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.


Scientists have identified a substance responsible for breaking down pesticides in bees, which will help them come up with a bee-friendlier bug spray.

The pelican spider would just as soon eat another spider as look at one.

It pays to be brainy when you're a ring-tailed lemur.

Male brown widow spiders stubbornly court the oldest females they can find, though younger females are more fertile and far less dangerous.

Most of the scientific attention to birdsong has been paid to the male of the species. But many female birds sing too — and scientists are starting to understand how important it is to study them as well.

The platypus may look a bit absurd and bizarre, but its milk might hold the secret to fighting antibiotic-resistant bacteria.

Nutria are jumbo-sized rodents that reproduce and eat at a jumbo-sized pace.

A species of termite-hunting sub-Saharan ants tend to their wounded.

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?