People in Suffolk Aren’t Taking Badger Damage Seriously Enough

Badgers are the latest thing causing chaos and destruction out there on the roads, with one stretch of tarmac in the Suffolk village of Somersham so undermined by their tunneling activities that stretches of the road have been closed. Read More >>

Newly Sequenced Cockroach Genome Explains Why They Are So Hard to Kill

Cockroaches have been one of humanity’s most unwanted, yet admirably persistent, roommates for thousands of years. But despite our reluctant intimacy, there’s still a lot we don’t understand about these insects. A new study, published today in Nature Communication, unpacks the genes that make roaches tick—and helps explain why they’re so damn hard to get rid of. Read More >>

A US Science Teacher Allegedly Fed a Puppy to a Snapping Turtle in Front of Students

According to a Monday report in East Idaho News, longtime science teacher Robert Crosland at Preston Junior High School is in trouble over what Preston School District 201 Superintendent Marc Gee says is a “regrettable circumstance involving some of the biological specimens” for use in Crosland’s classes. Read More >>

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What’s the Filthiest Animal?

Ever since the 19th century, when disease was first linked to sewage-contaminated water, humans have gone to great lengths to escape their own filth. Meanwhile, animals have gone on revelling in the stuff—eating it, strategically dropping it, flinging it around just to pass the time, etc. Same goes for mud, piss, vomit, blood and rotting carcasses of every make and vintage. Most creatures just don’t have our hang-ups. Read More >>

PETA Worries a Dog With Crufts Arena Invasion

Activists allied with animal rights/feelings group PETA created quite the scene at Crufts over the weekend, when a couple of its people armed with A4 pieces of paper stormed the dog show event right at the big prize-giving moment. Read More >>

Trump Administration, Which Said It Would Keep African Elephant Trophy Ban, Changes Its Mind

After months of back and forth on the subject, President Donald Trump’s administration has done what everyone pretty much knew it would do the whole time and has lifted a ban on the importation of some African elephant trophies from Zimbabwe and Zambia. Read More >>

More Evidence That Dogs ‘See’ the World With Their Powerful Noses

Dogs are equipped with a powerful sense of smell, but scientists haven’t been sure if our canine companions are capable of linking an aroma or scent to a physical object. New research suggests this is very much the case, and that dogs form a mental picture in their mind of the target when they’re tracking down a scent. Read More >>

Tesco Removes Jolly Fox Hunting Fancy Dress Costume

Tesco has removed a fox hunting costume from sale on its online shopping portal, after anti-hunting campaigners discovered the thing and caused quite the furore about the unfortunate item. Read More >>

First Observation of Rigor Mortis in Worms Could Help Us Understand Death by Old Age

Living creatures do amazing things. They grow toward the sun, build cities, lay eggs, and some even bone. But living things must die, and when they do, they tend to get smelly and mushy pretty quickly. But the moments after death, before decomposition, can be amazing in their own right. Scientists have just learned a bit more about this mysterious time by studying common worms. Read More >>

‘Free Exotic Animals’: Dozens of Animals Stolen From Wildlife Sanctuary After Fake Craigslist Ad

On Sunday morning, someone took 13 tortoises, seven birds, seven ring-tailed lemurs, five marmosets, and four monkeys from the We Care Wildlife Sanctuary in Miami, Florida loaded all the animals into a truck, and drove off. Read More >>

These Adorable Critters Are Making Life Hard For Brazilian Farmers

A wide assortment of charming-but-destructive animals are making life difficult for Brazilian farmers in the Amazon, according to a team of researchers recently published in the Journal of Wildlife Management. And they’ve got the photos to prove it. Read More >>

Termites Are Finally Being Recognised For What They Really Are: Social Cockroaches

Very quietly, and without any formal announcement, the Common Names Committee of the Entomological Society of America has decided to list termites in the same category as cockroaches. It seems weird to lump the two together, but it’s a move that scientists have been considering for nearly a century. Read More >>

Wild Animal Circuses Face Ban in 2020

Circuses still exist, they say, although ones licensed to use and show actual wild animals are about to be hit by a new law that wants them to stop existing, as they are to be banned from touring with wild animals in England from 2020. Read More >>

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Do Animals Have a Sense of Competition?

Humans do the wildest things to animals—stick them with experimental drugs, mash them into cheap nuggets, mount their severed heads on dining room walls. Against this backdrop of chaos and mass extermination the Puppy Bowl seems fairly benign, as do all those other events, like the Kentucky Derby, where animals are forced to play sports for our amusement. We know that humans like these games, especially when their bets pay off; but how do the animals feel? What’s, say, on a horse’s mind, when it finishes first in a race? Can an animal have some sense that it’s won something, or, for that matter, lost? Read More >>

The Bigfoot Lawsuit Against California Actually Makes Some Really Good Points

A California woman who claims she saw Sasquatch perched in a tree last year is suing California for refusing to accept what she now knows to be true: Bigfoot inhabits the San Bernardino mountains. Read More >>