building their nests.

Insects are crucial to the functioning of every ecosystem on the planet. Now they're disappearing, and nobody's sure why.

Some people mistakenly believe that if chimps are socialized from an early age, they're not a threat to humans. But these five families found out the hard way that chimps will always be chimps.

Crocodiles are known to eat just about anything. But sharks? A scientific team found evidence that they've chowed down on those predators too.

It seems like flying cockroaches want to dive bomb your face. Are they aggressive? Defensive? Or maybe it's all just in your scared ape mind.

Why do squirrels exhibit behavior that can get them killed by cars? And how can you avoid them?

The first new rat species found in the Solomon Islands in 80 years has been uncovered. But due to deforestation of its habitat, very few may still exist.

Don't think you have much in common with a jellyfish? What researchers just discovered may surprise you.

A new study, along with previous research, suggests squirrels use mnemonic strategies to remember where they put the good nuts.

Researchers discover site of 15 gloomy octopus, a species that has previously been known for being reclusive.

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.