ANIMALS

What does ‘splooting’ mean? And why are squirrels doing it?

A tweet from New York City’s parks agency had everyone curious about the meaning and origin of “splooting.” The good news? Squirrels that “sploot” are doing just fine.

By Adela SulimanAugust 12, 2022

Climate change is killing more elephants than poaching, Kenyan officials say

Kenya is experiencing its worst drought in 40 years, and the dried-out carcasses of elephants are being found in national parks.

By Jennifer HassanJuly 28, 2022

A sailfish leaped out of the sea and stabbed a woman in the groin

A Maryland woman was stabbed in the groin by a 100-pound sailfish while on a boat with two men fishing off the Florida coast, the Martin County Sheriff's Office said.

By James BikalesJuly 25, 2022

Officer fatally shot 15-foot snake that was strangling man, police say

Police had responded to a call about a 28-year-old man in cardiac arrest with a pet snake wrapped around his throat in Fogelsville, Pa.

By Lindsey BeverJuly 21, 2022

A camper scared off a bear — then the grizzly came back and killed her

Leah Lokan, 65, had deep cuts to her head, neck, shoulders and back, officials said.

By Jonathan EdwardsJuly 19, 2022

Five shark attacks reported in two weeks off Long Island, officials say

Officials say the incidents may represent a "new normal" of shark encounters.

By James BikalesJuly 14, 2022

Maryland offers anglers cash for snakehead fish from Chesapeake Bay

Scientists are trying to get a better handle on the number of northern snakeheads in the Chesapeake Bay and its tributaries.

By Dana HedgpethJuly 6, 2022

Florida teen’s leg to be amputated after weekend of shark attacks

Addison Bethea's leg will be amputated above the knee, a hospital said, after a Fourth of July weekend that included at least three shark attacks in the U.S.

By Timothy BellaJuly 4, 2022

Millions of angry bees swarm over highway after semitrailer crash

More than 25 million bees were released when a semi-trailer truck crashed on Interstate 80 in Utah, said Julie Arthur, president of the Wasatch Beekeepers Association.

By Lindsey BeverJuly 2, 2022

Orcas are eating great white sharks’ livers off South Africa’s coast

Orcas are displacing great whites as the apex predator off the South African coast, a study found. It could have destabilizing effects on the ecosystem.

By James BikalesJuly 2, 2022

Yellowstone visitor again gored by bison; second incident this week

It's the third time in a month that a visitor has been gored by a bison at Yellowstone National Park after getting too close to the animal.

By Timothy BellaJuly 1, 2022

New challenge for Chesapeake Bay watermen: A shortage of crab sperm

Low blue crab counts have led to new restrictions on harvesting male and female crustaceans that go into effect July 1 in Maryland and Virginia

By Lizzie JohnsonJuly 1, 2022

Tiger dies after contracting coronavirus at Ohio zoo

Jupiter, a 14-year-old Amur tiger, died after developing pneumonia caused by covid-19, officials with the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium said.

By Lindsey BeverJune 30, 2022

Yellowstone visitor gored in second bison attack in a month, park says

It's unclear how close the Colorado man was before the attack, but the Park Service said it was another case of a visitor getting “too close to the animal.”

By Timothy BellaJune 29, 2022

More than 100 animals found in luggage at Thai airport; 2 women arrested

Porcupines, turtles and lizards were among the wildlife discovered after an X-ray scan at Suvarnabhumi International Airport in Bangkok.

By Andrew JeongJune 29, 2022

Trumpet the bloodhound wins Best in Show at Westminster Dog Show

Trumpet was the first bloodhound winner of the competition, besting a French bulldog named Winston and five other finalists.

By Lateshia Beachum and Kendra NicholsJune 22, 2022

World’s heaviest freshwater fish, a 661-pound stingray, caught in Cambodia

Scientists are cheering the sight of a 13-foot stingray found in the Mekong River as a sliver of hope for threatened species.

By Andrew JeongJune 21, 2022

Her dog died suddenly. Then a Chewy delivery brought a surprise.

Anna Brose recounted her experience with Chewy on Twitter this week, and her story went viral, with strangers from across the internet paying tribute to Gus.

By Timothy BellaJune 18, 2022

Whooping crane hatches at National Zoo site, boosting endangered species

The “thriving” baby crane hatched May 26 at the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute in Front Royal. And it had quite the journey to get there.

By Dana HedgpethJune 17, 2022

Aggressive wild turkey vanishes after months of attacks on D.C. trail

Weeks after there were several reports of a male wild turkey attacking bikers and joggers along the Anacostia Riverwalk Trail, wildlife experts said, it hasn't been spotted recently and they have not gotten any complaints.

By Dana HedgpethJune 15, 2022