Watch and listen to this video of a most amazing rescue of a baby elephant. The distressed mother allows humans to rescue her young calf from a well into which the youngster fell. When she gets out of the well the calf runs to her mother and their reunion, accompanied by raucous roars of joy, will move you to tears.
Read about the fascinating research that's being done on our best friends. Dogs have highly evolved capacities to learn words, abstract concepts, and to count. And brain imaging is showing what's happening in their very active minds. Going to the dogs is a good move.
Plans to bring 18 whales to U. S. aquariums are scientifically and ethically misguided. We don't need any more whales in captive breeding mills that offer romantic settings along with champagne and strawberries for $450 and other forms of entertainment. There still is time to file comments on an upcoming hearing about this inane proposal.
The presence of the rare and endangered Braken Bat Cave meshweaver spider put an end to a $15 million underpass project in San Antonio, Texas. Some say but it's only a #$&)#)%*#ing spider, whereas others applaud this decision.
The Sentience Mosaic is a unique and interactive platform dedicated to the science of animal sentience. It is a much-needed, most-welcomed, incredibly ambitious, vibrant, and precedent setting resource that deserves close attention.
Six members of a wolf pack were horrifically and violently slaughtered by Washington's Department of Fish & Wildlife because they were "believed" to have killed some cows and calves. You read it right, "believed" to have done this.
A panda recently born at the National Zoo will remain captive for life. I'd like to see more open discussion about what events such as this really mean for the newborn and for her/his species. Babies are good for raising money, at least for a while, but sooner or later when they lose their charm they're often moved here and there to breed. Is this a good life?
"The Last Walk" is a most wonderful and thoughtful book about our companion animals at the end of their lives. It is one of the best, if not the best book, ever written about this difficult subject. Bring out the tissues.
The essay "The Seven Things That Only Human Beings Can Do" thoroughly and irresponsibly misrepresents nonhuman animals (animals). Why do people who don't know much if anything about animals write about them as if they do?
There doesn't seem to be a single reason why dogs mount and hump one another, other animals, human legs, and various objects. Size doesn't seem to matter either. Mounting and humping are normal behaviors so let's not allow our own discomfort to get in the way of dogs doing what comes naturally. Let them be dogs.
Read about a captive tool-making genius bonobo named Kanzi and captive killer whales who imitate one another. What does the behavior of captive animals tell us about their wild relatives? It's still unclear and we must remain open to the possibility that captive studies can both overestimate and underestimate the cognitive capacities of wild animals.
Meet Natasha, the valedictorian of her class. A new look at chimpanzee intelligence shows just how smart these great apes can be and that there are ape geniuses. This research is reminiscent of Howard Gardner's studies of multiple intelligences in human apes and lays the foundation for work on animal genius and the importance of within species variation in intelligence.
Wild animals do not make for good companion animals (pets) and should never be kept as if they are dogs or cats. The tragic and recent killing of Buddy, a chimpanzee who lived in a home in Nevada, clearly makes this point. There is a need for strong regulations against keeping exotic animals in homes.
Humans have implicit preferences about the physical features of dogs and these preferences can be systematically investigated. Find out what we prefer about our best friends and how these preferences differ among "animal people" and "non-animal people".
This wonderful video about the rewilding of Rhea, an injured osprey, is worth countless words. Watch it and smile and know there are many people out there working on behalf of animals who need our help.
This video of people intentionally taunting a bull shows that some people really are capable of egregiously mistreating other animals for "fun". Although the bull does get some revenge we must work to stop this sort bull___ by these sorts of miscreants.
Gorillas learn to dismantle poacher's traps, camouflage what they've done, and as a result protect themselves and others. Good for them. They and other animals need all the help they can get to protect themselves from people who want to harm and kill them.
People who have been attacked by sharks now work on their behalf. Media usually misrepresents these magnificent fish as horrific predators, and yes, they do on occasion attack humans who trespass into their homes. And so would we.