Secretary birds are able to kill their prey with one swift kick, exerting a force five times their own body weight. This is particularly advantageous for these lanky-legged birds that hunt venomous snakes -- because a missed kill could have deadly consequences.
Not all lizards are able to change the color of their skin to blend in with their surroundings. Therefore Aegean wall lizards, for example, camouflage by choosing rocks that best match the color of their backs, thus ensuring they are able to remain hidden from avian predators.
Hagfish secrete a slime that researchers hope to harness and make into super hydrogels, or new super-absorbent materials that can be used in plasters and baby diapers.
As the third season of "Wild Things with Dominic Monaghan" makes its debut this week in the Travel Channel, the animal lover and activist sits down with Nature World News to share some of his recent experiences.
Alaska yellow-cedar suffers when there is not a lot of snowfall. This could spell trouble for many of the state's iconic trees as climate change reduces snow, exposing vulnerable and shallow roots to freezing temperatures.
Researchers are concerned about U.S. salamanders contracting a deadly skin disease that has caused major die-offs in Europe. As a result, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has listed 201 salamanders as injurious wildlife under the Lacey Act.
Sea slugs have colorful patterns to ward off predators -- but when that doesn't work they defend themselves using toxic chemicals they gather from their environment.
Female cuckoos are known for laying their eggs in the nests of other birds. A new study from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology reveals how females are able to lay a variety of different egg colors to match those of their hosts, thus ensuring they are not kicked out before they are full grown.
Researchers found that prairie voles show empathy by grooming or consoling another individual that appears to be distressed. This could be a major breakthrough for better understanding of psychiatric disorders in humans, including autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and schizophrenia.
The Basking Shark Satellite Tagging Project opened up a new finding: The Sea of the Hebrides off the west coast of Scotland may be a hot spot for basking sharks feeding, breeding and migrating in the summer.
Researchers discovered that carnivorous plants such as the Venus flytrap can count. This is likely their way of avoiding false alarms and making sure they have captured a juicy bug before releasing their digestive enzymes.
Promiscuous male crickets ultimately reduce their chances of having a child due to sperm competition -- as their partners will also mate with many other males.
Humans, of course, do Zumba and Cross-Fit and many other things to stay fit. However, researchers investigating animals' active lifestyles are wondering whether they too work out to maintain perfect figures.
Snowshoe hares typically shed their brown summer coats to blend in with the snowy scenery of the winter. However, when there is no snow, these mismatched animals have no place to hide and increase their chances of being spotted by a predator.