In a recent study from Nagoya University in Japan, researchers found scale-eating cichlid fish from Africa’s Lake Tanganyika become either right-handed or left-handed as the mature. It is believed that such specialization gives the fish an evolutionary advantage.
While many people can tell when something is wrong with their pet, they might not necessarily understand what the problem is. An international team of veterinary scientists have created a list of 25 important behavioral signs they believe will help pet owners quickly diagnose problems, treat illnesses, and ultimately reduce any pain their cat is suffering from.
When it comes to solving problems, kids and wild great apes will spontaneously invent similar tools. For instance, when given a stick, young children will use it to retrieve Play Doh balls stuck inside a tube, much like apes use sticks to reach insects at the bottom of a hole. This discovery counters previous beliefs suggesting such tool use requires social learning.
Male bluebirds benefit from spending a year at home before moving out to build a nest of their own, according to a new study from Cornell University and the Santa Fe Institute. Researchers say the cooperative behavior, or rather helping out around mom's nest, improves the birds' life span and increases genetic diversity of offspring, as females prefer mating with older males.
Male wild gorillas appear to "hum" or "sing" while eating their favorite food. Since these calls are too quiet to be a sort of "diner bell," researchers suggest they are used to coordinate group feeding activities. In other words, if the food is tasty, males signal to women and younger group members to join in on the good eats.
Strange green flatworms, also known as "mint-sauce worms," collect together in shallow waters along much of Europe's Atlantic coast, forming what researchers call a "superorganism." It is believed that this social behavior helps protect the animals and aids in their photosynthetic feeding.
On tonight's episode of "Wild Things with Dominic Monaghan" the animal enthusiast searchers for Kenya's giant spitting cobra -- a snake that delivers the most venomous bite of all Cobras. Dominic is also nearly trampled by an injured elephant in the savannahs. Don’t miss it!
Terrifying video footage shows the moment an angry rhino suffered a serious bout of road rage and charged straight at tourists trapped in a car at Etosha National Park in Namibia.
An extinct kangaroo ancestor wasn't able to bounce like its modern relatives, but they were able to easily adapt to environmental change and out-live their fanged cousins. Fossils of these creatures were recently unearthed in Australia by researchers from the University of Queensland.
Killer whales have been studied for the first time in their North Atlantic range. Compared to their Pacific Northwest counterparts that feast on Chinook salmon, the Atlantic dwellers prefer preying on minke whales.
Sharks have a reputation for having large appetites, but it appears that reef sharks are remarkably light eaters. After pumping the stomachs of black-tip, white-tip and grey reef sharks, researchers found the animals eat small meals infrequently and opportunistically.
Animal shelter staff often misidentify dogs as pit bulls, solely based on appearance. As a result, they are less likely to be adopted.
In recent years, Florida wildlife officials have been concerned the growing population of rhesus macaques living in Silver Springs State Park. They feared the nonnative animals were taking a toll on the region's ecosystem and had the potential to transmit diseases. But a new study by San Diego State University biologists proves otherwise.
Tiny marine snails known as sea butterflies appear to "fly" underwater much like winged insects do when taking to the sky – representsing a remarkable example of convergent evolution, where two unrelated species develop features that are used in similar ways.
Prehistoric claw marks found inside Australia's Tight Entrance cave reveal a bit more about the continent's extinct predator, the marsupial lion. It turns out the animals were agile hunters that reared their young inside the cave.