In Thailand, it’s believed that throwing coins onto a turtle will bring longevity and good fortune. For many years, a female green sea turtle in the eastern town of Sri Racha had to endure this superstition while wading in a public pool. She consumed 915 coins in the process.
A six-month-old koala named Phantom was allowed to hold on to his mother while she was being operated on to treat a collapsed lung.
Replacing one lost leg is challenging, but what about two, three or four?
By now you probably know the story of Colombian drug lord Pablo Escobar's hippos, which are now wreaking havoc in Colombian wetlands. If you don't, here's a quick recap.
As part of their management of their animals, zoos get together to create breeding recommendations for each species. But sometimes the animals have their own plans. Despite being on contraceptives, a Los Angeles Zoo hippo delivered a surprise baby on Halloween.
The fact that humans and animals suffer from many of the same diseases is no longer controversial. But do they have similar causes? How do factors like air quality, social stress, and the built environment contribute to health and illness in people and animals?
As founder of Sloth Institute Costa Rica, Sam Trull is a busy woman. But when a pregnant sloth fell out of a tree, her commitment to rehabilitating wildlife reached new levels. The animal got an emergency C-section, perhaps the first ever for a sloth.
The BBC is reporting that a goldfish in Australia is now recovering from a successful surgery in which a tumor was removed from its brain.
Veterinarians see some crazy things come through their office doors. But perhaps the most entertaining - at least in cases where the animals come out just fine - show up on x-rays. Owners bring their pets in because they're acting weird or not eating, and then you find out that Fluffy swallowed an alien. Whoops.
Dogs are terrified of fireworks. How can you enjoy the Fourth of July while also being sensitive to your canine companions' needs? We reached out to a group of dog scientists to get some answers. Here's what they had to say.
Everyone has pretended to be sick, at least once, to get out of some sort of obligation or to convince our parents to let us stay home from school. Many animals do the opposite. They pretend to be well, when they're actually in great danger from poor health.
Illness is a powerful force in evolution, pushing animals to evolve a suite of behaviors - "sickness behaviors" - to help them get over those illnesses more efficiently. For a long time, doctors thought that they were just side effects of being sick, but in recent decades researchers have increasingly come to…
Humans aren't the only ones at risk from antibiotic-resistant MRSA. The super bacteria has also trained its sights on our collective best friends: Dogs.
Mango is a 19 year old male Syrian brown bear who lives at Israel's Ramat Gan Safari Park, a zoo not far from Tel Aviv. Earlier this week, he made veterinary history after undergoing a complex spinal surgery.
Sometimes nature really is "red in tooth and claw," as Tennyson famously wrote. It's also red in horn, as this lioness found out recently.
Orangutans aren't only threatened by palm oil plantations, it seems. In this photo a 14-year-old male orang gets some veterinary attention by staff at the Sumatran Orangutan Conservation Programme because he was shot with metal pellets from an air gun. Meanwhile, he gives the photographer his best honey badger face.
Earlier this week, an 18-year-old gorilla named Imami gave birth to a baby girl at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park. She was closely monitored throughout the labor process by the zoo's veterinary staff, and when she showed no signs of progress, she was transported to the Safari Park hospital for an emergency c-section.…
When pets get sick, we're often willing to spend a lot of money to help them get well — we'll pay for expensive tests, medicine, and even surgery if it helps our furry pals play with us again. But one investigator found that there's not much evidence for the effectiveness of commonly-prescribed medications for animals.
Surgeons have grafted bone-like metal prostheses onto the legs of a cat who lost its feet in a horrible accident. Now Oscar can walk again. Cat lovers may want tissues at the ready - things are about to get heartwarming.