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.

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What a Tangled Web a Few Squirrels' Tails Can Weave

It's a natural phenomenon known as a 'squirrel king.' But what's the deal and why do squirrels get tangled up?

How Beekeeping Works

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.

How Billie the Dolphin Taught Her Flippered Friends to Bust a Move

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.

New Species of Parasitic Wasps Found Inside Fossilized Fly Cocoons

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

Several New Species of Tarantula Found High in the Andes

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

Don't Hate This Squirrel Because He's Beautiful

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

Goats Really Like it When You Smile at Them

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.

French Rooks Trained as Park Janitors

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

Zombie Gene Protects Elephants From Cancer

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

Cheap Magnets Could Keep Sharks Out of Fishing Nets

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

New Tick Species Appears in U.S. for First Time in 50 Years

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

Not All Birds Fly South for Winter: Partial Migration Is on the Rise

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?

Orca Mother Grieves Dead Calf More Than Two Weeks

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

Elephants Are Terrified of ... Honeybees?

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.

Rare Hybrid Whale-dolphin Spotted in Hawaii

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

Bees Are Smart But Don't Try Training Them at Home

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.

Parasitic Wasp Larvae Eat Host From Inside Out

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

Pot Farming Threatens Adorable Weasel

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

Honey Bees Beard to Beat the Heat

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

Stinging 'Sea Lice' Invading Atlantic Beaches

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

Swamp Sparrow: Singing the Same Tune for Generations

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

Dolphins and Porpoises: They're Different!

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

Sloths Only Poop Once a Week — But They Make It a Good One

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.

Chippy, Sniggy and Tiggy: Cutest Goblin Spiders Ever?

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

Why Mockingbirds Mock

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


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