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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6 Facts About How Bees Learn, Think and Make Decisions
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Earth's 20 Quadrillion Ants Outweigh All Wild Birds and Mammals, Combined
How to Make Hummingbird Food Safely and Responsibly
9 Biggest Birds in the World
How Do Birds Know When to Fly South and Where to Go?
10 Biggest Sharks in the World
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Do Fish Sleep?
The Pink Fairy Armadillo Is as Mystifying as Its Name
How Long Do Squirrels Live?
The Coatimundi Is Cute But Doesn't Make a Good Pet
How Do Eels Reproduce?
Sailfish Are Super-fast, Stunning and Smart Ocean Predators
Why No Fish Wants a Tongue-eating Parasitic Louse in its Mouth
10 of the Deadliest Snakes in the World
Snakes Can Hear You Scream, New Study Says
What Is the Biggest Snake in the World?
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