Animal Science articles

The oceans are full of plastic, but why do seabirds eat it?

The oceans are full of plastic, but why do seabirds eat it?

By Matthew Savoca, University of California, Davis. Imagine that you are constantly eating, but slowly starving to death. Hundreds of species of marine mammals, fish, birds, and sea turtles face this risk every day when they mistake plastic debris for food. Plastic debris can be found in oceans around the world. Scientists have estimated that

Can great apes read your mind? [Videos]

By Christopher Krupenye, Max Planck Institute. One of the things that defines humans most is our ability to read others’ minds – that is, to make inferences about what others are thinking. To build or maintain relationships, we offer gifts and services – not arbitrarily, but with the recipient’s desires in mind. When we communicate,

[Video] Watch this Angry Squirrel Go Nuts and Flick its Tail

The way animals move their tails reveals a lot about their emotional state, particularly the frustration they feel when they can’t solve a problem. “Our results demonstrate the universality of emotional responses across species,” says study lead author Mikel Delgado, a doctoral student in psychology at the University of California, Berkeley. “After all, what do

Biologists lose hard-fought ground in race to save bats as white-nose syndrome spreads west

By Chris Cornelison, Georgia State University. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the U.S. Geological Survey last month delivered a sobering update on the white-nose syndrome (WNS) epidemic in North America. WNS has been confirmed in a little brown bat (Myotis lucifugus) near North Bend, Washington, over 1,300 miles west of the previously identified

[Video] This Octopus has an Odd Way of Grabbing a Meal

Unlike most octopuses, which tackle their prey with all eight arms, a rediscovered tropical octopus subtly taps its prey on the shoulder and startles it into its arms. “I’ve never seen anything like it,” says Roy Caldwell, professor of integrative biology at the University of California, Berkeley. “Octopuses typically pounce on their prey or poke