Thousands of turtles rescued from severe cold off the coast of Texas

The brutal cold snap that has frozen Texas hasn't only numbed unprepared people to the bone – thousands of turtles have been caught off guard too. Thousands of sea turtles unused to the plunge in temperatures have been washing up on the beaches of South Padre Island, off the southern coast

Two white tiger cubs likely died of COVID-19 at Lahore Zoo, say officials

Two 11-week-old white tiger cubs that died in a Pakistani zoo last month appear to have died of COVID-19, officials said. The cubs died in the Lahore Zoo on Jan.30, four days after beginning treatment for what officials thought was feline panleukopenia virus, a disease that zoo officials said is

Argentine jaguar cubs born to rare wild-captive parents

In Argentina an unusual love story has had a happy ending after two rare jaguar cubs were born to a wild jaguar father and a mother who has lived all her life in captivity. The northern province of Chaco and conservation group Rewilding Argentina said on Wednesday that the cubs were born to Tania

Chimp deaths at Sierra Leone sanctuary linked to a bacterium

An international team of researchers has found what they believe to be the pathogen that has been killing chimpanzees at a Sierra Leone sanctuary for approximately 15 years. In their paper published in the journal Nature Communications, the group describes their study of multiple samples of c

‘Fingertip-sized’ chameleon may be the world's smallest reptile

It fits on a human fingertip, but this Chameleon could make a big splash.Scientists from Madagascar and Germany say a newly discovered species of Chameleon is a contender for the title of world's smallest reptile.Frank Glaw, who was part of the international team of researchers that classified the

Sharks at unprecedented risk of extinction after 71 per cent decline

Numbers of oceanic sharks and rays have declined at what researchers describe as an “alarming” 71 per cent over almost half a century, leading to what researchers say is an unprecedented increase in risk of extinction. Conservationists have been warning for years about the unsust

Cats and dogs may need vaccine to curb coronavirus, scientists say

By now it’s a proven fact that animals, including cats and dogs, can get infected by COVID-19. Hence, they may need to be vaccinated against coronavirus to curb the spread of the virus, if a group of scientists are to be believed. Coronavirus can infect a wide range of

Lion cub, first through artificial insemination, born at Singapore Zoo

The Singapore Zoo welcomed its first lion cub conceived through assisted reproduction on Oct 23 last year — named Simba — to its animal kingdom. Officials said on Tuesday was a first for the city-state. The male cub is "Singapore's very own Simba,” referring to the iconic Disney

Czech dogs learn to sniff out the coronavirus

In a dog training centre built inside a shipping container located in a Czech mountain village, Renda, Cap and Laky are being put to the test. They sniff at six vessels, each containing a piece of cloth with scent from patients with COVID-19, negative donors, or fake samples. "Good boy!" exclaim

German scientists make paralyzed mice walk again

German researchers have enabled mice paralyzed after spinal cord injuries to walk again, re-establishing a neural link hitherto considered irreparable in mammals by using a designer protein injected into the brain. Spinal cord injuries in humans, often caused by sports or traffic accidents, leave

Satellite Images to Aid Elephant Conservation From Space

Conservationists have started using satellite imagery to count elephants from space, a technique that British experts hope will help protect threatened populations in Africa. Researchers at the University of Oxford and the University of Bath said the use of algorithms, machine learning, and satel

New management approach can help avoid species vulnerability or extinction

More than 3,000 animal species in the world today are considered endangered, with hundreds more categorized as vulnerable. Currently, ecologists don't have reliable tools to predict when a species may become at risk.   A new paper published in Nature Ecology and Evolution, "Managem

Cyprus cats out in the cold due to coronavirus pandemic

At a cat sanctuary set in the picturesque hills near Paphos, on the Mediterranean island of Cyprus, volunteers are grappling with a surge in abandonments they blame on the coronavirus pandemic. "There has been an increase of about 30 per cent of previously owned, loved (and) looked-after cats tha

Scientists Determine New Mode of Snake Locomotion

For nearly 100 years, all snake locomotion has been traditionally categorized into four modes: rectilinear, lateral undulation, sidewinding, and concertina. Recently, US researchers have identified a fifth mode of snake locomotion on the island territory of Guam. The findings were published in th

From macaques to crabs: Face masks pose a threat to animals

Masks that helped save lives during the coronavirus pandemic are proving a deadly hazard for wildlife, with birds and marine creatures ensnared in the staggering number of discarded facial coverings littering animal habitats. Single-use surgical masks have been found scattered around pavements, w

Scientists surprised to discover two dwarf giraffes in Namibia, Uganda

Being tall is the giraffe’s competitive advantage, giving it the pick of leaves from the tallest trees, so scientists were stunned to find two giraffe dwarves on different sides of Africa. “It’s fascinating what our researchers out in the field found,” Julian Fennessy, co-

New discovery sheds light on the mysterious family life of notorious sabre-toothed tiger

New research indicates adolescent offspring of the menacing saber-toothed predator, Smilodon fatalis, were more momma's cubs than independent warriors.   A new study by scientists at the Royal Ontario Museum (ROM) and University of Toronto, published January 7, 2021 in iScience&ced

How Earth's oddest mammal got to be so bizarre

Often considered the world's oddest mammal, Australia's beaver-like, duck-billed platypus exhibits an array of bizarre characteristics: it lays eggs instead of giving birth to live babies, sweats milk, has venomous spurs and is even equipped with 10 sex chromosomes. Now, an international team of r