animals

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?


A Drone's-Eye View Of The Smallest, Saddest WhaleTank In The US

You’re probably familiar with the many injustices going down at SeaWorld, including the park’s (weak) attempts at trying to make them right. But now, new drone footage is here to remind you that there are other parks tormenting orcas in equally horrible — if not even sadder — ways. Say hello to Miami Seaquarium’s Lolita, a whale who lives in the smallest, saddest orca tank in the country.


Watch A Tiger Jump Impossibly High For Meat In Slow Motion

Holy crap. I’m pretty sure the fence separating the tigers from the humans does absolutely nothing because these tigers can easily out jump it. Look at them gracefully fly in the air and snatch the meat like a wide receiver catching a touchdown pass. These beasts are basically basically comic book superhero versions of regular cats.


Video: Incredible View Of A Hawk Flying Through A Forest Of Trees

Now this is a true bird’s eye view of flying. And in the future, this may be how DARPA drones fly too. The footage shows a goshawk flying super-fast through a dense forest, and somehow navigating through it. Its wings occasionally hits trees, but it still manages to zip itself through impossible narrow gaps at high speeds.


Outstanding Underwater Film Makes Killer Whales Look Like Magical Creatures

Wow. For a few seconds here, the killer whales look like they have been animated with CGI. They move so effortlessly that they don’t seem real. But Smithsonian shows how this footage was caught, with a camera invented by photographer David Riggs just to see killer whales and what they’re hunting underwater.


Watch A Puppy Grow Into A Full-Grown Dog In 23 Seconds

Video: Meet Sophia. She’s an adorable Rhodesian Ridgeback who is featured in this time lapse that shows her grow from a two-month-old puppy to a full grown tjree-year-old dog. The whole time lapse only lasts 23 seconds. Sophia’s humans totally should have joined in on the picture-taking fun.