ANIMALS

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My puppy went missing. Resilience training helped me find her.

I knew I had to sidestep a negativity spiral that would keep me up all night.

By Kellie Cummings November 24, 2022

Behold Carrot, the 67-pound goldfish caught in France

On social media, the fish, nicknamed Carrot, was described as “an absolute unit,” “a monster” and "a big lump of gold.”

By Jennifer HassanNovember 22, 2022

Some octopus species may deliberately throw stuff to defend personal space

Researchers say octopuses not only throw objects — an uncommon behavior in animals — but may also be capable of deliberately targeting each other.

By Jennifer HassanNovember 17, 2022

What happens when 10,000 minks are set loose? A county is finding out.

The ferret-like creatures have scrambled traffic on a northwest Ohio highway as drivers stop on the shoulder to take pictures.

By Marisa IatiNovember 16, 2022

This farm offers turkey cuddling. No, really.

“A lot of people don’t expect such sweetness from a turkey,” said Ellie Laks, who offers Thanksgiving tours of her Gentle Barn animal sanctuary.

By Cathy FreeNovember 14, 2022

Pet stores and breeders still fighting Maryland ‘puppy mill’ ban

A federal appeals court heard a challenge to the state's "puppy mill" ban.

By Rachel WeinerNovember 11, 2022

Pigs mediate barnyard fights with a light touch of the snout, study says

Pigs are so smart they have conflict resolution strategies, Italian researchers found. After two fight, a third can intervene to lower aggression or anxiety.

By Leo SandsNovember 10, 2022

Kittens born in museum fighter jet stayed for weeks: ‘Who were we to argue?’

“I saw this furry little head pop up,” said Bill Falls, a volunteer at Hickory Aviation Museum. “And suddenly there was another, then another and another.”

By Cathy FreeNovember 8, 2022

Please stop licking psychedelic toads, National Park Service warns

The National Park Service told visitors to quit licking the Sonoran Desert toad in attempts to get high from the natural psychedelic substance bufotenin, also known as 5-MeO-DMT.

By Adela SulimanNovember 8, 2022

After two recent deaths, National Zoo gets two new Asian elephants

Two young females, a gift from the Rotterdam Zoo, are expected to be bred with the zoo’s male elephant.

By Michael E. RuaneNovember 7, 2022

When dogs go missing, this army of thousands is on the case

When dogs go missing near Seattle, volunteers help to find them through the Lost Dogs of King County Facebook page.

By Cathy FreeNovember 7, 2022

Young black bear spotted in Tysons, elsewhere in Fairfax County

Wildlife officials said they’ve gotten several reports of a young black bear exploring in urban parts of Northern Virginia.

By Dana HedgpethNovember 3, 2022

Rat catchers share tips and videos of their rodent showdowns

Here are recommendations from rat experts on steps humans can take to help prevent a rat infestation in their neighborhoods.

By Dana HedgpethOctober 28, 2022

How’s your rat game? Take our quiz to find out.

How far from their burrow will rats travel for food? Why do rats gnaw things? Try this quiz to see if you know the answers.

By Dana Hedgpeth and Tara McCartyOctober 28, 2022

D.C.’s great rat migration — and how they survived during the pandemic

Since the pandemic, rats have expanded into new areas of D.C. Find out how they get into homes, restaurants and yards through an interactive video game.

By Dana Hedgpeth, Tara McCarty and Joe FoxOctober 28, 2022

For the first time in 6,000 years, a bison is born in the wild in the U.K.

“In a world that’s on fire, in this little corner of Kent, here’s this little ray of hope," said Paul Whitfield, director general of Wildwood Trust.

By Sydney PageOctober 27, 2022

The perilous 1,000-mile journey to save Africa’s endangered black rhinos

Ride along as an armored convoy carries endangered black rhinos from South Africa to a national park in Mozambique, an effort to save them from poachers.

By Sudarsan RaghavanOctober 27, 2022

D.C.’s most famous bald eagle couple rebuilds nest in Washington

Bald eagle pair Mr. President and Lotus rebuild a nest at the National Arboretum in D.C., a sign experts say shows the eagles are getting ready to mate.

By Dana HedgpethOctober 26, 2022

What should I do if I see a bear? First, don’t run away.

Bear attacks aren’t common, but hikers and campers should be prepared for a bear to cross their path.

By Teddy AmenabarOctober 25, 2022

Luke the lion has died at the National Zoo in Washington

Officials said Luke, a lion at the National Zoo, was euthanized after they found lesions that were probably cancerous in his liver.

By Dana HedgpethOctober 21, 2022