The profile of a killer (a high-speed digital image of dwarf seahorse).
University of Texas at Austin
November 27, 2013 Thanks to the shape of their heads, the inch-long creatures can creep up on their prey. Then they strike with lightning speed. Researchers have captured the way they attack on video.
Elephants at the Mashatu game reserve in Mapungubwe, Botswana.
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November 21, 2013 Animal emotions are increasingly recognized as genuine by scientists. Yet there's still a tendency to consider human relationships, especially outside the biological family, as exceptional. Commentator Barbara J. King challenges this notion.
November 16, 2013 A claim about a clam leads to a discovery for some of us: Those bivalves in our bowls may be centuries-old.
Seven days old and roaring — or raring — to go. A white lion cub born last week at the Belgrade Zoo in Serbia.
October 4, 2013 Animal lovers' hearts may just melt when they see and hear a little lion born last week at the Belgrade Zoo in Serbia.
White lion cubs at South Korea's Everland zoo.
October 1, 2013 The pair of rare lions were put on public display Tuesday for the first time by South Korea's Everland zoo.
"Bear," who has been trained to sniff out Giant African Land Snails.
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August 30, 2013 While Florida hasn't yet declared victory, more than 128,000 of the destructive creatures have been found and eradicated in the past two years. Labrador retrievers are being used to sniff out the snails.
August 16, 2013 It seems that sheep are pretty good at call-and-response. A video of them from New Zealand is going viral.
The olinguito is the first carnivore species to be discovered in the Western Hemisphere in 35 years.
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August 15, 2013 This cousin of the raccoon is the first new carnivore discovered in the Western Hemisphere in 35 years. Native to the Andes Mountains of Colombia and Ecuador where it's still living, the olinguito was actually first identified in a Field Museum specimen storage room in Chicago.
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August 8, 2013 Continuing her occasional exploration into matters of animals and human society, Barbara J. King takes a look at last week's NPR story on frog-gigging. She stands against cruelty to animals, even in the context of an accepted cultural tradition.
The Emmen Zoo's baboons last week, when they were looking so sad.
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August 7, 2013 At a zoo in the Netherlands, 112 baboons suddenly started acting oddly. They turned their backs to visitors. They moped around. They didn't want to eat. It was a week before they got back to normal. Were they upset by a storm or an earthquake that people didn't feel? Maybe aliens? It's a mystery.
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Those are two whales coming up from the water, just feet away from two divers off the coast of central California. The image is from a video, which has gone viral, taken on Saturday.
July 23, 2013 Off the coast of central California over the weekend, two divers were in the water when a pair of humpback whales surfaced just feet away. The huge creatures were feeding on small fish and experts say the two divers are lucky they weren't injured.
Two Iberian lynxes at a nature reserve in northern Spain. (February 2006 file photo.)
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July 22, 2013 The "world's most endangered feline species," the Iberian lynx, faces continued pressure because its prey is disappearing. Researchers say the cats need to be introduced to parts of the Iberian peninsula that are higher in altitude and latitude.
Cue the Jaws theme: A hammerhead shark in the shallow Gulf of Mexico waters of Seagrove Beach, Fla., on Monday.
July 15, 2013 NPR's Russell Lewis got quite a view from the beach Monday as a hammerhead cruised among swimmers. Check the picture he snapped.
A Sumatran tiger at the Sumatra Tiger Rescue Center near Bandar Lampung on the southern tip of Sumatra island
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July 8, 2013 The Indonesian men caught a tiger cub in a snare meant for deer. Other tigers heard the cub's cries. One man died after his branch broke, tossing him to the ground, and the tigers attacked. The other five managed to hold out — and hold on — until help arrived.
The white-throated needletail, after it was found below the wind turbine it hit on an island off the northwest coast of Scotland.
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June 29, 2013 When a white-throated needletail was spotted off the northwest coast of Scotland, dozens of enthusiasts rushed to the area. "Twitchers" is British slang for those who have a passion for spotting hard-to-find birds. But their joy turned to grief when the little bird from Asia hit a wind turbine.
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