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Science stories about animal research, including wildlife conservation and endangered animals studies.

<p>The Red Sea roving coralgrouper can use "sign language" to hunt. Photo Credit: Klaus Jost, University of Michigan's Animal Diversity Web</p>

Can Fish Use Sign Language?

(FISH/ANIMAL SCIENCE) Two types of fish—grouper and coral trout—have been found to use sign language to help out their hunting buddies. A study revealed the fish are able to “point” their heads toward prey to alert their partners in crime where their next meal is hiding. After studying gesturing grouper in the wild, researchers found […]

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Do Animals Have A Sense Of Humor?

(WILDLIFE/ANIMAL SCIENCE) Studies show that our great ape relatives, from chimpanzees to gorillas, experience pant-like laughter when positively stimulated. These extremely intelligent beings are also known to have great senses of humor, and are able to crack their own jokes. It was also discovered that rats experience something close to laughter when they are being […]

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Toads may gather into groups before a quake occurs. Photo credit: BBC Nature

Can Animals Predict Earthquakes?

(ANIMAL SCIENCE) CHINA — While studies have shown dogs can possibly predict earthquakes, Chinese government researchers believe that other animals such as chickens, fish, and toads may also be capable of predicting quakes. — Global Animal

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<p>A new study explains why penguins have lost their ability to fly. Photo Credit: Wikimedia Commons</p>

Why Penguins Can’t Fly

(ANIMAL SCIENCE/PENGUINS) Millions of years ago, penguins lost their ability to fly, and now scientists finally know why. The tuxedoed birds are some of the best divers out there, but unfortunately good flippers don’t make for good flyers. Scientists say, once penguins sacrificed flight, their wings and body size most likely evolved quite rapidly since […]

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15 Weird Animal Facts!

(WEIRD ANIMAL FACTS/ABOUT ANIMALS) Have you ever wondered how fish communicate? Or why you just can’t shake those pesky mosquitoes? There are so many things that we still don’t know about our friends in the animal kingdom, but we learn new, fun, and weird animal facts all the time. Check out these facts about animals, […]

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<p>Mother goats remember their kids' voices a year after separation. Photo Credit: Brian Squibb</p>

A Mama Goat Never Forgets

(MOTHER’S DAY/ANIMAL SCIENCE) Many mammal moms recognize their babies’ cries during the post-birth and nursing periods, but it can be difficult to observe whether those bonds last over time. However, according to new research, mother goats are able to recognize their babies’ bleats at least a year after separation. Read on to learn more about […]

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<p>What type of music does your pet prefer? Photo Credit: Shutterstock</p>

Does Your Pet Like Your Music?

(PETS/ANIMAL SCIENCE) We hate to break it to you, but your cat might not like that Radiohead CD you always play. Scientists have been able to pinpoint what types of music different animals prefer, and surprisingly it has more to do with the size of the animal than their relative temperament. Read more to find […]

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If You’re Happy & You Know It…Can Your Dog Tell?

(ANIMAL BEHAVIOR/ANIMAL SCIENCE) For many dog guardians, the results from a recent study on the emotional awareness of dogs may come as no surprise. The study, conducted by scientists at the University of Veterinary Medicine in Vienna, Austria, claims dogs are able to recognize the difference between their guardian’s smiling face and angry face. — […]

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