Stories about Animals

February 22, 2019

Found! Fernandina Tortoise Is Not Extinct After All

A team of explorers on the Galápagos Island of Fernandina last week discovered a female giant tortoise from a species thought to have gone extinct in 1906.  The expedition was led by biologist Forrest Galante for Animal Planet’s series “Extinct or...

February 21, 2019

First climate-related extinction confirmed

On Monday the Australian government has recognized the first known demise of a mammal because of human-induced climate change. In a statement released by federal Environment Minister Melissa Price, the status of the Bramble Cay melomys (a small rodent) was moved from...

February 20, 2019

Learning to Live With Coyotes in the City

Researchers from Utah State University in 2016 surveyed wildlife officials in 105 urban areas around the country and they found that 96 of the cities have coyotes in their midst.  Conflicts between humans and coyotes are rising in large urban areas across the country,...

February 19, 2019

One Dope Thing: Even Dolphins Get High

Leave it to the BBC to expose in a documentary that dolphins get high in a most unusual way.  The TV series, called “Spy In the Pod” filmed the dolphins nudging a puffer fish with their snouts, which apparently causes the puffer fish as a defense mechanism...

February 14, 2019

What does consciousness mean in the animal kingdom?

The Atlantic’s Ross Andersen wrote a fascinating piece for the March 2019 issue of the magazine about animal cognition and the scientific community’s rethinking of how animals are aware of themselves and their surroundings. In the piece, he spends time...

February 10, 2019

Plummeting insect populations threaten our way of life

A new analysis, published in the journal Biological Conservation has revealed that more than 40% of insect species are declining and a third are endangered. As the Guardian reported, the rate of extinction is eight times faster than that of mammals, birds, and...

February 8, 2019

One unusual thing: PA man has emotional support gator for depression

  As AP reported, A Pennsylvania man says his emotional support alligator helps him deal with his depression. Joie Henney, 65, said his registered emotional support animal named Wally likes to snuggle and give hugs, despite being a 5-foot-long alligator. The York...


Major Wildlife Trafficking Busts In Hong Kong and Uganda

CNN reported last Friday that Hong Kong customs agents had taken into custody $8 million dollars worth of smuggled endangered species parts, including the largest single cache of pangolin scales.  This was one of the largest wildlife trafficking busts ever in Hong...

February 7, 2019

One Cool Thing: baby Humpback whale spotted minutes after birth 

This rare video captures the precious first moments just after a humpback whale gave birth off the coast of Maui. Lars Bejder, the director of the University of Hawai’i at Mānoa’s Marine Mammal Research Program, said that this is the closest researcher has...