Animals

  • Victor Reyes has been photographing tourists atop Tijuana's "zonkeys" since he was 12, and says at one time he could earn $150 a day. Now, he's lucky to earn $15, he says. Here, Reyes poses with his donkey, Ruben.
    Amy Isackson / NPR
    4:31am Aug 08, 2013
    World News World News National

    Working To Save The Painted 'Zonkeys' Of Tijuana

    Americans once waited in line for the chance to be photographed atop the striped donkeys on this famed tourist strip. But 9/11, the recession and the Mexican drug war have stifled tourism and nearly put the "zonkeys" and their owners out of work. A new push is on to save the historic icons.
  • 5:24am Aug 07, 2013

    Want To Be A Chicken Farmer? Try It Before You Commit

    The idea of raising backyard chickens has become very popular. But people who follow through on the idea don't always know what they are getting into. So a few companies are letting would-be chicken farmers try out the experience — for a fee.
  • 7:18am Aug 06, 2013

    Researchers Focus On Sharks' Point Of View

    The term "shark attack" is under attack by the leading society of shark researchers. They're calling on the media to stop labeling any sort of interaction with humans as an "attack." They suggest using specific terms like: shark sightings and shark encounters.
  • A nematode worm glows as it nears death in this screenshot from a YouTube video showing the work of researchers in London.
    Wellcome Trust / YouTube
    7:50pm Aug 03, 2013
    Science Science Health & Safety

    Worms' Bright Blue Death Could Shed Light On Human Aging

    Researchers are getting clues about the human life cycle from studying the death of tiny worms, which internally release a blue fluorescent dye in the waning hours of their lives. The glowing chemical travels from one end of the creature to the other. One researcher calls it "reminiscent of the soul departing the worm."
  • 1:46pm Aug 03, 2013
    Science Science

    Wildlife Sound Archivist Remembered

    Twenty years ago Saturday, Ted Parker, one of the world's greatest field biologists and sound archivists, died in a plane crash. He made nearly 11,000 wildlife recordings, and could identify some 4,000 different bird species by just the sound of their vocalizations. In this audio montage from Cornell Lab of Ornithology, director John Fitzpatrick offers a remembrance.
  • 6:59am Jul 31, 2013

    Homepage Mistake May Get Kitten A Home

    For a brief time Tuesday on the Chicago Tribune homepage, the main story was a photo of an adorable gray kitten with the headline, "Headline test here." But the Tribune says the mistake may mean good fortune for Benton, the kitty in the photo, who is up for adoption.
  • 11:11am Jul 30, 2013
    Science Science

    For Some Mammals It's One Love, But Reasons Still Unclear

    Scientists are squaring off yet again on the question of why some mammals are monogamous. A new paper argues that monogamy is most likely the result of males trying to protect their youngsters from murderous rivals. A second study says monogamy in mammals evolved in species where females were scattered about.