Why An Appeals Court Was Wrong To Say This Chimp Isn't A Person

Yesterday, a New York appeals court rejected a lawsuit filed by the Nonhuman Rights Project seeking legal rights for Tommy, a 26-year-old chimp kept alone in a warehouse. Here's why the judges were wrong — and why that's actually good news in the struggle to recognize nonhuman animal personhood. » 12/05/14 9:20am 12/05/14 9:20am

Terrifyingly Brilliant Spider Creates Stunningly Advanced Web

A European garden spider recently stumbled upon a rather amazing solution to a serious problem. It wanted to weave its web across the top of a garage, but the angle of the roof was too shallow for anchoring. So it did what any industrious spider would do — it suspended a rock to anchor the bottom of the web. » 10/07/14 8:40am 10/07/14 8:40am

Harrowing Photos Capture Tense Encounter Between Baby Baboon And Lion

While on a game drive in northern Botswana, a married couple witnessed a dramatic scene involving a troop of baboons fleeing from a pack of lions. What they saw next was completely unexpected — and showed the surprising tenderness that can be exhibited by even the most ferocious of animals. » 4/07/14 12:25pm 4/07/14 12:25pm

A New Scientific Model that Defines Alien Intelligence

Should we ever detect an extraterrestrial civilization, or any kind of alien life for that matter, it's a safe bet they'll look very different from us. They'll also probably think in a way that's completely foreign to what we're used to. Here's how experts believe we might be able to predict what the minds of aliens… » 1/28/14 11:14am 1/28/14 11:14am

Bad news, everyone: Tool use has been observed in crocodiles

Birds get a lot of attention for their use of tools. Clever animals, birds. But non-avian reptiles are capable of equally complex behaviors. Recent observations of crocodiles and alligators have revealed that both use twigs as hunting lures. A poetic twist: The sticks are used to lure birds. (WHO'S THE CLEVER ONE,… » 12/02/13 1:40pm 12/02/13 1:40pm

Left and Right Tail-Wags Trigger Different Emotional Responses In Dogs

Dogs communicate a lot through their tails, whether it be through furious I’m-so-freakin-happy-to-see-you wagging or the I’m-scared-shitless tail between the legs. But a new study from Italy shows that canines also recognize and respond to wagging in surprising ways, including whether the wagging happens on the left… » 10/31/13 1:00pm 10/31/13 1:00pm

Advocacy Group to Name Captive Chimp as Plaintiff in Historic Case

The Nonhuman Rights Project plans to file a case on behalf of its first animal client, an unnamed captive chimpanzee. Sometime in the next few months, it will file a writ of habeas corpus asking a state court judge to grant the chimp its liberty. It could go down as the first true step towards animal personhood. » 7/17/13 12:20pm 7/17/13 12:20pm