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Hippo Poo Is Suffocating Fish in East Africa Hippo Poo Is Suffocating Fish in East Africa

Usually, dumping fish-killing garbage into rivers is a human’s job. But hippos seem to be doing it, too, through their routine mass pooping events.

Severed Chicken Head Experiment Shows We're Underestimating How Many Animals Are Killed by Cars

The shocking experience of hitting a deer on the road is occasionally followed by something you might find even stranger—passing pickup truck drivers asking if they can keep the corpse. 

Dog-Walking App Wag, Which Is Kind of Like an Uber for Dogs, Reportedly Loses Another Good Boy [Updated] Dog-Walking App Wag, Which Is Kind of Like an Uber for Dogs, Reportedly Loses Another Good Boy [Updated]

Dog-walking service Wag, the subject of fairly numerous press reports in the tabloid media regarding lost canines, has come up again in NYC rag the New York Post in reference to yet another pup that slipped a leash.

South Georgia Island Has Finally Been Certified Free of Swarms of Rats That Feasted on Rare Birds South Georgia Island Has Finally Been Certified Free of Swarms of Rats That Feasted on Rare Birds

Exterminators have successfully cleansed the remote British overseas territory of South Georgia island in the South Atlantic of invasive rats that, since the year 1775, had been feasting on the eggs and chicks of two species of birds found nowhere else on the planet and many others.

Mad Scientists Taught a Predatory Spider to Jump for Them and Now We're All Probably Doomed

Scientists at the University of Manchester in the UK trained a spider named Kim to jump for them, then recorded her leaps on high-speed cameras. But don’t worry, their research—published Tuesday in Scientific Reports—isn’t meant for anything nefarious. Nah, they just want to learn how to build a whole legion of…

Why Do Cats Wag Their Tails?

Cats are enigmatic little creatures. It’s hard to get a read on them. Does your cat love you, or would it gladly stab you in your sleep, if only it had thumbs and a slightly larger brain? The cat never tells—it thrives on inscrutability. But it can’t help betraying certain signs of its inner life: it’s hard to play…

Hawaii Legislature Passes First-of-Its-Kind Ban on Sunscreens With Ingredients That Kill Corals Hawaii Legislature Passes First-of-Its-Kind Ban on Sunscreens With Ingredients That Kill Corals

Hawaii legislators approved a bill on Tuesday that would ban the sunscreen containing the ingredients oxybenzone and octinoxate, an ingredient in 3,500+ of the world’s most popular brands that has been linked to the death of coral reefs.

Kids Raised on Farms Are Healthier in Two Important Ways Kids Raised on Farms Are Healthier in Two Important Ways

Scientists have long speculated that the “dirtier” the environment we grow up in—with lots of germs from different people and even animals—the better off our immune system and physical health ultimately will be. A new study published Monday in Proceedings of the National Academy of Science provides early evidence that…

London Residents Warned That Invasive, Toxic Caterpillars Are Out in Force This Year London Residents Warned That Invasive, Toxic Caterpillars Are Out in Force This Year

Don’t underestimate the humble caterpillar. While it might not look all that dangerous compared to humans mainly worried about stings and bites, many varieties are covered in toxic spines, as residents of London are being warned this weekend.

Which Animal Kills the Most Humans? Which Animal Kills the Most Humans?

Animals fatally maul, sting, trample, and chew about a million humans per year. Pretty nice of them, given the numbers on our side—the average of 750 million chickens we kill in the U.S. every month, for instance. In an ideal world, no one would ever get mauled by a bear, or contract rabies from a feral squirrel. But…

Oh My God, Check Out This Amazing Baby Gorilla

The Smithsonian’s National Zoo celebrated the birth of a male baby western lowland gorilla on Sunday—the first time in nine years that staff at the zoo have managed to get the critically endangered species to breed in captivity, the institution wrote in a blog post.

Did Facebook Sleuths Get to the Bottom of Minnesota's Mummified Monkey Mystery? Did Facebook Sleuths Get to the Bottom of Minnesota's Mummified Monkey Mystery?

After a Minneapolis Facebook group posted a photo of a mummified monkey discovered inside a historic building, Minnesota sleuths scrambled to figure out how it ended up there. So far, the leading theories involve an exotic pet store and a mayor’s father who stole a monkey, but let it loose after it defecated all over…

Showering Under a Water-Spewing Dragon Head Fulfills More Fantasies Than I Can Count

When affordable 3D printers first hit the market, many predicted the machines—inspired by Star Trek’s replicators—would change the world as we know it. Many years later, the world doesn’t feel all that different, but now that I can shower under a water-spewing decapitated dragon, I’m declaring 3D printers humanity’s…

Newly Sequenced Cockroach Genome Explains Why They Are So Goddamn Hard to Kill Newly Sequenced Cockroach Genome Explains Why They Are So Goddamn Hard to Kill

Cockroaches have been one of humanity’s most unwanted, yet admirably persistent, roommates for thousands of years. But despite our reluctant intimacy, there’s still a lot we don’t understand about these insects. A new study, published today in Nature Communication, unpacks the genes that make roaches tick—and helps…

United Airlines Re-Routes Plane After Third Dog-Related Mishap of the Week United Airlines Re-Routes Plane After Third Dog-Related Mishap of the Week

United Airlines had its third dog-related mishap this week, following up on the death of a puppy its flight attendants allegedly insisted be stuffed in an overhead bin and the accidental shipment of another dog to Japan by putting a third dog in the wrong plane.

After Puppy Dies in Overhead Bin, United Airlines Mistakenly Sends Different Dog to Japan After Puppy Dies in Overhead Bin, United Airlines Mistakenly Sends Different Dog to Japan

United Airlines did a very sad, regrettable thing this week when its attendants insisted a passenger store their 10-month-old French bulldog in the overhead bin on a flight from Houston to New York, resulting in said puppy’s untimely death of probable suffocation. In the second story casting doubt on the airline’s…

An Idaho Science Teacher Allegedly Fed a Puppy to a Snapping Turtle in Front of Students An Idaho Science Teacher Allegedly Fed a Puppy to a Snapping Turtle in Front of Students

According to a Monday report in East Idaho News, longtime Preston Junior High School science teacher Robert Crosland is in trouble over what Preston School District 201 Superintendent Marc Gee says is a “regrettable circumstance involving some of the biological specimens” for use in Crosland’s classes.

What's the Filthiest Animal? What's the Filthiest Animal?

Ever since the 19th century, when disease was first linked to sewage-contaminated water, humans have gone to great lengths to escape their own filth. Meanwhile, animals have gone on reveling in the stuff—eating it, strategically dropping it, flinging it around just to pass the time, etc. Same goes for mud, piss,…

Trump Administration, Which Said It Would Keep African Elephant Trophy Ban, Changes Its Mind Trump Administration, Which Said It Would Keep African Elephant Trophy Ban, Changes Its Mind

After months of back and forth on the subject, President Donald Trump’s administration has done what everyone pretty much knew it would do the whole time and has lifted a ban on the importation of some African elephant trophies from Zimbabwe and Zambia.

'Free Exotic Animals': Dozens of Animals Stolen From Wildlife Sanctuary After Fake Craigslist Ad [Updated] 'Free Exotic Animals': Dozens of Animals Stolen From Wildlife Sanctuary After Fake Craigslist Ad [Updated]

On Sunday morning, someone took 13 tortoises, seven birds, seven ring-tailed lemurs, five marmosets, and four monkeys from the We Care Wildlife Sanctuary in Miami, loaded all the animals into a truck, and drove off.

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