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Ancient New Zealand has been home to an incredible array of absurdly large birds. This has included a waist-high parrot, nicknamed Squawk-zilla (Heracles inexpectatus) – the largest parrot ever known on Earth, possibly hunting for flesh around 20

School Kids in New Zealand Discovered a Giant Penguin Fossil With Long Legs

Field trips are pretty much the holy grail of school days. I mean, they’re basically tiny holidays with all your friends. What could be better than that? A group of schoolchildren from New Zealand who went on a trip in 2006 might have the answer: what if you managed to discover a brand-new species of giant prehistoric penguin while you were there?
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Giant Penguin Fossil Discovered By Children In New Zealand Is New Species

And met an undertaker who helps bereaved owners say goodbye to their beloved pets.

I Toured the Quiet Place Where Pets Go After They Die

In a new analysis, researchers compared hundreds of such cases across primate species.

Why do primates carry around dead infants? | Live Science

A new study suggests that all living snakes evolved from a handful of species that survived the giant asteroid impact that wiped out the dinosaurs and most other living things at the end of the Cretaceous. The authors say that this devastating extinction event was a form of 'creative destruction' that allowed snakes to diversify into new niches, previously filled by their competitors.

Modern snakes evolved from a few survivors of dino-killing asteroid

Apparently, the species is known to grunt like a hog when pulled from the water.

Bizarre pig-faced shark found dead in the Mediterranean Sea. Is it real? | Live Science

This image of a goose flying upside down captured by photographer Vincent Cornelissen has created a buzz online. In the viral photo, the goose is seen with its body upside down, with its neck twisted so that the head is the right way up. Many people are wondering if such a thing is even possible.

Whiffling: The Art of Flying Upside Down | Amusing Planet

Lions, bulls, and bears, oh yes! We've got some of the wildest animals and people's reactions online and compiled them all for your viewing pleasure from a safe digital distance. Don't feed the wildlife, big or small!

George Church and Ben Lamm have announced Colossal, a company with the explicit goal of de-extincting woolly mammoths.

UFO Hunter and Harvard Geneticist Announce $15 Million Effort to Resurrect Woolly Mammoths

Six ocelots rescued from illegal wildlife traffickers have been returned to the wild in northern Ecuador, the environment ministry said on Saturday.

Ocelots rescued from traffickers returned to wild in Ecuador

The most notable catch in Saturday's game between No. 22 Miami and Appalachian State didn’t even happen on the field. Wasn’t even a football. It was a cat. The animal somehow got into Hard Rock Stadium, then got caught by one of its paws off the facade of the upper deck in the first quarter.

Lucky cat: Falling feline gets saved at Miami football game


Asian elephants in West Bengal, India

It's Grandparents Day in the USA! Did you know Asian elephants live an average of 60 years in the wild? That means this pair of pachyderms in West Bengal, India, could easily be grandparents. Or great-grandparents, or even great-great-grandparents, considering elephants normally start having babies at around age 12.

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Some animals, such as poison dart frogs, carry enough toxic chemicals to kill multiple adult humans, but they've evolved tricks to avoid poisoning themselves.

Why don't poisonous animals die from their own toxins? | Live Science


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