Whoosa vicious helpful predator? You are! Yes you are!
Dingoes increase cattle yields, mountain lions reduce car crashes and vultures eat organic waste: like them or not, predators help humans.
Great tit takes off.
City living isn't for everyone, but certain birds can prosper in the environment.
Pan having sex with a goat, statue from Villa of the Papyri, Herculaneum, 1752.
The vast discrepancy between abhorrence of bestiality and acceptance of slaughtering on animals suggests that thinking imaginatively about animal orgasm may help us to be more compassionate toward animals.
Dogs don’t follow the rules on larger animals living longer.
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Dogs don't follow the rules on larger animals living longer. A 70kg Great Dane is lucky to reach seven years, but a 4kg Chihuahua can live for 10 years or more.
A shepherd with his flock in the Netherlands.
Humans have long been trying differentiate themselves from the rest of the biological world. Is it because we're superior, or just insecure?
A boobook enjoys its vantage point, courtesy of humans.
From falcons that hunt by the light of skyscrapers, to bears that sit in wait at weirs, animals are using human structures to help them catch a meal.
Ocelot of trouble.
Three researchers studied the "crop raiders" of the Brazilian rainforest in the hope of aiding both local farmers and wildlife conservation.
The echidna has a four-headed penis.
The competition to father young is often most intense behind the scenes.
Snakes have survived millions of years by using their bodies in increasingly creative ways.
What goes in must come out.
Sugiura & Sato, Kobe University
Meet the brawny bug with a concoction so caustic it'll make a toad vomit.
How do different species have sex? Medieval illuminated manuscripts contain some surprisingly varied depictions.
We know that lots of animals, maybe all animals, sleep. Cats, dogs, even worms and jellyfish sleep. But we still don’t know exactly why they started sleeping.
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Pond snails use things like rocks or the side of their aquarium as their bed, attaching themselves while they sleep. This might not seem very relaxing but their shells do hang away from their body.
Capuchin monkeys understand fairness, sheep recognise their friends, rats make sacrifices for buddies. Yes, animals are sentient. Here's the science.
Super-black feathers on these guys are like looking into a dark cave.
Male Birds of Paradise have patches of super-black plumage that absorb 99.95 percent of light. New research identified their feathers' microscopic structures that make them look so very dark.
Where have all the hedgehogs gone?
Worldwide, hedgehogs are disappearing at the same rate as tigers.
As little as three squares of chocolate can make dogs sick.
Chocolate poisoning in dogs remains a problem, particularly at Christmas.
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Museums are not apolitical, and they are not entirely scientific. As such, they don’t really represent reality.
A messenger dog at Etaples, 28 August 1918.
Imperial War Museum
Either medals or destruction appears to await canine companions from the battlefield.
Police officers mark and register bundles of seized python skins in Linyi, Shandong province, China.
This multi-billion pound industry increasingly involves organised crime groups, who see wildlife as a low risk route to profit.
The very existence of kindness and altruism seems to contradict Darwin’s theory of evolution. So how could kind behaviour have evolved?