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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That Blob on the Beach Is Sea Pork

Is that a dolphin pancreas? Some extremely firm manatee vomit? Nope, it's sea pork!

Honey Badgers Don't Care Because They're Ferocious

Because most of what we know about honey badgers comes from a three-minute comedy video, there are a lot of misconceptions about these wily weasels.

Coconut Crabs: Crustaceans on Steroids

The biggest land-dwelling arthropod can crack into everything from coconuts to carcasses, but they're also really vulnerable.

Don't Get Bitten by the Kissing Bug

These nasty little bugs have been reported in 28 U.S. states and can cause an illness called Chagas disease.

Camel Spiders: Murderous Speed Demons of the Desert

These arachnids are aggressive, unbelievably fast and love to murder ants for no reason, but don't worry — they're harmless.

How Many Legs Does a Millipede Really Have?

If you think the answer is 1,000, you're way way off.

Don't Be Afraid of the Big, Bad Wolf Spider

Wolf spiders might find their way into your house and can look threatening, but they're really harmless.

Hedgehogs: Adorable, But Not Good Pets

Sure, hedgehogs are cute as heck, but do you think one really wants to live in your house?

Blobfish: World's Ugliest Animal or Someone's Grandpa?

The blobfish is actually pretty average looking in its normal habitat.

The Great Squirrel Debate: To Feed or Not to Feed?

There doesn't seem to be much of a gray area. Most people are a hard yes or yard no.

Opossums: So Darn Ugly They're Adorable

Sure, opossums eat out of your trashcan, but they're also strange little superheroes.

Hummingbirds: What to Feed Them and a Springtime Q&A

There's a lot of conversation around what we should be feeding our backyard hummingbird visitors, so we threw the question, along with others, to an expert.

Monarch Butterfly Population Blooms This Year

After years in decline, monarchs made a spectacular comeback in 2019. Why's that — and will it continue?

How Did Snakes Lose Their Legs?

Snakes and lizards share a common ancestor, and snakes still have the genetic coding for legs and feet. So where did those appendages go?

Why Is Cashmere So Expensive?

Your favorite cashmere sweater is super-soft and luxurious. It probably cost you an arm and leg, too. Here's why.

Wallace's Giant Bee, World's Largest, Rediscovered

The world's largest bee, lost to science for 38 years, has been rediscovered on a remote island in Indonesia.

Golden Snub-nosed Monkeys Share Nursing of Young

A group of researchers in Shennongjia National Nature Reserve discovered that these female monkeys are essentially happy to feed each other's offspring.

Flying Squirrels Glow Hot Pink in UV Light

Perhaps it's a mating signal. Or meant to confuse owls and other predators. Or maybe it's just for looks.

Why Flies Prefer Honey to Vinegar

There's an old saying that you catch more flies with honey than vinegar. Scientists have now found out why sour tastes are so repellent to flies.

Meet the World's Smallest, Toughest Owl

The smallest owls in the world have mad survival skills, like killing poisonous scorpions and playing dead.

Mexican Salamander Could Hold Key to Spinal Cord Regeneration in Humans

If salamanders can regrow or repair limbs, eyes and spinal cords, could humans do it too? After all, we share a lot of the same genes. That's what some researchers set out to find.

One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Smart Blue Fish

The cleaner wrasse fish passed the mirror test, which is considered the gold standard for determining self-awareness.

Elephants Have a Special Alarm Sound: 'Humans! Run!'

Elephants make a specific sound to warn each other of nearby humans.

Bears Adjust to Repeated Drone Exposure, Study Finds

This could mean good news for conservation and anti-poaching efforts if other species follow suit.

Frogs Can't Vomit, So They Eject Their Entire Stomachs

Vomiting is nature's clearly preferred method for cleaning out the contents of the stomach. But not all animals can do it.


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