Get a room! Ueno Zoo's bashful pandas try for a baby

Feb 5, 2016

Get a room! Ueno Zoo's bashful pandas try for a baby

Two giant pandas at Tokyo’s Ueno Zoo have been given some private time in a bid to create a romantic environment in which the bashful creatures can mate. Public viewing was halted on Thursday in the hope that male Ri Ri — who zookeepers ...

Feb 3, 2016

Like humans, ravens can imagine being watched: study

Ravens can imagine being spied upon by a hidden competitor, showing a capacity for abstraction once thought to be exclusively human, according to a study released Tuesday. In a clever set of experiments, scientists showed that the famously intelligent birds take extra care to ...

The year of Miyazaki Island's fish-eating monkeys

Feb 3, 2016

The year of Miyazaki Island's fish-eating monkeys

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More than half a century ago, wild monkeys living on Kojima Island, Miyazaki Prefecture, drew attention for their habit of washing their food — sweet potatoes at the time — before eating them. Now, they are under the spotlight for eating fish. With 2016 ...

'Humans caused extinction' of huge bird 50,000 years ago

Jan 31, 2016

'Humans caused extinction' of huge bird 50,000 years ago

The mystery behind the extinction of a huge flightless bird called Genyornis that flourished in the grasslands and woodlands of prehistoric Australia may have been solved, with burned eggshells as the clue and people as the culprits. Scientists said Friday burn patterns detected on ...

Shark swallows shark in Seoul aquarium

Jan 30, 2016

Shark swallows shark in Seoul aquarium

Visitors to a giant aquarium in Seoul on Friday witnessed the gory aftermath of a territorial dispute between two sharks, which left one inside the gullet of the other. Staffers at the COEX aquarium said the fight between a 2.2-meter-long (7.2-foot) sand tiger shark ...

Mammoth bones found at Oregon State football field

Jan 29, 2016

Mammoth bones found at Oregon State football field

Construction workers have unearthed the bones of a mammoth and other ice age mammals on the Oregon State University football field. The Oregonian reports that crews working on an expansion around Reser Stadium in Corvallis found a femur from one of the ancient elephants ...