Planet of the chimpanzees?
An animal rights group is asking New York courts to recognize scientific evidence of emotional and cognitive abilities in chimpanzees and to grant the animals "legal personhood" so that they are ensured better treatment.
Nonhuman Rights Project, a nonprofit founded in 2007 by Massachusetts lawyer Steven Wise, filed a second lawsuit Tuesday and plans to file a third Thursday that asks the courts to declare that the chimps are not things to be possessed and caged by people. It also asks that chimps should be released from "illegal detention."
Whatever you do, don't show this to your cat.
Lions roam the lush landscape of the Serengeti, while their domestic counterparts roam the dusty crawl space under your bed. But we've got video evidence that proves that these felines have more in common than you think, even if only one of them will reach a weight of 400 lbs. in their lifetime.
Our friends at Nat Geo WILD brought three different types of big kittens – a baby tiger, a lion and two leopards cubs – to our New York City offices to promote their fourth annual Big Cat Week (running through Dec. 6). We are pleased to bestow the following morsels of knowledge upon those who are just as fascinated by felines as we are:
Keith Urban and Miranda Lambert, R. Kelly and Lady Gaga – sometimes a ditty just sounds better when it's performed by a duo.
Such is the case with Ukranian street busker Sergei Ivanovich, who plays the clarinet for passersby in Dnipropetrovsk's European Square. When he added an adorable stray pooch to his sidewalk act, people took notice, whipping out their camera phones to capture the scene (which has already received more than 200,000 views on YouTube).
If only this feathery fella had an Instagram account.
A brazen bird snatched a video camera that was recording crocodiles in northwest Australia and captured fascinating footage of its 70-mile journey across the country's remote landscape.
Wildlife rangers in Western Australia's Kimberley region released video on Monday that reveals the sea eagle's caper (watch above). The bird's flapping wings can be seen as it grabs the device and takes off, and the eagle later poses for a selfie, poking its face into the camera lens.
Paul Walker loved the ocean, cars and staying active. He was a family man, whose 15-year-old daughter, Meadow, moved from Hawaii to California so she'd be closer to her father. He dedicated much of his life to charity and, of course, his fans.
The Fast & Furious star, who died Saturday in a car crash, also loved animals, a passion deeply documented on his social media accounts.
From pooches to sharks, he certainly left his mark on the animal kingdom.
A New Jersey canine who was crowned the world's ugliest dog in 2007 and later became the topic of a children's book preaching acceptance has died. Elwood was 8.
His owner, Karen Quigley, says the Chinese crested and Chihuahua mix died unexpectedly Thanksgiving morning. The Sewell resident said Elwood had been dealing with some heath issues in recent months but appeared to be doing well.
Elwood was dark colored and hairless – save for a puff of white fur resembling a mohawk on his head. He was often referred to by fans as Yoda or E.T. because of his resemblance to those famous science-fiction characters.
For a pet on Instagram, it can be hard to stand out. After all, you're competing against Theo, a newborn bulldog who captured everyone's heart in May. A month later, Biddy the jet-setting hedgehog rose to prominence. Then there's Princess Monster Truck, a cat for whom both cute and creepy are accurate adjectives.
But the latest furballs to attain fame on the photo-sharing site may just be our favorites. Meet Harlow and Indiana (Indi for short), a pair of pups whose "tail" of friendship is more than meets the eye.
Harlow first gained attention as one half of Harlow and Sage, an adorable doggy duo known for doing everything together, from napping to dressing alike. But in September, Sage passed away at age 13.
A 6-month-old pit bull that was buried under a pile of rubble for more than a week after a tornado ripped through a central Illinois has been coaxed to freedom with hot dogs and reunited with his owner.
Jacob Montgomery, a member of the Illinois National Guard, was separated from the dog, Dexter, when the Nov. 17 tornado destroyed his third-floor apartment in Washington, Ill. Montgomery combed through the wreckage multiple times but turned up no sign of Dexter.
Nine days after the storm, a neighbor who was looking for his cat, also missing, with the help of a group called Rescuing Animals in Need sent Montgomery a Facebook message to tell him Dexter had been found partially buried in debris where the apartment building used to stand.
"He said, 'I've got your dog right here,'" Montgomery recalled in a statement released by the Illinois National Guard. "As soon as Dexter saw me, his tail started going."
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