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Do Animals Have a Sense of Competition? Do Animals Have a Sense of Competition?

Humans do the wildest things to animals—stick them with experimental drugs, mash them into cheap nuggets, mount their severed heads on dining room walls. Against this backdrop of chaos and mass extermination the Puppy Bowl seems fairly benign, as do all those other events, like the Kentucky Derby, where animals are…

These Asexual Animals Don’t Need Love on Valentine’s Day (or Any Day) These Asexual Animals Don’t Need Love on Valentine’s Day (or Any Day)

Does all the stress of finding a partner get you down? Do you ever wish you could just start a family of your own, with kids that looked just like you, but without all of the trouble of finding another individual to mix sex cells with?

No One Really Knows When Wild Rabbits Became Fluffy Domesticated Bunnies No One Really Knows When Wild Rabbits Became Fluffy Domesticated Bunnies

Rabbits are a treasured source of companionship, entertainment, and—if you’re living most anywhere besides the U.S.—food. But a new analysis published Wednesday in Cell Press Reviews suggests that whether you turn to folk tales or DNA, there’s no easy way to tell when rabbits actually became part of our domesticated…

Parisian Zoo Recaptures 50 Escaped Hostages  Parisian Zoo Recaptures 50 Escaped Hostages 

The Vincennes Zoo in Paris was evacuated Friday morning after a group of 50 hostages revolted against their captors.

How These Deafening Shrimp Evolved Their Own Deadly Sonic Weapon How These Deafening Shrimp Evolved Their Own Deadly Sonic Weapon

There are some shrimp species equipped with truly remarkable weaponry. The pistol shrimp’s massive claw closes with a powerful snap—louder than a gunshot, at 210 decibels—temporarily creating an air bubble with so much energy that it pops with an underwater shock wave and a flash of light and heat temporarily hotter…

There's a Reason Game of Thrones' Dragons Might Make You Blush There's a Reason Game of Thrones' Dragons Might Make You Blush

In George R.R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire series, the author devotes a lot of time to fleshing out and differentiating between the various personalities of Daenerys’ three dragons. HBO’s Game of Thrones has done the same, albeit to a lesser extent, choosing instead to focus primarily on Drogon, the largest of the…

Rich People Have Installed Anti-Bird Spikes in Trees to Keep Bird Poop Away from Cars

Nobody likes it when a bird poops on their car. But the residents of a wealthy neighborhood in Bristol, England seem to have taken this dislike to another level. They’ve installed anti-bird spikes on local trees. Humans really are the worst.

Behold The Most Hilarious Wildlife Photos of 2017 Behold The Most Hilarious Wildlife Photos of 2017

Wildlife photographer Tibor Kércz would spend a few nights each year camped out in a tent near a tree, hoping to capture photos of little owls and their nestlings. But just before nightfall on one fateful evening, three of the birds flew out onto a short branch. They landed and tried stabilizing themselves... but the…

Can You Find the Perfectly-Camouflaged Snow Leopard Hidden On This Mountainside? Can You Find the Perfectly-Camouflaged Snow Leopard Hidden On This Mountainside?

There’s a good reason it’s so difficult for photographers and film crews to capture the elusive snow leopard in the wild. The animal’s not only a master of stealth, it also sports a patterned fur coat that turns it nearly invisible in its natural habitat. Can you find the big cat sneaking up on its prey in this…

The Feds Cannot Stop You From Tossing Live Turkeys Out Of An Airplane But Consider Not Doing It Anyway The Feds Cannot Stop You From Tossing Live Turkeys Out Of An Airplane But Consider Not Doing It Anyway

The annual, reasonably disgraceful tradition of an “anonymous” pilot dropping live turkeys from hundreds of feet in the air in Yellville, Arkansas, continued this fall, with several birds dropped on Oct. 14. The FAA said then they were looking into it, but it conceded to HuffPost on Saturday that there was nothing…

How Do Animals Recognize Each Other? How Do Animals Recognize Each Other?

To be a giraffe among giraffes, or a pigeon among pigeons, is to live at all times in that scene from Being John Malkovich—a world in which everyone you know looks pretty much exactly like you. However wondrously varied the animal kingdom might be, on a species-level its residents tend to look more similar than not—at…

Extinct Giant Otter Ruled With Powerful Jaws Extinct Giant Otter Ruled With Powerful Jaws

You might have heard about that insane extinct otter that lived around 6 million years ago and weighed around 11o pounds—about as much as a wolf. Further research shows its powerful jaw could have made it a dominant predator.

Apparently These Sheep Can Recognize Emma Watson and Barack Obama Apparently These Sheep Can Recognize Emma Watson and Barack Obama

Sheep seemed to recognize the faces of Barack Obama, Emma Watson, and even Jake Gyllenhaal in a new study. And you thought you were so special, human.

Invasive Hippos, Camels, and Elephants Offer a Glimmer of Hope for Earth’s Megafauna Invasive Hippos, Camels, and Elephants Offer a Glimmer of Hope for Earth’s Megafauna

It’s standard news to hear about the rapid decline of wildlife these days: As humanity’s environmental impact has surged since the Industrial Revolution, animals have suffered the brunt of the consequences. But megafauna—i.e. very large animals—have been the target of human activity for much longer, and many of them…

A Giant Tree-Dwelling Rat in the Solomon Islands Has Finally Discovered Western Scientists A Giant Tree-Dwelling Rat in the Solomon Islands Has Finally Discovered Western Scientists

The Solomon Islands—a nation comprised of nearly one thousand islands located northeast of Australia, between Vanuatu and Papua New Guinea—is an impressive corner of the globe. Dense, lush rainforest blankets the majority of the islands, and the country’s coral reef biodiversity is among the richest in the world. Many…

Brainless Jellyfish Are Making Us Rethink Our Understanding of Sleep Brainless Jellyfish Are Making Us Rethink Our Understanding of Sleep

If you’ve ever seen a jellyfish in the wild, at an aquarium, or in one of those 11-minute-long relaxation videos on YouTube, you’ve probably wondered: What are jellyfish trying to do? What is their goal? The answer is not entirely obvious, as these barely sentient blobs seem to senselessly ferry themselves from one…

Crazy New Hermit Crab Makes Its Home Inside Another Living Animal Crazy New Hermit Crab Makes Its Home Inside Another Living Animal

The life of a hermit crab is one of repetition. Find an abandoned snail shell. Live in it. Nom on some flecks of detritus. Grow bigger. Find a slightly bigger shell. Repeat all steps for the rest of your crustacean life. The most onerous part is continually upgrading the shell, a process that can get pretty intensely…

7 Mythical Creatures Besides Dragons Who Deserve to Be Stars 7 Mythical Creatures Besides Dragons Who Deserve to Be Stars

When it comes to fantasy, mythical creatures are a given. Specifically, dragons are a given. Sometimes, a unicorn or two will pop up, but fantasy has a real thing for dragons. And while giant flying lizards are great and all, the focus on dragons has meant we have not given other creatures their proper pop culture due.

Screaming Hairy Armadillos Articulate Our Existential Dread

Adulthood is kind of like the Olympics where the main event is trying not to fall apart under the weight of your own ennui. Sometimes, you’ve just got to let that internal tension out by screaming into the open air. Or a pillow. Or the frozen foods section at Whole Foods. But honestly, no creature shouts into the void…

Biologist Subjects Himself to an Electric Eel Attack for Science Biologist Subjects Himself to an Electric Eel Attack for Science

It’s no secret that the electric eel (Electrophorus electricus) is a species not to be messed with. Capable of generating an electric discharge of more than 800 volts, the enigmatic tropical fish can easily stun prey and would-be predators alike. Land-lubbing assailants aren’t safe either; the eels can breach out of…

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