You have spoken, people of America: For an astounding 24th consecutive year, the most popular breed of dog in the United States is the Labrador retriever, according to rankings released by the American Kennel Club today. Nipping at the Lab’s heels, however, are the bulldog—ranked fourth, its highest position ever—and the charging French bulldog, which slid in at #9 and bounced the dachshund from the top 10 in 2014.
A beagle named Miss P won the 139th annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show on Tuesday night, the second of its breed to take the title in the past decade. Continue reading
The National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration will soon decide whether to put a killer whale named Lolita who has been dubbed “the world’s loneliest orca” on the endangered species list. Researchers disagree over whether to give her that protection since she’ll most likely be released into the wild. Hari Sreenivasan reports. Continue reading
The secret to giving humanity a longer life and protection from age-related illnesses could be hidden within the genome of the longest living mammal.
The crucial link for an effective war-dog-and-handler team in battle zones is the psychological bond between the two. They depend on each other for their lives. And if their assignment is detecting deadly IEDs — as it was for many of the 2,500 canines in America’s wars in Iraq and Afghanistan wars — so do every soldier or marine in the unit they lead on foot patrol. Continue reading
A court in Argentina ruled Sunday that an orangutan was entitled to some basic rights as a “non-human individual” and can live in a partially free primate sanctuary, local media reported. Continue reading
Researchers at North Carolina State University are inventing technology to decode dog talk. Hari Sreenivasan visits a computer science lab that has designed a harness to monitor physiological and emotional changes and send wireless commands through vibrations, which could be used with guide animals or search and rescue dogs. Continue reading
Manatees are the slow, lumbering, gentle giants of the aquatic ecosystem. Every November, they make their way to Florida’s warmer waters for the winter marking Manatee Awareness Month. Celebrate by learning eight facts about the gentle sea cows. Continue reading