The Black Book of Carmarthen, named for the color of its binding and believed location of origin (the Augustinian Priory of Saints John the Evangelist and Teulydog in Carmarthem), is the oldest surviving manuscript written in the Welsh language.
Zoos began as amusements for humans, and decades of more recent noble goals such as conservation and captive breeding of endangered species has done little to change the basic dynamic of humans paying money to gawk at wild animals cruelly kept in cages. What brave country has finally ended this barbarism?
Remote forest cameras capture all kinds of amazing animal video, and this footage from the parks department in Alberta, Canada, shows this one bear who cannot stop hugging this tree—when he's not scratching his butt on it.
A pet turtle in China has developed an addiction to cigarettes so severe that it needs up to 10 smokes day. The tragic animal began its nicotine habit when its owner "pacified" the beast with a single cigarette. Now the shelled addict can't live without its beloved tobacco.
For more than a century after Europeans first encountered the mysterious aye-aye of Madagascar in the 1780s, scientists and biologists just could not figure out if the weird beast was a rodent or a kangaroo or some bizarre type of primate. Guess what it really is ....
Do ducks snore? Of course they do. But you probably have never seen very cute video of a sleeping duck snoring. Experts say all snoring is very annoying unless an adorable little duck is the one guilty of snoring.
It has taken 26 years, but America finally managed to get a panda to have a pair of panda twins. The squirming pink fuzz blobs were born last night after 90 minutes of labor to a 15-year-old artificially inseminated zoo animal in Atlanta. If the twins survive, experts say they'll get cute eventually.
Ravens are among the smartest creatures on this planet. They use tools, have sophisticated language and social lives, and routinely work with other species—wolves, coyotes, even humans. This raven got shot full of porcupine quills and found a nice lady to remove them.
What in the hell is this thing? A venomous viper, naturally! And it has the added feature of a tail that turns into a spider-thing to attract ... oh god, who even knows. It's a poisonous horned spider-viper from Iran, everybody! Let's make it America's National Animal and just call it a day.
This skeleton of a dead (?) basement monster was found by a worker installing cable beneath a house, leaving the terrified resident to wonder what kind of goblin lair lies just beneath the floorboards. Is the creature a wild animal? A lost pet? Or is this something science cannot (or will not) explain?
Since we killed most of the nation's predators while also creating forest zones around many urban areas, deer have increasingly clashed with our civilization. The large, nervous animals smash through our windows and windshields, leap onto public transit, and otherwise create chaos. But why?
When the humongous Galápagos tortoise known as "Lonesome George" died in 2012, the last of his particular species died too. Now the American Museum of Natural History has the chance to display the taxidermied tortoise so kids can learn about creatures forever lost to time.
Meet "Thelma and Louise," a two-headed female turtle just born at San Antonio's zoo. Known as Texas River Cooters, these freshwater turtles are common along the state's rivers. Thelma and Louise are doing fine and can swim along with the other baby turtles.
It can still easily kill a person or a water buffalo just because it's a huge biting dragon, but the famed Komodo Dragon does not have a mouth full of lethal bacteria just waiting to get inside a victim. Just the usual bite. So, you'll still die, but not from bacteria.
If you're feeling like the U.S. government is only picking on American humans this week, consider the wolves hunted very nearly to extinction until federal endangered species protection brought them back from the brink. As of today, wolves are on their own again.