A huge number, 150,000, of Adélie penguins have disappeared from Antarctica's Commonwealth Bay. A recent study tied the occurrence to a giant iceberg that grounded in the area, isolating the penguins and causing them to starve to death. But critics are challenging that claim, suggesting that the birds relocated, instead.
A dozen giant sperm whales have found themselves stranded along the Dutch island of Texel and the German islands of Wangerooge and Helgoland this year. Experts say many made made wrong turns toward the coast after becoming disoriented.
Smaller hatchlings who have to compete with larger siblings for food grow up become obese adults birds, say researchers who tested starling hatchlings to determine whether competition for food after birth had a long-lasting effect.
Conservationists and wildlife biologists alike are bound to be disappointed. A new study has determined that 'walking hibernation' - a fabled adaptation that could help some bear species survive in unwelcoming environments - just isn't possible for polar bears. As a result, there is even less faith that these critically endangered creatures will ever survive a warming world.
Nearly 700 koalas have been killed in what local media agencies are calling a "secret culling" conducted by Victoria state government employees in Australia. Officials are defending the decision, saying that the koalas were so overpopulated and starving that they were "falling out of the trees," but critics are saying that it should have never gotten to that point in the first place.
A disturbingly high number of sea lion pups are becoming stranded along the Californian coast this year, worrying experts who can only speculate as to why these animals are not with their mothers during what is normally a safe and essential nursing period.