Mar 27, 2015

Frenchman fights for Gabon gorilla haven

by Celia Lebur

Hearing the dreaded sound of human footsteps, three enormous gorillas jump down from the branches of central Gabon’s lush rain forests and rush off into the distance. To photographer and wildlife lover Max Hurdebourcq, who spends half his year living alone in the heart ...

Two exotic termites find love in U.S., worrying researchers

Mar 26, 2015

Two exotic termites find love in U.S., worrying researchers

Two particularly hungry, exotic termite species apparently have found love halfway around the world and, as with so many other Florida hook-ups, the results are disturbing. Asian and Formosan subterranean termites are two of the most destructive termite species in the world, responsible for ...

Researchers find 'super salamander' fossil

Mar 25, 2015

Researchers find 'super salamander' fossil

Researchers have found fossil remains of a previously unknown species of crocodile-like “super salamander” that roamed the Earth more than 200 million years ago. University of Edinburgh researchers say the species discovered in Portugal was among the Earth’s top predators. The team said Tuesday ...

Mar 16, 2015

Pandas gone wild: Chinese man wins payout for bite

A Chinese man who sued local government officials over an attack by a giant panda has won more than $80,000 in compensation, his lawyer said Monday. The animals are renowned for their lovable appearance but despite their placid, bamboo-chewing image they are members of ...

Falconer catches owl that terrorized Dutch town

Mar 15, 2015

Falconer catches owl that terrorized Dutch town

A falconer has captured an aggressive eagle owl that terrorized a Dutch town by swooping out of the sky and sinking its talons into residents’ heads. The bird earned the nickname “terror owl” in Purmerend, 20 km (12 miles) north of Amsterdam where it ...

Bomb-sniffing elephants? Not so nutty, U.S. Army says

Mar 13, 2015

Bomb-sniffing elephants? Not so nutty, U.S. Army says

Armed with a sharp sense of smell, dogs have a long history of detecting explosives for their human handlers. Trained rats sniff out land mines from old African wars. In Croatia, researchers have tried to train bees to identify TNT. Now elephants. New research ...