Rare mussel species, nearly wiped out, gets rebirth in Virginia river

The James spinymussel was nearly wiped out along the James River, but wildlife biologists have brought it back.

By Dana HedgpethJanuary 28, 2023

A turkey settled near her Minnesota home. Now she carries weapons.

In Coon Rapids, Minn., Rachael Gross said a wild turkey has placed her and her neighbors’ lives in turmoil.

By Kyle MelnickJanuary 26, 2023

An ant’s sense of smell is so strong, it can sniff out cancer

A new study on the insects' refined sense of smell points to the potential of someday using sharp-nosed ants and other animals to detect tumors quickly and cheaply.

By Dino GrandoniJanuary 24, 2023

Dolphins just spotted in New York City’s Bronx River: ‘Had me shocked’

“This is great news — it shows that the decades-long effort to restore the river as a healthy habitat is working," NYC Parks posted on Twitter.

By Cathy FreeJanuary 22, 2023

Dead, 20-foot-long humpback whale washes ashore at Assateague Island

A dead humpback came ashore at Assateague Island along the Delmarva coast

By Dana HedgpethJanuary 20, 2023

All hail, ‘Toadzilla’: Giant toad in Australia could be world’s largest

Kylee Gray, a park ranger in Queensland, Australia, stumbled upon a cane toad that's pushing the world record at nearly six pounds.

By Timothy BellaJanuary 20, 2023

Bears were mysteriously missing toes. These scientists cracked the case.

A Canadian biologist went on a half-decade quest to solve the mystery of the missing grizzly digits. PHOTOS

By Dino GrandoniJanuary 19, 2023

40-foot sperm whale with open wounds found dead on Oregon beach

A young endangered sperm whale was found dead near Fort Stevens State Park. Experts conducted a necropsy and believe it died after a collision with a ship.

By Kelly Kasulis ChoJanuary 17, 2023

Wedding trends: Dogs and cats up for adoption at the reception

“We wanted to incorporate cats somehow in our wedding and help a few animals in need,” said bride Cassie Roth.

By Cathy FreeJanuary 16, 2023

Noisy waters force dolphins to ‘shout’ to each other

A new study suggests ocean noise pollution may hamper dolphins’ ability to whistle and work together.

By Dino GrandoniJanuary 12, 2023

National Zoo is requiring advance visitor passes ‘indefinitely’

D.C. Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton raised concerns this week about access to the zoo’s online passes, a system that was implemented during the pandemic.

By Dana HedgpethJanuary 12, 2023

These dogs ride a bus like humans ‘and now the internet is in love’

"The puppy bus just took off," said Mo Thompson, who runs a dog walking business in Skagway, Alaska.

By Sydney PageJanuary 10, 2023

The turtle moms that ‘talk’ to their eggs before they hatch

Reptiles aren’t known for their parental instincts, but the giant South American river turtle is an exception. The discovery is spurring a race to save the chatty species.

By Dino GrandoniJanuary 6, 2023

A 16-foot pet python was stolen in July. A dog walker just rescued it.

“I’m not a snake person,” said Patrick Fortune, who saved the snake with his girlfriend and a neighbor. “But I’m really glad she made it.”

By Cathy FreeJanuary 3, 2023

Hundreds of D.C. animals need new homes as adoptions drop, returns rise

D.C.'s Humane Rescue Alliance has a full house of dogs, cats, guinea pigs looking for homes, and they're waiving adoption fees through Jan. 5 for some animals.

By Dana HedgpethDecember 30, 2022

Hundreds of freezing bats fell to the ground. She took them home to warm them.

“I’m excited to get them out of my attic and send them back into the wild," says wildlife expert Mary Warwick.

By Cathy FreeDecember 30, 2022

Panda cub at National Zoo begins process of getting his own place

Two-year-old Xiao Qi Ji reached another milestone, taking his first trip to a new habitat area that could eventually be his home.

By Dana HedgpethDecember 30, 2022

Alligators, tigers and bears among animals taken from Md. roadside zoo

In a $200,000 logistical feat, rescuers saved a motley crew of exotic animals from a roadside zoo in Cumberland, Md.

By Dana HedgpethDecember 28, 2022

Good boys: Montgomery Co. dogs make great listeners for young readers

Montgomery County kids practice reading to an especially attentive audience — therapy dogs.

By Nicole AsburyDecember 26, 2022