Animals

World’s first warm-blooded fish is faster and smarter than its cold-blooded cousins

World’s first warm-blooded fish is faster and smarter than its cold-blooded cousins

All fish are cold-blooded, right? Not anymore, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Fisheries' Southwest Fisheries Science Center. NOAA researchers published a paper in

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WHO wants to ban disease names that offend animals

WHO wants to ban disease names that offend animals

What do swine flu, monkey pox, and paralytic shellfish poisoning all have in common? Sure, they’re all illnesses but the important commonality according to the World Health Organization is that their

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Did climate change make Rubbish the sea lion pup wander the streets of San Francisco?

Did climate change make Rubbish the sea lion pup wander the streets of San Francisco?

This is not the first time the Marine Mammal Center in Sausalito, California has rescued Rubbish the sea lion pup. In March the rescue center found him in Santa Barbara suffering from pneumonia and

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Printed Nest offers free plans for 3D printable bird feeders

Printed Nest offers free plans for 3D printable bird feeders

You've heard of guerrilla gardening, but now a company from the Czech Republic is encouraging global urbanites to 3D print birds nests and install them in random places. Printed Nest spent two years

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Amazing Photos Show Young Girl Growing Up With Wild Animals in Africa

Amazing Photos Show Young Girl Growing Up With Wild Animals in Africa

Tippi's wild upbringing was documented by her parents Alain Degré and Sylvie Robert. The photo series looks like a real life Jungle Book where one can see the beautiful, deep relationship she had with

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Meet ‘Skeletorus’ and ‘Sparklemuffin’—the world’s newest species of peacock spiders

Meet ‘Skeletorus’ and ‘Sparklemuffin’—the world’s newest species of peacock spiders

Two new species of the strikingly-patterned peacock spider have been discovered in southeast Queensland by a graduate student at the University of California, Berkeley. One, nicknamed 'Sparklemuffin'

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Flow Hive lets beekeepers harvest honey without disturbing the bees

Flow Hive lets beekeepers harvest honey without disturbing the bees

We know that honeybees are having a rough time, so naturally we're excited to hear about Flow Hive—a new honey collection and extraction system that allows beekeepers to easily extract honey from

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New documentary ‘Earth: A New Wild’ illustrates connection between humans and nature

New documentary ‘Earth: A New Wild’ illustrates connection between humans and nature

This week, a new documentary series debuts that might finally change the way we look at the world around us. Wildlife biologist Dr. M. Sanjayan hosts Earth: A New Wild and turns the camera around to

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Chemical pollutants are breaking polar bears’ penises

Chemical pollutants are breaking polar bears’ penises

Of all the creatures on Earth impacted by reckless human activity, polar bears are having a remarkably rough time of it. First, climate change eats away at their habitat and makes it harder to hunt, and

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Indian tiger population climbs by 30 percent thanks to conservation efforts

Indian tiger population climbs by 30 percent thanks to conservation efforts

The wild tiger population in India has jumped from 1,706 to an estimated 2,226 since 2011, marking a 30% increase for the endangered big cat. As a result, India is now home to around 70% of the world’s

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US Environmental organizations sue wildlife services over outdated, sea turtle-killing cooling systems

US Environmental organizations sue wildlife services over outdated, sea turtle-killing cooling systems

The animal lovers are close to being at war. And this time it's not with meat plants or processing facilities like Smithfield. It's not with PETA over some ridiculous and scandalous ad campaign. It's not

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Smart Seattle dog rides the bus by herself to the dog park

Smart Seattle dog rides the bus by herself to the dog park

This cute canine has cracked the code on the Seattle Metro Transit bus routes. Two-year-old Eclipse, a black labrador mix, boards alone and then hops off when the bus reaches her stop: the local dog

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Injured koalas need your DIY mittens to treat their burned paws

Injured koalas need your DIY mittens to treat their burned paws

In news of the painfully cute, injured koalas in and around South Australia are slowly recovering from burns they sustained as bushfires wreaked havoc on their habitat. Many of these adorable slow-moving

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Why is Canada refusing to protect 76 endangered species?

Why is Canada refusing to protect 76 endangered species?

Canada has chosen to reject an agreement to protect 76 endangered plant and animal species from international trade. Documents recently released from the 2013 Convention on International Trade in

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Bad news for Santa: Reindeer populations decline as the world’s climate warms

Bad news for Santa: Reindeer populations decline as the world’s climate warms

A new study finds that reindeer populations are on the decline, due in part to climate change. This makes bad news not only for Santa, but for all of us, as the grazing habits of reindeer actually help

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Inhabitat’s top 6 art stories of 2014

Inhabitat’s top 6 art stories of 2014

People have been creating art to inspire and communicate ideas to one another since we first put handprints on cave walls, and here at Inhabitat, we've been fortunate enough to discover some of the most

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Inhabitat’s top 6 animal stories of 2014 – vote for your favorite!

Inhabitat’s top 6 animal stories of 2014 – vote for your favorite!

We've covered some pretty spectacular animal stories over the past year, ranging from "aww"-inspiring to downright freaky. We saw photos of a little girl who grew up with elephant and cheetah friends in

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Artist Li Hongbo carves butcher’s knife blades into delicate nature scenes

Artist Li Hongbo carves butcher’s knife blades into delicate nature scenes

At first glance, Hongbo’s sculptural scenes appear to be made of a soft or thin material such as paper, like his other sculptures. However, closer inspection reveals the artist’s incredible feat of

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Rudolph and his reindeer friends face population decline

Rudolph and his reindeer friends face population decline

Santa may need to look for an alternate form of transportation soon. Reindeer populations around the world have diminished greatly over the past few decades, and researchers in China are concerned about

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This sweet dog and lion duo proves that friendship transcends all barriers

This sweet dog and lion duo proves that friendship transcends all barriers

Meet Honey the dog and Kwanza the white lion cub: a pair of best friends at the Darling Downs Zoo in Queensland, Australia. Kwanza's mum wasn't producing enough milk for him, so the lovely caregivers at

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New research reveals that culling wolves is actually bad for livestock

New research reveals that culling wolves is actually bad for livestock

When humans interfere with nature the results are rarely good and such is the case with culling wolf populations. According to a recent study, more livestock are killed after wolves are culled than when

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Dolphin cruelly shot with arrow and left for dead in Gulf of Mexico

Dolphin cruelly shot with arrow and left for dead in Gulf of Mexico

A dead dolphin has washed up on the shores of Orange Beach, Alabama after being fatally shot with a hunting arrow. The National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) reports that the dolphin

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World is overlooking climate change effects of eating meat, says new report

World is overlooking climate change effects of eating meat, says new report

A new report reveals most consumers aren't aware that the meat and livestock industry is a bigger source of global carbon emissions than transport -- and that's even when air travel and shipping are

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National Geographic Photographer Documents Her Daughter’s Magical Life with Animal Companions

National Geographic Photographer Documents Her Daughter’s Magical Life with Animal Companions

Just like Tippi—the French girl who grew up in Africa—Amelia has shared her childhood with the kinds of animals that most of us will only ever see on the Discovery Channel or National Geographic

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India Bans Import of All Cosmetics Tested on Animals

India Bans Import of All Cosmetics Tested on Animals

The Indian government announced on Monday that as of next month it will no longer permit the importation of cosmetics that have been tested on animals. The embargo comes less than five months after a

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Cardboard Safari’s Cruelty-Free Taxidermy Kits Bring Your Walls to Life

Cardboard Safari’s Cruelty-Free Taxidermy Kits Bring Your Walls to Life

If you're looking for some tongue-in-cheek, slightly ironic wall decoration, look no further than Cardboard Safari. The Charlottesville–based company creates animal busts to hang on walls like hunting

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The DIY Pet House is an Animal Shelter Made From Recycled Bottles

The DIY Pet House is an Animal Shelter Made From Recycled Bottles

Pet House is a conceptual sustainable DIY kit designed by Dr. Hakan Gürsu that transforms waste water bottles into a shelter for animals. Thanks to its easy assembly, anyone can build it for their

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Need a Whole Piglet in a Hurry?

Need a Whole Piglet in a Hurry?

Some days the grocery store is more arresting than you might expect. For Twitter user @wadaitweet, the sight of a whole, shrink-wrapped and frozen suckling pig at a supermarket in Japan was Tweet-worthy.

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Species Are Disappearing 1,000 Times Faster than in Pre-Human Times

Species Are Disappearing 1,000 Times Faster than in Pre-Human Times

The sixth mass extinction that scientists recently predicted may be upon us faster than previously thought, according to new predictions. A new study, which appeared in the journal Conservation Biology,

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Zambia Lifts 20-Month Hunting Ban Amid Financial Struggles

Zambia Lifts 20-Month Hunting Ban Amid Financial Struggles

Wild animals are now once again fair game in Zambia, as the African country recently lifted a 20-month ban on safari hunting. According to Phys.org, the ban was put into place in January, 2013 due to

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