A Georgia wildlife preserve has welcomed a new zedonk, who is half-zebra, half-donkey. Check out the zedonk and other real-life hybrids.
A Los Angeles man has pleaded guilty in court to smuggling goods from Australia. The contraband? Reptiles.
This just might be the saddest news you will hear today—a giant panda, living in China’s Jinan Zoo, died after accidently being gassed with carbon monoxide and chlorine.
In a victory for animal-rights activists — and a blow for those who said it was central to Spanish culture — Spain’s Catalonia region voted to formally ban bullfighting.
In Catalonia, a region of mainland Spain, animal rights activists clash with champions of Spanish heritage as debates rage over petitions to ban bullfighting.
It died and broke into many small pieces, but one massive jellyfish managed to sting more than 150 people at a New Hampshire beach.
No one quite knows why, but around 500 dead penguins have washed ashore on Brazilian beaches in the past week and a half. (via the Associated Press)
A man was detained in the Mexico City international airport following some serious (wait for it!) monkey business. (Groan.)
As part of an advertising stunt for a private beach in Russia, some resourceful businessmen decided to use a parasailing donkey to attract attention. Right, because animal cruelty just screams “ fun day at the beach.” (via BBC)
Another of science’s epic debates has finally been resolved: it turns out that homosexuality is genetic. (In mice, at least.)
He’s been one of the world’s hottest topics this past month and has even “spoken” to TIME’s World Cup blog. But now Paul the psychic octopus is the subject of an international transfer request. Hold onto your tentacles.
Finally, we have the definitive proof that Paul the Octopus actually is brilliant — he’s on Team Jacob.