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"Singing" Mice - Nature Vs Nurture

What happened to being "quiet as a mouse"? Researchers have recently shown that, rather than being the silent creatures of popular belief, mice emit ultrasonic calls in a variety of social contexts, and these calls have song-like characteristics.So if...

Hope For Cat Allergy Sufferers?

A breakthrough by scientists at The University of Nottingham could provide hope for any allergy sufferers who have ever had to choose between their health and their household pet. The team of immunologists led by Drs Ghaem-Maghami and Martinez-Pomares...

Cat Crossed The Channel From France

A cat has found himself a long way from home in an English village - after crossing the Channel from France. The lost ginger and white moggy was seen wandering near a canal at Cosgrove, Northants, by residents who reported him to the RSPCA. Animal welfare...

Cat Saves Burning House

A quick-thinking pussycat has saved his owners' house after a fire broke out in the kitchen while they were Christmas shopping. Five-year-old Pepper has been hailed a hero for his actions - he opened a window, which allowed smoke to escape and alerted...

Cat Calls 999 With His Paw

The long arm of the paw always reaches out even when it's a cat called Ginger who dials 999 in the middle of the night. Retired lecturer Howard Moss, 64, crawled out of bed at 2.30am to find two policemen on his doorstep answering an emergency call made...

Cats' Drinking Secret Revealed

Cats like to do things their own way-even, it seems, when it comes to drinking. Researchers have discovered that felines have their own style of lapping water. Their tongues perform a complex maneuver that pits gravity versus inertia in a delicate balance...

Humidity Tightens Gecko's Grip

Human adhesives are famed for their fallibility. Gooey glues soon lose their grip, are easily contaminated and leave residues behind. But not gecko feet. Geckos can cling on repeatedly to the smoothest surfaces thanks to the self-cleaning microscopic...

Turtle Rescued In Nova Scotia

A taxi driver in Dartmouth, N.S., is wondering why the turtle crossed the road. Edward Hobson nearly hit something big in the middle of Skeena Street Friday morning. He stopped suddenly and got out to investigate. The driver in the car behind him followed...

Children Think Angry Dogs Are Smiling

Researchers at the University of Lincoln found the majority of children under the age of seven do not see the warning signs when dogs are angry. The team tracked the eye movements of children and found they tended to look only at a dog's mouth, ignoring...

Lion Found In Car Park In Kazakhstan

A driver in northern Kazakhstan got quite a shock on Monday morning when he noticed a live lion locked in the car parked next to him in a parking lot, local authorities in the Kazakh town of Kostanai said on Wednesday. The lion, which had reportedly...

Dogs And Rodents Might Prevent Epidemics

THE GIST Disease-detecting dogs and rodents may be trained to smell germs before they spread. Scientists are focusing on avian influenza now, but they say other diseases may be detected by trained animals. In the future, researchers hope to create...

Pea-Sized Frog Discovered

Researchers have discovered a new species of frog in Borneo which only grows to the size of a pea. Finding the mini frogs, named Microhyla nepenthicola, proved to be a challenge due to their size. Adult males range in length from 10.6 to 12.8 millimeters...

DNA Of Chernobyl Animals Studied

Scientists studying wildlife in Russia's Chernobyl region say DNA may be the key to which species are most likely to be damaged by radioactive contamination. Two scientists, one American and one French, have been in Chernobyl for more than 10 years studying...

Bar-Tailed Godwit - Bird Superior To All...

How is it possible to fly 11,000 kilometers without a single break? The record holder for long distance flight outdoes all human-made aircraft. The bar-tailed godwit has very low energy consumption, but this is not enough to explain its success. Every...

Oldest Animal Life Discovered?

THE GIST Scientists have discovered the world's oldest known animal fossils, dating to 650 million years ago. The fossils, likely sponges, push back the fossil record for animals by about 70 million years. The sponges existed before, and probably after...

Heroic Afghan Dogs Found New Home

When Georgia National Guardsman Chris Duke was serving in Afghanistan, he made friends with the locals - stray dogs Sasha, Target and Rufus. "A lot of us used the three of them as an escape when you're homesick," Duke said. But, as CBS News national...

Cat Lost 11 Months Ago Found, 1300Km Away...

The black and white cat was handed in to Townsville's RSPCA shelter this week by a local resident who found him living with two other cats in the house she had just moved into. A routine check for a microchip revealed he belonged to a family from the...

Stubborn Kiwi On Treadmill For Rehabilitation

He may be a runt with two broken legs, but Piwi the kiwi is as tough as they come. The accident-prone brown kiwi works out regularly on the treadmill in Massey University's Wildlife Ward. He was first admitted in December after being discovered near...

Bullfighting Banned In Spain's Catalonia

The Parliament of Catalonia voted 68 in favour and 55 against with nine abstentions to abolish bullfighting on the grounds of animal cruelty ushering in the first outlawing of the tradition on mainland Spain. The vote followed months of impassioned debate...

"Harassed" Whale Lands On Yacht In Revenge

The pair were enjoying calm seas off the South African coast when the animal flipped into the air and smashed into their mast. Ralph Mothes, 59, and Paloma Werner, 50, were helpless as the beast thrashed around on their 33ft vessel before slipping back...
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