Animals

  • Native Westslope cutthroat trout and bull trout swim in the cool waters of the Flathead River near Glacier National Park, Montana.
    Jonny Armstrong / USGS
    6:53am Nov 14, 2013
    Science Science Environment

    As Climate Warms American West, Iconic Trout In Jeopardy

    In the northern Rockies of Montana, wildlife is a part of daily conversation. Fishing alone generates $250 million a year, and the pursuit of trout brings in most of that money. But record droughts and declining snowpack mean streams are becoming less habitable for this revered fish.
  • 6:21pm Nov 06, 2013

    What's In A (Panda Cub's) Name?

    The Smithsonian's National Zoo has put forward five names for the new panda cub. The zoo is asking the public to vote on the names, which are: Bao Bao, Ling Hua, Long Yun, Mulan, and Zhen Bao.
  • Craig Rowles raises pigs near Carroll, Iowa. The piglets will enter and leave this room as a group.
    Dan Charles / NPR
    7:42pm Nov 04, 2013
    National National Science

    Why Are Pig Farmers Still Using Growth-Promoting Drugs?

    There's a curious twist in the contentious debate over feeding antibiotics to animals in order to make them grow faster. Evidence suggests using antibiotics for growth promotion, at least among pigs, doesn't even make economic sense. But some pork producers don't believe it.
  • Illustration by Daniel Horowitz
    Illustration by Daniel Horowitz for NPR
    5:17pm Oct 30, 2013
    National National Science Health & Safety

    Eeek, Snake! Your Brain Has A Special Corner Just For Them

    Humans and other primates have really good vision. One scientist thinks that ability evolved in part to help monkeys and humans quickly recognize venomous snakes. When monkeys see photos of snakes, neurons in a specific part of the brain light up. The neurons respond to photos of the reptiles more than to monkey faces.
  • 7:49am Oct 30, 2013

    That'll Do, Pig: Neil's Not A Hog After All

    It's a happy ending for Neil the potbelly pig, who faced eviction from his California home. Pigs are allowed as pets in Sierra Madre, but not hogs. An animal control officer suspected Neil was a hog — that is, a pig weighing more than 120 pounds. But a protest rally turned into a party when Neil was designated a legal pig by the city.
  • 10:26am Oct 24, 2013
    National National Science

    Widespread Plague In Wildlife Threatens Western Ecosystems

    For most of us, plague is something that maybe we read about in history books. In the 14th Century, it wiped out half of Europe's population. But the bacteria is busy killing wildlife now in the American West. By studying small mammals scientists have learned that plague is far more pervasive a killer than anyone thought.
  • 7:57pm Oct 23, 2013
    World News World News Science Environment

    Delegates To Debate Watered-Down Plan For Antarctic Marine Preserve

    Diplomats are again meeting to consider setting aside a protected zone in the pristine waters around Antarctica, though their previous negotiations ended in failure. A scaled-back plan on the table this week would still create the largest marine preserve in the world.
  • 3:37pm Oct 22, 2013

    How Did The Chicken Cross The Road? In Style

    We all know why the chicken crossed the road. Now, a new product wants to make sure they get to the other side safely. As chickens become more popular as pets, the British company Omlet is selling high-visibility chicken jackets — tiny fluorescent safety vets for when they're on the streets.