Jul 2, 2014

Bear rescued after head gets stuck in cookie jar

A frightened bear cub got its head stuck in an oversized cookie jar while rummaging through some trash and had to be rescued from a tree last week. Environmental Protection Department spokesman Larry Ragonese said the 6-month-old cub apparently found the cookie jar Friday ...

Jul 2, 2014

'Slavery' driving apes to extinction

Thousands of great apes are killed or trafficked into “slavery” each year in a multimillion dollar illegal trade that is driving some of man’s closest relatives toward extinction, conservationists said Tuesday. “Organized criminal networks, involving corrupt government officials, threaten great apes with extinction by ...

Tiny shrew has jumbo relatives: DNA study

Jun 27, 2014

Tiny shrew has jumbo relatives: DNA study

A new mammal discovered in the remote desert of western Africa resembles a long-nosed mouse in appearance but is more closely related genetically to elephants, a California scientist who helped identify the tiny creature said Thursday. The new species of elephant shrew, given the ...

Hawaii at center of fight over aquarium fish

Jun 27, 2014

Hawaii at center of fight over aquarium fish

The waters off Hawaii’s largest island are home to half a million brightly colored tropical fish that are scooped up in nets each year and flown across the globe into aquariums from Berlin to Boston. Scientists say the aquarium fishery off the Big Island ...

Electric fishes' secrets found in DNA 'toolbox'

Jun 27, 2014

Electric fishes' secrets found in DNA 'toolbox'

Here is some truly shocking news: Scientists have discovered the secrets behind electric fish, using genetic studies that revealed how these exotic creatures developed an organ that can unleash a wicked jolt. Researchers on Thursday unveiled a genetic blueprint of the electric eel — ...

Monarch butterflies navigate by magnetism, sun

Jun 26, 2014

Monarch butterflies navigate by magnetism, sun

The North American monarch butterfly uses the sun as well as the planet’s magnetic field as navigational tools for its remarkable long-distance migration, scientists say. The butterflies have long been known to use a type of solar compass in the brain. Yet they are ...

Tiny fowl gains fans in Malaysia

Jun 22, 2014

Tiny fowl gains fans in Malaysia

Marching imperiously with a puffed-out chest and soldier’s ramrod posture, Mohamad Hatta Yahaya’s tiny chicken strutted its rich yellow plumage for a stone-faced judge. “Yes my hero, puff out your chest!” Mohamad Hatta cried out above the din of fellow fowl owners as his ...

U.S. mutt abused as a puppy wins title of World's Ugliest Dog

Jun 22, 2014

U.S. mutt abused as a puppy wins title of World's Ugliest Dog

It is that time of year again when dogs with unusually large heads, hairless bodies and other oddities compete for the title of World’s Ugliest Dog. This year’s winner is a 2-year-old mutt named Peanut, whose wild white-and-brown hair, bulging eyes and protruding teeth ...

A cat named Mackerel: undercover

| Jun 22, 2014

A cat named Mackerel: undercover

With Mackerel, the saying “Don’t judge a book by its cover” comes to mind. An American shorthair with likely a bit of American curl thrown in, Mackerel looks like a bit of a toughie. And, with unsteady eyes that have trouble focusing, she can ...