The cane toad (Rhinella marina) isn't exactly a beloved amphibian. While countless frogs continue to face the troubles of climate chnage, shrinking habitats, and rampant disease, the cane toad has become an invading force in Australia - a dog-drugging nuisance without any natural predators to keep it down. But toad-hating Aussies may have hope yet. The cane toad is set to become Chinese medicine's next big import, as it was recently revealed that its poison could have cancer-fighting properties.
You might not hear it, but mice are actually practiced singers. In fact, male mice might actually rely opn their voices to grab a girls attention, not unlike many songbirds.
The blackpoll warbler, a songbird that weighs no more than a ball-point pen, is a rather unassuming traveler. Flitting around boreal forests in Canada and the Northern US, these birds spend their winters in South America. Now, researchers have learned that they make that entire 1,500-mile trip without ever taking a break.
Passing gas: it's a natural part of bodily function, and not one that's ever associated with doomsday scenarios. However, experts are finding that invasive insects are pumping out more gas than usual, helping facilitate warming in places that otherwise couldn't support them.
The iconic puffin, a bird being considered as one of 10 candidates to be the UK's national bird, may be in trouble. Experts are finding a disturbing amount of plastic in the bellies of puffins around the Isle of May, and they say this could spell for severe ecological consequence.
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It's no secret that animals occasionally get high and drunk off the many vices nature has to offer. However, intentionally doing so has always seemed a strictly human affair. Now more and more evidence is piling up that suggests wild animals enjoy a good buzz as much as the next guy, and may even have their fair share of junkies - an idea that experts are now fiercely debating.
As the five year anniversary of the infamous BP oil spill approaches, a new report has revealed that 20 species of wildlife are still dealing with the damage from the disaster's aftermath, with dolphins dying in high numbers and abnormal fish being born.
An ancient and unusual lobster-like predator was recently discovered in Canada, in a fossil treasure trove dating as far back as 508 million years ago - well before the first dinosaurs walked the Earth, according to a new study.
Time and time again, Mother Nature finds a way to prove just how inadequate human technology is compared to her own mysterious tools. New research has found compelling evidence that wild animals know when an earthquake is coming long before humans and their gadgets get the heads up. Now experts hope to make use of that ability, taking cues from nature to keep citizens safe.
Giant pandas are most recognized by their black-and-white coat and voracious appetite for Chinese bamboo, however, these animals largely remain a mystery. But new research is giving an unprecedented glimpse into the secret life of these pandas.
Chickens, it seems, did a lot more than cross roads and make bad jokes. Researchers recently took a closer look at Hawaii's mysterious feral chicken population - wild hens that have overrun the Island of Kauai. Before this work, people could only speculate as to how the birds got there, but now experts suspect that their strange origins may help save the poultry industry.
The Tasmanian swift parrot is reportedly facing severe population decline. Now researchers are estimating that the iconic green parrot only has about 16 years left to make a comeback, or it's all over for the tiny birds.
Lynx and other big cats belonging to the family Felidae are currently threatened with habitat loss and fragmentation, and yet these animals are largely understudied by scientists, hindering any possible conservation efforts, according to a new report.
In a world where it's getting harder and harder to tell fact from fiction, it's healthy to be a skeptic about nearly everything you read. Such is the case for recent report about a successfully cloned prehistoric owl - one far too many science and nature lovers were quick to believe and even republish.