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.


A new genetic analysis clarifies the evolutionary relationships between five modern and extinct elephant species.

Despite our best efforts at eradicating them, rats keep outsmarting us. Here's how.

Scientists planted dummy caterpillars across the globe and discovered that when it comes to safety from predation, it's all about location, location, location.

We've learned that young orangutans nurse for much longer than any other mammal, knowledge which could help conservation efforts.

It's the first evidence researchers have of the whales using their "unicorn horns" to capture prey.

The secrets to ladybugs' wing-folding could yield new designs in flying robots and even newfangled umbrellas.

In the first-ever video of its kind, two male cuttlefish in the wild go head-to-head over a coveted mate.

Could plastic-eating caterpillars help rid the planet of trillions of bags clogging landfills and other ecosystems? A chance scientific discovery may provide answers.

Humans may not be the only animals that dig a soothing whiff of lavender oil.

For one species of dragonfly, the hassle of dealing with aggressive suitors is worth playing possum over.

Deprived of oxygen, naked mole rats can alter their metabolic functions to something less mammalian and more plantlike, burning fructose instead of glucose.

Sure, your voice is great. But can you move? That's what female Java sparrows want to know before they get busy, a new study finds.

It's like the movie "Groundhog Day" every April, but with hibernation, a smaller rodent and way more hormones.

Officials are building bridges and underpasses to help animals safely cross busy roadways, which keeps the motorists and crossing creatures out of harm's way.

Spiders not only eat more meat than humans every year, they also spend a lot of time getting eaten themselves.

Scientists hope to eliminate need for tagging, extend system to other wild animals.

The two elephants studied even went some days without sleeping at all.

Rhino herds defecate in giant, shared dung piles called midden, then they stick their noses in the stuff. Here's why.

Bumblebees are smart enough to improve the rules of your stupid game, scientists.

How squid brains process their external visual skin communication is fascinating, complex, and unlike anything in the vertebrate world.

It's not easy being a starfish larva. Fortunately, the tiny creatures have an efficient way to get food and swim away.

It sounds crazy, but it's happened before, and it'll probably happen again.

The feral pig population in the U.S. is a growing issue in nearly 40 states. The USDA hopes to wipe out the billion-dollar problem within a decade.

Each year, hundreds of healthy whales end up stranded on beaches, and scientists are investigating what could be behind the phenomenon.

Scientists have learned how frogs capture flying insects or even birds just by using their tongues.