Animals

November 6, 2021

Scientists Discover a 17,000-Year-Old Woolly Mammoth Roamed Enough to Circle the Earth Twice

In the children's classic film Ice Age, a woolly mammoth and a sabertooth tiger trek far and wide to return a baby to its early human parents. While this interspecies friendship may be a bit far-fetched, a new study published in Science proves that mammoths were, in fact, prodigious walkers. Researchers from the University of Alaska Fairbanks tested the composition of a 17,000-year-old tusk.

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November 3, 2021

Beautiful Blue Jay Still Has Half of Its Baby Feathers as It Transitions Into Adulthood

Adolescence is an awkward time for all of us, but it’s not just people that go through physical changes—animals do too. In a photo posted on Reddit, a “teenage” Blue Jay (Cyanocitta cristata) is captured transitioning between having its fluffy, gray baby feathers to sporting its vibrant blue adult plumage. With gray down feathers up top and sleek, blue feathers on its lower half, this little bird seems to have a split personality.

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October 27, 2021

Heroic Dog Gets Award for Saving More Than 100 Koalas From Australia’s Bushfires

Not all heroes wear capes; some of them wear collars and harnesses. In 2019, we introduced you to Bear, the 6-year-old Australian Koolie who helped save over 100 injured koalas from Australia's wildfires of 2019–2020. The diligent dog did such a great job that he was recently honored with an award from the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW).

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October 21, 2021

Golden Retriever Breaks Guinness World Record for Most Tennis Balls Held in the Mouth by a Dog

Many dogs love playing fetch, but there’s one pup in Canandaigua, New York, who can’t seem to get enough of it. Finley the Golden Retriever can hold six tennis balls in his mouth at one time, earning him the Guinness World Record for “most tennis balls held in the mouth by a dog.” Golden Retrievers have a natural drive to retrieve (hence the breed’s name), but tennis balls are particularly enticing for these playful dogs.

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