It is well known that women after a certain age undergo menopause, a trait that is rare in the animal kingdom. However, outside of the human species, killer whales also experience menopause, and these older females apparently make good leaders, a new study says.
If there were ever an Olympics for animals, the praying mantis would definitely win the long jump. An amazing new video shows a wingless praying mantis jump in slow motion, shedding light on the acrobatics behind their accurate leaping.
Ever hate it when someone takes your picture? Well, in a bizarre new incident one camera-shy octopus stole a photographer's GoPro and turned the tables on the man himself.
Nearly 700 koalas have been killed in what local media agencies are calling a "secret culling" conducted by Victoria state government employees in Australia. Officials are defending the decision, saying that the koalas were so overpopulated and starving that they were "falling out of the trees," but critics are saying that it should have never gotten to that point in the first place.
When you hear "spider bite," the first thing you probably think of is pain or incessant itching. You may even picture paralysis, which is what some of the most venomous spiders can cause. However, new research has determined that spider venom could contain some promising compounds capable of relieving even the most stubborn pain.
China is introducing a new wave of genetically modified (GM) cows. And we're talking 'mad-scientist' GMOs here - animals that boast genetic traits utterly impossible to create in nature. How could that ever be a good thing? Well, new research has revealed it can be beneficial in certain ways, with these latest cows promising to help the cattle industry withstand a deadly pandemic of Bovine Tuberculosis (B-TB).
Fishermen have caught yet another rare goblin shark, this time off the coast of Australia.
In the first study of its kind in nearly a full century, researchers have found that rats in New York City are still hosting fleas that can carry dangerous plague pathogens. But don't panic just yet. The infamous Black Death, which still exists in the United States, was not found in these fleas, meaning that professionals simply need to be vigilant.
You might just be hearing about it, as news outlets across the globe are hastily picking up a stunning story about a drunk gorilla who sucker-punched a nature photographer right in the noggin during a visit to Rwanda's Volcanoes National Park. There's just one problem with this tale. According to experts, the gorilla couldn't have possibly been drunk.
An amazing new photo taken Monday captured the rare moment of a weasel "riding" on the back of a woodpecker, though it wasn't all fun and games.
If cats could buy records and EPs, what do you suppose would be at the top of the charts? In a new study linking various musical tempos and styles with cat attention, researchers found that they could compose music that felines would find pleasing - heavy with sliding notes and "purring" tempos.
Birds don't seem all that smart. Despite being experts in the air, flying better than anything humanity has ever constructed, they still collide with a stunning number of cars and planes. Past studies have even revealed that a whopping 340 million birds have fatal run-ins with windshields annually. And yet, pigeons seem to never hit a single telephone pole, cable, flag post, or anything else a cityscape can throw at them. How can this be? A new study of mid-flight behavior has the answer.
A deadly fungus that has been ravaging amphibian populations across the world has somehow found its way to the isolated island of Madagascar, according to new surveys. And that's the stuff of nightmares for conservationists, as the island happens to boast countless frog species, 99 percent of which can be found nowhere else in the world.
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is being sued for its alleged failure to protect the monarch butterfly, a species that has gained significant attention as its numbers decline across the country, reports announced Friday.
It's not every day that you get to call something a "Sparklemuffin" without sounding like a little girl fresh out of kindergarten, but if you ever lay eyes on the stunning Maratus jactatus spider, that's exactly what you can do. You may even get to see a "Skeletorous" while you're at it.