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.
The kindest thing you can say about a sea cucumber's physique is that it looks very much like a large hoagie bun dressed in a lumpy old sweater.
Thanks to a citizen science project in the path of totality, researchers studied bee activity and were surprised by the results.
Berries are a great food source for birds, but this diet can backfire when the fruit starts to ferment.
Scientists have known for a long time that elephants have no sweat glands and keep cool through slinging mud on their skin. But they didn't know what made the skin so wrinkled — until now.
Only birds have a special voice box — the syrinx — and it's what they use to sing. But what's so unique about the syrinx is that it's actually an evolutionary anomaly.
The old saw about cats being good catchers of rats was finally put to scientific study — and the results were pretty sad.
For five nights in a row, a praying mantis came to the same garden spot to hunt for fish, completely confounding scientists.
A new study found that those spot patterns are not only inherited from mom, they help camouflage baby giraffes in the wild.
A new study paints a grave future for the killer whale, all because of the now-banned chemicals polychlopinated biphenyls — PCBs.
Scientific divers from the California Academy of Sciences discover new species of dazzling, neon-colored fish.
Why do birds do that? A global citizen science project wants you to help them find out.
It's a natural phenomenon known as a 'squirrel king.' But what's the deal and why do squirrels get tangled up?
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.
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.
The tiny fly cocoons are between 34 and 40 million years old and contained well-preserved parasitic fossils.
A Columbia University scientist stumbled upon the first of seven new spiders while hunting for local frogs.
The Indian giant squirrel is covered in flamboyant colors like orange, black and bright purple. But why?
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.
A French theme park has trained a crew of six rooks to pick up after its messy guests.
A strange evolutionary plot twist has been uncovered in the search for why elephants rarely get cancer.
Commercial fisheries accidentally kill around 100 million — yes, 100 million — sharks each year. The solution to this problem might lie in magnets.
The Asian longhorned tick has shown up in six states so far, and nobody knows how it got here.
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?
A mother orca spent more than two weeks clinging to her dead calf. But why?
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.
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