Animal Kingdom

Animal Kingdom : Slideshow
12 endangered newborn zoo animals: A slideshow

12 endangered newborn zoo animals: A slideshow

Under siege in the wild, these rare species get a new shot at survival with the help of human caretakers

Animal Kingdom : Analysis
Whale bones buried in the Namibian sand: A whale graveyard was recently found in Chile, with some fossils as big as a bus.

The 'mysterious' whale graveyard discovered in a desert

Scientists play detective after 20 "perfectly intact skeletons" of ancient sea mammals are found thousands of feet away from the Pacific Ocean

Animal Kingdom : Instant Guide
An octopus swims off the coast of Hawaii: The gangly sea creature has been observed using tools and has been known to recognize and remember humans, according to scientists.

The octopus' 'human-like' intelligence

The eight-armed mollusk can use tools, recognize humans, and even play games. Time to bow down before our new cephalopod overlords?

Animal Kingdom : Opinion Brief
Toronto zoo officials want to break up (apparently gay) lovebirds Buddy and Pedro, saying that the need to perpetuate their endangered species trumps the penguins' feelings for each other.

Was it homophobic to separate the Toronto zoo's 'gay penguins'?

Officials say the endangered birds must mate with females to pass on their genes. But what about love?

Animal Kingdom : Instant Guide
As Antarctic fur seal pups grow, they sometimes travel thousands of miles away from their birthplace, only to return to nearly the same spot when it's time for them to give birth.

The 'uncanny' seals that give birth exactly where they were born

"It's as if they have some sort of in-built GPS system," says an awed researcher

Animal Kingdom : Controversy
A slew of dead animals are seen on Terry Thompson's property: Ohio law enforcement officials killed 49 of the 56 wild animals that Thompson freed from his 73-acre ranch before killing himself.

Ohio zoo escape: Should authorities have shot the animals?

An exotic-animal owner frees dozens of lions, tigers, and bears to terrorize Zanesville, Ohio, then shoots himself. Officials respond, controversially, by killing the animals

Animal Kingdom : Instant Guide
A diseased ringed seal, with patches of fur loss, on the Alaskan coast: At least 46 seals have died and some 150 appear to be infected with this mysterious disease.

The 'mysterious' disease killing Alaskan seals 

An unknown virus is causing hordes of ringed seals to develop bleeding lesions and beach themselves on Arctic coasts. What's behind this deadly outbreak?

Animal Kingdom : Instant Guide
Based on the revised size estimates for the T-Rex., some scientists are questioning whether the beasts could even run.

Discovered: The even 'plumper' T. Rex

Was the fearsome Tyrannosaurus Rex more rotund and sluggish than previously imagined? 

Animal Kingdom : Instant Guide
The Kraken is the thing of folklore and the Pirates of the Caribbean movies, but now some new evidence leads scientists to believe the sea monster actually existed.

A strange, bone-filled lair: Proof the kraken existed? 

A paleontologist insists that a massive, octopus-like creature once terrorized the ocean — and turned the bones of its prey into a self-portrait

Animal Kingdom : Instant Guide
A worker crouches in a San Francisco sewer: Scientists studying sewage have discovered at least 43,381 viruses in the filth.

The 'exotic' viruses that live in your sewage 

Scientists discover a wealth of new microscopic bugs... by sifting through excrement on three continents

Animal Kingdom : The List
Happy Feet the emperor penguin was homeward bound earlier this month, but now he's missing and presumed eaten.

Where in the world is Happy Feet the 'wayward' penguin?

The lovable, errant bird nursed back to health in New Zealand goes missing just days after being released to return to his Antarctic home

Animal Kingdom : Analysis
An endangered northern white rhino and its calf: Using stem cells, scientists are developing an artificial reproduction program that could help bring these animals back from the brink.

Will stem cell 'zoos' save endangered species?

There are only seven northern white rhinos left in the world — but a new scientific breakthrough may rescue their kind from extinction

Animal Kingdom : Instant Guide
Gov. Rick Perry's solution to Texas' feral pig problem: Letting hunters pile into helicopters and shoot as many hogs as they want.

Rick Perry and Texas' feral pig problem

In a controversial move endorsed by the governor, Texans are renting "pork choppers" to aerial-hunt the wild hogs who are menacing the Lone Star State

Animal Kingdom : Instant Guide
A new species of spider was found in Israel last year: Scientists say 86 percent of life on land has never been seen, and much of it may be extinct before it is found.

The looming extinction of Earth's plants and animals

We still haven't discovered most of the life on Earth, and we're killing it off before we can find it, scientists warn

Animal Kingdom : Photos
The Protoanguilla palau eel has survived for millions of years without evolving.

The eel that's a 'living fossil'

This 'bizarre' eel has bodily features unlike any other eel, and it may be endangered by the aquarium trade

Animal Kingdom : Fact Sheet
More vampire bats are migrating north as their souther climates get warmer, which could increase the number of their rare, but fatal attacks in the future.

Death from vampire bats: A growing trend?

The first U.S. death from a vampire bat bite has been confirmed, and these might occur more often in the future

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