Elephant Featured In Film 'Alexander' Killed By Thai Poachers

NPR | July 11, 2014 7:33 a.m.

The 50-year-old Asian elephant, named Phlai Khlao, was apparently poisoned before his tusks were hacked off. Thai authorities are questioning a suspect who is a former elephant handler.

Plants Know The Rhythm Of The Caterpillar's Creep

NPR | July 08, 2014 3:15 p.m.

According to new research, plants can actually hear the sounds of insects chewing. A University of Missouri study is the first work to report that plants can recognize the sound of a predator through the vibrations of their leaves. To learn more, Robert Siegel speaks with Heidi Appel, senior research scientist in the Bond Life Sciences Center at the University of Missouri.

Coos Bay World: Mosquitos Down In Formerly Terrorized Town

The World | July 08, 2014 5:48 a.m.

Wildlife officials report that mosquito numbers are down this year in an Oregon Coast town that saw swarms of the insects last year.

Study Shows Penguins Endangered By Waning Antarctic Ice

NPR | July 06, 2014 9:50 a.m.

A new study argues emperor penguins should be classified as an endangered species because of shrinking ice. NPR's Linda Wertheimer speaks with scientist Hal Caswell, who co-authored the study.

Pigeons Fly In Fear As Rufus The Hawk Guards Wimbledon's Grass

NPR | July 05, 2014 4:14 p.m.

At the tennis tournament this year, as in years past, a Harris hawk named Rufus has been soaring above the stadium. His job is to keep pigeons from trespassing onto the iconic grass on Centre Court.

Oh, Pooh: Bear Cub Gets Head Stuck In Cookie Jar

NPR | July 02, 2014 9:25 a.m.

A plastic jar of animal crackers was too enticing for a young bear in New Jersey, which got its head irretrievably wedged

Ukraine Wants Its Dolphins Back

NPR | July 02, 2014 4:53 a.m.

When Russia invaded the Ukrainian area of Crimea, it also seized Ukraine's military dolphins. A Russian news site reports Ukraine demands Russia return the dolphins as it has other military equipment.

For Pablo Escobar's Transplanted Hippos, Colombia's A Wonderland

NPR | June 30, 2014 4:01 p.m.

During his lifetime, legendary Colombian drug lord Pablo Escobar assembled as a status symbol a private zoo, which included four hippos. In the 20 years since his death, far from their natural home in Africa, Escobar's hippos have multiplied in the wild. Veterinarian Carlos Valderrama talks to Robert Siegel about the hippos and the challenges they're presenting Colombians.

Oregon Lost 1 In 5 Honeybee Colonies Over The Winter

AP | June 30, 2014 3:42 p.m.

Oregon State University says one in five of the state's commercial honeybee colonies did not survive the winter.

Two Glorious Science Experiments: One About Sex, The Other About Lunch

NPR | June 30, 2014 1:19 p.m.

In the 1760s, an Italian scientist ran a sex experiment that required putting teeny trousers on some ardent male frogs. Hot guys in pants, it turns out, aren't so hot.

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