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.
At a Lower Paleolithic site in Israel, researchers discovered ancient stone tools that are revealing prehistoric man's taste for meat, according to a new study.
A sight somewhat resembling the hull of Noah's Arc, conservationists in Colombia transported nearly 150 animals, seized from illegal traffickers, and plan to release them back into their natural Amazon habitats after being rehabilitated.
If Barry White were a horse, he'd be the stallion with ALL the mares he could handle. New research has revealed that while mares want their stallion strong, they likewise value a deep-throated whinny, and scientists think they know why.
It's no secret that cats are picky pets. They can be perfectly content with you stroking their soft fur and then suddenly WHAMMO! you get a paw full of claws to the hand. Of course, the temperament of your furry friend influences if and when this happens, but researchers at the University of Lincoln decided to investigate if there is a surefire way to "properly" pet your cat.
And you thought shaking your hair around like a wet dog was fun... A new study has found that geckos have a unique way of shedding moisture in a process that literally launches tiny water droplets away from their skin. Researchers even suspect that this keeps the delicate lizards clean and free of harmful microbial life.
Scientists at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park are hoping that their "frozen zoo" can save the world's endangered species.
It's an iconic image: a wrinkled great-grandmother hovering over a swollen belly while she dangles a needle on thread. "It's a boy" or "it's a girl," she'd proclaim without any real idea of what she's talking about. Scientists have long argued that there is no sure-fire way to determine an unborn child's gender. Even ultrasound can get it wrong. For lemurs, however, all it might take is a sniff of strong motherly BO.
They may look cute and cuddly, but seals are some incredibly ferocious and impressive hunters, gliding silently through the water only to snap their sharp teeth around an unsuspecting fish. More amazing still, even in the low visibility of murky water, they can hunt their food with frightening precision. How do they do it? Wavy facial hair, it turns out, can be a predators' secret weapon.
Ecotherms like reptiles, amphibians and fish are normally able to adapt to changes in the climate, and have done so in the past, but this time around climate change may be moving too fast for these animals to keep up, a new study suggests.
It seems that animals, such as dogs, elephants and chimps, are turning to Mother Nature for means of self-medication by seeking out drugs to treat their own ailments, new research suggests.
Bacteria have existed on the planet for quite some time, a lot longer than animals. It is because of their sophisticated arsenal that they have been able to live in this harsh world for this long. And recognizing their unique and effective warfare, some animals have chosen to steel bacteria's defense mechanisms, according to a new study.
The lemur, Javan rhino and Santa Cruz kangaroo rat are all lonely animals, but they matter too, according to a new study. As endemic species, living in habitats restricted to a particular area, they are more important to biodiversity than previously thought.
The rise of the animals millions of years ago didn't happen sooner due to an oxygen deficiency, according to a new study, letting the air out of one of Earth's nagging mysteries.