Bats have a remarkably strong immune system that helps protect them from deadly diseases like Ebola. Researchers suggest this unique ability could be adapted to improve human health.
Labrador retrievers have been America’s most popular dog breed for the last 25 years. While this is the longest standing reign of any breed since the American Kennel Club started their ranking in the 1880s, the loveable pups may soon be dethroned by French bulldogs.
An eight-year-old male giraffe was recently euthanized at the Houston Zoo in Texas after taking what zookeepers call a "significant fall." After several hours, zookeepers were unable to get the giraffe back on his feet, which indicates he would not be able stand and therefore to recover from the injury.
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.
Polar bears are spending more time inland as sea ice retreats in the Arctic. To reduce human-bear conflict, polar bear patrols have been set up to keep the animals away from people and homes.
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.
Ancient animals known as glyptodonts, equipped with a massive shell and a club-like tail, are exactly what they look like: Giant Armadillos. While this has been the animals' nickname for a while, researchers were only recently able to prove they were in fact very closely related to modern armadillos.
Alligators are growing much smaller and reproducing less in the Florida Everglades. As an indicator species, this suggests the local ecosystem is in poor health, which puts dozens of other threatened and endangered species at risk, too.
Researchers have for the first time found evidence of tumors on a dinosaur fossil that isn't a member of the duck-billed dinosaur family. They were found on the fossilized vertebra of a long-necked titanosaur.
An Indonesia zoo welcomed a newborn baby Sumatran tiger recently. The one-week old tiger joins three additional cubs born in captivity at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park, California. This is a remarkable conservation feat, as the animals are considered critically endangered.
A small bull shark found struggling in the surf at Palm Beach, Florida, was dragged from the water for selfies. While the animal was later released into deeper waters, it is not clear whether or not it survived its time ashore. It is also one of the three sharks most dangerous to humans.
There is no doubt humans have left a lasting impact on the environment since the start of the Industrial Revolution. But a new study suggests people were leaving their mark much earlier: Settlers in Madagascar set forests ablaze 1,000 years ago to make room for cattle pastures.
Eight new whip spiders have been found in Brazil's Amazon rainforest. The arachnids resemble a cross between a spider and a tailless scorpion. This discovery nearly doubles the number known to inhabit Brazil, which now totals 25.
Numerous California songbirds known as pine siskins have been found dead from a communicable disease known as Salmonellosis. As a result, state officials urge people to remove artificial food sources such as birdbaths and feeders.