Posted July 9, 2012 by Laurie Kay Olson

The world's smallest diving mammals, water shrews, apparently have a unique talent that allows them to survive diving in icy water. They seem to have the ability to quickly raise their body temperature before submerging themselves in water in search of such tasty tidbits as aquatic insects, small fish, tadpoles, snails, and slugs.

Posted July 8, 2012 by Laurie Kay Olson

Zookeepers in Indonesia are hoping to get Tori, a 15-year-old orangutan, to kick the smoking habit that she picked up a decade ago when visitors would throw their cigarette butts into her open cage. She would mimic their behavior and soon became addicted. Previous attempts to get Tori smoke-free have failed.

Posted July 8, 2012 by John P. Barker

Okay--let's get this straight: I'm a man.  A manly man.  And I do manly things like camping, chopping giant stumps of wood with my bare hands, and wrestling alligators.  Yeah, that's right.  Like 20-foot long alligators.

But I found this video really cute...

Posted July 6, 2012 by Laurie Kay Olson

Feeding wild animals is never a good idea. Doing so can lead to aggressive behavior, overpopulation, and the spread of disease. It has become such an issue in the parks around Tacoma, Washington, that the Metro Parks Tacoma is taking steps to deal with the problem -- feeding human food to animals now carries a hefty fine.

Posted July 6, 2012 by John P. Barker

Most of us animal-lovers have probably heard the audio recording of the drunk guy at a phone booth calling the cops because he was being attacked by a deer.  Whether this was a hoax or not, here is proof that deer are tougher than they look...

Posted July 5, 2012 by Laurie Kay Olson

It just wasn't the sort of thing you would expect to see along the highway in Washington State. Squirrels, raccoon's, and skunks, sure, but a kangaroo? The wayward roo almost caused several accidents on Saturday as motorists were caught off guard by the sight.

Posted July 3, 2012 by Laurie Kay Olson

On Sunday, June 10, a christening was held for 15 baby elephants at the Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage in Sri Lanka.  The starting initial for each name was selected by an astrologer based on their birth dates and times for the luckiest and most advantageous letters. The names for the junior pachyderms had then been suggested by visitors.

Posted July 2, 2012 by Myra Per-Lee

I must be very empathetic, because when I look at the image of this dog,
I yawn. I can't even help myself!  It's no wonder that contagious
yawning is a path used by social scientists to measure empathy -
vicarious experiencing of the feelings, thoughts, and even attitudes of
another.  Baboons and chimps are champs at empathy, especially with
members of their own family or group; but what about dogs?