Jun 14, 2016

Bird brain? Study shows avian brains packed with neurons

Scientists have long been baffled by the smarts displayed by some birds with tiny brains. But a new explanation may turn the term “bird brain” on its head: Birds have more densely packed neurons in their brains than other animals, contributing to cognitive ability ...

Seagull masala? Bird falls in vat of curry, turns orange

Jun 11, 2016

Seagull masala? Bird falls in vat of curry, turns orange

Officials at a wildlife hospital say a seagull turned bright orange after falling into a vat of chicken tikka masala in Wales. The gull was likely scavenging for food when it became stuck in the thick sauce on Monday. The bird was rescued and ...

Hairy future for Australia's beloved koala

Jun 10, 2016

Hairy future for Australia's beloved koala

A sweet, sickly smell filled the air as a 12-year-old koala named Sherwood Robyn was brought into an examination room at Australia’s first hospital for the furry marsupials. From afar, she appeared in fine health. But closer inspection revealed a “wet bottom” — a ...

Fish photographed inside a jellyfish

Jun 9, 2016

Fish photographed inside a jellyfish

A fish has been pictured swimming inside a jellyfish off Australia’s east coast in a remarkable and rare image that has gone viral, with more than 2 million online views. Underwater photographer Tim Samuel was in the water with a friend near the popular ...

How dogs became man's best friend — twice over

Jun 3, 2016

How dogs became man's best friend — twice over

Ancient humans made dogs their best friend not once but twice, by domesticating two separate populations of wolves far apart in Europe and Asia. Scientists on Thursday said present-day genomes reveal a deep internal split between dogs from opposite ends of the Eurasian continent. ...

Study reveals harm to fish from tiny bit of plastic pollution

Jun 3, 2016

Study reveals harm to fish from tiny bit of plastic pollution

Scientists have demonstrated for the first time the devastating physiological and behavioral effects on fish exposed to the tiny bits of plastic pollution clogging the world’s oceans. Lab experiments with European perch larvae showed exposure to microplastic particles at levels present in seas inhibited ...

Jun 2, 2016

Family will not sue Cincinnati Zoo over child-gorilla incident

The family of a 3-year-old boy who fell into an animal enclosure, prompting the killing of an endangered gorilla, said on Wednesday that it would not sue the Cincinnati Zoo over the incident. The family, whose name has been withheld by police, said through ...