Animals

Hero Pets: A Pig That Calms Special-Needs Kids
Hero Pets: A Pig That Calms Special-Needs Kids

For special-needs students in San Francisco, pot-bellied pig Buttercup provides comfort—and a bit… >>

Hero Pets: A Herd of Elephants Mourns Its Helper
Hero Pets: A Herd of Elephants Mourns Its Helper

Connections between man and beast can run deep, as one family learned after saving elephants in… >>

Hero Pets: A Little Girl's Lifeline Is Her Dog
Hero Pets: A Little Girl’s Lifeline Is Her Dog

For young Alida Knobloch, loyal pooch Mr. Gibbs is a true lifesaver. >>

Hero Pets: A Lion's Big Heart
Hero Pets: A Lion’s Big Heart

Jupiter the lion may weigh in at 550 pounds, but his demeanor with handler Ana Julia Torres proves… >>

For Beagle Brigades, the Nose Knows
For Beagle Brigades, the Nose Knows

Meet Linus, federal agent. He's also a 6-year-old beagle. Last night's NBC Nightly News with… >>

Urgent: Adorable Kittens Boost Brainpower!
Urgent: Adorable Kittens Boost Brainpower!

Next time you have a pile of work to get done, find some baby animals to "ooo and ahh" over first… >>

Where the Buffalo Still Roam
Where the Buffalo Still Roam

Every year, visitors from around the world migrate to South Dakota's Custer State Park to witness… >>

Four Great Books for Dog Lovers
Four Great Books for Dog Lovers

I'll admit it: Dogs are my weakness. It wasn't always this way. But  I have a boy who needed a… >>

A World of Cute: Baby Pandas, Happy Elephants and More
A World of Cute: Baby Pandas, Happy Elephants and More

We're been big on baby pandas in our house ever since Tai Shan made his debut at the National Zoo… >>

Sea Otters: Adorable Partners in the Fight Against Global Warming
Sea Otters: Adorable Partners in the Fight Against Global Warming

A new study published in the scientific journal Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment shows that… >>

Here's a Guaranteed Mood-Booster
Here’s a Guaranteed Mood-Booster

Our Beautiful World and Universe, a Facebook "community page about Mother Nature," never fails to… >>

Encyclopedia Farmica: Read This, Don't Step in That
Encyclopedia Farmica: Read This, Don’t Step in That

For a dose of delight in the closing days of summer, I recommend  Barynard Confidential: An A to… >>

The Suite Life—For Dogs
The Suite Life—For Dogs

I had just about gotten used to the term “doggie day care” as a euphemism for “kennel” when… >>

Animal Experts: Link Between Their and Our Health Problems
Animal Experts: Link Between Their and Our Health Problems

As a UCLA physician and Los Angeles Zoo consultant, Barbara Natterson-Horowitz began to notice… >>

Photo Essay: Feather Fancy
Photo Essay: Feather Fancy

Quills, plumes, bristles, down: Birds have the best outerwear on earth. A look at its magnificent… >>

Sleeping Cat Pictures: Funny!
Sleeping Cat Pictures: Funny!

These funny pet photos from readers prove that a cat nap can happen just about anywhere. >>

Remarkable Animal Friendships
Remarkable Animal Friendships

A selection of amazing photographs from Jennifer Holland's "Unlikely Friendships: 47 Remarkable… >>

A Moment of Silence for Lonesome George
A Moment of Silence for Lonesome George

Last night I found out that Lonesome George died—the 100-year-old Galapagos turtle, who was the… >>

Funny Photos: Dogs in Sunglasses
Funny Photos: Dogs in Sunglasses

Doggone hilarious: Our readers sent in the funny dog photos, and we provided the celebrity quotes… >>

In the Jaws of a Polar Bear
In the Jaws of a Polar Bear

As two Arctic kayakers were sound asleep, the polar bear that had picked up their scent began… >>