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.
An injured Northern Gannet seabird recently underwent life-saving surgery at the South Florida Wildlife Center to remove a hook from its stomach and treat two bullet wounds. Doctors say the animal has a rough road to recovery ahead.
A new monitor lizard, scientifically known as Varanus semotus, was recently found isolated on Mussau Island. Boasting a long turquoise-spotted tail, this lizard is considered the island's top predator.
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.
A new study from the University of Oxford revealed that the further turtle doves and reed warblers traveled, the more new neurons they had in their brain. Interestingly, however, researchers found the neurons are utilized for different purposes.
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!
In an attempt to gather valuable shark conservation data that looks at reproduction rates and population growth, researchers from the University of North Florida have moved from common dissection to the less invasive, and maybe more interesting, method of non-lethal ultrasound.
A new fossil fish found among a collection displayed at Perot Museum of Nature and Science in Dallas, Texas, boasted some interesting characteristics, including a rotund tuna-like body and "hook-shaped sail" on its back.
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.
A baby Western lowland gorilla was recently born at a U.K. Zoo after an emergency C-section performed by University of Bristol Professor David Cahill. The infant and its mother are receiving 24-hour care and are recovering well.
A recent study found that people who fear spiders often perceive the arachnids as being bigger than they really are. Researchers say their findings may help treat certain phobias.
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.