Reports are flooding in that officials in South China's Guangdong Province were allegedly caught with their mouths full of a critically endangered salamander just last week. Undercover press documenting the dinner were reportedly attacked after being ousted. An investigation is ongoing.
Being playful and having a sense of humor may often be considered unique to humans, but new research now finds that elephants have a teasing, lighthearted side too that is important for developing social and physical skills crucial for survival.
It appears that ravens may be even more viciously political than your average high school drama queen. That's at least according to a new study of these highly intelligent birds, who appear to have a social system that's characterized by alliances, betrayal, and sabotage between "friends."
You've likely heard of the global decline in pollinators, a trend sparked by invasive parasites, climate change, and infamously harmful pesticides. Now a new study has revealed why more people should be trying to 'save the bees.' Their decline is hurting humans too, leaving a good number of developing countries at risk of malnutrition.
A secret infection in migratory birds has been shown to speed up the aging process and shorten lifespan, according to a new study.
New research shows that polar bear penis bones are weakening due to chemical pollution, adding to the growing this of threats to this endangered species.
They may look cute and cuddly, but seals are some incredibly ferocious and impressive hunters, gliding silently through the water only to snap their sharp teeth around an unsuspecting fish. More amazing still, even in the low visibility of murky water, they can hunt their food with frightening precision. How do they do it? Wavy facial hair, it turns out, can be a predators' secret weapon.
We all know that human activity can influence the lives of nearby animals, especially those top predators that now have to play second fiddle to our ever-expanding interests. However, a new study has shown that not only do our actions impact them, but also our mere presence may cause majestic killers like pumas to grow so fearful that they change their hunting habits for the worse.
For the first time ever, a sea otter pup conceived in the wild was born in captivity, according to researchers at the University of California Santa Cruz (UCSC), giving them a rare look at otter motherhood.
Yes, those balls. You know the ones I'm talking about. The man rocks, the family jewels, the subject of that ACDC song we've all tried to forget about. In the great mammalian sex race, a male with big balls is likely a very successful reproducer, being both dominant and popular with the ladies. New research has found that with mice, however, that this isn't always the case. The best balls, experts are now claiming, don't always take up a lot of space.
It's no secret that some of the most vulnerable species from around the world are struggling in the face of climate change. Endangered species and highly specialized ones are losing their habitats and resources to rising seas, melting permafrost, changing flora, and drying lands. However, new research has revealed that some of the world's most adaptable animals are also suffering, with the hearty and common mosquitofish serving as a prime example.
Have you ever caught yourself praising your dog in an overly sweet voice, just to realize that he is blankly staring at you? Then, you reach out to pet him and suddenly you're the greatest thing on God's green Earth. New research has revealed that dogs really do prefer petting over praise, and experts explain why this is.
In an amazing revelation, researchers have obtained footage of massive six-foot-long squids flashing and flickering at one another in the ocean depths. This never-before-seen behavior was closely analyzed by experts, and they have determined that while the flickering is likely a complex form of camouflage, the differently timed flashes seem to be a way of communicating.
'Slow and steady' is apparently not just a guide for footraces and fables. Researchers have recently found that among underwater creatures, it's not the quick and large who are likely to survive into old age, but the tiny and slowest growers.
Ocean currents are not always the same, changing with the weather, seasons, and even climate change. However, drifting jellyfish are never thrown off course, even as they appear to 'go with the flow.' Now, new research explains this, showing that these seemingly simple animals actually have "incredibly advanced orientation abilities."