New research shows how tamarin monkeys transfer new types of food to their young.
Patting, shoeing, grooming, feeding, and even putting them in a stable - the list of seemingly benign human interactions that can confuse or upset horses is surprisingly long. On the eve of the official Horse's Birthday, we explain why.
In experiments, African grey parrots have shown an ability with numbers.
Some animals demonstrate an ability for mathematics that reflects a more sophisticated understanding of language.
A Californian sea lion swims behind empty seats in its enclosure at a zoo in Berlin, April 4 2020.
One aquarium in Japan has asked the public to make video calls to captive garden eels so they don't forget about human visitors.
Clapping underwater takes real strength. But wild grey seals can do it, to warn off competitors and attract potential mates.
The male bluehead wrasse defends his group of yellow females, one of whom has to step-up and take charge if he leaves.
When a male bluehead wrasse is removed from the group he dominates, the largest female changes sex, rapidly transforming ovaries into sperm-producing testes. Molecular research shows how.
Not all pets will make good house cats, but there are ways to make a life indoors more fulfilling.
Prey species rely on camouflage and escape to avoid getting eaten. How can they make them work together?
Stylish? No. Effective? Probably not.
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Magpie attacks aren't as common as you (and the media) might think. But here are a few tricks to get you through swooping season unscathed - and a few classic tactics that don't work.
Therizinosaurs and their fossilised eggs.
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New research suggests some dinosaurs buried and protected eggs in groups.
A wild leopard seal on South Georgia.
Cooperation or theft? New observations show wild leopard seals sharing food when targeting king penguins in Antarctica.
Understanding happiness in chickens could tell us how to improve their housing.
Nests are not for sleep. They are for babies.
We need to understand what a swallow's nest is really for – and it is not mainly for sleeping.
The moon covers much of the sun during the total solar eclipse, in Merlo, San Luis, Argentina, July 2 2019.
While the world gathers to see an eclipse, what's the rest of nature doing?
Some lizards such as geckos can self-amputate their tails when threatened - these limbs can keep twitching for up to 30 minutes, creating a distraction and allowing the lizard to escape.
Why do some animals amputate their own limbs? Turns out, there's a whole bunch of reasons why this strategy has evolved.
Parents want their children to be kind to animals, but a hug looks very different to a frightened dog.
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If you're having a bad month, your dog probably is too.
The discovery sheds light on how early humans evolved larger brains and the ability to eat meat.
Both male and female Tasmanian devils can become very violent during sexual interactions.
Tasmanian Devils can be incredibly aggressive during mating season and their biting can have fatal consequences.
The personality of a pet owner can help a veterinarian understand the health and welfare of the pet.
Pets can be influenced by the personality traits of their owners, something veterinarians could use to help them diagnoise any pet problems.