Old female elephants are lion-fighting geniuses

If you're ever being attacked by a lion, find a herd of elephants as quickly as you can...but if they're not led by an older female, you're dead meat. It's more remarkable evidence of elephants' ability to learn and cooperate. » 3/20/11 12:00pm 3/20/11 12:00pm

Even mice can become snooty wine experts

Have you ever found yourself thinking, "Mice are pretty great, but wouldn't it be awesome if they were more pretentious?" That was apparently the thinking behind this 2008 experiment that tried to turn regular mice into wine snobs. » 3/02/11 1:59pm 3/02/11 1:59pm

The Weirdest Animal Expert Who Ever Lived

An eccentric from 18th century Yorkshire, animal-lover and inventor Jemmy Hirst was the greatest eccentric in English history. His bizarre exploits included riding bulls, teaching otters to fish, fixing sails to his carriage, and treating the king like an equal. » 2/23/11 9:31am 2/23/11 9:31am

Monkeys put up a "Don't Disturb" sign with their hands

Some monkeys in a British zoo have been getting up to some very unusual behavior. They cover their eyes with their hands when the Sun isn't even shining down on them, and they keep their eyes open the whole time, suggesting this isn't a physical reaction but actually a form of social interaction. The zookeepers… » 2/08/11 1:50pm 2/08/11 1:50pm

Chimpanzees are learning how to outwit human hunters

Five chimpanzees in the west African country of Guinea have figured out how to deactivate snare traps set by human hunters. What they've learned might even be passed down from chimp generation to generation. » 1/24/11 12:36pm 1/24/11 12:36pm

Chimpanzees play with sticks as though they're dolls

In many cultures, girls play with dolls more often than boys do. Now chimps have been observed treating sticks like dolls. Is there a gender imbalance in the way chimps play with their dolls, too? » 12/20/10 10:22am 12/20/10 10:22am

Great apes might be just as smart as humans after all

Our closest relatives - including chimpanzees, gorillas, and orangutans - have long been considered fundamentally less intelligent than humans. But that could soon change. » 11/01/10 12:30pm 11/01/10 12:30pm

Animals can have spiritual experiences just like humans

From a neurological perspective, spiritual sensations like out-of-body experiences are fairly easy to understand. They're the result of changes in the brain's arousal system. But animals have the same system as humans...meaning animals could have a spirituality all their own. » 10/08/10 4:35pm 10/08/10 4:35pm