Wild Things

The weird and wonderful in the natural world

  1. Animals

    Grizzly bears get stressed from salmon decline

    Grizzlies in coastal British Columbia bulk up on salmon in the fall, but they experience stress when the fish are scarce.

  2. Animals

    Dazzle camouflage may fool a locust

    The bold zig-zag patterns that adorned naval ships during the world wars also appear in nature and may bewilder locusts, a new study suggests.

  3. Animals

    DNA study reveals new wild cat species in Brazil

    A new small cat species, Leopardus guttulus, was discovered in Brazil, hiding in plain sight. The oncilla, researchers say, is really two kinds of cat.

  4. Animals

    To study turkey instincts, consider robot turkeys

    In 2004, Australian researchers built robot turkeys to study the instincts of Australian brush turkey chicks. Robots can be a useful way of learning more about animals, but the use of robots has yet to take over in animal behavior studies.

  5. Plants

    How weeds hitchhike across the country

    A drive down a muddy lane can be fun, but it can also pick up the seeds of weeds or invasive species and transport them far away.

  6. Animals

    Green sea slugs aren’t solar powered after all

    Several species of sea slugs hold on to algal chloroplasts, digesting them weeks or months later. Scientists assumed the creatures were able to use these chloroplasts to make their own food in lean times. A new study finds that at least two of the species aren't solar powered after all.

  7. Animals

    Migration is a deadly time for raptors

    For a bird or any other animal that migrates a long distance, it’s sure to face a host of dangers. The story is no different for raptors.

  8. snow leopard

    Tibet may be ancient home of big cats

    A recently discovered fossil skull and teeth suggest that the ancestor of all big cats lived in what's now Tibet.

  9. Animals

    Deer and other animals can survive being impaled

    Whether they are hunting shots gone wrong or something more sinister, stories of animals surviving such misfortunes are not uncommon.

  10. Animals

    Myna birds don’t benefit from brainstorming

    Mynas birds are actually a lot worse at problem solving when working in a group.

  11. Plants

    In dry times, these trees invest in ants

    The insects provide adequate defense by ganging up on leaf-eating caterpillars and biting their undersides until the herbivores fall off the tree.

  12. Animals

    Birds avoid the sounds of roads

    The sound of cars driving down a road is enough to deter many bird species from an area.