Animals and Insects

World's new oldest dog is Spike, a Chihuahua.

Spike, the new world's oldest dog, is a Chihuahua who loves Doritos

Spike, age 23, was in rough shape when Rita Kimball found him in a parking lot 13 years ago.

 | Tricia Goss

Puppies play in a cage at a pet store.

Pet store owner says New York law won't solve breeding issues

Legislators say banning pet stores from selling some animals will prevent inhumane breeding, but pet store owners say it will highlight other issues.

 | Axel Turcios

A grizzly bear spotted near Camas, in northwestern Montana.

Grizzly bears in Montana tested positive for avian influenza

The three bears were euthanized due to their sickness and poor condition.

 | Scripps News Staff and KRTV

A bighorn sheep roams a contentious plot of land in Vail, Colo.

Well-known ski town is in a fight over sheep and affordable housing

In one wealthy ski resort town, sheep and humans are butting heads. It’s a battle between protecting important bighorn habitat and affordable housing.

 | Clayton Sandell

A beekeeper prepares a shipment of honey bees.

Bee vaccine could help insects survive as their population declines

A non-injection vaccine given to a queen bee could help an entire hive survive against fatal bacterial diseases.

 | Meg Hilling

Two people sit with a dog in a gated area.

Little girl's small donation to dog rescue leads to thousands raised

A 7-year-old decided to donate the money in her piggy bank to a dog rescue, prompting tons of others to match her donation.

 | Scripps News Staff

Jellybean, a 4-year-old Golden Retriever mix.

Could dogs be the key to curing childhood cancer?

Through funding from President Joe Biden's Cancer Moonshot initiative, experts are learning how dogs are offering a unique way of looking at cancer.

 | Chris Conte

Molly Sampson holding the shark tooth.

9-year-old girl finds a rare megalodon tooth in Chesapeake Bay

Experts say the 15-million-year-old, 5-inch-long tooth likely belonged to a shark nearly 50 feet long.

 | Tricia Goss

Berlin, the oldest polar bear in captivity in the United States.

Beloved Kansas City polar bear Berlin, oldest in captivity, dies at 33

Polar bears live 15 to 18 years in the wild and more than 23 years in captivity on average, so Berlin lived a very long life.

 | Tod Palmer

A lion raises his head above long grass.

New law will shake up the exotic animal industry in the US

The Big Cat Public Safety Act has put an end to would-be "Tiger Kings" nationwide and changed the private ownership industry for exotic animals.

 | Scripps News Staff

Two golden retrievers sit together.

Which dog breed is the smartest?

Scientists studied 1,000 dogs from 13 different breeds to determine how they measured up in 10 different intelligence tests.

 | Scripps News Staff

A photo from NOAA shows a right whale mom and calf.

One Of The Most Endangered Whales Spotted Off Florida Coast With Calf

A right whale and its calf were seen near Jensen Beach in Florida — a rare sight to see, as there are fewer than 350 right whales remaining.

 | Scripps News Staff

Taylor Swift with cat Olivia in Blank Space music video.

Taylor Swift's Cat Ranks 3rd Among The World’s Richest Pets

As famous and wealthy as this fluff ball may sound, Olivia Benson is not the richest pet.

 | Andrea Diaz and Scripps News Staff

A Mexican free-tailed bat recovers from freezing temperatures that caused bats to to go into hypothermic shock

Bats Plunge To Ground In Houston Cold Snap

The Mexican free-tailed bats that roost at Houston's Waugh Bridge went into shock when temperatures plunged below freezing last week.

 | AP

The team from 'Pets for Life' stops by to drop off supplies for Deniece Young's cat, Mr. Moe

'Pets For Life' Working To Address 'Veterinary Deserts' Across America

Pets for Life works in 43 states, to get pet care to places where people experience poverty or lack access to veterinary care.

 | Maya Rodriguez

Woman walks her golden retriever through snowfall.

How To Protect Your Pets During Extreme Cold

Here are some tips to keep pets and other animals safe amid record-breaking cold temperatures.

 | Scripps National

A cat carries a rat.

Cats Are Curtailing Chicago's Rat Problem

A Chicago-area humane society is strategically relocating outdoor cats to areas that will repel rats out of residents' home and businesses.

 | Meg Hilling

A rat crosses a Times Square subway platform in New York.

Rats Are Seemingly Taking Over U.S. Cities

Why does it seem like the rat problem is such a stumper for so many U.S. cities, and what can be done do to solve it?

 | Scripps News Staff

Debris lay in front of a hotel in Berlin, Germany

Huge Berlin Aquarium Bursts, Unleashing Flood Of Devastation

The 82-foot-tall AquaDom was described as the biggest cylindrical tank in the world and held more than a thousand tropical fish before the incident.

 | AP

Children in Ukraine traumatized by the war play with American pit bull terrier "Bice" as part of a therapy program.

Ukrainian Center Offers Dog Therapy For Children Traumatized By War

An 8-year-old dog named Bice goes to a rehabilitation center weekly to help children traumatized by Russia's war in Ukraine.

 | AP and Meg Hilling

A woman pet's her dog outside.

10 Common Habits That Can Jeopardize Your Dog's Health

Pet parents, don't slip into bad habits! Avoiding these behaviors now can help your pup have better health outcomes in the long run.

 | Marie Rossiter

A lion is shown.

Lions Rescued From A Ukrainian Zoo Have Found A New Home In The U.S.

Ukraine has made efforts to fly many of its most endangered animals out of the war-torn country, like lions from the Odesa Zoo.

 | Clayton Sandell

A man pats his dog

Rover Releases Most Popular Dog Names Of 2022

If you have a Max or a Luna, you're far from alone.

 | Scripps News Staff

A pet cat

How Can Animals Detect How Humans Are Feeling?

Exploring how animals can sense how we're feeling, and what it means for us.

 | Simon Kaufman

Anna Kurkurina pets a group of dogs.

Ukrainian Powerlifter Champions Survival Of Mykolaiv's Abandoned Pets

In Mykolaiv, Ukraine, a retired, record-setting powerlifter puts all her muscle into saving hundreds of cats and dogs left behind by their owners.

 | Jason Bellini

A northern long-eared bat

U.S. Bat Species Devastated By Fungus Now Listed As Endangered

The northern long-eared bat is among the hardest hit by white-nose syndrome, with estimated declines of 97% or higher in affected populations.

 | AP

People take selfies while riding camels in Mesaieed, Qatar

World Cup Frenzy Puts Strain On Qatar's Camels

As Qatar welcomes more than a million fans for the monthlong World Cup, even its camels are working overtime.

 | AP

Dammed To Extinction

Dammed To Extinction

Orcas need roughly a million salmon a year, but where to find a million fish? The solution, says Balcomb, is getting rid of four fish-killing dams.

 | Steven Hawley

A mule deer grazes along a road along Chatfield Reservior late Sunday, Oct. 9, 2022, in Littleton, Colo.

Hunters In New Jersey Help Feed The Hungry This Holiday Season

Over the last decade and a half, Hunters Helping the Hungry has delivered 2.2 million quarter-pound servings of fresh venison to families.

 | Sam Eaton

Cat being held.

Cats Know Your Voice And Can Tell When You're Talking To Them

Research just proved what a lot of cat owners already know —they're not as aloof as people think they are.

 | Simplemost and Bridget Sharkey