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Interior view of Polito’s Royal Menagerie, Exeter Change, Strand, Westminster, London, 1812. Heritage Images/Hulton Archives via Getty Images

Where was the world’s first zoo?

Historians aren’t sure exactly when the first zoo was built, but it’s clear humans have kept exotic animals for thousands of years.
White-tailed deer are one of the few wild species that scientists have found to be infected with the coronavirus – at least so far. Andrew C/WikimediaCommons

Deer, mink and hyenas have caught COVID-19 – animal virologists explain how to find the coronavirus in animals and why humans need to worry

Scientists have been testing captive and wild animals for the coronavirus since the pandemic began. Only a few wild species are known to carry the virus, but many more have been shown to be susceptible.
Specialized anatomy means flightless penguins are master swimmers. Christopher Michel

How many bones do penguins have?

How did penguins end up with so few bones – and become lightning-fast swimmers?
The cute economy is not only a network of cute content that people participate in making, sharing and circulating but also a multibillion-dollar business. (Shutterstock)

Have an Instagram account for your pet? Love sharing funny animal videos? You’re part of the cute economy

If sharing cute animal content is your love language, you’re not alone — you are part of a bigger cultural phenomenon called the cute economy.

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