People Are Animals, Too

Tommy the chimpanzee got his day in court on October 8, 2014. He was unable to attend the hearing in 'person' – spending the day, like any other, in a cage in Gloversville, New York. But in an Albany courtroom, Steven Wise of the Nonhuman Rights Project argued that Tommy should be considered a person under New York… » 2/14/15 9:05am 2/14/15 9:05am

Stop Cutting Off Your Pet Dogs' Tails, America

Tail docking, the practice of removing part of a puppy's tail early in life, has been banned or restricted in many parts of the world, but in the US and parts of Canada, you can still dock your dog's tail for cosmetic reasons. Here's why it doesn't make sense to subject your non-working dog to this traumatic procedure. » 2/05/15 11:00am 2/05/15 11:00am

Watch Rats Own a Cat and a Dog in a Trick Competition

The cat Kaiser and the dog Nana once went head to head in a competition to see who was the best trained animal around. And now, years later, they've teamed up to show a pair of rats named Raven and Famous who's boss. But, for sheer number of tricks, the rats win. They also win by having adorable tiny props for theirs. » 12/29/14 9:00pm 12/29/14 9:00pm

Why Everything You Know About Wolf Packs Is Wrong

The alpha wolf is a figure that looms large in our imagination. The notion of a supreme pack leader, who fought his way to dominance and reigns superior to the other wolves in his pack, is huge in pop culture. And this idea informs how many people understand wolf behavior. But the alpha wolf doesn't exist—at least,… » 11/28/14 1:00pm 11/28/14 1:00pm

Search and Rescue Dog Comes Out of Retirement for One More

On November 7th, a small litter of African Wild Dog puppies (one male and two females) was born at the Oklahoma City Zoo and Botanical Garden to first-time mother Xena. The birth was monitored carefully, due to Xena's inexperience, and unfortunately she showed no interest in mothering the pups. The zoo staff… » 11/25/14 5:03pm 11/25/14 5:03pm