Nov 21, 2013 — Animal emotions are increasingly recognized as genuine by scientists. Yet there's still a tendency to consider human relationships, especially outside the biological family, as exceptional. Commentator Barbara J. King challenges this notion.
Oct 1, 2013 — The pair of rare lions were put on public display Tuesday for the first time by South Korea's Everland zoo.
Aug 15, 2013 — This cousin of the raccoon is the first new carnivore discovered in the Western Hemisphere in 35 years. Native to the Andes Mountains of Colombia and Ecuador where it's still living, the olinguito was actually first identified in a Field Museum specimen storage room in Chicago.
Aug 8, 2013 — Continuing her occasional exploration into matters of animals and human society, Barbara J. King takes a look at last week's NPR story on frog-gigging. She stands against cruelty to animals, even in the context of an accepted cultural tradition.
Jul 15, 2013 — NPR's Russell Lewis got quite a view from the beach Monday as a hammerhead cruised among swimmers. Check the picture he snapped.
Jul 8, 2013 — The Indonesian men caught a tiger cub in a snare meant for deer. Other tigers heard the cub's cries. One man died after his branch broke, tossing him to the ground, and the tigers attacked. The other five managed to hold out — and hold on — until help arrived.
Jun 8, 2013 — Squirrel monkeys in a "walk-through" enclosure bit more than a dozen visitors over a year-long period, according to a report.
Apr 25, 2013 — When monkeys move to a new place, they want to eat what the locals are eating, a new study finds. It's among the first to see strong social behaviors in eating among wild animals.
Apr 25, 2013 — A performance of Mozart's Requiem has commentator Barbara J. King thinking about the ways humans grieve. Of all species on Earth, we alone mourn across time and space for people we have never met.
Apr 25, 2013 — When Superstorm Sandy flooded lower Manhattan last year, thousands of lab animals drowned and many scientists lost months or even years of work. The specialty animals can be very difficult to replace, but researchers say the loss of animal life is emotionally devastating and difficult to get over.