Animals in History

History Of Cats: How Did We Domesticate Felines?

December 11, 2020

An Egyptian archaeologist cleans the bronze ancient Egyptian sitting cat statue. (Khaled Desouki/AFP via Getty Images) House cats today are not much different from thei...

History Of Dogs: Do Pugs Really Come From Wolves?

December 10, 2020

Female pug dog painting, 1802. (Bonhams London/Wikimedia Commons) Aside from being canine, pugs and wolves don't seem to have much in common. Really, pugs don't even h...

Poachers Killed By The Animals They Were Hunting: A List Of Gruesome Stories And Irony

December 3, 2020

(Claude Kleynhans/Instagram) It never feels good to celebrate the death of another human, but when a poacher is killed by an anima...

These Escaped Mutant Crayfish Clones Have Overtaken A Belgian Cemetery

October 30, 2020

(David Gerke/Wikimedia Commons) This may sound like a B-movie from the 1950s, but no, right here in 2020, mutant crayfish are wreaking havoc on a ...

Beluga Whales Can Mimic Human Speech, Have Told Divers To Surface

August 13, 2020

Parents accompany children to watch beluga performance in China. (Costfoto/Barcroft Media via Getty Images One of the most recognizable members of the ...

Dewey Readmore Books: The Celebrity Library Cat Of The 1980s

May 26, 2020

In the 1980s, America fell in love with Dewey Readmore Books, a convolutedly named cat who lived in the Spencer Public Library in Spencer, Iowa. Throughout...

58 Of The Most Mesmerizing Animal Photos - Ever!

March 12, 2020

It's a given that we, as human beings all love funny animal photos. In fact, it's a whole huge niche on the Internet. But let's take it one step further; it's time to show ...

54 Jarring Nature Photos

March 12, 2020

The natural world is full of beauty, wonder, and mystery. Nature has the power to create life and the power to take it away. As this collection of photographs show, the natural world is full of su...

When George Washington Ordered A Ceasefire To Return A Dog

January 10, 2020

Cherry tree chopper, general in the colonial army, first President of the United States: George Washington has a pedigree unlike any other figure in American hist...

War Elephants Were So Scary, They Created War Pigs

August 23, 2019

War elephants, equipped according to General d'Orgoni's instructions, Burma, illustration from L'Illustration, Journal Universel, No 595, Volume XXIV, July 22, 1854. So...

Humans and Dolphins: Fishing Buddies

July 29, 2019

A dolphin jumps out of the water on September 28, 2018. (Photo by SEBASTIEN SALOM GOMIS / AFP). Source: (Photo credit should read SEBASTIEN SALOM GOMIS/AFP/Getty Images) In most pl...

The Paradox of the Lucky Rabbit's Foot: Using Bad Omens to Create Good Luck

July 23, 2019

A woman kissing her lucky rabbit's foot, circa 1955. (Photo by Jacobsen /Three Lions/Getty Images) In the list of traditional lucky charms or...

Vernepator Cur: A Tale Of Turnspit Dogs

April 12, 2019

Look at the wheel mounted on the wall. You will see a turnspit dog at work in the inn at Newcastle, Carmarthen, Wales, c1800 (1869). Source: (Ann Ronan Pictures/Print Collector/Ge...

The Myth of the Elephant Graveyard

February 15, 2019

A Sumatran elephant on February 14, 2019. (Photo by CHAIDEER MAHYUDDIN / AFP/Getty Images) Legends persist that deep in the untamed jungles of Africa is a fabled place known as the e...

Wily Coyotes In Native American Folklore

December 14, 2018

Coyote howling. (Photo by Sylvain CORDIER/Gamma-Rapho via Getty Images) In many folk tales of Native American tribes, the coyote symbolizes wisdom and death. Just like cartoon ...

The Kraken: Norse Legend or Recently-Discovered Creature?

December 5, 2018

Circa 1650, A kraken attacking a ship. (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images) The Norse were accomplished sailors and navigators. But on their voyages, they oft...

The Real Story of Balto, Hero Dog of Alaska

November 2, 2018

Thanks in part to the 1995 animated movie, Balto, we are now familiar with this hero sled dog of Alaska who, in 1923, saved the people of Nome, Alaska, from a deadly outbrea...

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