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9 of the world's largest dog breeds

The range of size, shape, color, personality and purpose for which dogs are bred is jaw-dropping. Over centuries, different dogs in different geographic locations have been honed by humans to play certain roles, from hunter to guardian, from herder to…

9 things you don't know about sand dollars

We’ve all seen sand dollars wash up on the beach, a pretty white shell with a stunning star shape stamped on one side. But what’s up with those five oval holes? And what are they like in their ocean homes,…

9 illuminating facts about iguanas

Simply amazing lizards Unless you’re a herpetologist or dedicated reptile enthusiast, you might not know much about iguanas. These docile creatures are laid-back, and their unassuming nature is often the root of many misconceptions. Although they may seem quite stoney…

15 fascinating facts about otters

Otterly awesome Otters are perhaps one of the most charismatic of mammals. They possess cleverness and playfulness in equal quantities, and an abundance of cute. But don’t let the adorable face distract you from all the many other fascinating qualities…

Even stray dogs understand human cues

Dogs were likely the first animals that human beings domesticated — scientific guesses vary as to whether that was 10,000 years ago in Europe or 30,000 years ago in Asia (or, as one theory goes, humans tamed grey wolves two…

Why the future of West Virginia's rare flying squirrel looks bright

A tagged West Virginia northern flying squirrel. The species was listed as endangered in 1985, but recovery efforts have been so successful that it was delisted in 2013. (Photo: Corinne Diggins/Virginia Tech) Is the West Virginia northern flying squirrel poised…

How to help hummingbirds in winter

Hummingbirds get little relief from hunger, thanks to the fastest metabolism of any vertebrate animal. Native plant nectar is usually their best food source, but since hummingbirds can starve after just a few hours without food, humans often lend a…

8 things you didn't know about wombats

Wombats are marsupials found only in Australia, but the short, stubby-legged animals are rarely held in the same regard as other native animals like koalas and kangaroos. However, these adorable creatures deserve some much-deserved recognition. In honor of these under-appreciated…

Diego the giant tortoise has dedicated himself to the survival of his species

At first glance, you might not peg Diego as a ladies’ man. He lumbers along slowly, extending his long, wrinkly neck and staring intently with his small, beady eyes. But at 130-or-so years old, Diego has never had problems finding…

Australian wildlife officials air-drop carrots, sweet potatoes to help struggling wallabies

Wallabies, koalas and kangaroos affected by the massive Australian wildfires have been in desperate need of water and food. You may have seen one of the many viral videos on social media of wildlife approaching people for something to drink…