animals

Watch Hermit Crabs Form A Line From Biggest To Smallest To Trade Shells

This is a clip from an episode of BBC’s Life Story and it shows how orderly (and also completely chaotic) hermit crabs can be when it comes to trading homes. They all meet up in front of a shell, line themselves up from biggest to smallest and then trade shells with each other by jumping from one to the next.


A Lone Coyote Running Across The Frozen Waters Of The Boston Bay

Dayshot: The US Coast Guard just tweeted this photo of a coyote running across ice, taken from one of its ships in the Boston Harbour, near Quincy. I imagine this is what would happen if humans were destroyed, civilisation disappeared forever, and everything was cold and miserable — which sounds like Boston to me.


Falconers In Abu Dhabi Train Their Raptors With Drones

In the United Arab Emirates, falconry is one of the oldest and most treasured traditions. The sport dates back to an age when falcons were used to hunt food. Today, it’s a social affair. Even the drones join in the fun.


When The Robots Rise Up, First They Will Fight The Felines

Video: In this video, a combat robot goes up against a gang of ginger kittens. I couldn’t deprive you of the opportunity to watch this, even though it was filmed two years ago and all the cute kittens are now hardened, robot-destroying thugs.


Watch The Unbelievable Camouflage Super Powers Of An Octopus

Octopuses have become my favourite animals because it’s very clear that they possess super powers from an alien world and even clearer that they use those powers for evil (or exactly how I would use them). Here’s an octopus showing off his truly incredible camouflage powers. It goes from a brown mound to a blue water alien real quick.


Chimps And Gorillas Need An Ebola Vaccine Too 

There is a side to the Ebola crisis that, perhaps understandably, has received little media attention: the threat it poses to our nearest cousins, the great apes of Africa. At this moment in time Ebola is the single greatest threat to the survival of gorillas and chimpanzees.


Polar Bears Can Communicate Via Footprints

Polar bears are solitary creatures. They roam around their (increasingly less) snowy habitats, looking for food and love. Food is simple enough. But they have to sniff out love. No, literally, polar bears smell other polar bears’ footprints to know if they can follow them to a suitable mate. How romantic!


The Idaho Government Once Forced Beavers To Skydive With WWII Parachutes

“The Saga of the Skydiving Beavers” sounds like the title for a quirky children’s book, but it’s also a fitting epitaph for a strange, true story of an unconventional approach to habitat resettlement. In 1948, Idaho’s Fish and Game service decided the best way to keep beavers away from growing urban centres was to strap them into old surplus World War II parachutes and airdrop them in the backcountry. The weirdest part of this story? It worked.


America's Forgotten Wolf Still Lives In North Carolina

Did you know there were wolves roaming freely in North Carolina? Neither did we, so we set out to learn more about this rarest of canids: the Red Wolf.


Watch Some Penguins Use An iPad (It's As Adorable As It Sounds)

Watching animals use gadgets is always fun. So amid the hubbub of CES announcements and the drudgery that is the first working Monday of 2015, why not settle back and watch some penguins play with an iPad?