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Meet the chevrotain, the small and secretive mouse deer

The mouse deer. Or the pig deer. Or the little goat. Whatever you call the chevrotain, this is a truly distinct (and tiny!) ungulate. With a round, bunny-like body placed atop piglet-like feet, and a face akin to a mouse,…

How much weight can a hawk carry?

Hawks and other raptors are impressive predators. Their eyesight can be four to eight times better than ours, for example, and many species are adapted for fast, quiet flight to help them ambush their prey. And then there are those…

Can a glut of fake horns save real rhinos?

Soon, anyone looking to buy a rhino horn on the black market will have a new problem on their hands. How to tell a real horn from a fake. In a bid to save the imperiled rhino, scientists have designed…

These birds prove you don't need a big brain for a complex social life

Birds can form complex, multilevel societies, a new study finds, a feat previously known only in humans and certain other big-brained mammals, including some of our fellow primates as well as elephants, dolphins and giraffes. This challenges the idea that…

Researchers find 'alarming' loss of insects in large-scale study in Germany

Insects are in more trouble than we thought. A large-scale study has found that insects in German forests and grasslands have declined by about one-third in just the past decade. That follows on the heels of a 27-year study that…

Firefighters save great horned owl from ashes of California wildfire

A crew from the Ventura County Fire Department was on patrol in the Maria Fire zone looking for dangerous burnt-out trees that could fall over and cause harm. The firefighters were in a eucalyptus grove in a canyon above Somis,…

Watch horse run back into danger to help its family escape Simi Valley wildfire

[embedded content] The wildfires in California have forced more than 200,000 people to evacuate their homes and has been keeping thousands of firefighters working around the clock. But it’s not just humans in danger’s path. The video above from CBS…

We just hosted a pug sleepover party, and we're about to do it again

Wondering what “Atlanta to Appalachia” is all about? It’s part of an occasional series about life in the wilds of West Virginia through the eyes of a couple who never dreamed they’d love it there. Read previous installments here. *…

Why researchers are teaching rats how to drive

[embedded content] Researchers at the University of Richmond have taught rats how to drive, and the results could offer huge benefits for humans. Professor of Behavioral Neuroscience Kelly Lambert and her research colleagues trained 17 rats how to drive mini-cars…