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Animals in History

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...

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 tokens, the rabb...

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 Creatur...

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 of...

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...

62 Heartwarming Animal Photos And The Story Behind Them

October 1, 2018

Animals have the power to entertain us, to spark powerful emotions, and even reveal something about ourselves. Their triumphs and tragedies mirror our own. In the en...

62 Of The Most Mesmerizing Animal Photos - Ever!

September 18, 2018

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...

Dodo Birds – A Misunderstood Extinction Story

September 7, 2018

(Raphus cucullatus), Columbidae. Artwork by Kevin Lyles. (Photo by DeAgostini/Getty Images) Although they are extinct, dodo birds live on in many of our sayings and phra...

Stray Dogs Turn Blue on the Streets of Mumbai

June 19, 2018

In Mumbai, India, a colorful phenomenon was taking place among the stray dogs of the large city, specifically in the industrial district of Taloja. Workers from a local f...

The Loch Ness Monster – Fact or Fiction

May 24, 2018

In Northern Scotland, there’s an area known as the Scottish Highlands in which lays a famous urban myth. The Loch Ness Monster or Nessie, as it is more commonly referred to b...

Story Behind the Picture of a Soldier Feeding a Tiny Ki...

January 10, 2018

In the middle of the Korean War, this kitten found herself an orphan. Luckily, she found her way into the hands of Marine Sergeant Frank Praytor. He adopted the t...

50,000-Year-Old Extinct Cave Lion Found Frozen In Time

November 12, 2017

Today, we associate lions with Africa, however, millions of years ago, ancient lions traipsed across Europe, Asia, and North America. One of these ancient cave lions,...

The Real Story Behind Pep 'The Cat-Murdering Dog' Who W...

August 17, 2017

The photo below has been shared over and over in the internet captioned: "The Dog Who Was Sentenced to Life Without Parole for Murdering the Governor's Cat" The ...

Eight Richest Animals in History

July 10, 2017

The first documented instance where a person left their wealth to an animal happened in Russia during the 1800s. Maria Leontieva, a merchant from Uglish, stipulated that 100,000 rubles (a ...

Dog of War: This Brave, Stubby-Tailed Pit Bull Was Amer...

June 17, 2017

In 1917, a Pit Bull puppy was roaming the streets of New Haven, Connecticut near an Army training camp at Yale University and it was there that Private J. Robert ...