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.


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.

Watch out if you want a bite of this bad boy. The Asian common toad has been spotted in Madagascar, and conservation ecologists are worried sick about it.

You can't tell a book by its cover, and you can't tell a squid by its Nosferatu getup.

Sea spiders don't do anything by the book, and researchers have just gotten to the bottom of how they breathe.

Once you accept squirrels aren't going anywhere, you can apply a more creative approach to keeping the critters away from your prized tomatoes.

It's easy to mistake a crow for a raven or vice versa. But the two birds are actually pretty different.

A new study seems to suggest that sharks prefer jazz to classical music but the researchers set us straight.

Researchers have successfully used RNA to transfer a memory from one sea snail to another.

African Matabele ants always take the quickest route back to headquarters, which may not be the shortest path.

Spontaneous sex reversal in chickens is pretty rare, but it does happen. Find out how Miss Lucille became Mr. Lucille.

Think your bed is cleaner than a chimp's? Researchers at North Carolina State University set out to find the answer.