Animal Kingdom

Animal Kingdom : Instant Guide
Sure, goats don't have their own language, but they're still prone to picking up the bleating patterns of the animals in their immediate social circle.

Do goats have accents?

Humans from Texas and Canada sound quite different. Is the same true for our bleating, four-legged pals?

Animal Kingdom : Slideshow
A rabbit and a tiger cub

The most unlikely Valentine's couples... in the animal world

From predators cuddling their would-be prey to a ram and deer "wedding," these animal pairs prove that love really is blind

Animal Kingdom : Controversy
A tourist interacts with a whale at Sea World Orlando: PETA claims the marine park is committing something akin to slavery by keeping orcas captive.

Do whales have civil rights?

When it comes to the constitutional amendment banning slavery, PETA argues that orcas are people, too

Animal Kingdom : Burning Question
Burmese pythons, some of them escaped pets, have become common in the Florida Everglades, and they're eating the local wildlife.

Are 12-foot pythons devouring the wildlife in the Florida Everglades? 

Scores of animals native to the Sunshine State's swampy climate are disappearing in "dramatic" numbers — are alien snakes to blame?

Animal Kingdom : Fact Sheet
A California sea lion: The bodies of eight sea lions with gunshot wounds have been found in Washington state, confounding and worrying many experts.

Washington's sea lion murder mystery

Eight protected marine mammals with gunshot wounds are found dead in the Puget Sound area. Who would do such a thing?

Animal Kingdom : Instant Guide
White snowy owls, just like Harry Potter's pet Hedwig, will be swooping through American skies for much of the winter.

America's newest immigration wave: Harry Potter owls? 

White snowy owls that look an awful lot like Hedwig are being spotted above the continental U.S., sending birdwatchers and Potter fans into a frenzy

Animal Kingdom : Instant Guide
Rare "supersoldier" ants have giant heads that dwarf those of their fellow soldier ants, a handy mutation when it's time to block a tunnel during enemy ant raids.

New York's 'horrific' supersoldier ants

Scientists are fascinated by the sudden appearance of monstrous ants with giant, mutated heads in Long Island

Animal Kingdom : Best Video
A never before seen species of octopus, among other creatures, was discovered off the coast of Antarctica.

Discovered: Antarctica's underwater 'lost world'

Using automated submersibles outfitted with cameras, explorers were able to snag a rare glimpse of sunless life surrounding the deep ocean's hydrothermal vents

Animal Kingdom : Instant Guide
A black tip shark: A rare hybrid of two species of black tip sharks has been found in Australia, and researchers say rising ocean temperatures may be driving interbreeding.

Are sharks interbreeding to survive climate change?

Scientists discover 57 rare hybrid sharks swimming off the Australian coast — and suggest two species mated to give their offspring a better shot at survival

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A silkworm cocoon: Scientists have placed spider silk genes into the glands of silkworms for an improved hybrid of spider and worm silk.

The miracle 'spider silk' spun by genetically altered silkworms

Humans have long coveted the ultra-strong webbing of spiders — but it took a scientific breakthrough to actually harvest the stuff

Animal Kingdom : Instant Guide
A young chimp awaits its turn in medical experiments: Recent studies found that a majority of retired lab chimps exhibit depression.

Should we limit medical testing on chimps?

The Institute of Medicine finds most experimentation on chimpanzees to be "unnecessary" — putting the onus on science to adapt

Animal Kingdom : Best Video
A new species of cockroach can jump like a grasshopper and travel distances fifty time its own length.

Discovered: The 'horrible' jumping cockroach

A new species of roach found in South Africa can cover 50 times its body length in a single bound

Animal Kingdom : Instant Guide
A pair of Adelie penguins: Chinese zookeepers have allowed two "gay" penguins to adopt a chick from a female penguin who was struggling to care for both of her twins.

The 'adorable' gay penguins who adopted a baby chick

A Chinese zoo creates an unusual family by fulfilling the apparent dream of two male penguins who just wanted a kid  

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Chunzi the deer licks its love Changmao the ram. Their unlikely romance has stayed strong despite a Chinese zoo's attempt to split them up.

The 'unconventional' romance between a ram and a deer

The unlikely soulmates spice up life at a Chinese zoo with their interspecies love story

Animal Kingdom : Instant Guide
Bana, a 16-year-old Western lowland gorilla, holds her infant last week at Chicago's Lincoln Park Zoo.

Chicago's 'mysterious' baby gorilla death

Chicago's Lincoln Park Zoo staff gleefully welcomed an endangered gorilla's offspring, only to find the infant dead — possibly at its mother's hand — nine days later

Animal Kingdom : Analysis
A sperm whale model at a whaling museum: Newly analyzed fossils suggest the whale evolved from hooved, deer-like creatures.

Did whales have legs?

The remains of an ancient animal found in Egyptian marble may help scientists solve a whale of an evolutionary puzzle

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