Animals

4 Incredible Times When Dogs Saved Their Owners and Became Heroes
4 Incredible Times When Dogs Saved Their Owners and Became Heroes

Saving lives, comforting strangers, battling bears: Do dogs have instincts to help human beings?… >>

Hidden Personality Traits, Revealed Through Your Favorite Dog Breed
Hidden Personality Traits, Revealed Through Your Favorite Dog Breed

Can't imagine life without a Labrador, or obsessed with your French Bulldog? Here's what studies… >>

Walking the Family Dog I Never Wanted Got Me Through My Husband's Cancer
Walking the Family Dog I Never Wanted Got Me Through My Husband’s Cancer

In the midst of her husband's fight with leukemia, Jill Smolowe's walks with Misty reminded her… >>

This Guy Punched an Alligator to Save His Son
This Guy Punched an Alligator to Save His Son

With fearless determination, Joe Welch warded off a vicious reptile to protect his 6-year-old son. >>

How 2 Elephants Used Strength—and Smarts—to Save a Bridge
How 2 Elephants Used Strength—and Smarts—to Save a Bridge

When massive logs and a rushing river threaten a bridge, these two elephants did something… >>

6 Proven Skills for Any Emergency, From a Reader's Digest Staffer Who's Edited 30+ Survival Dramas
6 Proven Skills for Any Emergency, From a Reader’s Digest Staffer Who’s Edited 30+ Survival Dramas

As the editor of many of Reader's Digest's survival stories, I've learned a lot about how to stay… >>

9 Striking Photographs That Prove Wonder Is All Around Us, Every Single Day
9 Striking Photographs That Prove Wonder Is All Around Us, Every Single Day

Some of our favorite photographers show us their version of awe and surprise. >>

After Unimaginable Cruelty, How Toefu Became a Dog Whisperer to Help Others
After Unimaginable Cruelty, How Toefu Became a Dog Whisperer to Help Others

Can dogs learn from their misfortune? Here’s the story of Toefu the spaniel, who overcame her own… >>

12 Warning Signs of Cancer in Dogs That Every Owner Should Know
12 Warning Signs of Cancer in Dogs That Every Owner Should Know

Many cancer symptoms in dogs are subtle and can be caused by another condition, but if you notice… >>

A Tragic Accident, Then One Woman's Bold Fight to Make Horse Racing Safer
A Tragic Accident, Then One Woman’s Bold Fight to Make Horse Racing Safer

Jo Anne Normile discovered a dark side to Thoroughbred racing that most fans don't know about. What… >>

11 Warning Signs of Cancer in Cats That Every Owner Should Know
11 Warning Signs of Cancer in Cats That Every Owner Should Know

Cancer is the number-one disease-related killer of cats and dogs. Many cancer symptoms in cats are… >>

Why Does This Woman Have 362 Exotic, Endangered Birds Living In Her Backyard?
Why Does This Woman Have 362 Exotic, Endangered Birds Living In Her Backyard?

Sure, Michele Raffin has 35 aviaries to clean and many, many beaks to feed. But she does have help… >>

Weird Animal Photos: 7 Bizarre Creatures You Won't Believe Are Real
Weird Animal Photos: 7 Bizarre Creatures You Won’t Believe Are Real

It's hard to believe these odd-looking critters actually evolved to look this way. Here, the new… >>

Father Kills Bear to Save Son
Father Kills Bear to Save Son

Deep in the wilderness, all that stands between an attacking grizzly and a hunter's life is a… >>

Photos: The Unbearable Cuteness of Wet Puppies
Photos: The Unbearable Cuteness of Wet Puppies

These dog pictures rely on a never-fail formula for joy: 1) Find an adorable pup. 2) Get it wet. 3)… >>

Here's Proof that No Animals Are Happier than Dogs in Cars
Here’s Proof that No Animals Are Happier than Dogs in Cars

Taking a dog for a drive is the ultimate win-win situation: they revel in the ride while you get to… >>

Gorgeous Glimpses of America's Last Wild Places
Gorgeous Glimpses of America’s Last Wild Places

Fifty years ago, Congress passed the Wilderness Act, preserving our country's most beautiful… >>

6 Unexpected Animal Heroes
6 Unexpected Animal Heroes

Some of these exceptional creatures are cuddly, some are courageous, but all share an extraordinary… >>

The Dramatic Rescue of Bärle, the Circus Polar Bear
The Dramatic Rescue of Bärle, the Circus Polar Bear

For 13 years, a female polar bear endured neglect, scorching heat and near-starvation as one of the… >>

The Cutest Puppies Are Underwater Puppies: See Why
The Cutest Puppies Are Underwater Puppies: See Why

In his new book, Underwater Puppies, photographer Seth Casteel shows his passion for (wet) pooches. >>